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The Andersons to Present at Organic Agronomy Training Series in Crawfordsville

Posted on June 13, 2019

MAUMEE, OHIO, June 13, 2019 – The Andersons, Inc. announces that it will present at the Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS) East event taking place July 24 – 25, 2019, in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Danielle Kusner, agronomist and organic transition consultant for The Andersons, will discuss organic production during the event.    [...]

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Update from the Field: Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on June 13, 2019

Corn planters rolled last week on what dry ground could be found, to beat the prevent plant date. Now that the seed is in the ground producers are asking, “If the rain keeps coming, how will flooded soils affect my corn?” The short answer is, [...]

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Video Update: Planting Progress Update

Posted on June 10, 2019

Northwest Ohio and the surrounding areas are struggling with rain and fields that are under water. We gathered Senior Account Representatives Seth Miller and Chris Dudics from The Andersons Trade Group along with Agronomist David Dyson to talk about the window that is still available to plant,[...]

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Update from the Field: Don’t Delay, Plant Today

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on June 6, 2019

It’s now June and few acres of the Corn Belt have corn seed in the ground, let alone emerged and growing. As of June 3rd, only 32% of the expected corn acres have been planted in Ohio and Indiana. Michigan is slightly ahead with 42% planted, and[...]

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Video Update: Planting Progress

Posted on June 4, 2019

With the Prevent Plant deadline quickly approaching, Agronomist Dave Dyson and Seth Miller, Senior Account Representative from The Andersons Trade Group, address some of your questions about applying nutrients to the fields, Prevent Plant insurance claims, and ways to consider adjusting your risk management plan. Senior Safety Manager Anne[...]

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Update From The Field: Stay Ahead of Wheat Diseases

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on May 28, 2019

The wet weather of late is not only playing havoc on planting crops this year, but also fueling fungal spores that may damage existing crops. Due to the slow accumulation of growing degree days (GDD) the wheat is much farther behind in maturity than last year. As of May 2[...]

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Agronomy Update May 2019

Posted on May 23, 2019

MANAGEMENT By Dave Dyson, Agronomist

The rain just keeps on coming and delaying corn planting in the majority of the Corn Belt. As the 2019 planting date moves further back into May, you may be looking for ways to reduce wait times before planting. I fielded many calls[...]

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The Andersons Welcomes New Account Rep. for Michigan Primary Nutrient Business

Posted on May 22, 2019

MAUMEE, OHIO, May 22, 2019 - The Andersons, Inc. announces the addition of Kelsey Miller to its Plant Nutrient Group to serve as an Account Representative for the Primary Nutrient business. Miller will manage the sales for the business’ primary agriculture products in Michigan. 

Miller earned[...]

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Update From The Field: Three Objectives for Using Starter Fertilizer

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on May 22, 2019

As the rain continues and planting dates keep moving back, a very important question on the table is, “Should I take the time to apply a starter fertilizer when I plant?” The answer is a resounding, “YES!”  The soils and young[...]

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Follow up with Foliar

Posted on May 21, 2019

This spring’s cold, wet weather has delayed planting in many areas of the country, providing a rocky start to the beginning of the growing season. To add insult to injury, the above-normal precipitation has led to an increase in runoff (figure 1), meaning broadcast-applied nutrients may[...]

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The Andersons Expands Organic Plant Nutrient Availability in Northeast Indiana

Posted on May 13, 2019

MAUMEE, OHIO, May 13, 2019 –The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) is now offering organic-approved plant nutrients from a new warehouse at its Waterloo, Indiana, location.

The Andersons Waterloo facility will continue to serve conventional growers and dealers, but now has a portion dedicated to supplying nutrient products[...]

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Update from the Field: Three Keys to Successful Planting

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on May 8, 2019

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? While rain is undoubtedly a good thing, this spring proves the popular saying to be true. Mother Nature is providing an abundance of rain throughout a majority of the Midwest. The excess rain is causing an[...]

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Update from the Field: Feel The Burn

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on May 3, 2019

As I drive across the Midwest, I can’t help but notice the number of acres that have not been burned down yet. Since the 2018 crop came off so late, few herbicide applications were made in the fall, which would normally control winter annuals and the[...]

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Update from the Field: Popular Population

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on April 23, 2019

As the ground warms in mid-April everyone is preparing their planters for the upcoming compressed spring planting season and wondering, “At what population should I drop my corn seed this year?” Corn populations have not always pushed 32,000 plants per acre.  In fact, 40 years ago[...]

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Gypsum 101

Posted on April 22, 2019

Gypsum contains calcium and sulfur and is pH neutral, which means that it will not move pH up or down. Gypsum offers many benefits for improving soil structure in tight, compacted, or high-clay soils. The sulfur in gypsum attaches to magnesium cations that strongly bind soil particles[...]

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Hop into High Yields with Early-Season Foliars

Posted By Jessica Stacy, Product Specialist on April 19, 2019

This spring’s cold, wet weather may cause delayed planting in many areas of the country, providing a rocky start to the beginning of the growing season. To add insult to injury, the above-normal precipitation is leading to an increase in runoff (figure 1), meaning broadcast-applied nutrients[...]

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Update from the Field: Spray Your Wheat, Kill Your Weeds

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on April 18, 2019

As the soil temperatures start to rise, the wheat crop is coming out of dormancy and will start reaching for the sky. This spring, however, we are seeing reduced stands. This is due to the crop’s delayed emergence last fall following a late harvest of[...]

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Agronomy Update April 2019

Posted on April 12, 2019

MANAGEMENT By Dave Dyson, Agronomist

As the days get longer and temperatures rise, the drive to get in the field becomes more overpowering. The long-term forecast shows the higher precipitation pattern that we’ve seen so far this year is likely to persist into spring. In[...]

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Update from the Field: Time in a Bottle

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on April 4, 2019

As my favorite folk singer, Jim Croce, once mused, “If I could save time in a bottle, if words could make wishes come true”, I’d wish for some dry/warm weather. “But there never seems to be enough time, to do the[...]

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Update from the Field: Squeeze the Charmin, Not Your Soil

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on March 28, 2019

The excessive soil moisture last fall, the above average snowfall this winter, and the forecasted significant spring precipitation could present challenges during the upcoming planting season. Unfortunately, due to the short harvest window last fall, most producers ran equipment on soils that were too wet, creating compaction[...]

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The Andersons Hires Jeff Gilder as Territory Manager

Posted on March 22, 2019

MAUMEE, OHIO, March 21, 2019 – The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) announces the addition of Jeff Gilder to its Plant Nutrient Group to serve as Territory Manager for the Specialty Agriculture business. Gilder will manage the sales for the business’ specialty ag products in Michigan and Canada. 

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Update from the Field: Soil Health, Can You Dig It?

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on March 19, 2019

As the days get longer and spring approaches, the itch to get out in the field becomes more overpowering. The long-term forecast shows the higher precipitation pattern that we’ve seen so far this year is likely to persist into spring. In addition, according to NOAA,[...]

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See Green this Growing Season

Posted on March 15, 2019

Green is a tried and true sign of St. Patty’s Day and a healthy crop, the greener the better. Making sure your crop is as green as possible begins the second the seed is planted. Planting your corn with a starter fertilizer will ensure the[...]

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Update from the Field: If You Can’t Stand the Wheat, Get Out of the Kitchen

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on March 13, 2019

When planting wheat in the fall, you should be shooting for a population of 1.7 million seeds per acre. If you achieve a planting population of at least 1.5 million seeds per acre and 90% of the seeds germinate, you have succeeded in getting a great start to the[...]

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Agronomy Update March 2019

Posted on March 12, 2019

MANAGEMENT By Jessica Stacy, Product Specialist

Current weather conditions have not been ideal for the ground to dry out and warm up for the upcoming growing season. It’s been cold and wet with no end in sight. According to the latest Crop Progress Report, 44 out[...]

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Update from the Field: Beware the Ides of March

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on March 5, 2019

February is in the rearview mirror and with the ides of March nearly upon us, agronomic thoughts need to be turning to wheat topdress. The famous line from William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, “Beware the ides of March” also bodes well to[...]

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Organics: Final Winter Opportunity to Visit with Us!

Posted by Dani Kusner on March 1, 2019

Final Winter Opportunity to Visit with Us! Plus, Exciting Announcements

By now, if you’re not craving some extra sunshine and warmth, then you were built for winter! Between polar vortexes and more ice than I can recall, this winter has been a good one for[...]

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Update from the Field: Small Quantities, Giant Rewards Part 4

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on February 26, 2019

The last article in my four-part micronutrient series will focus squarely on the micronutrient zinc (Zn). The grand-daddy of all micronutrients, zinc is the most widely talked about and recommended micronutrient in agriculture today. I have heard agronomists from around the country tell audiences to “Apply[...]

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Agronomy Update February 2019

Posted on February 22, 2019

MANAGEMENT By Jessica Stacy, Product Specialist

Every year we set out to test new products, validate current products, and try out some innovative ideas with the goal of providing high-quality, yield-producing solutions for growers. Rather than performing these trials in one region or state we conduct the[...]

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Update from the Field: Small Quantities, Giant Rewards Part 3

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on February 18, 2019

The third article in my four-part micronutrient series will focus on the micronutrient manganese (Mn). Great things come in small packages! Manganese may be needed in small quantities, but it activates several important metabolic reactions and plays a vital role in photosynthesis by aiding in chlorophyll synthesis.[...]

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Update from the Field: Small Quantities, Giant Rewards Part 2

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on February 12, 2019

This is the second article in a four part series outlining the reasons why micronutrients may be used in small quantities, yet deliver giant rewards.

Boron, one of the micronutrients that is essential for crop health, also happens to be one of the most deficient[...]

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Update from the Field: Small Quantities, Giant Rewards Part 1

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on February 4, 2019

This will be the first article in a four-part series about micronutrients, presenting four different micronutrients and how they affect the crop. Micronutrients are just as important as macronutrients, but the amount required is very small. One might ask, why do we need to apply these nutrients[...]

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Update from the Field: One is the Loneliest Number…

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on January 29, 2019

With good weather, wheat topdress is only four to six weeks away. While it’s common to use UAN, due to it being a great carrier of herbicides and other nutrients, it runs the risk of burning plant tissue as well as losing nitrogen to denitrification,[...]

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Nutrients to Start Your Season

Posted on January 25, 2019

We know you are more concerned than ever to produce a sustainable and profitable cropping system. At The Andersons, we want to provide you with the tools needed to assist in this quest. 

Season Pass® with AVAIL® is a true NPK row[...]

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Update from the Field: Where Have All the Sulfates Gone?

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on January 22, 2019

When Peter, Paul, and Mary sing “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, I think of all the sulfate that used to be in the soil.  In the past, atmospheric deposition of sulfur from the burning of high-sulfur coal and diesel provided enough sulfur to[...]

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Update from the Field: Back in Black

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on January 15, 2019

This past week, I attended the National No-Till Conference in Indianapolis where The Andersons was a Title Sponsor of the event. While talking to many producers and suppliers at the event, two products from The Andersons kept cropping up in our discussions: UltraMate® LQ[...]

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Agronomy Update January 2019

Posted on January 8, 2019

MANAGEMENT By Agronomist, Dave Dyson

I would like to start the new year off right by discussing the value of utilizing one of The Andersons’ low-salt, high-quality starter fertilizers and MicroCarb ZMBTM together. These two products go together like peas and carrots! [...]

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Organics: Walking In a Winter Wonderland

Posted by Dani Kusner on January 7, 2019

Walking in a winter wonderland…of green cover crops peeking through snow, fall-seeded small grains, and fields that can’t wait to be frost-seeded soon. As the chaos of the holiday season comes to a close, our organics team is hard at work handling your organic harvests,[...]

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New InfuraMax™ Specialty Fertilizer now available at Farm Center Locations

Posted on December 19, 2018

The Andersons, Inc. Releases New InfuraMax™ Specialty Fertilizer at its Farm Center Locations

MAUMEE, OHIO, December 18, 2018 – The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) announces its Plant Nutrient Group is now selling InfuraMax™, a new specialty agriculture liquid fertilizer, exclusively at its farm center locations. InfuraMax is[...]

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Update from the Field: Start Right, Start Strong

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on December 18, 2018

While visiting several Farm Center locations this last week, I overheard numerous conversations about the poor quality of soybean seed germination for the 2019 seed stock. Early reports have some soybean seed germination as low as 80 percent. Typically, soybean germination runs around 90-95 percent. Fungal disease on[...]

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Agronomy Update December 2018

Posted on December 10, 2018

MANAGEMENT By: Jessica Stacy, Product Specialist

Cool and wet weather during October and November has resulted in the nation’s slowest soybean harvest on record since 2009 (USDA Office of the Chief Economist WOAB). Soybean harvest is 94 percent complete, 4 percent behind the 4-year average (USDA Crop[...]

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Update from the Field: Tip Toe Through the Tulips

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on December 10, 2018

Given the recent rains and soggy soils that have plagued us this fall, compaction should be on everyone’s mind. With the ever-increasing size of tractors and equipment, compaction can become a problem that will limit yield potential. How big the problem is will be determined[...]

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Update from the Field: A Lot of Corn in Those Fields

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on December 4, 2018

The USDA’s November 26th Crop Progress Report showed the U.S. corn harvest at 94 percent complete, down slightly from the five-year average of 96 percent. Figure 1 shows a chart of each state’s harvest progress from Farm Bureau. One common thread with 2017 and this year[...]

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Update from the Field: Spring into Action this Fall

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on November 26, 2018

Abundant rain the last couple of months in much of the Cornbelt has promoted the relatively early emergence of winter annual weeds. In particular, the big three turning our fields a nice lush green are marestail, chickweed, and purple deadnettle. In addition, there are perennials out[...]

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Your Guide to Choosing the Right Zinc

Posted by: Jessica Stacy, Product Specialist on November 21, 2018

As discussed in the November Agronomy Update, zinc plays a crucial role in crop production. The role of zinc includes, but is not limited to: protein synthesis, seed and grain formation, growth regulation, and cell elongation. Zinc is immobile in the soil, so a constant supply is needed[...]

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Update from the Field: Micronutrients: Not Sexy, but Essential

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on November 13, 2018

As the title suggests, micronutrient applications are not the most widely talked about in the agriculture industry.  They are not applied or sold by the ton, and you may not even know your crop is deficient.  The term we bat around in the[...]

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Update from the Field: Degrade Your Stalks, Not Your Pocket Book

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on November 7, 2018

A couple of months ago, I wrote about the up and coming corn crop’s huge yield and highlighted all the corn stover that was going to accompany this crop.  To the delight of the farmers, the huge corn yields did arrive, and as[...]

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Agronomy Update November 2018

Posted on November 5, 2018

MANAGEMENT By: Jessica Stacy, Product Specialist

Farming is variable. Some years are great, and you can throw everything but the kitchen sink at your crop; other years, not as much. When crop prices are less than ideal, nutritional “add-ons” and stimulant-type products are typically[...]

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Update from the Field: White Corn Down!

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on November 2, 2018

Corn lodging resulting from stalk rot diseases can cause complications during harvest, loss of grain on the ground, and/or grain quality issues. A higher than normal incidence of stalk rot disease is evident in many fields across the Cornbelt this year. Stalk strength is further compromised[...]

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Update from the Field: Wonderful Winter Wheat Weather?

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on October 23, 2018

Winter wheat can be a hard crop to grow successfully. As crops start coming off, we need to put planting our wheat seed as priority.  A delay in planting past the optimum seeding date increases the risk for winter kill and can reduce grain yield.[...]

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Update from the Field: El Niño, Nacho Typical Winter

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist and Dani Kusner, Agronomist on October 15, 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed there’s a fifty percent chance of an El Niño weather pattern in the U.S. through November.  The chances of El Niño conditions increase to about seventy percent by the onset[...]

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Don’t Guess, Soil Test

Posted By Dave Dyson, Agronomist and Dani Kusner, Agronomist on October 15, 2018

Soil testing is an invaluable tool to any farmer or ag business concerned with soil or plant health, both of which directly impact yield.  Fall and early winter are the optimum times for soil sampling.  Sampling this time of year allows producers to[...]

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Organics: Indiana Organics are Hot

Posted by Dani Kusner on October 9, 2018

As we move through harvest, I’m reflecting on another strong summer of field days, and I can’t wait until after harvest when we have more time to meet again this winter. This season, some of the most influential gatherings occurred in Indiana. This is a[...]

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Update from the Field: Put Back What You Take

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on October 2, 2018

Record yields have placed higher nutrient demands on the soil, and, if yield trends continue, the demand for soil nutrients will also increase.  The harvest in the southern Cornbelt indicates a huge crop will be taken off the fields this fall.  Early results[...]

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Do Your Spring Cleaning This Fall

Posted on September 26, 2018

Did you know a 200 bu/A corn crop can leave up to 5 tons/A of residue in the field?

Stalk degradation is an essential part of field management. As harvest nears, the question of what to do with corn residue will arise. That residue is[...]

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Update from the Field: Who is the Weed’s Daddy?

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on September 25, 2018

In the coming weeks, combines will be rolling and this year’s soybean crop will be coming off.  As my travels take me across the Corn Belt, I have noticed areas in mature soybean fields that have been taken over with weeds. These[...]

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Agronomy Update September 2018

Posted on September 24, 2018

MANAGEMENT By Agronomist, Dave Dyson

The Pro Farmer Crop Tour has wrapped up, and they have released their official yield estimate for the 2018 U.S. corn crop.  They have estimated the U.S. corn crop at 177.3 bushel per acre average.  The[...]

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We Love Our Pelletized Products!

Posted on September 19, 2018

With the growing season nearing harvest, it is time to think about fall fertilizer applications, particularly for pH and liming needs. The first step is to take a thorough soil test to measure values of major nutrients (NPK), cations (calcium, magnesium, potassium, hydrogen and sodium), and micronutrients.[...]

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Update from the Field: Trash Talk

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on September 18, 2018

The Pro Farmer Crop Tour has wrapped up, and they have released their official yield estimate for the 2018 U.S. corn crop.  They have estimated the U.S. corn crop at 177.3 bushel per acre average.  The USDA came out with their estimate[...]

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Update from the Field: Popping Pods

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on September 11, 2018

We are in the home stretch with harvest just around the corner!  The big question on every producer’s mind is, “How will my soybean plants yield?”  In general, it can be fickle to predict soybean yield because there are[...]

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Update from the Field: Ear it Comes Again

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on September 4, 2018

Last year I wrote an article named “Ear Comes Trouble” after much of the Corn Belt saw an increase in ear rots.  The huge amount of ear rot last year helped lay down a healthy amount of inoculum that survived and spread to[...]

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Organics: From Markets to Management

Posted by Dani Kusner on August 31, 2018

On Aug 21, 2018, The Andersons Food Ingredients and Specialty Grains team held the first Organic Market Update meeting in Blissfield, Michigan to share about organic and non-GMO market conditions, as well as provide an opportunity for relationship-building between current and new organic and transitioning growers from Michigan and[...]

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Update from the Field: Count On Corn

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 28, 2018

Several times this past week, I have been asked two big questions: “How is the corn crop progressing?” and “What is your best guess at yield for the 2018 corn crop?”  Scouting the corn field at 55 MPH will not tell you much.[...]

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Update from the Field: A Tale of Two Seasons

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 20, 2018

This corn growing season has manifested into two noticeable extremes, an early planting and a late planting.  The two plantings this year were driven by weather and a horrifically-wet spring. The early corn was put in the ground around the last week in April,[...]

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Update from the Field: Perplexing Pollination Problems

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 13, 2018

Over the last few weeks, the Cornbelt has seen above-normal temperatures and, in some areas, below-normal precipitation.  Experiencing prolonged heat and moisture stress is not a good combination for the corn plant, especially during pollination and grain fill.  

Peak pollen shed[...]

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Update from the Field: Nematodes, the Other Insect

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 8, 2018

If I had to pick one insect that has the greatest influence on soybean production worldwide year in and year out, I would pick the soybean cyst nematode.  These microscopic insects live in the soil and attach to the soybean root, literally sucking the life[...]

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Agronomy Update August 2018

Posted on August 2, 2018

MANAGEMENT By Agronomists, Dave Dyson, Dani Kusner & Jessica Stacy

For the past few weeks, reports have increased for different kinds of beetles attacking both corn and soybeans.  The first pest is the Japanese beetle, which is normal for this time of year.  [...]

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Update from the Field: Beetle Mania

Posted by Agronomists, Dave Dyson, Dani Kusner & Jessica Stacy on July 30, 2018

For the past few weeks, reports have increased for different kinds of beetles attacking both corn and soybeans.  The first pest is the Japanese beetle, which is normal for this time of year.  The second looks like a Japanese beetle on steroids (figure 1)![...]

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Update from the Field: Boring Insects are not Boring

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on July 23, 2018

Soybean fields are starting to become overrun with weeds that are herbicide-resistant. This phenomenon is not new and will continue to get worse over time. The reason glyphosate-tolerant crops became so popular in 1996 was that the weeds at the time were almost impossible to kill with existing[...]

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Boost Winter Wheat Yields

Posted on July 23, 2018

Wheat responds to phosphorus more than any other commodity crop grown in the Midwest and Great Plains states. Providing fertilizer with the seed during planting is the most effective method of phosphorus placement for maximum yield potential.

The Andersons offers PureGrade® Liquid Fertilizers that[...]

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Organics: Nitrogen in Corn

Posted by Dani Kusner on July 19, 2018

As we move past the July 4th holiday into the rest of summer, thoughts shift to mid- and late-season foliars. The same technology that is employed in conventional agriculture can be used in organic production to pull a crop out of a slump, or to add extra bushels to[...]

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Organizational Changes To Plant Nutrient Team

Posted on July 17, 2018

The Andersons Announces Organizational Changes to Plant Nutrient Team

July 16, 2018

MAUMEE, OHIO, July 16, 2018 – The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) is pleased to announce key leadership changes within its Plant Nutrient Group’s wholesale fertilizer business.

Sarah Pirolli has been promoted to Vice[...]

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Update from the Field: Not Mushroom for Fungus

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on July 16, 2018

As the days start to get shorter, our soybeans are starting to flower. Once soybean plants start flowering, they enter the reproductive stage, and the plants can be very susceptible to stress. This stress can come in many forms: drought, insect, weeds, and fungus.  In this[...]

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Agronomy Update July 2018

Posted on July 10, 2018

MANAGEMENT By David Dyson, Agronomist

In parts of the corn belt, quite a bit of corn was planted in a two week window. With the potential for booming corn yields and more acres than usual ripening at once, harvest may take a while to complete. The[...]

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Update from the Field: Fireworks, Fertilizer, and Fungicide

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on July 9, 2018

In parts of the corn belt, quite a bit of corn was planted in a two week window. With the potential for booming corn yields and more acres than usual ripening at once, harvest may take a while to complete.  The average temperature has been about[...]

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Update from the Field: Growing Pains

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on June 25, 2018

As the days start getting shorter and the weeds start getting taller in the soybean fields, our collective attention starts to focus on post applying herbicides.  In past years, when 99% of the U.S. soybean acres were glyphosate tolerant, there were no worries, as we could[...]

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Update from the Field: Twisted Sister

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on June 18, 2018

As the corn growing season moves from cooler, spring-like weather to the heat of summer, it is not uncommon to see fields with scattered plants whose leaves appear twisted or wrapped.  This phenomenon is known as rapid growth syndrome.  It can occur when the corn plant[...]

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Agronomy Update June 2018

Posted on June 13, 2018

MANAGEMENT By David Dyson, Agronomist

When my kids start complaining about their teenage angst, the saying around my house is: “Do you need a tissue for your issue?” In the agriculture world, sometimes taking a tissue sample can make you aware of an issue before[...]

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Organics: Machinery Innovations for Organic Weed Control

Posted by Dani Kusner on June 13, 2018

For farmers who are transitioning into organics from conventional farming, their number one concern is likely weeds. Since herbicides are prohibited under the National Organic Program, organic farmers have historically managed their weeds with tillage.

Throughout this year’s sustainable and organic meetings, there was a[...]

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Update from the Field: Smoke ‘em, Don’t Burn ‘em

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on June 11, 2018

Weed resistance is becoming a nationwide epidemic. Long-term resistance management requires more than pest control aimed only at minimizing crop loss in any one season. In this week’s post, I would like to show some of the weeds prone to resistance and provide some suggestions for controlling[...]

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Update from the Field: A Tissue for an Issue

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on June 4, 2018

When my kids start complaining about their teenage angst, the saying around my house is: “Do you need a tissue for your issue?”  In agriculture, sometimes taking a tissue sample can make you aware of an issue before yield damage has occurred.

Tissue sampling[...]

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Update from the Field: Get a Head Start on Head Blight

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on May 30, 2018

The recent wet weather is not only playing havoc on planting crops, the high moisture is fueling fungal spores that can damage existing crops. There are two main diseases to watch for right now: Fusarium head blight (or head scab) and Anthracnose. 

Depending on the region,[...]

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Update from the Field: Don’t Let Residue Pin You Down

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on May 21, 2018

As little corn seedlings start emerging from the soil, some corn plants seem to be coming out of the ground faster than others. Last week, I was called out to investigate a no-till corn field with uneven emergence. The field in question had plants two inches tall next to[...]

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Update from the Field: Corn-fused

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on May 15, 2018

The most important pass a farmer can make across the field is the planting pass, but success does not stop with one single event. Plant spacing and emergence timing are critical in yield determination and there are many factors that must occur to achieve uniform spacing and emergence. The[...]

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Agronomy Update May 2018

Posted on May 8, 2018

MANAGEMENT By David Dyson, Agronomist

This last month I had the opportunity to travel to North Platte, Nebraska.  North Platte is the home to West Central Research and Extension Center for the University of Nebraska.  This research facility is utilized by Dr. Greg Kruger, an[...]

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Update from the Field: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on May 8, 2018

We had a good ten days of decent planting conditions before the rain shut everything down.  Now I sit here looking out of my office window, pondering how much rain we will get and when we will get back on these water logged fields.  As the great[...]

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Update from the Field: Committed to Excellence

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on May 1, 2018

This last month I had the opportunity to travel to North Platte, Nebraska.  One might ask why I would visit North Platte, Nebraska.  Could it be to tour the fourth largest cattle lot, the world’s largest rail road yard, or maybe to see the[...]

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Developing a Complete Soybean System

Posted by Jessica Stacy, Agronomist on April 30, 2018

When it comes to soybeans, never underestimate the power of proper fertility. When planning for the upcoming planting season, consider the needs of your soybeans in the long term. How your soybeans start out affects them all the way to harvest.

 

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Update from the Field: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow…

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on April 24, 2018

As the title suggests, you can bet your bottom dollar that spring will eventually come out and play in the northern half of the country.  While we wait, let us explore some ways to get the corn crop jump-started, especially with the colder- and wetter-than-normal conditions we&rsquo[...]

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Agronomy Update April 2018

Posted on April 19, 2018

MANAGEMENT By David Dyson, Agronomist   The Three Amigos — Zinc, Manganese, and Boron

The three micronutrients included in a starter fertilizer should be zinc, manganese, and boron. Zinc is the most deficient micronutrient in the world, with boron coming in a close second.  Please note,[...]

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Update from the Field: Will La Niña Take a Siesta

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on April 16, 2018

The crazy, non-spring weather is the talk of the town everywhere you look today.  Here it is, the middle of April, and there is still snow in the forecast.  Like it or not, this is very normal and was predicted last fall. It’s La Ni[...]

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The Andersons Advantage: Corn Research Update

Posted on April 12, 2018

The Andersons conducts third party research trials to put our products to the test. This year the test sites were located in Ohio, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Colorado. Additionally, Beck’s Hybrids tested several of The Andersons products in their Practical Farm Research (PFR) trials, and two of our[...]

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Update from the Field: Hold the Salt

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on April 11, 2018

Every year after planting, questions start about pop-up fertilizer. The questions always occur when there are emergence or germination issues.  Before planting gets into full swing, let’s get a head start and think about safely applying a high-orthophosphate, low salt starter in furrow - we will[...]

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Update from the Field: The Three Amigos — Zinc, Manganese, and Boron

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on April 3, 2018

The three micronutrients that should be included in a starter fertilizer are zinc, manganese, and boron. Zinc is the most deficient micronutrient in the world, with boron coming in a close second.  Please note, as with any nutrients that will be added to your starter, a little goes[...]

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Update from the Field: Stand Up for Wheat

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on March 26, 2018

Evaluating wheat stands early in the spring can be a challenge in a normal year.  We just came out of an extremely dry fall where we experienced very poor germination and reduced stands.  With only a week into spring, we are seeing erratic temperature swings, heavy snow[...]

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Update from the Field: Path of Least Resistance

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on March 19, 2018

The last couple of years we have been inundated with horror stories of herbicide-resistant weeds taking over the countryside. Some of us have had the pleasure of fighting nasty, resistant weeds from burndown to harvest. Some of the weeds that have been documented to have some level of herbicide[...]

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Agronomy Update March 2018

Posted on March 15, 2018
MANAGEMENT By David Dyson, Agronomist

 

Starter Additives Add Up

If we want to bring our yields up to the next level, we need to take a serious look at starter additives.  I’d like to talk about two additives which contain fulvic acid and[...]

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Update from the Field: Damn the Dicamba, Full Speed Ahead

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on March 12, 2018

In the last few months, there has been a major push by both the chemical industry and the extension agencies to “teach” applicators how to apply dicamba properly.  While waiting at meetings to present my slide show, I have had a chance to listen to several[...]

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Update from the Field: Back to Bean Basics

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on March 5, 2018

As my travels take me around the Midwest, I hear more and more farmers deciding to plant soybeans after soybeans.  The USDA estimates soybean acres will be higher than corn acres in 2018.  The majority of additional soybean acres will be coming from wheat or CRP ground, but[...]

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Which Starter Fertilizer is Right for You?

Posted on February 20, 2018

A proper fertility program can help to increase profit potential, mitigate risk, and protect investments. With so many options to choose from, you may be wondering how to choose the best option for your operation. We suggest a multi-step approach.

 

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