In A Foreign Land
19 May 236 min 38 sec

Kelly came out of the hills to see what its like to be a flat land farmer like Cole Utman. He talks about the all-liquid program that Cole is using to balance his fields.

00:00 Hi, this is Kelly Garrett. I'm here today with Cole Upk between Penske and Vin Iowa. It's like a foreign land for me because it's flat. 00:08 We're going straight back and forth. I'll show you here in a minute on the camera, but we are at the very western edge of the Les Hills, 00:14 which is where I call home. We're on the flat Missouri River bottom. My biggest challenge, as you know, with yields is high base saturation calcium. 00:23 Right here. You fall off the hill, you get in the river bottom coal's biggest yield problem is base saturation magnesium. 00:29 Tell us a little bit about what your grower standard practice is for fertility. Everything that I have, 00:35 two by two and infer e n k Hydris for our nitrogen source. And that's everything that my father has. It's all drive 00:47 Fertilizer. So you're, you're a hundred percent liquid. Yes. Yeah. That's a hundred percent dry. Yes. And our goal today, you know, 00:54 I've got the sheet here from the stuff that Mike Evans set up for you went to trial, Mike Evans from Integrated Ag, my agronomist, 00:59 and now becoming yours a little bit along with ing the, you're not, you're not trying to cut fertilizer, 01:07 but you're trying to reallocate your budget. Yes. And one of the things we did was we talked about plant food. The liquid byproduct I used that has a, a nice sulfur load. 01:16 What we see in my heels with the calcium or your bottom with the magnesium, is when we supply that elemental sulfur, 01:22 it becomes the most attractive thing to the cal or the mag. And I'm basically making gypsum in my soils. Right. 01:29 You're making Epson salts in yours and it, it precipitates out and it allows the phosphor for one to become available. And that's part of the reason you're a hundred percent liquid is trying to keep 01:40 those nutrients available to the plant. Right. In your two by two, we've got humic and BioFlex. 01:46 It's humic acid from integrated egg, and we find that we, when we supply that humic acid along with the nitrogen, 01:53 we're becoming more chemistry ballots, things like that. And in furrow, you've got liver ACA from Agri Liquid Micro 500 from Agri Liquid. 02:03 You've got a zinc product from Agri Liquid. You've got octane from Ag Explorer, and you've got Red Line, which is a P BGR from Risin. Yes. 02:12 And then also one of the most important products that you probably have with your mag problem is Nutra charge from ATech. Yes. You know, 02:20 so if we go through these one by one, your biggest nutrient and efficiency is probably calcium. That's why it deliberates it. It's mine as well, 02:28 even called the calcium I've got in the hills. The micros are, along with the humic trying to balance the nitrogen load that we've got. 02:36 The zinc is here for our phosphorus to zinc ratio, which we want to be 10 to one. And now you've got a decent amount, a great amount of, um, 02:46 of available phosphorus because of the plant food and because of what we're doing with the Nutra charge. So we want to keep that ratio in line. The, uh, 02:56 the rev line is the pgr to, to make the root system bigger and healthier throughout the season. And then the Nutra charge, 03:05 Nutra charge breaks the bond between a cat ion and whatever it's tied to probably your phosphorus. Right. 03:12 And your biggest yield lemon tab is magnesium. And this, the soil we've got here is what we call gumbo. 03:19 The octane is obviously in there for a stress mitigation piece. It's a sugar source, a carbon source that's going inferral. 03:25 Have you ever played around with anything from a stress mitigation type product like Octane? 03:30 No, We, uh, we've started using them in the last couple years and we've seen nice yield gains from Octane Octane from Ag Explorer, uh, 03:39 accomplished Macs from Nutrient Loveland, uh, great products. And again, like you're, Paul is talking about reallocating his budget, 03:46 but getting away from some of the salty fertilizers. Uh, I believe that we pay too much attention to fertility and we don't pay enough 03:53 attention to plant health or plant stress. Right. And a product like Octane is there to take the stress off, you know? Um, this morning it was 30 degrees and so the soil temp is nice. You know, 04:04 I think our soil temp this morning at, at like seven o'clock was 48 degrees. So it's not bad. But still there's stress there. 04:11 There's gonna be stress throughout the season. Uh, be it wet, you know, on this river bottom, it's gonna be wet. Uh, or when it dries out, 04:20 this dries out. You can drop your pliers and lose 'em. Right. You know, and the octane is gonna help when the environment is, 04:27 is like that fertility doesn't help them. It's, it's stressed, you know, and it, you don't, it doesn't need more phosphor doesn't need more potassium. 04:35 It needs stress taken off of it. And the metabolites and the kelp extraction process that is octane will help with that stress. So I think it's the right way to go to, uh, 04:45 reallocate those do dollars in that direction. I'm excited to see what, see what this stuff's gonna do. I'd like to get away from all the salty fertilizers just for the equipment. Yep. 04:57 Maybe just star with some plant food and then move some of them dollars into what we've been using on these trials. I started doing all this. 05:06 I got a farm, doing farm for many years that got sold and went to someone else for a while that didn't put any fertilizer on 05:15 Like 12 years, you said? 12 years. Yep. So when I came back, got it back and started farming it again, soil samples and everything was low, 05:24 and I was afraid to get the dry fertilizer would not be available the first year. So we went haul liquid and seen a very good response from 05:33 It. It's all about getting better. It's a reason for every product in there. And it's, you know, 05:38 we need to identify our yield limiting factors and see if we can show those up. Right? Yes. And you know, you know, 05:44 you've got your own adhs bullet all in your own, an HRESs. You're, you're not afraid to go the extra mile. You're not afraid to, uh, 05:51 think outside the box. You know, I, uh, driving over here, Cole said, you can't miss me. I'm along the highway. Well, 05:57 of course there's several planters stole, but we're in Iowa. There's not that much infer and there's not that much. Two by two. 06:03 I just drove till I saw a planter with two by two and infer, and I know it was cold because it's rare. You know, you and I, um, 06:09 would be rare in these parks. Not a lot of people, they talk about 15% nationwide. I don't know if it's 5% here. I would say no, you know. So yes, 06:20 Cole and I are riding back and forth here on the flatlands. We're Garrett land cattle leaf sticks. So please order some of those. 06:25 I need all the help I can get. And, uh, we're gonna watch this field and we're gonna report Cole's uh, yield trials on X extreme egg. Thanks.

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