2021 Winter Innovation Forum 360

We understand running your business and maintaining the many working parts of a homestead keeps you busy.

That’s why Harvest Land created the Winter Innovation Forum 360, a one-day event that brings nationally acclaimed speakers to our trade territory to provide a full day of information and education.

On February 17, 2021 we invite you to the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, Indiana for a full day of visiting with industry partners, business presentations designed to improve success on your farm and a walk-through trade show.

When: February 17, 2021

Where: 861 Salisbury Rd. Richmond, IN

Why: To learn key insight from national experts during a single day event. Also, PARP credits will be offered at 8:00 AM!

How: Registration for this FREE even opens in January

We encourage you to watch this brief video to learn more!:


Early Harvest Agronomic Update

We asked Glenn Longabaugh, Regional Agronomist for Winfield United, to give us an agronomic update as we move right into Harvest 2020.

Corn has progressed very quickly and the April plantings have reached physiological maturity. May and June planting should have reached physiological maturity this week, the first week of October.

How could corn planted so different temporally mature so near the same time, you might ask? Remember that April plantings experienced very sub-optimal temperatures this spring and accumulated GDD’s (Growing Degree Days) very slowly. This slow accumulation hindered emergence and early development which allowed the later plantings to keep pace, effectively compressing maturation into a much shorter window than what you might expect. 

Corn yields look good to excellent and late season foliar health is considerably better than what you might expect. Why is the corn as free of pathogens as it is? First, the diseases that normally impact our yields most, like Grey Leaf Spot were impeded because of dry conditions earlier in grand growth, discouraging their jump from residue to the lower leaves of the plant. Second, when corn did get flowering and the plant was more susceptible, we also started getting timely rainfall. That would normally lead you to expect disease to go rampant. Why didn’t it? Those tropical depressions that brought us rainfall a month or better ago didn’t come as a single event, rather it was several rainfall events and cooler temps. Those rainfall events that deposited a few spores and created enough moisture for them to germinate came in such a sequential manner that it also washed off the largest portion of the inoculum. Just an example that we are not always so clever at prognosticating epidemics! Lastly, I would like to think that the increased use of early fungicides has had some impact on overall plant health and inoculum levels.

Soybeans are also progressing well and with the timely August rainfall it could be one of our best soybean years ever. It’s important to remember that even with intensive management the story of soybean yield is most often written in August and we had excellent soil moisture in the 8th month. Early maturing soybean fields that are being harvested are bearing that out.

With the abundant rainfall comes some issues in soybeans that are concerning. First many fields suffered from anaerobic conditions long enough that it actually smothered the plants and symptomology ranges from chlorosis, (yellowing) to full necrosis (brown/dead tissue). Those fields that are chlorotic are showing this symptomology from various reasons yet unfortunately most have not immediate solution. 

Why did soybeans turn yellow early? 1) Oxygen, soybean roots do not photosynthesize but, they do respire, and saturated conditions lead to an anaerobic environment. 2) Nitrogen, soybeans are intensive users of nitrogen and the estimates are somewhere between 4-5 lbs are necessary per bushel of soybeans. We don’t supplement soybeans with nitrogen because we expect Brady Rhizobium to live in symbiosis with the soybean roots and produce enough ureides (organic nitrogen compounds) to fulfill the soybeans needs. By R4 ureide production is already waning and anaerobic conditions only exacerbate the problem. 3) Sulfur and manganese are also limiting mineral nutrients that are causing chlorosis in fields exposed to too much rainfall. 4) Disease: Stem Canker, Charcoal rot, Brown stem rot, Phomopsis, Sclerentinia white mold, Phytophthora root rot and of course Sudden death syndrome (SDS) all have culpability in predisposing crops. 

With the yield advantages of early planting comes the caveat of increased soil borne pathogens, but SDS is probably the most common and thus the most yield-reducing of the group. SDS is the common name for Fusarium Vurguliforme a soil borne pathogen that cannot be treated in season and typically causes premature death by plugging the vascular system and causing premature senescence. Even tolerant varieties often have SDS but can finish seed production before succumbing to the symptoms. Variety selection and seed treatments are the best line of defense against SDS.

Lastly, Soybean insect pressure in August and September really ballooned, especially stinkbugs. (I guess they finally found their way out of our laundry room.) For future reference, we do not often think about amendments in August but, depending on planting date and maturity, R4 soybeans that are still 30-45 days from physiological maturity, so pod sucking is not acceptable!

Our Harvest Land team wishes you a safe and bountiful harvest.

Fall Herbicide Application II


  • For effective application, air temperature must be adequate for post-harvest burn down. Do you know what that ideal temperature is?
  • Fall application with Harvest Land helps you maximize manpower so you’re ready to roll in spring 2021. 
  • Earlier in the fall is where your residual is going to provide the best control. 

Kyle Pulley, YieldPro Specialist, and Drake Copeland, Technical Support Manager for FMC, have a terrific discussion regarding temperature, timing and efficacy of fall herbicide application. 

Take 4 minutes to learn more:

Fall Herbicide: Part 1

We often get this question:
Does fall burndown replace a spring herbicide application?
  • Take care of winter annuals in the fall, when they’re at their most susceptible time in the life cycle. This eliminates residue in the field, allowing your fields to dry out quicker, getting you in the field sooner in spring 2021.
  • Do you know what pests lay eggs in winter annual foliage? These larvae go on to chew on emerging crop as it grows.
  • It is so important to kill driver weeds, such as marestail, in the fall while they’re in the rosette stage so you don’t have to double spray them to achieve control in the spring.

Watch as Mike Shrack, YieldPro Specialist, visits with Drake Copeland, FMC Technical Service Manager, about the agronomic and efficiency benefits of a fall burndown.

Why YieldPro Now?

YieldPro is so much more than a soil sampling service.
  • ​We believe in allocating scarce resources through the 4 Rs: 

Right fertilizer source at the
Right rate, at the
Right time and in the
Right place


  • Properly managed fertilizers support cropping systems that provide economic, social and environmental benefits. On the other hand, poorly managed nutrient applications can decrease profitability and increase nutrient losses, potentially degrading water and air.

  • Yield data coupled with soil analysis pack a powerful punch when it comes to recommendations for your individual fields. 

Watch as Seth Lawyer, YieldPro Specialist, visits with Curt Naylor, YieldPro manager, about the reasons why the YieldPro program is valuable as ever. 


Harvest Loss Considerations

Let’s Talk Harvest Loss and Prioritizing Harvest 2020

  • NOW is the time to prioritize fields and look for signs and symptomologies arising.
  • Physoderma has the ability to reduce stalk integrity – do you know how to identify it? Yellowing up the mid-rib often leads to crown rot – take a look at the symptoms in this short video.
  • A push test is an easy way to prioritize fields – don’t just harvest in the order you planted.

Here’s a question: What’s the economic threshold of what is coming out the back of your combine?

Take less than 8 minutes to learn more about prioritizing fields during Harvest 2020, harvest loss and strategies for harvest success in corn and soybeans. Glenn Longabaugh, Winfield United Regional Agronomist, and Mark Richey, YieldPro Specialist, visit more here:

Seed Considerations for 2021

  • The purpose of the Answer Plot is to help growers make sound choices by reviewing varieties and hybrids in-season. We encourage you to walk fields now to get a real-time view of issues and success. 
  • Harvest Land has yield competitive programs available through our Harvest Elite and Harvest Strong programs that provide proof through data…take a look at the numbers below!
  • Lastly, we invite you to look into our many financing options that are available to you. Don’t miss the window to maximize your investment. 
In under six minutes, you can learn about financing programs, getting to the field now to make valuable decisions and competitive programs that could land you on a beach. Watch as Brandon Lovett, Seed Manager, and Denver Norris, YieldPro Specialist, talk more:


Harvest Elite Sell Sheet 2020Harvest Strong Sell Sheet 2020


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A Late Season Resource: The Harvest Land Answer Plot

Think there is nothing left to see at our 2020 Winfield United Answer Plot?

Think again!

Now is the prime time to get to the plot to view what agronomic changes are happening so you can make informed decisions for 2021.

This week we invite you to step inside the plot to watch YieldPro Specialist Mark Richey visit with Glenn Longabaugh, Winfield United Regional Agronomist, about the many things you can see and learn.


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Chamber Chat featuring Harvest Land

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce recently called the office and asked Harvest Land to appear on their weekly Chamber Chat series, which highlights upcoming community events and businesses. Typically, we’d go to a small TV studio on the campus of IU East to do this interview, but because of COVID-19, this was done virtually through Zoom. 

During the interview, we were able to give a general overview of our cooperative business, discuss how we handled the COVID-19 pandemic, and also how the pandemic will go on to affect us down the road. There is so much to consider daily as we navigate today to prepare for the future in this changing world.

“Wow. Every time I talk to someone from Harvest Land, I learn something new about what you’re doing and who you’re serving, and it seems like that number just continues to grow,” responded Roxie Deer, Director of Professional Development.

While there are many pressing things that cover our desks, truck dashes, and to-do lists at work, we think it is still important to answer these calls in order to tell our story. Not only because of our rich history in countless small communities in Ohio and Indiana, but also because we have a lot to offer.

We kept construction projects running by fueling machines when other areas of the country shut down. We hired more than 70 employees when other businesses laid people off during COVID-19. We continued to make huge contributions to fire departments with grain rescue tubes to ensure they’re prepared to serve communities. Our work doesn’t slow down and we’re quite fortunate to employ more than 300 people who have never let their foot off the gas since March. 

This week we invite you to watch the interview, now on YouTube. The first part talks about the approaching Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Farm Tour. We’re proud to sponsor this annual event which is organized to educate the general public on all areas of agriculture. It will be held at The Barn at Helm on August 27 (REGISTER HERE!)

If you fast forward to 12:20 you can watch our interview and learn even more about our evolving business climate.





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Co-Alliance and Harvest Land to Pursue Merger

Indiana-based agricultural cooperatives Co-Alliance, LLP and Harvest Land Cooperative announced on Thursday an agreement to pursue a merger.


“This merger will offer exceptional opportunities to our farmer-owners in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. The expanded resources, more robust product line and extension of quality service will extend beyond what the two co-ops could offer individually. Together, we anticipate great success in cultivating opportunities for our members through this historic merger with the Co-Alliance team,” said Scott Logue, CEO of Harvest Land.

The merger would bring efficiencies to the agronomy, energy, grain, swine, and animal nutrition services of each company and is representative of the importance of scale in the cooperative model serving local farmers. “The opportunity to merge with Harvest Land brings both companies a chance to enhance their customer experience and meet the growing demands of the ever-changing agriculture industry.  We are excited to bring this powerful combination to our grower members,” added Kevin Still, CEO of Co-Alliance.

Due diligence will begin in the coming months with hope to complete the merger in 2021.

Co-Alliance and Harvest Land are already partnered on United Agronomy Services, LLP, a full-service agronomy retailer in Summitville, Indiana. This location is consistently a top performer for both parent companies.

Harvest Land Co-op is a local, farmer-owned cooperative, providing innovative agronomic and energy services in east central Indiana and southwest Ohio. Originally organized in the late 1920’s, they continue to specialize in providing farmers with the products and strategic opportunities they need to operate effectively and profitably. Their business is focused around four key areas for their members: agronomy, energy, grain and feed. Harvest Land works diligently to reduce risk for the sole operator, whether that be through fuel or propane contracting, grain marketing insight, crop protection products or providing a balanced diet for livestock.

Co-Alliance LLP is a member-owned supply and marketing operation delivering innovative solutions for farmer-members and customers across Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois specializing in agronomy, propane, fuels, grain, seed, hog production and feed. The customer-focused company strives to fulfill its collective mission to lead with people and technology, grow profitably, give back locally, and remember it is a cooperative.

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