High Yield Soybeans

The High Yield Soybean system has a lot of working parts but it’s actually very simple – soybeans don’t respond like corn!

  • Early planting 
  • Variety selection
  • Seeding rates
  • Soil fertility 
  • And In-season nutrition all need to be discussed when you’re ready to take your soybeans to the next level.

Mineral nutrition is a key component to high yield soybeans. 

Let’s learn more:

Watch as Dave Vansickle, YieldPro Specialist, visits with Glenn Longabaugh, Winfield Regional Agronomist, about High Yield Soybeans.

Co-Alliance Cooperative Inc Names Directors To Represent Membership

This week on the blog we are excited to announce the 19 farmer directors who will represent our cooperative business, acting as the voice of the Co-Alliance Cooperative Inc. shareholders. These directors will represent 8 districts which service customers in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.

This set of progressive farmers will be responsible for evaluating sustainability of the business, providing ethical governance and sound financial order of the cooperative. Their unique perspectives will offer insight from all corners of our trade territory.

For introductions and more information, we invite you to visit our website at this link.

Food Brings Everyone to the Table

On March 27 we’ll wrap up National Ag Week, a week observed annually to recognize the impact of agriculture in our daily American lives. 

Those who work and live in agriculture have a fundamental understanding of the importance of such an industry, so one week out of 52 set aside to celebrate it seems undervalued.  

One year ago, the global pandemic was beginning to affect nearly every aspect of our lives. 

We couldn’t attend Easter services in church because they were shut down. 

Parents were finding creative ways to work at home and become school teachers simultaneously.

Hand sanitizer, toilet paper and disposable masks were on the short list of things everyone was seeking. 

Also on that list, last year, this year, today and forever: Food. 

“Food Brings Everyone to the Table” is the 2021 National Ag Week theme and it couldn’t be fitting as we reflect on the last year and our lives today. 

The past year has offered us a whole new perspective on food and our daily living. 

We’ve seen empty grocery store shelves and refrigerated cases sit bare for extended periods of time in our local markets. This was unprecedented as the United States is among the top for having the safest, most abundant food supply in the world thanks to our efficient and resourceful farmers and ranchers. 

We’ve come to understand the importance of staying ahead of provisions and being prepared for such an event. The wait time on new refrigerators and chest freezers is months out due to lack of production and high demand. Local meat processing facilities are booking dates a year in advance due to the demand of such a service.

Restaurants shut down and we’ve learned how to cook at home again. With that came the realization that home economics courses, now cut from most curriculums, were something that provided great value no matter the school district demographics.

Sales of meal and fast-food delivery services, home gardening supplies and plants and grills soared in 2020 due to the need for, and enjoyment of, food.  

Events were cancelled, travel banned, schools shut down, offices closed, and families were allowed the opportunity to sit around the table for a meal again. 

2020 wasn’t all bad. 

Food does bring everyone to the table. It is a basic need for survival that our population has worked to modify, complicate and alternate. But the work of those in agriculture – who understand the simple but immense value of warm soil, growing degree days, rain, crop nutrition and soil fertility – remains steadfast and unwavering. 

Our job is to provide the American Farmer with the resources and knowledge to continue to produce a safe and abundant food supply so everyone – regardless of age, gender, social class or location – can come to the table. 

In 2020 we supported food banks and pantries so students and families could still eat when schools shut down. One example is our support of Bulldogs Helping Bulldogs, which is a program in Wayne County which worked to provide daily meals to students once school cafeterias were no longer serving kids. 

We also supported the Salvation Army of Clinton County Food Pantry last summer to ensure families were supported with food on the table when jobs were at great risk due to businesses and production lines closing. Those are just two of several ways Co-Alliance supports hunger-ending initiatives.  

Because Food Brings Everyone to the Table, even if that table looks a little different these days.

Most farmers worked through National Ag Week because the 2021 planting season is rapidly approaching. We have beans to move and planters to calibrate and soil fertility maps to go over and in-season plans to finalize. We’re wrapping up tiling projects and investing in fuels and lubricants to keep machines rolling when the spring sun shines. 

This week, and for the other 51, we’ll celebrate agriculture when we put our cotton tablecloth on the Easter table, enjoy corn tortillas on taco Tuesday or fire up the grill for some well-marbled steaks. 

Because food – and agriculture – brings everyone to the table.

Variable Rate CN Discussion: What and Why?

  • A variable rate crop nutrient program allows you to put crop nutrients only where there is a need, saving you money and time.
  • Soil test levels only tell us half the story…Farm history? Row starter? Budget? These are all considerations that must be made when discussing variable rate crop nutrient plans. 
  • Contact your YieldPro Specialist today to discuss what options are available for your operation.

We invite you to tune in as Seed Manager Brandon Lovett and Winfield United Regional Agronomist Glenn Longabaugh visit regarding the value of variable rate crop nutrients on your farm.

Crop Nutrient Rates and Yield Trends

Aside from the weather, your biggest limiting factor could be crop nutrient levels

• What concerns are growers discussing after one of the bigger crop years we’ve seen?
• How can you still take care of your soil when removing more yield than you expected?
• Soil fertility still matters, especially in good years such as this
• High yield corn not only removes more nutrients from the soil, but requires more input to grow
We invite you to tune in as Kyle Pulley and Roger Boyd, YieldPro Specialists visit regarding crop nutrient rates and yield trends. 

Photo Friday: First Week of March

Today marks Employee Appreciation Day (recognized annually on the first Friday of March) and this one is even more significant because of the year we’ve experienced as a team.

Together, our team has worked through a global pandemic and continued to serve our customers as safely as possible in order to get a crop in the ground, municipalities still operating, livestock fed, homes heated and harvest 2020 safely in the books. Our employees have altered operations to meet county, state and national mandates. They’ve asked tough questions and responded to every request made of them.

And then, we merged! Today so much effort is being put into re-branding, learning new processes and systems, introducing teams and joining forces to best serve our customers.

Co-Alliance employees haven’t missed a beat.

We’ve seen more lamb than lion on this first week of March 2021 and we’ve not heard a single complaint. Our energy teams are still running full bore and our agronomy teams are gearing up, getting seed and product to farms. We welcome you to Photo Friday this first week of March where we offer you a glimpse of what our employees are doing at your local, farmer-owned cooperative.

Bob Temple delivers CountryMark fuel to a farm in Rush County in his newly-rebranded fuel truck.
A big thank you to Argos agronomy for their hospitality to the marketing team this week as we work on communication to our members.
We’re proud to fuel the famous Madam Carroll on beautiful Lake Freeman. Did you know it takes 750 gallons to fill her up? Bring on the warm weather! ☀️
Ryan Sieber, branch manager at Argos agronomy, sits for a few minutes to record an agronomy update for members.
It’s beginning to look a lot like March at our agronomy locations as we gear up for #Plant21. This was taken at our Verona agronomy location.
Hazwoper training allows these rigs to rest for a few minutes while energy drivers ensure compliance.
Macey Orme, energy marketing, utilizes a drone to capture footage for upcoming propane communications.
Team members are working with growers this morning on variable rate seeding recommendations to maximize profitability on every acre.

Thank you, Co-Alliance employees for a job well done!

National FFA Week: For the Future and the Past

The Gettysburg address. 

The I Have A Dream speech. 

The first words spoken from the moon.

We all have memories of certain verbiage that will forever remain with us, because of the history or the profound impact they had. For those in agriculture, “I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds,” rings true as the opening lines of the FFA Creed written by E.M. Tiffany.

I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds –– achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so–for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so–for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.

In honor of National FFA Week, we celebrate our FFA heritage, for the future and the past. 

Co-Alliance’s employee group is rich with FFA alumni, each engaged today in agricultural pursuits through the cooperative. FFA taught us how to properly run a meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order, how to speak confidently in front of a group or even how to repair a small engine in record time. 

The next generation of FFA enthusiasts have since climbed the FFA ranks, and continue to do so as children of Co-Alliance employees.

Co-Alliance is committed to agriculture education because we know knowledge is empowering. We partner annually with local FFA chapters to not only provide financial support, but also facilitate educational events.

For the last 2 years our Rushville ag center and the Rushville FFA chapter have partnered for the Turn the Bag Blue and Gold program sponsored by Brevant Seeds.  Ryan O’Neal and Tiffany Miller of the ag center have worked with the FFA to make this a huge success for the Rushville FFA. Only seven chapters are chosen every two years to be involved in this great program. 

Our Greenfield Store has been an integral part of the local FFA chapters for some time. For the Livestock Skill-a-thon they have donated feed samples for chapters to utilize, employees have judged at District FFA contests, and they’ve provided items for silent auctions. Of course, perhaps their most profound contribution has been volunteer time where ever needed.

Our Limberlost location is also FFA proud by donating the time to prepare the food for the Jay County FFA banquet, and Limberlost also applies fertilizer and chemicals for the FFA farm ground. In addition to this, the Limberlost crew supports various judging contests throughout the year. 

Is here a good place to note that the 2019-2020 Indiana State FFA President, Dylan Muhlenkamp, is from our territory and his family are members of Co-Alliance? 

Co-Alliance is FFA proud. We’re empowered by the lessons taught through the organization and encouraged by the generations that will follow in the national blue and corn gold. 

Kicking Off Grain Bin Safety Week

Co-Alliance will always advocate for the American farmer and advocating for safety is forever on our priority list. Grain Bin Safety Week takes place next week, February 21 – 27, 2021 and is an annual observance that promotes grain bin safety on farms and commercial grain-handling facilities. 

Grain operators, farmers and employees are encouraged to help reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths associated with grain handling and storage, through education and awareness of hazards and safe work practices.

While we certainly honor this week, we also believe fully that grain safety deserves to be a year-around effort. This week, we want to share with you the ways Co-Alliance has worked with rural communities on grain safety and awareness. 

Co-Alliance has donated more than a dozen grain rescue tubes throughout our territory to ensure first responders are equipped with life-saving apparatus. In addition to this, we’ve donated rope rescue sets to two fire departments.

We’ve facilitated trainings with more than 80 fire departments and 600+ first responders, including firemen, sheriff departments, emergency management and state patrols.

We have participated in several county agriculture days through the 4-H organization, elementary schools and Girl Scout troops. Through these efforts, we have facilitated grain safety lessons to more than 300 youth.

We have donated to the Henry, Clinton and Wayne counties’ emergency management training centers to ensure fire departments have an adequate and permanent training center for grain entrapment.

Co-Alliance has also donated to the Porter County MAAC Training Center.

  • 1000 gallons of propane per year for fire training
  • Hundreds of old fire extinguishers
  • Traveled there and trained teams with our simulator

Our efforts haven’t only been directed towards first responders or youth. Sometimes a simple reminder to those who work in this arena is absolutely necessary, too. After we lost two customers and a child on the east side of our territory due to grain entrapment in a 12-month period, the grain department developed an entrapment education bulletin and mailed it to every grain customer.

Grain bin safety is an issue that absolutely affects every generation on the farm and has for decades. Co-Alliance and it’s passionate employees will continue to contribute our time, resources and available funds to the education and advocacy of grain bin safety.

Valentine’s Day on the Farm

If you peek into the card aisle of any store this weekend you’re likely to see a farmer or two trying to find the right Valentine’s Day card for their spouse. They’ll read 10 cards, and put each one back because the perfect card for those in agriculture doesn’t exist. They’re either too sappy or too animated. And none get to the heart of the matter.

None of the cards read, “Thank you for making that urgent parts run in April when you had 100 other things to do but you put our farm first.”

And there isn’t one that reads, “I know it drives you nuts that you have to clean washers and seals out of the dryer vent but I appreciate you doing it.”

There is no Hallmark card stating, “I know I usually take you to the National Farm Machinery show this weekend but it’s been postponed until March 31 – April 3. Raincheck?”

No where will you find, “The midnight light inside the calving barn really brings out the green (and exhaustion) in your eyes.”

American Greetings has yet to publish a card that reads, “Global pandemic. Sky high land prices. Trades wars. Tighter regulation. But we still have each other!”

Those in agriculture usually show their love and appreciation in different ways and throughout the year, not necessarily on February 14, and usually not with a $5.00 greeting card someone else wrote.

It may be shown through a favorite dessert served on a tailgate in October or a ditch-pulled wildflower bouquet on the counter in July or even a weekend away once the crop is finally in the ground in May.

It matters not how you show your appreciation for your Valentine, just as long as you do.

Grower Knowledge Series Covers Farm Succession Planning & High Yields

We’re not letting arctic temperatures slow the pace at which we bring you information.

We invite you to join us virtually for our Grower Knowledge event series in February. This historic month merges two outstanding cooperatives into Co-Alliance Cooperative, and we’ve never been more excited about the opportunity that lies ahead for our employees and members.

Our goals are many, but one includes combining resources to maximize member education and operational success. These two events, focused on farm succession planning (2/23) and high yields (2/25), will bring industry experts to you virtually, providing innovative ways to maximize success for current and future generations.

Watch this brief preview from Jolene herself!

You can register for these events by contacting your local branch!

We certainly hope you can carve out a couple hours in your February schedule to attend these virtual events. Don’t forget to RSVP so we can send you the appropriate materials!

Welcome to Co-Alliance Cooperative.

We’re just getting started.