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ANVOL® Nitrogen Stabilizer

May 11, 2021

Maximize your yield by supplementing nitrogen, sulfur or other valuable micronutrients when the crop’s needs are at its highest demand. Including a nitrogen stabilizer like ANVOL can reduce cumulative ammonia loss to 12 percent, compared to losses of more than 30 percent with untreated urea.

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Fungicide Application Windows

May 03, 2021

A fungicide targeting foliar diseases is only as effective as its application timing. Generally, there are three key growth stage options to choose from — V5-V7, V8-V10 and VT-R1 — for making a fungicide application, and there are advantages and disadvantages associated with each stage. We’ve taken an in-depth look at these options, the pros, cons and expectations associated with a foliar fungicide application at any of these stages.

Grain Bin

Market Update

May 03, 2021

We are entering an exciting season in the grain markets. Today’s prices are providing some great contracting opportunities for your 2021 crop. We have seen many producers contract a portion of their new crop corn and soybeans on the way up throughout this rally, and I would encourage all to make a plan and set selling goals prior to harvest. Whether that is selling a portion of your production today or having targets in mind, it is typically better to have a plan and be prepared. As the weather and other factors impacting prices change, so can your plan. 

From the Manager's Desk

May 03, 2021

Welcome to spring 2021. The piles of snow along the edge of the parking lot outside our Mt Horeb Do it Best store are now gone and will soon be replaced with mountains of fresh mulch, dozens of lawn and garden soils, fertilizer, bark, and stone options, as well as a freshly stocked greenhouse full of some of the best flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs the area has to offer. A little further north our Westby ACE store is also busy packing away the leftover snowblowers and shovels, and ready to showcase the latest grills and just about anything to spruce up your backyard living space. 

Propane Tank

May Energy News

May 03, 2021

I just got back from a week off of work. It’s funny how a few days off can get you more focused and energized. I spent most of my time on my farm. I managed to get a couple of chicken coops completed, some wood cut and a good start on fencing in between bouts with my turkey hunting addiction. As usual, no turkeys were harmed during my hunting adventures. 

New growth after frost damage in corn

Interactive Alfalfa Maturity Map

Apr 27, 2021

There is an optimum time to harvest alfalfa based off on the maturity and height of the plant. Once the maturity and height of plant is captured, feed value can be predicted.

Calculating Alfalfa Stand Quality

Apr 27, 2021

Predictive Equations of Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) provides an estimate of the quality, measured as Relative Feed Value (RFV), of a crop of first cutting alfalfa standing in the field. (Iowa State University)

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April Energy News

Apr 02, 2021

I called it on my last newsletter. Spring is officially here. Every spring it sure feels good to go outside and feel a warm breeze, doesn’t it? The birds, including the snow birds, are heading back north after their annual migration. I’ve noticed a kestrel flying around my buildings. I’m hoping it’s the female that has come back the last couple of years and nested in my icehouse. They’re great mousers. 

From the Manager's Desk

Apr 02, 2021

Welcome to spring 2021. The piles of snow along the edge of the parking lot outside our Mt Horeb Do it Best store are now gone and will soon be replaced with mountains of fresh mulch, dozens of lawn and garden soils, fertilizer, bark, and stone options, as well as a freshly stocked greenhouse full of some of the best flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs the area has to offer. A little further north our Westby ACE store is also busy packing away the leftover snowblowers and shovels, and ready to showcase the latest grills and just about anything to spruce up your backyard living space. 

Alfalfa Field

Alfalfa Seeding Date Recommendations

Mar 31, 2021

Many times producers will plant alfalfa early out of convenience. But, planting alfalfa later has its benefits and may lead to more success on your farm.

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