Fall Tillage Practices and Cover Crops

Posted by Josh Sponheim on 12/2/21 9:30 AM

In my area of Iowa, primarily in Mitchell County, the adoption of strip-till has been huge. There were three or four people that started in the early 2000s, along with my dad, that were pretty vocal about what they were seeing and what kind of benefits they were getting from reducing tillage and going to a strip-till pass. I would love everybody to switch to strip-till and then to no-till down the road, but I understand not everyone is in that mindset. Many growers want to keep doing things the way they have always done things. That’s not always bad, but from a long-term farming standpoint, I believe there are benefits to doing things differently when it comes to soil health and keeping soil around for the next generation of farmers. It's a mindset change, and it has to be the grower’s decision. 

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Topics: soil health, yield efficiency, carbon credits, carbon sequestration, cover crops, no-till, strip-till

How Variable Rate Helps Manage the Rising Cost of Fertilizer

Posted by Matt Dinse on 11/12/21 8:30 AM

Fertilizer prices are on the rise, which leaves growers seeking to better manage their input costs. When it comes to planning for 2022, you may have a ton of questions rolling in your head such as: How can I manage costs? Is soil sampling actually worth the investment? Does variable rate fertilizer really pay? 

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Topics: Precision ag, soil health, variable rate, data driven decisions, farm analytics

Use Agronomic and Economic Data to Make Management Decisions

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 8/26/21 9:00 AM

At this time of the year, it’s easy to feel like yields are largely a function of weather - temperature and rainfall. Over the years in hundreds of grower meetings, I’ve heard that sentiment repeatedly. If you are inclined to think that way, think about this scenario. 

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Topics: Farm technology, Precision ag, soil health, group data, data driven decisions, Farm Plan

Nitrogen Strategies for your Fields

Posted by Mike Manning on 4/29/21 10:00 AM

"It convinces growers to spread those nitrogen pounds out over the course of the season or minimally making more than one application, and they see improved efficiency. We're talking about less pounds of nitrogen to produce a bushel of corn, and we generally see higher yields at the same time. So, it becomes a win-win." - Mike Manning

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Topics: Farm technology, Precision ag, crop protection, learning blocks, soil health, variable rate, economics, Farm Plan, nutrient removals, nitrogen

Does Carbon Sequestration Pay?

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 2/25/21 9:51 AM

"I believe that if we really want soils to be that carbon sequestering part, we need to be explaining to agriculture and producers this whole dynamic of carbon and how it's going to benefit them in ways that they really haven't thought about very much." Dr. Jerry Hatfield

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Topics: Precision ag, soil health, yield efficiency, carbon credits, carbon sequestration, cover crops, no-till

What Can You Do With Your Farm Data?

Posted by Lance Meyer on 2/11/21 10:15 AM

"We know there are dollars left on the table on every acre, it's just a matter of finding it with your farm data." - Lance Meyer, Kansas

LANCE MEYER: Hi, guys. My name is Lance Meyer. I'm an advisor here in eastern Kansas, actually located in the little town of Wellsville, just southwest of Kansas City. I've been with Premier Crop for about a year and a half now, and I work with growers kind of all over Kansas. I’m mainly focused here in east-central Kansas, but I get out west and up north a little bit, so kind of all over.

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Topics: Farm technology, data analytics, Precision ag, cost per bushel, soil health, data driven decisions, yield efficiency, farm analytics, nutrient removals, farm data

Three Top Examples of Agronomics and Economics with ProTech Partners

Posted by Matt Bowers on 11/10/20 6:15 PM

In this Premier Podcast episode, we're talking with Matt Bowers, Premier Crop’s Eastern Strategic Account Manager and Kimberly Beachy, with ProTech Partners in Indiana. Matt and Kimberly discuss the top three examples of agronomics and economics.

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Topics: Farming, Precision ag, Ag technology, soil health, yield efficiency, economics

Back to the Basics

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 10/8/19 8:15 AM

I have never liked the warning "you don't get a second chance to make a first impression." It always seems to futile and irreversible. But one example that I encounter frequently relates to how variable rate applications were first positioned by the ag input industry. Years ago, when GPS was first allowing us to measure differences within fields and variable rate controller technology was being pioneered, the value proposition presented to most growers was "this will save you money."

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Topics: soil health, variable rate, lime

You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 10/1/19 9:04 AM

Private colleges market their low faculty-student ratios to compete with the draw of big universities and the message is it's a place where we know your name. Insurance companies compete by selling the value of an agent when you have a claim vs. a phone number to call – the message is you are more than a number. These savvy marketers know that "me matters" – at some level most of us value being treated as the individuals we are. Being treated as though we are all the same as our peers – whether by age, gender, race, economic situation or other demographic insults our sense of being unique in the world.

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Topics: soil health

Can “Unhealthy” Soils Consistently Produce Exceptional Yields?

Posted by Dan Frieberg on 2/25/19 9:37 AM

In the early 1970s, I was fortunate to work for a farming operation that was serious about soil conservation. Serving on State Soil Conservation boards, building terraces, implementing no-till, when planters and weed control options were crude by today’s standards – they were soil stewards. Because of their mentorship, I’ve always taken soil conservation seriously.

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Topics: data analytics, Precision ag, yield analysis, soil health

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