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Micronutrient Deficiency

Micronutrients Aren't Optional

Jun 07, 2021

When you hear the word “micro,” what comes to mind? Do you immediately think “inconsequential,” “insignificant” or “nonessential”? If so, you may assume that micronutrients are an optional component of your plant nutrition program. But that’s not the case. Micronutrients are needed in smaller quantities compared to macronutrients, but their importance on plant nutrition for your corn and soybean crops can’t be overstated.

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Dairy Financial Drivers

Jun 03, 2021

There is no question that the state of the dairy industry, as it has been since my time began at Premier in 2017, has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. While there are plenty of moving parts not in a consultant’s or producer’s control, there are still several ways to improve profitability on our dairies today.

Frost Damaged Corn

Assessing Frost Damage

Jun 02, 2021

Frost has speckled a few areas of the across the northern Midwest this weekend. Fortunately, most of the corn has the growing point below ground and soybeans are either not planted or they have not emerged. However, some of the Midwest, these crops are at more susceptible stages for injury. Frost issues create a number of grower questions as to their effect on emerged corn and soybeans. The following may help answer some of these questions.

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Protect Plants From Stress with Biostimulants

Jun 02, 2021

During the lifespan of a crop, it’s faced with numerous stressors that can chip away at yield. So what can you do to protect plants from stress? It starts with keeping crops healthy from day one with good management practices. Toggle® is a biostimulant fertilizer used in corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops. It’s derived from seaweed and enhances root growth, promotes synthesis of antioxidants and improves photosynthesis by increasing chlorophyll production in plants. 

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The Big 5 This June

Jun 01, 2021

As we progress thru the growing season, we are entering a period of time that making correct agronomic decision can have great impact on your ending yields this fall. Stress as we know it is often not a good thing. How to mitigate that for your crops is key. Looking ahead to the coming month there can be decisions to help decrease stress. I am going to call it “The Big 5” for the month of June.

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Have No Doubt If There's A Drought

May 19, 2021

Conditions have been very favorable for a successful calving season this year. Not having to battle mud and the associated challenges that present themselves when we calve in wet, damp, cold environments can lead to some benefits. However, our mindset will soon shift as concerns of plentiful precipitation, pasture quality and longevity may be of greater concern. This month we take a look at a few decision-making opportunities when our region is challenged with drought conditions.

Sprayer

Get Notified When We Finish Applying in Your Field

May 14, 2021

Tired of wondering if we have spread/sprayed your field? This spring, all our applicators have been equipped with iPads to electronically submit their application reports.  With this new technology, we now have the ability to automatically alert you when we have finished your application order. As soon as we pull out of your field, you will get a text and/or email.  

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Refocus Your Scouting Efforts With In-season Imagery

May 14, 2021

Nobody knows your farm as well as you do, but the R7® Tool can give you a whole new perspective to identify new challenges and opportunities.  Personalized to fit your fields, the R7 suite of tools combines powerful data with localized information to help you make the best decisions for your crop. 

Fertilizer

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.

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