Spring Soil Sampling

Is it possible to transition your fall soil sampling to the spring? Of course! And there are many advantages in doing so, including:

  • Avoid the fall rush
  • Receive information back in plenty of time to work with YieldPro specialist throughout the summer to make a sound plan moving forward
  • Consistent soil conditions in the spring, compared to following a dry summer
  • And more!

Tune in to hear agronomist Steve Dlugosz and YieldPro Specialist Roger Boyd discuss the merits of spring soil sampling.

 

 

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Nitrogen Management in Corn

Cost, goals, application rate, timing and stabilizers are all considerations when working to ensure nitrogen levels in your corn are where they need to be.

Harvest Land can serve you at many different capacities depending on your operation and goals.

This week we invite you to watch this brief video to hear Todd Overmyer, Central Crops Manager, and Steve Dlugosz, agronomist, discuss what is available to you to stabilize nitrogen in your corn crop.

 

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2020 Winter YieldPro Crops Forums

“Do you know the best part about 2019?” a farmer-member asked us last week.

“It’s almost over.” he continued.

We appreciate his perspective.

Our hope is that 2020 offers you more reasons for optimism.  You have many places to be this winter, but we hope you’ll join us for one of these meetings.

Crops Forum Page

 

 

Please RSVP to your local YieldPro Specialist!

 

 

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Our Encouragement of Youth in Agriculture

It was cold, but they showed up.

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Harvest Land understands that high school students in our trade territory are a tremendous asset as they emerge as the future generation of leaders within the workplace. With one-third of our workforce retiring in the next 3-5 years and many similar stories echoing throughout the agriculture industry, the career options that students interested in ag will encounter are tremendous.

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Whether today’s students are focused on heading to college or simply graduating high school, our employees are excited to share their similar stories and experiences that have brought them to where they are today.

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Students in attendance got to tour our facilities and encounter several stations along the way, which provided interactive experiences for students. All segments of our cooperative business, Agronomy, Energy, Grain and Feed, are represented during these career day events.

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As your local cooperative, we appreciate any opportunity to encourage youth participation and education within agriculture.

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We truly appreciate the schools and teachers who participate in these career days, which provides an enhanced view of local careers post-graduation while simultaneously raising awareness on some options for scholarships, internships and learning tools in the interim.

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We’re proud to be local.

We’re proud to work safely and as a team.

We’re proud to be owned by 5,500 dedicated farmers.

We’re proud to employ so many in rural Ohio and Indiana.

We’re proud to do work daily that enhances the lives of so many.

We’re proud to have so many different career opportunities within one company which can satisfy the curious minds and busy hands of so many in rural America.

We’re proud to be Harvest Land.

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When It Rains During Harvest

Some common consumers are quite concerned about Trick-or-Treat being rescheduled due to the weather. But the forecast that has loomed all week for our trade territory does nothing for the spirit of the farmer who just wants to finish harvest.

Too much rain in the spring means delayed planting. Too little rain in the summer means a choking drought. So what does rain during harvest mean?

Navigating Mud – When it rains during harvest, the obvious problem becomes mud. Combines, semi trucks, tractors and wagons all need to be able to get in and out of fields to harvest and transport the crop. Though they’re each large, powerful machines, they simply aren’t built to operate in the mud, especially when they’re loaded full of grain. Farmers don’t want to get their equipment stuck, and they certainly don’t want to learn what it would take to get them un-stuck!

Increased Propane Usage for Grain Drying – The 2019 crop was planted so late (especially for the northern end of our territory), that we’re facing a barely matured crop, resulting in areas with 30% moisture. Corn dries naturally when it is still alive and 17-snow-harvest_0growing, but with the quick decline in temperature and frost, it’s growing days are over. That means the moisture must be removed mechanically.  Farmers dry grain to prevent any loss of their crop and to ensure they get the best price when marketing it. Most
farmers have access to grain dryers on their farm. By putting the corn through these grain dryers they can dry the grain to the desired moisture level. A large majority of grain dryers are powered by propane, and that’s another input cost for the farmer.

Detriment to Grain Quality – It is difficult to maintain grain quality when you harvest maize_grain_01_0wet grain. Moving the kernels through the combine can easily result in damaged and
cracked grain. Additionally, a farmer would go on to spend the money to mechanically dry it, overall lowering the grain quality. This affects the price they get when selling their grain because damages result in discounts.

Rain during harvest isn’t ideal, but it is another condition that America’s farmers work through when in this lifestyle. Perhaps the silver lining to this literal rain cloud is that this rain will allow the parents and grandparents to see, and enjoy the company of, their favorite ghosts and goblins on this Halloween weekend. Usually, they only stop the combine for five brief minutes to dote over the costumes and perhaps steal a Reese cup or two.

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Harvest Issues and Prioritization​

How do you decide where to harvest first, and when?

  • We’ve already begun seeing stalk issues in harvest, and a simple push test will reveal a lot about your hybrid.
  • Stalk strength will help you determine what you should harvest first.
  • Stalk standability, stalk strength and stalk quality each needs consideration.
  • Growers need to be prepared with a plan to harvest and store late-season, higher-moisture beans.
  • Make sure you give your grain buyer a call now to determine what moisture they’ll be taking so you’re prepared when the crop comes off.

There is more!

Watch this brief video to hear Brandon Lovett, Seed Manager, visit with YieldPro Specialist Kyle Brooks about harvest issues and how to prioritize your fields.

 

The Great Benefits of Fall CN Application

Harvest is around the corner, and now is the time to make the decision on a fall fertilizer application. There are many benefits to applying fall CN, and this week we want to discuss them with you, our farmer-member.

  • Remember: Profitability always comes with good fertility.
  • YieldPro is the best way to manage fertilizer costs in your operation​.
  • Logistically, fall application generally works out better because there is greater flexibility and a less compressed time frame.

Watch this brief video to hear Tyler Kilfoil, YieldPro Specialist and agronomist Steve Dlugosz discuss the great benefits of fall fertilizer application.

 

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The Merits of Fall Application

Considering a fall application? Let’s talk about that.

  • Fall application is ideal for addressing dandelions, Marestail, and thistles, which are species quite difficult – if not impossible – to control in the spring.
  • Don’t wait until the fall harvest to decide on making a fall application – Time is never in your favor during harvest season!
  • A fall burn-down program means less weed pressure from other winter annuals, and fewer insect problems.
  • Success: Start Clean, Stay Clean, All Season Long.

Join us as manager Adam Culy visits with agronomist Steve Dlugosz and YieldPro Specialist Denver Norris about the strong merits of fall application and view the powerful visual proof.

 

Contact your YieldPro Specialist to ensure your fields start clean and stay clean, in preparation for success in 2020.

 

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Cash Flow Management

Now more than ever, it is pertinent that growers manage their input costs wisely and Harvest Land has ways to help.
There are a variety of vendor offered programs for funding inputs. Some offer immediate cash discounts, or earnings on your investments to expand your purchasing power, others might offer reduced interest rates for funding with payments due at or near harvest time (matching payments with your cash availability)  and some even offer 0% financing through harvest.

This week we wanted to talk about a cash flow management option that actually expands your dollar investment on the date you purchase the product using either your funds or optional borrowed funds. As programs rollout, we will be sure to keep you informed!

 

A second option we’d like to share with you is John Deere Financial’s Special Terms.

John Deere Financial is about more than just financing equipment, parts and repairs. Watch this video for an introduction to Special Terms Financing through John Deere Financial available through Harvest Land.  Special terms financing may be available for the financing of your crop and farm fuel inputs purchased through Harvest Land.

The Special Terms programs provide repayment terms targeted to match cash flow timing and special interest rates on many ag inputs.  Utilize the input finance calculator to assist you in selecting the right choice for your input financing.

We highly encourage you to reach out to your YieldPro Specialist to review these options and ensure you’re maximizing your cash flow options as we roll into 2020.

Additional Resources:

TruChoice site

Input Finance Calculator

Photo Friday: 2019 Answer Plot

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On Tuesday we hosted our 2019 Answer Plot event outside Pershing, IN. We were nervous about low attendance numbers going into the event because of the frustrating season we’ve had. “Would growers attend in good faith that we still have sound agronomic information to share with them?” we wondered.

They did.

We were pleased with the number of farmer-members who attended this annual event and the level of participation. There was tremendous questions, conversation, and insight. Harvest Land is proud to continue to offer this event to our members when so many attend to prove it’s ongoing value. We thank all who joined us for the day.

This week, we want to share photos from the event.

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An ear of corn on July 23, 2019!

 

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