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Apr, 02 2019 - by Barry Anderson

Causes of Poor Seed Emergence

Spring has finally started to show up for many of us, but for some, it has been a season of complete devastation. Our thoughts and prayers are out to those across the Midwest that have experienced flooding and the loss of property, livestock, stored grain, etc. Being born and raised in Nebraska, I ache to see the pictures that I have seen this past March of what occurred in just a matter of days. 

With all the snow this winter and now rain, this combination can contribute to poor seed emergence in both corn and soybeans. Even last fall, the extended soybean harvest contributed to many seed companies having issues with lower germination of seed. Here are a few reasons you may experience poor seed emergence, and some ways to help.

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Mar, 21 2019 - by Brett Buehler

Determining If SureForce is Right For Your Farm

Over the years I’ve been asked for my opinion on what is the most valuable planter upgrade. There will never be a blanket answer, and each situation needs to be considered with own special set of circumstances. One major challenge is that the payback of an upgrade directly hinges on how poorly the machine performed prior to the upgrade. This year has been no different than any other year, but the questions have often been more pointed, specifically questioning the return on investment with SureForce®.

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Mar, 11 2019 - by Ag Leader

GROWING CONFIDENCE: On-farm field trials improve crop potential

Growing sugar beets in the Red River Valley is an exercise in precision. Hitting the optimal planting depth is of utmost importance to fulfilling the crop’s potentially high — and lucrative — yield potential.

“Getting your stand established is huge for sugar beets,” said Jeff Bjorge, farmer and president of Cutting Edge Ag, an Ag Leader dealer in Buxton, North Dakota. “Any incremental increase in stand and uniformity means many dollars per acre.”

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Feb, 05 2019 - by Barry Anderson

Considerations in Deciding When to Start Planting

Deciding when to start planting can sometimes be overwhelming if you take into considerations the factors (Figure 1) that have an influence on corn emergence. We need to remember that corn is a warm season crop. Hybrids that are available today have great yield potential and provide the basis for tolerance to cold stress, but poorly planted seed never reaches its potential yield due to the fact the environmental factors can still reduce stand. Many growers resist planting early because the soils are too cool for emergence, however planting as early as possible helps the corn plant maximize its yield potential by utilizing more of the growing season. 

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Jan, 08 2019 - by Chad Swindoll

Learning Together to Develop Best Practices

The agronomy team at Ag Leader spends time in the field learning about the real world application of current and future products to equip our team and educate current and future customers about the agronomic benefits of using advanced technology such as planter or application controls.

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Nov, 19 2018 - by Chad Swindoll

Applying Fall Nitrogen: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

This fall has been a challenge for many producers across the U.S. pertaining to the amount of rain that you may have had. Now that harvest is finished or is near completion, fall tillage and fertility is next on many of your lists. Corn production requires nitrogen (N) fertilization to supplement what is available from the soil. After N, phosphorous (P) is the nutrient that is likely to be deficient for effective corn production. 

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Sep, 25 2018 - by Ag Leader

Put Data to Work One Step at a Time

Year-round crop connectivity

With today’s Ag Leader tools, a farmer can document virtually every field operation and major crop performance metric, from planting to harvest and more.

It’s important to take actions from a targeted, one-step-at-a-time approach, according to Ag Leader’s Barry Anderson, a precision agriculture agronomist.

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Jul, 31 2018 - by Chad Swindoll

Learning at Every Stage

Agriculture is a seasonal business due to the nature of the crops that we grow. Farmers understand that each crop stage demands various activities to steward yield as we approach the finish line – harvest. In my role as agronomist for Ag Leader I try to establish a mutual learn/teach relationship with customers, dealers, and Ag Leader staff. When we can learn together and from one another at every phase of our cropping systems, new opportunities emerge almost effortlessly. My challenge to all farmers is to learn at every stage. Stage can mean different things such as crop maturity, season, maturity of the business, or future planning.

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