Farming

Identifying Your Farm’s Business Weaknesses

Identifying Your Farm’s Business Weaknesses

Nobody can excel at everything. Your farm operation is not an exception to this reality. As such, most farms excel at production while delicately managing around — or oftentimes overlooking — their weak spot. This isn’t criticism, it’s truth and it applies to every business, farm or non-farm. Reality: Farms are businesses and businesses are meant to be profitable. You can achieve profitability when you discover your vulnerable spots and go about fixing them. Jarod Creed of JC Marketing Services helps Kelly Garrett of Garrett Land and Cattle Company do just that. The two of them work together concentrating on their strengths while complementing the other’s weakness.

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Crop Stress Mitigation Strategies

Crop Stress Mitigation Strategies

Generally when we think of crop stress, we think of heat and drought. However there’s also stress of cold and wet and many other stressful occurrences that arise throughout a growing season. Successfully getting your crop through those stressful times can make a huge difference on your yield monitor. Mike Evans of Integrated Ag Solutions explains practices and products he’ll be deploying for Garrett Land & Cattle as well as his other farmer clients.

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Demystifying Carbon Credits

Demystifying Carbon Credits

As one of the first farmers to go through the process of selling his carbon credits, Kelly Garrett gets asked a lot of questions about the all parts of the process. In this first video about demystifying the carbon marketplace, he answers questions about the data collection and what exactly he is selling?

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WEBINAR: ONE THING THIS SPRING

WEBINAR: ONE THING THIS SPRING

The XtremeAg team will each discuss a problem, solution, big idea, new technology, area of focus, or new methodology they’re implementing this spring. Our industry expert presenter will be Robb Dedman of Ultimate Ag Consulting. As usual, Robb and the XA guys will be accessible for questions, explanations, and deeper dives into the subject matter during this interactive event. Join us for insights and inspiration to make your farm prosper!

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The Highs And Lows of Cotton Farming

The Highs And Lows of Cotton Farming

At the time of recording this episode, the Midwest is cold and wet. Less than ideal conditions for sure and planting progress is considerably below average. Toss record high input prices into the mix and we have the recipe for some very stressed farmers. But Kelly Garrett says, don’t sweat it. “It’s still early and conditions aren’t right.” Kelly defies the common recommendation to hold off on soybeans and race to put your corn in the ground. Listen to his reasons why you shouldn’t panic over the weather. Yet!

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Why You Should Not Panic Over The Weather Yet

Why You Should Not Panic Over The Weather Yet

At the time of recording this episode, the Midwest is cold and wet. Less than ideal conditions for sure and planting progress is considerably below average. Toss record high input prices into the mix and we have the recipe for some very stressed farmers. But Kelly Garrett says, don’t sweat it. “It’s still early and conditions aren’t right.” Kelly defies the common recommendation to hold off on soybeans and race to put your corn in the ground. Listen to his reasons why you shouldn’t panic over the weather. Yet!

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Renewable Diesel: A Fuel That May Just Change Your Crop Rotation

Renewable Diesel: A Fuel That May Just Change Your Crop Rotation

Renewable diesel isn’t the same as biodiesel because it’s made from a variety of oil seed crops and it’s not blended with fossil fuel. Why does any of this matter to American farmers? Because renewable diesel has the potential to gobble up trainloads of soybeans, increase demand for alternative crops such as Canola and Camelina, and improve the environment. Pete Meyer, head of grain, oilseed, and advanced feedstocks analytics for S&P Global Commodity Insights discusses the potential of renewable diesel and what it may mean for farmers. So far, some of the biggest names in fossil fuels are on board.

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How Precise Can You Get With Your Starter Application?

How Precise Can You Get With Your Starter Application?

In the old days, we dribbled out fertilizer from our planters and hoped it found its way to the seed to boost early growth. Basically, as Stuart Meacham of CapstanAg says, it was a “controlled spill.” But with all the technological advancements in machinery, field mapping, and data analytics, isn’t it time for precision in-furrow fertilization? Lee Lubbers thought so, which is why he sought out CapstanAg’s Select Shot in-furrow fertility system. XtremeAg’s Lee Lubbers, Kelly Garrett, and Kevin Matthews will be running trial comparisons this season to measure fertilizer savings, analyze in-furrow fungicide application, and monitor plant and yield response.

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Commodity Marketing 101

Commodity Marketing 101

Farmers wear a lot of hats and fill a lot of roles within their operations — with production being the most important and most focused on for the majority of operators. So where does that leave marketing one’s crop on the hierarchy of priorities? And with so many variables and the degree of complexities in commodity marketing, can a farmer really be as knowledgable about marketing as he or she should be? Sean Findley and Bryce Guse commodity traders with Silveus Financial join me for a tutorial on commodity marketing. Admittedly, this may be rudimentary for some of you. If so, please pass it along to the next generation who can benefit from hearing about the fundamentals of grain marketing.

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