Farming

Can A Biological Made From Living Fungi Produce Better Crops?

Can A Biological Made From Living Fungi Produce Better Crops?

Lee’s been using Heat Shield every crop year since 2016 with good results. The best part: with three options of application — seed treatment, in-furrow, or foliar — Lee likes the versatility as well as the results. What are the results, you ask? Trials show a 6 to 16 bushel corn yield bump at a cost of about 8$ per acre. Lee is joined by Hefty Naturals' Lead Agronomist Rob Fritz and Brand Manager Matt Thompson to explain the benefits of heat stress mitigation via biologicals. They also discuss handling differences between a living biological product and conventional crop chemistry.

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Why Did My Corn Mature Too Early?

Why Did My Corn Mature Too Early?

Crop production presents a lot of challenges and dozens of variables. When a crop fails, or underperforms, you have to put on your detective hat to go about finding out what happened. Was it soil condition, fertility, water, the wrong input, seed germination issues? What if, as it turns out, it’s none of those things? Iowa farmer Kelly Garrett joins Tommy Roach, VP of technical services for NACHURS to discuss their detective strategy when investigating a crop problem and what they found — sometimes Mother Nature has the final say! ​

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4 things Lee Lubbers Learned in 2021

4 things Lee Lubbers Learned in 2021

Lee Lubbers brought his notes on the lessons gleaned from last year that he thinks all of us can apply for a more prosperous 2022.

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Nutrient Management With Drip Irrigation 

Nutrient Management With Drip Irrigation 

Fertilizer and diesel prices are up considerably. Meanwhile farms are under increasing environmental pressure. These forces combine to create a real opportunity for manure utilization via drip irrigation. Drip irrigation, as we’ve discussed in previous episodes, is a more efficient means of delivering moisture to your crop. But drip is also a very effective means of nutrient management which saves time, machinery hours, and diesel all while eliminating the soil compaction common with manure application.

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Perfecting Practices Learned in 2021

Perfecting Practices Learned in 2021

Kevin Matthews is always looking for a way to improve upon how he does what he does on his North Carolina farming operation. In 2021 he implemented changes in how he plants, how he sprays, and how he harvests. Looking ahead to crop year 2022, he discusses how he’ll perfect his newly implemented changes. Remember, if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten. And that simply won’t do for an XtremeAg producer!

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Fertility Alternatives in the Face of Availability Issues and Cost Constraints

Fertility Alternatives in the Face of Availability Issues and Cost Constraints

Fertilizer prices are up dramatically heading into 2022. You’re likely already familiar with that fact. But are you familiar with the range of alternatives you can employ to decrease your fertilizer input costs while still maintaining fertility levels in your soil? Kevin Matthews discusses alternatives from chicken litter to biologicals to less popular fertilizer products that’ll give you the nutrients you need without breaking the bank. The best part: you’ll still get a big crop and a profitable return! ​

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Talking About In Furrow Fertilizer

Talking About In Furrow Fertilizer

Kelly Garrett began using in-furrow fertilizer in crop year 2017. This year he opted to change to an updated product made by the same company as his previous treatment. Kelly discusses his results and is joined by Tommy Roach, VP of Product Development for NACHURS who provides technical background on using in-furrow fertilization. ​

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Income Diversification For Your Farm (Using Resources You Already Have!)

Income Diversification For Your Farm (Using Resources You Already Have!)

Over the years, American farms have become increasingly specialized. That’s been good for productivity but not necessarily for protecting farm profitability. Being too dependent on just a handful of crops -- or worse, a handful of buyers — puts farming operations in a precarious spot. Remember the old saying about having all your eggs in one basket? Sometimes the smart business move is to change up your offering to diversify your income stream. And if you can do it with resources, relationships, and knowledge you already have, all the better. Kelly Garrett discusses his budding direct-to-consumer meat enterprise. He explains his vision for retaining value that previously left the farm, how to exploit intentional congruencies, and how he once lost his shirt by getting too far out of his wheel house!

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Releasing Fertility Within Residue Through Biologicals 

Releasing Fertility Within Residue Through Biologicals 

On average — and at current fertilizer prices — there is $125 worth of N,P& K in each acre of corn stalks post harvest. Are you getting that fertility buck back for your next crop? As fertilizer prices skyrocket, it’s more important than ever to harvest nutrients already in your fields for your next harvest. Not to mention the importance of proper residue management — too much residue prevents solid seed-to-soil contact come next planting. Biological products such as Extract maximize nutrient release from residue while also breaking down that residue. Brian Cornelious and Steve Sexton from Agricen join XtremeAg farmer Kelly Garrett to discuss the results they’re seeing.

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