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The right equipment and the right product at the right time is essential, but without good communication between the grower and Federated, custom application services can go south quickly.
"The big thing is planning ahead, and communication," said Kevin Carlson, Federated's senior agronomist. When growers take the time to meet with Federated prior to when the custom application service is needed, fields can be mapped and "we can talk about what to apply to their fields," said Carlson, adding, "Don't wait!"
Federated uses the Surety program (yield mapping software) to map out fields (as shown at right). "We map growers' fields, and then we send that map out with a sprayer or spreader so the applicators know the correct field [on which to apply the product]," Carlson said. But it all takes planning.
Spreading is underway now and spraying will be ongoing for the next three months, so it's not too late to communicate custom application needs to Federated. "There is no such thing as too late for planning, as long at it's not too late for the application," said Carlson.
Growers need to give their spraying and spreading orders to the people in a position of authority -- Federated agronomists or location managers -- to ensure the service gets done properly and on time. Federated drivers are not the appropriate people to talk to.
It's also important to note that growers need to sign the Customer Service Policy before any application can be scheduled. This policy (available at Federated Locations) outlines what growers can expect from Federated, and what Federated expects from the grower. "It's an important communication piece between the customer and the co-op," said Carlson.
Come on in to your Federated location and take the time to "map, decide, and communicate," he said. Give your Federated Agronomist a call today.
Federated continues to promote -- and invest in -- seed treatment as a proactive way to promote plant health, and boost yields from the first moment the seed hits the soil. Two proven soybean seed treatment products include Primo CL for soybeans and CruiserMaxx® with Vibrance®.
"Federated has chosen Primo CL because it has superior flow-ability after it's applied to soybean seed," said Kevin Carlson, Federated's senior agronomist. Primo CL also has one of the highest count of rhizobia inoculate available today. According to Verdesian Life
Sciences , "Primo CL elevates custom applied inoculant products to a new standard."
Federated also recommends Cruiser Maxx with Vibrance soybean insecticide/fungicide seed treatment. This product contains three fungicides for broad spectrum control. As described on the Syngenta website, CruiserMaxx with Vibrance offers seed safety and low use rates, as well as the following:
- plant protection even before the seed germinates;
- better emergence, faster speed to canopy, and improved vigor;
- protection against damaging chewing and sucking insects and pests;
- effective protection against major fungal diseases such as Rhizoctonia, early season Phytophthora, Pythium, and Fusarium;
- increased yield even under low insect pressure.
Talk to your Federated Agronomist about yield-boosting seed treatment options.
Among many pre-emerge herbicide options, Federated Co-ops recommends Dual II Magnum® SI, a Syngenta product, to keep early weed pressure down. Dual II Magnum SI is safe for use on corn or soybeans and is effective on a wide range of grasses and small-seeded broadleaf weeds, including waterhemp, which is becoming an increasingly troublesome weed due to increasing buildup of glyphosate resistance.
Dual II Magnum SI can only be used impregnated on dry fertilizer; its low use rate keeps fertilizer from getting too wet, and ensures better spreading.
Bob Marquette, Federated agronomist at the Albertville location, said, "Dual II Magnum SI allows you to delay your first post-emerge application if wet conditions are a factor" because the product doesn't break down too quickly.
Many growers in Minnesota and Wisconsin are trying to decide how soon they can or should plant corn, according to Kevin Carlson, Federated's senior agronomist. "When the 10-day forecast has above-average temperatures that are well into the 70s in many locations, it should be safer, "he said, adding, to remember that "though air temperatures are going to feel warm, the soil temperatures will require some time to warm up to levels that are safe for corn to germinate in."
A kernel of corn will soak up 30-40% of its weight in water -- as part of the germination process -- within the first 24-36 hours after being planted. Carlson said, "Bob Nielson from Purdue University has a nice summary on the potential negative effects of 'cold shock' or 'cold water imbibitional chilling' in a publication he released in April of 2012." In that article, Nielson noted:
"It is not clear how low soil temperatures need to be for imbibitional chilling or subsequent chilling injury to occur. Some sources simply implicate temperatures less than 50F (10C). Others suggest the threshold soil temperature is 41F."
In other words, when corn is planted into soil with temperatures lower than 50 degrees, and certainly below 41 degrees, and consequently soak up water at the same temperature, there is a high potential to have reduced germination, poor vigor, and leafing out underground, among other adverse effects.
Carlson reminded growers to use caution, and look at the 5- to 7-day forecast and use soil temps as a guide. And as always, contact your Federated Agronomist with any questions or concerns.
Federated's Ogilvie Agronomy Center began its facility expansion last summer and the management team is pleased to see the fruits of their labor today as the new seed treatment shed and equipment are nearly ready for launch. It's been a process, keeping building operations moving forward, but "more equipment is becoming operational every day," said Carter Ash, assistant location manager at Ogilvie, adding, "I'm very excited to be able to work with this equipment this growing season."
While Federated's Rush City facility will continue to provide the majority of the seed treatment work for this year, Ogilvie will get a chance to try out their new KSI seed treating equipment this spring.
"We are also working to get the new bulk chemical and liquid fertilizer equipment ready for use [this year] as well. There is a lot of excitement with the new expansion at Ogilvie," said Ash.
For additional information about highly recommended seed treatment options, contact your Federated Agronomist soon.
Federated Co-ops can't take credit for the win, but the co-op takes pride in the success of its customers. Lenneman Farms took first place in the Monsanto®-sponsored Asgrow® "Yield Chasers" Contest at this year's Commodity Classic.
Three brothers comprise Lenneman Farms -- Wayne, Greg, and Eugene. Wayne and his wife Deanna earned an all-expense-paid trip to New Orleans, March 3-6, to recognize the yields they produced with Asgrow AG1435 soybeans: 78 bu./ac. Lenneman Farms was among five Asgrow winners, by region, in Minnesota. Their farm, located in St. Michael, is home to one of Federated's Discovery Plots.
Congratulations to Lenneman Farms for their growing success! For additional information on Asgrow soybeans, contact your Federated Agronomist.
Wayne and his wife Deanna enjoyed a photo op with country music's Easton Corbin, who performed at the Commodity Classic.
"Soil sampling for fall fertilizer and lime information can start [soon]," said Kevin Carlson, Federated's senior agronomist. "You don't have to wait until fall, after the crop is removed."
Federated has been recommending soil sampling in the spring or early summer. If it has been 3-4 years since the last soil sampling, consider doing it this spring or early summer -- even if the crop is already planted.
Carlson added, "Using an ATV makes [soil sampling] very quick and easy, even if you are grid soil sampling with the mobility of handheld GPS technology."
Contact your Federated Agronomist with any questions about spring soil sampling, or to set up soil sampling services by Federated.
Agitate Stored Liquid Fertilizer
For best results with liquid fertilizer (10-34-0, XLR 7-23-5, 7-21-7, etc.) that has been stored over winter, consider agitating the fertilizer before planting. Contact your Federated Agronomist with any questions and to learn the best methods for agitation.
Always Safety First
Spring heightens the need for farm safety awareness. Unfortunately, the number of farming accidents increases at this time of year -- but many of the accidents are avoidable. Federated Co-ops is committed to safety, and we hope our growers are as well.
Here are a few reminders for a safe spring planting season.
- Take time to ensure that all equipment is maintained and ready to go - and be sure the safety guards are in place. Always.
- Read and follow directionsfor products and equipment. Don't assume you know -- or remember -- how something is applied or used.
- Discuss safety hazards and emergency response procedures with everyone on your farm, no matter how young or experienced the workers are. Expect the best, but be prepared for the worst.
- Slow down. Yes, the crops need to be planted and weather may be changing, but the cost of life-threatening mistakes is far greater than the need to "git 'er done."
- Ask for help. Your Federated Agronomist is ready with advice and recommendations, and they will help you find what's needed to make this growing season the safest and best yet.
During Federated's Soybean Grower Workshops, Senior Agronomist Kevin Carlson stressed the importance of keeping several herbicides in soybean weed control programs to fight glyphosate resistant weeds: Dual®, Warrant®, and Outlook®, the "Group 15" herbicides.
These herbicides have shown no known resistance development in the waterhemp species. For additional information, visit this U of M Extension link. And contact your Federated Agronomist with any questions.
Federated's Soybean Grower Workshops continue through this week. Hot topics on the agenda include:
- Xtend® 2 Soybean Weed Control System, and Related Genetics
- Enlist® Soybean Weed Control System, and Related Genetics
- Winning the Fight Against Weed Resistance
- Using Biologicals and Growth Promoters in Soybeans
- Today, March 22 (It's not too late to attend!)
- Rush City - Rock Creek Town Hall
- Wed., March 23
- Isanti - Captain's on Long Lake
- Thurs., March 24
- Ogilvie - Northern Lights, Pease
- Fri., March 25
- Osceola - American Legion, St Croix Falls
- Today, March 22 (It's not too late to attend!)
RSVP to your Federated Agronomist to reserve your space at one of the free workshops listed below. Meetings start at 10 a.m. with lunch to follow at noon.