How Do You Know If You’ve Gone Too Far?
18 Sep 236 min 5 sec

Temple Rhodes and AgroLiquid’s Joe Leslie explain corn trials being conducted at Temple’s field day. The trials are a series with additional product and modifications from one to the next, eventually culminating in a trial involving applications of everything including the kitchen sink. How do you know if you’ve gone too far if you don’t push the envelope? Temple says “send it!”

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00:00 We're at Temple Roads Field Day before the crowd shows up. We're talking about the corn trials. You're doing Agro Liquid, 00:07 the Joe Leslie here of Agro Liquid, kind of a cool thing. And all the field days we've done Chad's, uh, Kevin's Kelly's now yours, 00:14 the last one of the season. Cool. Different trials happening in conjunction with Agro Liquid. You got four different things happening here. 00:21 Kind of walk us through what you're doing and what you seek to learn from these trials, because there's a lot of different stuff here. 00:28 So, I mean, my grower standard is down there on the forehand and of course, you know, I told Joe earlier on, I'm like, I have one goal just to beat you. 00:35 It doesn't matter. So I do have a, I I do, we do have our grower standard, and then kind of as you work through the plot, we looked at different things. 00:44 Like I sent my, my souls, um, my sole types and I sent all of 'em my samples, everything and some history behind it. 00:52 Tissue samples and stuff that looked at my, my grower standard years ago. And then they tried to find some different things along through it. So Joe, 01:00 tell 'em some of the things that you wanted to Do. Yeah, so we sat down the spring and, uh, we didn't change a lot, right? 'cause temple's growing some pretty darn good corn. 01:08 So we went with our products and we just tweaked a couple things. We went in, we added some sulfur here, we switched out our micro pack, 01:14 and then with that data, it helps us at Agri Liquid establish some win rates. We pull all this data from across the country, get a win rate, an r o i, and, 01:22 and look at the return on investment on it. Right? So it helps everybody. If you're 01:26 Listening, you're not gonna see it. But if you're watching visually, we're gonna be posting just an example of the win rates. 01:31 Because when you come to a field day, if you've not been to an extreme egg field day, we post all the stuff. So what I think's kind of cool is you start with gross standard practice and you 01:40 say, trial one, we've deviated from gross standard practice by doing this. Then you go to two and it's kinda like, uh, 01:47 trial two was gross standard of practice, plus whatever you did in trial. One plus then you added the next thing. So by the time you get to four, 01:54 you've added like, you know, uh, radiator, uh, you know, drippings on a 57 Chevy, some other stuff. So anyway, 02:01 what do you got here from one to two to three to four? Just what keeps adding? Yeah, so from one to two we added sulfur. From two to three, 02:07 we switched in our micro 500 pack, and then three, Which is micronutrients. Yep. A micronutrient pack. 02:12 And then in the fourth round we added some of our nitrogen in our proger and phosphorus. We just kept adding to it, like you said. 02:17 Okay. And marrying The very last one is like, Joe and I were like, all right, this is like our send it version. This is, this would be a agro liquid. 02:26 Send it. Okay. So that's what the last one is. Probably no r o i win rate. Rate might be good, but with no 02:33 R o i. And you know what, that's where you got pushed this thing because there is, and we've talked about it. 02:37 Galen and I were down at Chad's and we talked about there's a time when you can add too much. There's a time when you're using too much. 02:42 Stephanie Lingo went through the prescription on the, on the most intense trial at Chad's. And it's like, honest to goodness, there was, yeah. Almost every product you could imagine was dumped in there. 02:51 Who does it pencil out? Maybe you get yield, but not the money. Yeah. Yep. Exactly. 02:55 That's what we gotta figure out. Okay, so answer me, uh, what you're seeing so far through the season, you and I profiled this. We did a preview back like in May, 03:03 April about what was to come. Now here we are, this corn's 12 feet tall. Uh, you're gonna be harvesting another four weeks. 03:10 Uh, yeah, four weeks. We're probably four weeks out. I don't, I've walked through the trials and it's, 03:15 and it's so hard to visually see different things. I mean, I think that as we stepped it up, I definitely have done root digs out here. 03:22 And as you step up through the plot, I think it generally gets better and better and better. I think it's because we've added more, uh, micronutrients in there. I mean, 03:31 we've definitely, we've hyped up that plan and we've made it something I don't know that I can physically go out here and see something. I will tell you, 03:40 I'm disappointed that, um, my grower standard doesn't look quite as good as I thought it would out here. Usually on a trial like this, how many of the four are like, yep, 03:50 that's what we should be doing, or that's what we two of Yeah, Yeah, yeah, for sure. And it's all gonna come back to that RI number. You know, 03:56 what, what's it worth investing in? And then dig a step further, what nutrients are working here, 04:00 what products are working right here on this farm. If I can, if I can grab one product out of one of these trials Yep. That I can put in my grower standard that can grab me one or $2 an acre, 04:09 that's big money to me. All Right. I gotta throw this out there, because at all these field days, and this is the fourth one, uh, Galen has pointed out, Hey, 04:17 you guys are really gung ho about our, uh, calcium product, but you know what? Let's not let people think that we're fibbing here. 04:22 It maybe doesn't always work. Did you put calcium on any of this stuff? The liberate product? 04:26 I did. You did? I did. Um, well, the good thing about, so my standard, I couldn't mix, um, their calcium with the, 04:35 with my grower standard because it, it gave me a problem. It made sludge and all that. So I had a compatibility, um, problem. 04:42 So that's what was nice. So I actually, some of the differences that I think I might be seeing is because I was able to put calcium in furrow, 04:51 I was able to mix it in with a blend that I normally, I couldn't do. One thing you've learned, Joe Leslie, from this field day this year, 04:58 or from the trials that you're doing this year that is kind of new to you, anything, 05:02 Anything that's new? It's, it's all about getting the right nutrients in the right area and working in this area on the bay is really unique, man. So I, 05:10 Because Here with devil, the soils that we're working in Okay, and the, the, with the parameters you're under, with the nutrients you 05:16 Can use, Well that's, that's one of the beauties really, because when you use some of their micronutrients and the way that you put 'em 05:22 on, it does not account against your nutrient management. It's because the fertility is different. So it's going directly into the plant. 05:30 It's not ever getting into the soil sometimes on their f your nutrition. And If you aren't tuning in for the first time ever and you're wondering what he's 05:36 talking about, go back and listen. We've talked about this a number of times in past recordings with Temple about the situation by being farming near the bay on regulatory environment that 05:44 you've been dealing with for at least a couple of decades. Yeah. On when you can apply and how much you can apply at certain times of year 05:49 because of protecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Till next time, share this with somebody that can benefit from it. 05:54 Damien Mason coming at you from before The crowd gets here at Tim Bulls Field Day in Centerville, Maryland.

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