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From the Manager's Desk

Jun 01, 2020

Again, this year, I had the pleasure of stopping at several of our member’s farms, homes, and businesses to drop off equity redemption checks. While it was much different this year--appropriate distancing, meeting outdoors, and no handshakes—it was still very enjoyable. Part of the thrill was just driving somewhere other than the office and back home for the first time in nearly two months. The opportunity to stop and visit some members I’ve never had the chance to meet, or to catch up with some I haven’t seen in quite some time, was extra special this year given how long we’ve all been cooped up. Even more rewarding is handing them an unexpected check for the eligible redemption equity they have in the cooperative. Each of the members I had the pleasure of visiting this year seemed quite surprised to be receiving their old eligible redemption equity. Several commented that they never expected to see the equity returned.

Toay Farms Sign

Lime Alternative for New Seeding

May 26, 2020

Dan Toay, and his agronomist Dan Durst, talk about how they improved Toay’s alfalfa stand to be thicker, greener and more vibrant with 98G pelletized limestone from Calcium Products.

Measuring RFV of Alfalfa

Alfalfa & Relative Feed Value (RFV)

May 22, 2020

Premier Nutritionist Craig Wagner talks about Relative Feed Value (RFV) and using that information to decide when it's time to start cutting alfalfa. Keep an eye on our Interactive Alfalfa Map, which updates daily with information on how alfalfa is maturing througout the region.

Coronavirus Financial Aid

May 21, 2020

Nearly daily there is new information released for grants, low interest loans, and other government assistance programs related to Covid-19 financial aid and direct producer payments.

New growth after frost damage in corn

Interactive Alfalfa Maturity Map

May 15, 2020

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

May 14, 2020

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)

Webinar for Producers on Applying for CFAP Payments

May 13, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

New Eligibility Notice for EIDL

May 12, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) recently put out a notice for New Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance (EIDL). A few highlights from the SBA website...

Oil Crashes to Negative Values Due to Lockdowns

May 10, 2020

I hope this newsletter finds you all healthy. The world has changed a lot since the last newsletter. I’m writing this from my office but that may change. I may be writing it from home next time. Or the pandemic may be over. We have to remain flexible. 

New growth after frost damage in corn

Freezing Temps and Crop Damage

May 08, 2020

Temperatures are projected to drop into the 20’s and questions are arising whether alfalfa, corn, and soybeans will be killed. Frost and cold weather conditions can be extremely variable throughout a geography and from micro-environment with-in field conditions. Frost injury occurring at or below 32°F has different outcomes from lethal freezes which are more likely to negatively impact plants when temperatures are at 28°F for more than four hours.

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