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The Agronomy Avenue - December 2015

Dear Patrons,

I would like to start off by saying thank you for your business once again this past year! We had a good year with great weather and yielding crops to help us when the grain prices are down. Looking ahead to next year, there are a couple things I would like to touch on.

First off would be to look at your fertilizer as we are all hoping to see the inputs go down. I am confident that we will see the fertilizer market starting to soften. With that being said, if you are looking to make some cuts in your budgets, I would hope that it’s not with the amount of your inputs. This year we had the potential to hit our highest yields ever, but if you restrict your nutrients, the plants will only produce as much as what you have in the soil. For example if you had 60 bushel beans, they could have potentially taken 225 pounds of nitrogen, 50 pounds of phosphorous, and 85 pounds of potassium. Please consider this as you plan for the 2016 season. With low crop prices, you need to maximize your acres for the highest yields to make up for those prices, as well to protect your investments with stabilizers for your nutrients and manure.

This year we had the perfect growing conditions for our crops which also meant it was perfect growing conditions for the weeds. After talking to countless numbers of chemical reps as well as farmers, I have been hearing in the grain belt states a lot of guys have been stacking chemicals to keep the residual going. This seems to be helping with the growing problem of palmer amaranth. For example, on soybeans, use a good pre emerge product and follow up with an application of glyphosate with Flexstar and Dual. The second application should be done as soon as you see a single weed coming up. If there is one weed you can see there are 1000 more weeds you can’t see! For corn, stick with your pre emerge product, followed by a glyphosate product mixed with a Dicamba product. Then if need be, drop nozzle 2-4D after brown silk to kill the germ in your problem areas or your weed escapes. The biggest thing to keep in mind is to stick with your pre emerge herbicides like Surestart 2, Sonic or any others you would like to try.

In closing, I would like to remind you as patrons to take advantage of the Equity Loyalty Program for 2016. We will be out doing our best to visit people this winter talking about it. The 2015 program went over very well with everyone that signed up, so we are going to continue again with the program this upcoming year. Please give us a call and we will explain how it works and get you signed up or we can talk about it when you’re here doing prepays. I am always happy to go over anything you have questions about as YOUR business is what keeps Equity Elevator growing. 

Once again, I would like to thank everyone that supports us because you’re the reason we are in business for over 100 years! I am also glad that everyone had a safe and bountiful harvest. We hope to continue working with you for years to come.

Happy Holidays & Safe Travels!

Brooks Torke
Agronomy Manager

Agronomy Team: Darian Horejsi, Jared Bakken, Stanley (Dennis Gackstetter) and Reed Raddatz