Tuesday
Mar292016

The Agronomy Avenue - March 2016

Dear Patrons,

Spring is around the corner; this winter was very mild and beautiful. With the little snow we got and the above average temperatures, we could be looking at an early spring. We have been surprised before though, and we still need to get through March.

If an early spring is in our forecast, we have the opportunity to have another great growing season for crops. This also means a great opportunity for the weeds to come in, so it is important to hit them with a 'pre' then come with a 'post' as soon as you see anything coming through after. There are not a lot of options for beans when certain weeds reach 4-6”. That is why it is important to hit them early and hit them hard so you aren’t trying to chase the weeds with rescue missions with the hard burners.

Corn has a few more options for weed control, but this doesn’t mean we can let them go until they are nice and tall. Those weeds are competing for the nutrients you placed there for the corn. With how tight the markets are we need to protect your nitrogen, so we can get your yields to where you are making money.

In closing, we will be doing the 2016 crop loyalty program with a .10 cent premium on corn if you spend $100 per acre and also .10 cents for beans if you spend $30 per acre. This is a great program to help the farmers with prices being low. If you have any questions about products or our services, please call or stop in.

From everyone on the agronomy team, we hope you have a safe and successful planting season. We look forward to seeing the soil getting turned over while we are out spreading and spraying.  Thanks again for your patronage!

Brooks Torke
Agronomy Manager

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

Friday
Dec042015

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

Friday
Apr102015

The Agronomy Avenue - April 2015

Spring is right around the corner again... Well, we hope anyways. This winter has been very mild with very little precipitation. Hopefully we can get some rain to get the rest of the frost out of the ground, as well as give us a little bit of moisture to plant into. I have been hearing some interesting old logics on being as dry as we are this spring. The two I liked the best were: “Plant in the dust and your bins will bust” or “Plant in the dust and you will busy”. If we don’t get any rain I am really hoping the first one holds true.

This winter we have been busy with construction, maintenance, and meetings. It has been a good winter for doing most of the stuff we had to accomplish. As you may have noticed our new chemical shed is near completion, with just a couple finishing touches left on it. We have all of the bulk tanks in and operational. We also have our 28% tanks in, and we are also thinking about bringing in a specialty starter fertilizer for the spring of 2016. This spring we are hoping we have the entire packaged chemical at the west store and the feed uptown. If something changes, call beforehand and I will let you know where you need to go to get your products. If you would like to, come see the shed... Swing into the office and I will give you a little tour. I am hoping to have as open house this summer so be on the lookout for more information.

The guys have been busy servicing and making repairs on all of our equipment. We have all been attending some educational meetings to help better service our patrons. One of the meetings was the Dow Enlist Release dates and informational meeting. There is no new news on this. They are still planning on a 2016 release date on their Dicamba beans, pending on several approvals. They will be releasing Enlist-duo which is their water based 24D premixed with Glyphosate, for use on corn, on very limited supply. We also went to listen to Dr. David Kohls, an economist who is amazing on predicting the future of agriculture and I highly recommend seeing him. A couple of the guys also went to service training for Nh3 tanks and equipment. With all the regulations on anhydrous, we are trying to stay ahead of the ball on following everything for the state and also for everyone’s safety.

In ending, I would like to remind everyone to get your Loyalty Program forms in to get your 10 cent premiums on your 2015 crops before spring gets in to full swing. If you have lost your sheet, give me a call or stop in and see me. It is not a contract, so if you find a better price, your crops are not locked into us. It is a program to help the farmers when the markets are low and to thank new customers and existing customers for your business. Also, if you are in need of any specialty grass mixes this spring/summer such as wild flowers, buffer strips, or cover crops, stop in for some prices.

Have a safe and good spring.

Brooks Torke
Agronomy Manager

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