Federated Co-ops News

  • Call Ahead for Seed Treatment

    Federated's state-of-the-art seed treatment facility in Ogilvie is up and running with:

    • storage space for 14,000 units of soybeans;
    • the ability to treat seed with two products without down time for line changes or cleaning;
    • two bulk delivery trucks ready to head to the farms.

    From the grower's end, one simple phone call will help the process -- and, ideally, that call will be made within 48 hours of need. "If we are given notice in advance, we can have the seed there [on their farm], treated, and ready to go out when they need it. [Growers] can transition from corn to beans, or variety to variety, without having to wait on us," said Cody Lezer, Federated's central warehouse manager at Ogilvie.

    Contact your Federated Agronomist with seed orders -- and seed treatment needs -- to help us help you in the timeliest and most efficient manner. "It will be easier . . . to make plans and have a successful spring," said Lezer. 

  • Old Equity Retired

    Our Board of Directors have passed a resolution to retire old equity. The board has targeted the longest tenured members which covers all years through 1987.  The Co-op has the financial resources to do this because of the over 50,000 loyal patrons and their commitment to the Co-op.   
    This equity is based on the business our patrons did with Federated Co-ops directly or the more than 30 plus Co-ops that have merged over the years or have been bought by Federated over our 100 years in business. 
    If you believe that your account would qualify for this retirement of equity and you did not receive a check please email accounting@federatedcoops.com with your name, address & account number.
  • Planning Ahead for a Smooth Spring . . . Now!

    Planning for Spring -- which means now -- is more than just an exercise. Good plans are the basis for a strong start to the new growing season.

    Ryan Peterson, custom application manager, and Tim Stelter, location manager, both at Federated's Osceola site, reiterated the need for communication between growers and Federated agronomy team. Federated needs to hear from you now, before the rush hits.

    So just what does Federated need from you?

    • Product Service Policy for 2017. Even if you had one last year, you need a newly signed document on file with Federated for this calendar year.
    • Field maps. Properly labeled and named, your
      field maps should be on file with Federated to make it easier for get applicators to your fields, the right fields. Bring the maps in now (or send e-files if you have them) and ensure they are updated: Did you change anything, pick up new ground, etc.? Federated uses the Surety mapping program (see photo) and would be happy to help you get your fields set up in the system.
    • Orders. If you know what you need (seed, fertilizer, chemicals), order it now, and we will work with you on delivery, application, etc. when the time arrives. We have many customers to service, and we want to service you all well.
      • For last minute fertilizer orders, remember that earlier in the day is best, when the truck drivers are still mapping their daily routes.
      • Weekends are a challenge for everyone. We are on board every day in the busiest weeks of planting, but weekend staff often gets stretched to the limit. Please work with us as we work with you.
    • A valid pesticide applicator certification license. You must present it every time you order or pick up crop protection products (this is state law). You might want to store your license in your pick-up's console!

    Finally, as things get busy in season, Peterson pointed out that contacting your agronomist to place an order is not the best option. Call your local Federated location; the office staff is best equipped to handle ordering details. Of course, call your Federated Agronomist with crop-specific questions. 

    And, let's make it a safe, productive season.

  • Crop Nutrition: Best Practice, All Season Long

    When it comes to crop nutrition, said Rod Gustafson, Federated Agronomist at the Albertville location, "growers need to seriously look at the BMPs -- Best Management Practices." Those farming practices are the ones that are economically and environmentally sound, and backed by good research.

    "Growers need too look at the sources of nitrogen (N) they are putting down, and account for the nitrogen added [or removed] by the previous crop," said Gustafson.

    "Also take into account the nitrogen supplied through the manure [in the case of livestock producers]. And consider anything applied commercially, through starter fertilizer, for example," he said.

    As the season progresses, what's been figured out in the spring will determine what's needed throughout the season.

    For growers in medium to fine-textured soils, the trend has been to put on all the N pre-plant. However, the trend has moved toward split applications - 50% pre-plant and the balance as side dressing when the corn is about 12 in. tall. Crops in sandy soils have been following that practice all along, due to greater potential for leaching, but more and more growers are finding benefit in the split application.

    "Side dressing puts nitrogen down closer to the time when the crop needs it," said Gustafson.

    Protecting N with good products, such as SuperU (see article above), and using split applications play an important part in managing the total N. "Basically," said Gustafson, "make sure you take credit for the N that is there, and then add the proper amounts."

    These links from the University of Minnesota Extension Service, and from the University of Wisconsin offer good nitrogen articles, guidelines, and charts related to BMP and accounting for N levels. As always, talk to your Federated Agronomist for additional help with nitrogen management all season.

  • SuperU® Fits Well in Nitrogen Management

    "Growers should consider using SuperU® stabilized nitrogen as part of their nitrogen (N) management solution," said Brian DeVries, Federated's location manager at Ogilvie.

    DeVries continued, "SuperU is a granular urea fertilizer  that maintains a 46-0-0 analysis. It is a blue granule that is uniform for spreading and it is treated all the way through, not just a coating. It is soluble in water, identical to urea, and available to your crop once it is hydrolyzed."

    Super U:

    • contains a urease inhibitor (NBPT) to control volatilization losses for 10-14 days or more; 
    • contains a nitrification inhibitor (DCD) to reduce the potential for denitrification and leaching;
    • maintains a higher level of ammonium nitrogen (which is the positively charged and more stable form of N) for a longer period of time;
    • improves the potential for plants to feed on the ammonium. 

    These properties reduce N loss in a pre-plant application, but can also benefit the crop on light textured soils in a side-dress application. 

    DeVries pointed out that not only does SuperU reduce N loss into the environment, but it can add bushels to your crop with minimized N loss in the soil, and maximized yields at harvest.

    Contact your local Federated Agronomist to learn more about SuperU and how it can fit your 2017 nutrient management plans.

  • Proof of Certification Needed at Sale & Pick-Up

    Federated needs your help. Craig Gustafson, Federated's eastern division agronomy manager, explained the situation:

    If you do your own crop protection spraying, we need your help. In the past Federated was able to keep every grower's pesticide applicator certification license on file, which simplified the process of purchasing crop protection products from Federated.

    However, state regulations have become more stringent, which require the licensed individuals to show their applicator certification license at the point of sale (POS) for every "Restricted Use Pesticide" purchase.

    Gustafson added, "A valid license is also required to mix and apply crop protection products." 

    Customer service is one of Federated's primary goals, and by communicating the importance of these guidelines, Federated hopes to avoid any delays -- for all growers.

    Please remember:

    Bring your applicator certification license when you purchase or pick up crop protection products.

    Got questions? Call your Federated Agronomist.

  • Grower Workshops Wrap Up Successfully

    From the entire Federated Agronomy team, thank you for attending the 2017 Corn and Soybean Workshops. And thank you, too, for all the great reviews and positive feedback.

    Federated is more than just another ag supplier. Federated's ongoing goal is to provide current agronomic knowledge and Best Management Practices that will give growers the best return per acre.

    The agronomy team always welcomes grower input. Craig Gustafson, Federated's eastern agronomy division manager said, "If there are topics you would like us to address at future grower workshops, please send me an email and share your topic of interest."

    (If there's a topic that needs to be addressed sooner than later, we can address it in future editions of this Agronomy Update.)

    And, "thanks again for making our 2017 Grower Workshops a success," Gustafson said.

  • Annual Member Meeting

    Be sure to note the new meeting location. 

  • Finding Value in Pre- and Post-Emerge Soybean Herbicides

    Soybean weed management becomes more challenging as weed resistance increases. The questions then arise: Pre-emerge? Post-emerge? Both? Kevin Carlson, Federated's senior agronomist, said that even when a post-emerge treatment seems to be working, "there's value in the pre."

    Yes, it costs more to apply both a pre-emerge and a post-emerge herbicide (and there's no argument about post). But, Carlson said, "The value [of pre-emerge herbicides] is found when comparing the best pre programs that work really well with the post alone programs . . . especially when dealing with weed resistance."

    In herbicide trials conducted by the University of Minnesota last season (click here to see evaluation summary chart), combinations of pre-emerge followed by post-emerge herbicides demonstrated significant yield response. On average, those programs saw a 4-5 bu./ac. increase in yields (some were even higher).

    The trial, which used a weedy check (no herbicides or weed control of any kind) and a weed-free check (hand weeded with no herbicides) showed a 50% yield loss in the weedy check, and a 65% yield gain in the weed-free check. A number of the pre followed by post herbicide trials showed gains that matched or exceeded the yields of the weed-free check (see highlighted areas of this chart ) .

    It boils down to this, Carlson explained: The cost of a complete herbicide program that includes both pre- and post-emerge herbicide applications is offset by the improved yield potential. The benefit is found in a solid return on investment.

    "Start clean, stay clean," said Carlson. "Control weeds before they emerge or soon after to preserve yield potential." Plus, in a world of increasing weed resistance, a pre followed by post program can help manage the toughest weeds, such as waterhemp and giant ragweed.

    "We have lots of options," he said (see article at right on one option, Flexstar GT®). Federated Agronomists are ready to help you find the right combination of products for your soybean weed management program. Contact your agronomist soon!

    Be sure to attend a Soybean Grower Workshop where this will be a key topic.

  • Seed Treatment: Good Insurance

    "Seed treatments are a great insurance policy to growers," said Cody Lezer, central warehouse manager at Federated's Ogilvie location, and Federated has a new "state of the art automated KSI seed treating facility in Ogilvie."

    Seed is expensive, and protecting that investment is made easier with high-quality seed treatments that are relatively inexpensive and that "protect seed from issues that arise throughout the growing season," said Lezer.

    "Seed treatments help plants from Day 1, and can improve stand counts and promote better root growth to help plants find nutrients," he said.

    Federated offers CruiserMaxx with Vibrance, as well as Clariva Complete seed treatments.

    • CruiserMaxx helps protect seeds from above- and below-ground insects as well as seed- and soil-borne diseases.
    • Vibrance offers a fungicide component that enhances root health and improves the potential for larger root mass.
    • Clariva Complete leads the way in seed treatment to combat soybean cyst nematodes (SCN).

    Choose either the CruiserMaxx/Vibrance treatment or the Clariva Complete treatment to provide the best insurance against disease and insects (see fact sheet ) .

    Federated's Ogilvie bulk seed storage bins -- installed in 2016 -- store up to 14,000 units of soybeans, all of which are ready for treatment based on grower need.  Contact your Federated Agronomist soon to place your seed treatment orders.