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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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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.

 

HOW CAN I[...]

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Update from the Field: What are the 4Rs?

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on February 19, 2018

In the past few years, excess nutrients in our watersheds have been causing havoc where they converge.  We see large concentrations of phosphorus in Lake Erie causing algae blooms and large concentrations of nitrates in the Gulf of Mexico causing a “dead zone” the size of[...]

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Update from the Field: Take a Stand on Corn Population

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on February 12, 2018

 In recent years we have been told, by seed companies, that seeding population has a direct relation with yield. I somewhat agree with that statement. When we increase the population evenly we will increase yield, but will yield continue to increase indefinitely? Technology has made it[...]

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Agronomy Update February 2018

Posted on February 12, 2018

MANAGEMENT By David Dyson, Agronomist

Prepay season seems to be winding down across the corn belt, but before the talk goes completely away from inputs, let’s have a discussion about additives in your starter. 

The term starter can have many meanings to[...]

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Update from the Field: Future of Agronomy

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on February 5, 2018

Since November, I have been traveling around to The Andersons Farm Centers and Grain facilities talking about the future of agronomy and agriculture. As of December 2017, the world population is 7.9 billion. The United Nations estimates the world is currently growing at a rate 1.09% per year. If that current rate[...]

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Update from the Field: Micronutrients and Starter

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on January 30, 2018

Prepay season seems to be winding down across the corn belt, but before the talk goes completely away from inputs, let’s have a discussion about additives in your starter.  

The term starter can have many meanings to many different growers.  The reason we[...]

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Update from the Field: Don’t Cheat on Your Wheat

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on January 23, 2018

Wheat top dressing season is just around the corner. Whether you are top dressing with liquid or dry nitrogen, some decisions need to be made now. There are pros and cons with both types of nitrogen. By making a few important choices now, you can prevent potential headaches later[...]

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PureGrade Starter Fertilizers: Outgrow. Outlast. Out Yield.

Posted on January 22, 2018
OUTGROW the Conventional

Research has shown liquid starter fertilizers offer young seedlings a faster and healthier start. When placed near the seed, essential nutrients are more available and go to work immediately, powering young seedlings towards maximum production. Including a PureGrade liquid fertilizer from The Andersons will ensure your[...]

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Update from the Field: No-Till, No-Worries

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on January 15, 2018

Last week, I attended the National No-Till Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  I spoke with many farmers about the benefits of using a seed safe, highly efficient, high quality starter in-furrow. A high quality, low-salt starter is very beneficial in any tillage system, but is particularly important in a[...]

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Organics: Good, Better, Best

Posted by Dani Kusner, Agronomist and Certified Crop Advisor on January 10, 2018

Happy New Year! In my last post, I wrote about the power of plants—photosynthesis drives the carbon-building and mineralization processes in soil that move nutrients through the roots to the plant which benefits its growth and reproduction.

Lately, I’ve been wondering: What[...]

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Agronomy Update January 2018

Posted on January 9, 2018

MANAGEMENT By David Dyson, Agronomist

As we say goodbye to the past and ring in the new year, it is time to look forward to the next cropping season. A good plan can be the difference between an average yield and a great yield. Planning for a[...]

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Update from the Field: Cold Weather Bugs Me

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on January 8, 2018

The last couple of weeks of extremely cold weather has brought up some questions as to how insect pests will react to this situation.  Insects are cold-blooded animals, meaning that their body temperature is similar to that of their surroundings. They do not maintain a body temperature as[...]

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Update from the Field: A Year in Review

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on December 26, 2017

As we celebrate another Christmas with family and friends, let us look back at the cropping season of 2017. This year saw new genetics, wild weather, and even wilder commodity prices.  

With the New Year came the anxiety of wondering what products, if any, was the[...]

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Organics: The Power of Plants

Posted by Dani Kusner, Organic Agronomy Advisor on December 21, 2017

Last week, the first snow fell in Northern Ohio. Today, the winter solstice officially marks the beginning of winter. On the solstice–the shortest day of the year—I always enjoy a few moments of celebration because yes, while winter is here with blustery snow and low[...]

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PFR Proven™: Diamond 6-24-6 & First Pass® with MicroCarb ZMB™

Posted on December 18, 2017

Two of The Andersons products achieved a significant milestone this year, earning the status of “PFR Proven” by Beck’s Hybrids. The first, PureGrade® Diamond 6-24-6 liquid fertilizer, earned the honor after providing a 3-year multi-location ROI of $12.78 per acre on corn. Diamond 6-2[...]

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Update from the Field: Make Data Great Again!

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on December 18, 2017

It is beginning to look a lot like “prepay” season, and with prepay comes the inevitable question, “How much nitrogen do you think I need to apply per acre?” Nitrogen rate recommendations for a given field are traditionally linked to historical yield levels. For a[...]

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Update from the Field: Up in Smoke

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on December 11, 2017

Last week at the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation meeting, I had a discussion with a couple of colleagues about fall nitrogen application. The discussion centered on the pros and cons of different types of nitrogen being applied in the fall. One group liked urea (46%) and UAN 28% for the safety and[...]

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Agronomy Update December 2017

Posted on December 11, 2017

  MANAGEMENT THE IMPORTANCE OF ZINC

Zinc is one of the micronutrients required for plant growth and development. Zinc is essential for protein synthesis, seed and grain formation, plant maturity, growth regulation, and the formation of enzyme systems. Zinc is immobile in the soil, so a constant[...]

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Starters and Micros: Better Together

Posted on December 7, 2017

Macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, hamburgers and fries – some things are just better together. Similar to these pairings, a perfect mate exists for your liquid starter and you don’t have to look any further than the MicroSolutions® line of micronutrients.[...]

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Update from the Field: Let’s Have a Fiesta for La Niña

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on December 5, 2017

While drinking coffee at the local watering hole these past few weeks, I have been hearing a lot of grumbling about the “crazy” weather we have been experiencing this fall. According to NOAA, the weather pattern we are in right now is not new or unexpected.[...]

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Organics: Smart and Successful Farmers Have Mentors

Posted by Dani Kusner, Organic Agronomy Advisor on December 1, 2017

Occasionally throughout the year, I review notes from various field days and farmer conversations that were particularly memorable. While this blog provides broad information about The Andersons’ approach to soil health, biology and transitioning to organic, farmers always love to hear from other farmers. And oftentimes, farmers amaze[...]

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Update from the Field: Let’s Toast Barley

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on November 27, 2017

The Andersons’ Farm Centers have seen a steady decrease in winter wheat acres over the past five years. The only farmers raising wheat now are those looking to tile or apply manure in the following year. There are many reasons as to why winter wheat has fallen out[...]

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Update from the Field: Rain, Rain Go Away!

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on November 20, 2017

The persistent rainy weather this fall has been very stressful to anyone trying to get crops out of the field or trying to get chemicals and fertilizer back on the field. In previous articles, I stressed the importance of applying dicamba in the fall to prevent hard to control[...]

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Organics: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Posted by Dani Kusner, Organic Agronomy Advisor on November 16, 2017

And no, it’s not Christmas; at least not yet! Last week, I presented at the MOSES Organic Transition for Commercial-Scale Farms workshop in St. Louis, Missouri. The audience included seasoned organic and new transitioning farmers, along with organic mentoring organizations and industry partners. This event[...]

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Update from the Field: Profitability & pH

Posted by Dave Dyson on November 14, 2017

Talking to clients about liming or fixing a pH problem can be a little dull or boring. It is definitely not as appealing as a fertilizer or chemical recommendation. You may not see the full effect of your lime application for 2-4 years, but once you get your pH[...]

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Agronomy Update November 2017

Posted on November 13, 2017

MANAGEMENT

A properly crafted fertility program leads to the success of your crop today, tomorrow, and in the future. Including PureGrade® liquid fertilizer in your program will ensure your crop has the nutrients needed to reach its full potential. PureGrade low-salt starters are the best choice[...]

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Update from the Field: Refuse to Let Your Trash be a Problem

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on November 6, 2017

Stalk residue, or “trash,” can be a major source of problems to farmers in the spring during planting. Corn stalks especially can cause havoc to planters or drills. The excess cellulose and stalk residue can puncture tires, create voids in the seed trench, restrict soil to[...]

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Update from the Field: Decoding Dicamba

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on October 30, 2017

Dicamba is not a new chemical; it actually was developed in 1967, and it has been a major player in the post herbicide corn market for 50 years. Some might even say, “What is the big deal? I have been spraying corn with dicamba all my life.” The[...]

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Organics: The 36 Month Rule

Posted by Dani Kusner, Organic Agronomy Advisor on October 24, 2017

Dani Kusner has worked in biological and organic farming systems for the past 10 years since graduating from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in sustainability studies. She has worked at the Rodale Institute, and in Ontario, consulting with growers in both Canada[...]

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Update from the Field: Compact Your Garbage, Not Your Soil

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on October 23, 2017

With the recent rains and soggy soils we have been seeing over the past week, compaction should be on everyone’s mind. The ever increasing size of tractors and equipment has led to compaction, resulting in limited yield potential. The extent of the problem depends on the type[...]

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Update from the Field: Not So Southern Comfort

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on October 16, 2017

Corn harvest is in full force throughout The Andersons’ territory. Yields have been high and moisture has been running around 19% or less. We have had great weather so far, but now we are looking at a rainy pattern settling in for the next couple of weeks. I am[...]

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Agronomy Update October 2017

Posted by Brian Banks and Amy Schroeder on October 16, 2017

MANAGEMENT By Brian Banks, Senior Agronomist CORN

CORN GRAIN DRY DOWN

According to the USDA, corn harvest progress is well behind the five year average. Other than the recent weather delays, the corn has been roughly 5-10 days behind the average for most of this[...]

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Don’t Guess, Soil Test

Posted By Dave Dyson, Agronomist and Dani Kusner, Agronomist on October 15, 2017

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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Update from the Field: As the Reel Turns

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on October 9, 2017

As dry weather is settling in around the Midwest, soybean harvest is progressing rapidly. There are reports that soybean moisture levels are around 10%, with some levels as low as 7%. With moisture levels this low, the time of day you harvest can be a critical factor in reducing shatter. [...]

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Plan Ahead: Observe Crops During Harvest

Posted on October 9, 2017

Make the “windshield-time” in your combine cab as profitable as possible. It is an excellent time to make overall field observations and think about plans for next year’s crop. For many growers, judging the performance of different hybrids may be the only observations typically[...]

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Update from the Field: The Mold and the Beautiful

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on October 2, 2017

Over the past week, we have seen above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall in the eastern half of the corn belt. This is perfect harvest weather. The area around our Walton facility is harvesting soybeans at a decent clip, while the North Manchester, Litchfield, and North Central Ohio[...]

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Update from the Field: Ear Comes Trouble!

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on September 25, 2017

Dave Dyson is a regional agronomist for The Andersons’ Farm Centers which are located throughout Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. He is an Indiana native and grew up on a dairy farm in Miami County. A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Crop & Soil[...]

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Biology: The “X” Factor

Posted by Dani Kusner on September 21, 2017

What’s the biggest difference between farming conventionally and farming organically? While there are several differentiators such as allowable inputs and weed control methods, my answer to this question is biology. Successful organic farming requires allowing soil microbiology to go to work for you. Crop rotation,[...]

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Maximize Your Soil Bank

Posted on September 19, 2017

Simply put, fall application of potassium and phosphorus fertilizer is more about improving “soil conditions” or “soil bank,” not necessarily directly fertilizing the crop.

Like those two macronutrients, The Andersons’ humic products – Humic DG™, Black[...]

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Agronomy Update September 2017

Posted on September 13, 2017

SCOUTING By Brian Banks, Senior Agronomist CORN

TEST WEIGHT AND YIELD During the month of September, conversations about yield and test weight are prevalent as harvest nears. It is often thought if the test weight is good, then the yield will be good. Or vice versa, if[...]

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Influence the Outcome of Your Crops

Posted on September 11, 2017

As fall approaches and harvest comes and goes, discussions will turn to the upcoming planting season. In our conversations with our dealers, they state growers are more engaged than ever in wanting to increase their profit potential, mitigate their risk, and protect their investment.

How can[...]

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Starter Essential for Best No-Till Crop Yields

Posted on August 21, 2017

Influence the outcome of no-till yields with PureGrade liquid starter fertilizer.

No-till farming methods have spread rapidly in many areas of the country. In some areas no-till is the now the 'conventional' way to farm. It saves fuel, labor, soil, water and provides a friendly[...]

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Agronomy Update August 2017

Posted on August 11, 2017

SCOUTING By Brian Banks, Senior Agronomist CORN

WESTERN BEAN CUTWORM Western bean cutworm continues to be a concern as moth flight extended for up to 6 weeks in areas. Scouting should continue to occur as treatments are needed before the larvae reach the ear and are not subjected[...]

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Phosfix Patent Granted

Posted on August 11, 2017

The Andersons Receives Patent for Phosfix® Liquid Fertilizer

July 24, 2017

MAUMEE, OHIO, July 24, 2017 – The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) is pleased to announce a patent has been granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its Phosfix® liquid fertilizer, which is produced[...]

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Organics: Where Do I Start?

Posted on July 31, 2017

Did you know The Andersons now offers organic transition consulting services?

Our Organic Agronomy Advisor, Danielle “Dani” Kusner, is ready to help you successfully transition to organic agriculture. In this post, Danielle elaborates on our transition consulting services.

Where Do I Start? [...]

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Help Your Winter Wheat Outlast the Conditions

Posted on July 25, 2017

Take advantage of every opportunity to improve your bottom line. Our PureGrade® products are designed to mitigate your risk, enhance your profit potential, and protect your investment.

BENEFITS OF STARTER FERTILIZER ON WINTER WHEAT:

Improves nitrogen efficiency Promotes earlier maturity and lower moisture[...]

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Foliar Fertilizer Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on July 18, 2017

Early foliar applications can make an already good crop better, either by stimulating more vigorous regrowth or by increasing the yield potential. Follow these Do’s and Don’ts when applying foliar liquid fertilizers in your field.

DO obtain an accurate plant[...]

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Agronomy Update July 2017

Posted on July 14, 2017

Scouting By Brian Banks, Senior Agronomist

Overall, this season has not seen any major concerns with disease or insect infestations across the Corn Belt as a whole. It is, however, that time of year to be scouting for the following issues in corn and soybeans.

Corn [...]

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Update from the Field: Phosfix

Posted on July 10, 2017

Phosfix makes a good crop great; a great crop better. It is a powerful combination of macro and micronutrients with growth and plant enhancers that improve yield and profit by enhancing crop vigor and encouraging crop health.

Phosfix is designed for use on all crops[...]

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Update from the Field: Pain in the Pod

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on July 2, 2017

As we celebrate July 4th with BBQs and gathering with family and friends, keep one eye on your soybean fields.  I am starting to get reports from Michigan that producers are finding increasing numbers of soybean aphids (Figure 1).  The research-based economic threshold to apply insecticides[...]

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A Review of Strip-Till and Nutrient Banding | Technical Bulletin 011

Posted on June 19, 2017

The acceptance of no-till and other conservation tillage practices, including strip-till has increased rapidly in recent years.

The most recent Census of Agriculture from the USDA reports that 173 million acres, or 62% of tillable acres in the U.S., utilize some form of conservation tillage practice. Strip-till, in[...]

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Increasing Irrigation Efficiency | Technical Bulletin 080

Posted on May 31, 2017

As global populations increase, water is becoming a much more important natural resource. As with any limited resource, efficient use is a key component. 

Because of increased demand for food and water, Irrigation Efficiency in agricultural systems is becoming a growing concern. According to the University[...]

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