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.Keep Reading
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As many of you might have already noticed, Ag Leader has started a new agronomy video series to coincide with our blog, Agronomically Speaking, featuring precision technology agronomists, Barry Anderson and Chad Swindoll. In this series, the duo gets down and dirty to talk about all things agronomy, especially our Tech Trials in Ames, and throughout the country.Keep Reading
We all know that soil types and conditions can pose many challenges to planting. Too cold, too wet, too hard, too clumpy, etc. Due to all this variability, it is crucial you are spending time behind the planter to determine the proper seed depth based on the current conditions. This is important to do each day and for each field.Keep Reading
Earlier this year, we introduced Chad Swindoll and Barry Anderson, our Agronomy team at Ag Leader. They weren’t on the job for very long before they got to work setting up Tech Trial plots across North America to help farmers realize the value of Ag Leader equipment, and precision agriculture in general, from a more agronomic perspective.Keep Reading
Resistant weeds, dicamba training, new EPA rules and regulations, and ag companies being bought or merging together have been a few of the topics found in many ag media and publications this winter. In summary, things are continually changing in agriculture and will continue to change. One of those changes that many, if not all growers, have experienced is how to deal with weed resistance. Resistant weed biotypes exist in every field and the only way to prevent or minimize resistant populations is through a program of best management practices (BMPs). This program sets a standard of zero tolerance to keep weeds from going to seed.Keep Reading
We have all the heard the saying “getting back to the basics”, but how does that apply to today's farm that's filled with technology? It is no different from what our fathers and grandfathers did when they planted. Sure, planters have changed and other technologies have been added to complement and enhance the planting operations. There was a research experiment conducted in 1908 by Albert Hume et al. that looked at the distance between hills for corn in the Illinois Corn Belt. One statement taken from that experiment summary sums it up well by saying, “Plant corn thicker if the land is rich and thinner if the land is old and thin.” There are many factors that play into ear count and yield, but here are the basic three.Keep Reading
During spring planting, there are many things to keep in mind, and often it’s hard to prioritize. I like to tell people to stick to the basics, which includes proper soil conditions, trash control and correct seeding depth - these form the foundation for achieving a successful crop year.Keep Reading