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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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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.


Management

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Agronomy Update December 2017

Posted on December 11, 2017


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 [...]


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. [...]


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. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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.  [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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?  [...]


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.


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


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 [...]


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  [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Set Up Your Soybeans to Exceed Expectations

Posted on May 31, 2017

Get soybean crops on the road to recovery after weather extremes, nutrient deficiencies or insect and disease attacks with foliar fertilizer.

Foliar fertilizer is an effective approach of applying fertilizer to meet soybeans needs during yield-determining growth stages.

Splitting applications of nitrogen provides [...]


Managing Risk with Split-Applications | Technical Bulletin 079

Posted on May 25, 2017

There are many ways nitrogen can be applied, but when it comes to sustainability and risk management growers are turning to slow-release nitrogen to “spoon feed” their crop.

When growers split nitrogen applications, they are able to manage risk before critical growth stages. Nitrogen undergoes [...]


Tend to What You Planted: The Importance of Corn Foliars

Posted on May 23, 2017

Don’t lead your crop down the wrong path by applying all of your nitrogen at once.

Guide your corn crop to reach its full potential with split applications. By splitting up nutrient applications, growers have the ability to better manage risk before critical [...]


Set Your Strategy for Foliar Season

Posted on April 19, 2017

With foliar season in full swing, there are a few fundamental techniques you can count on to help defeat deficiencies and grow ROI:

1. The value of tissue testing 2. The power of CropCoach

  The Value of Tissue Testing

Plant tissue analysis helps identify [...]


Follow-Up With Foliars: How PureGrade® and CropCoach® Can Help You Defeat Deficiencies

Posted on April 4, 2017


Following-up with PureGrade foliar fertilizers prior to stressful physiological plant stages helps to develop strong, healthy crops. 


PureGrade foliar fertilizers help keep plants strong to resist environmental stresses, increase nutrient levels in the plant, and stimulate growth.

Out Yield.

Defeat Nutrient Deficiencies with PureGrade® and CropCoach®

Posted on March 24, 2017

Outgrow. Outlast. Out Yield. 

Apply PureGrade foliar fertilizers prior to stressful physiological plant stages for strong, healthy crops. The Andersons offers various foliar fertilizers, including products with slow release nitrogen. By utilizing a PureGrade fertilizer with slow release nitrogen and other valuable nutrients you will reduce [...]


Harness The Power of MicroSolutions®

Posted on February 22, 2017

If your goal is to improve fertilizer efficiency and crop yield, harness the power of MicroSolutions micronutrients.

Whether you need an ammoniated zinc, chelated manganese, or a special blend of micronutrients, our MicroSolutions line has a product for you. Unique blends with carbon sources are [...]


Tune Up Your Soil: Pelletized Limestone & Gypsum Products

Posted on February 21, 2017

The Andersons pelletized products (NutraLime® DG and NutraSoft® DG) are manufactured from natural, high quality calcitic and dolomitic limestones and gypsum that are pulverized to a flour-like powder, then granulated into fertilizer-sized, moisture dissolvable granules. These products provide in-season, plant available calcium and magnesium or [...]


Building Sustainable (and Profitable) Cropping Systems

Posted on February 13, 2017

Growers are more interested than ever in producing sustainable and profitable cropping systems.

Environmental stewardship, economic efficiency, and soil health are some of the leading factors of this drive. At The Andersons, it is our goal to provide efficient and high-quality products to assist growers in this [...]


More Options Than Ever with Season Pass® and Season Pass® Plus

Posted on January 18, 2017

Season Pass and Season Pass Plus are now available in each of the three PureGrade low-salt starters base grades, allowing you to choose the product that best fits your fertility and investment needs.

  About Season Pass and Season Pass Plus

Season Pass [...]


Harness The Power of MicroSolutions®

Posted on November 29, 2016

If your goal is to improve fertilizer efficiency and crop yield, don't overlook the power of MicroSolutions from The Andersons.

MicroSolutions micronutrients are compatible with different types of fertilizers, many herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. These high-efficiency products are versatile, easy to handle, and offer [...]


Soil Tests Offer Guidance | Technical Bulletin 069

Posted on November 11, 2016

If it's been more than 4 years since a field was last sampled, it's time to resample.

Non-mobile nutrients like phosphorus and potassium don’t change very much from one year to the next, so a 4-year soil testing plan is adequate. Nitrate and sulfur, [...]


OUT YIELD the Competition with PureGrade® Liquid Fertilizer

Posted on October 20, 2016

An effective fertility program means a successful crop today, tomorrow and in the future; and research has shown PureGrade liquid starter fertilizers offer seedlings a faster and healthier start.

Including a PureGrade liquid fertilizer in your program will ensure your crop has the nutrients needed to reach [...]


Early Growth and Drier Grain with PureGrade® | Technical Bulletin 072

Posted on September 30, 2016

It is important to have a starter fertilizer in place during corn’s VE stage of growth, or germination and emergence.

The final size of leaves, ears and other parts depends on having an adequate supply of nutrients when the radicle and seminal roots begin growth [...]


Plan Ahead: Observe Crops During Harvest | Technical Bulletin 070

Posted on September 30, 2016

Some combines enter the fields, only to later back out and wait for the grain to dry. After seasons of unusual weather, growers are anxious to get the crop out of the ground.

Make the “windshield-time” in your combine cab as profitable as possible. [...]


The Power of Now: The Difference of In-Season NutraLime DG Availability

Posted on September 27, 2016


NutraLime® DG pelletized limestone is micro-ground so a majority of particles pass through a 100 mesh sieve before the pelletizing process. The finer the grind, the faster and more effective the limestone.

Particles passing through a 100 mesh sieve dissolve [...]


Top Reasons To Use Starter Fertilizer On Winter Wheat

Posted on July 18, 2016

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.

PureGrade® Liquid Fertilizers are low-salt high orthophosphate [...]


Split Fertilizer Application Helps Optimize Nutrient Management

Posted on April 28, 2016

Courtesy of 4R Nutrient Stewardship. Read their post here.

Split nitrogen (N) fertilizer applications can play an important role in a nutrient management strategy that is productive, profitable and environmentally responsible.

Dividing total nitrogen application into two or more treatments can help growers enhance nutrient [...]


6 Farm Safety Tips for Planting Season

Posted on April 4, 2016

Courtesy of United Soybean Board. Read their post here.

“Just because it has never happened does not mean it couldn’t.”

That statement by Chip Petrea, researcher in agriculture safety and health at the University of Illinois, may seem obvious. But with [...]


3 Problems to Avoid During Planting

Posted on April 1, 2016

As planting season nears, there are some things to check on the planter’s liquid fertilizer system to be sure that PureGrade® Low-Salt Starters will be properly applied.

For most growers there will be little to do except to check for wear and tear and [...]


First Roots Need Nutrients Fast | Technical Bulletin 071

Posted on February 15, 2016

The importance of row-placed starter fertilizer in corn becomes evident once we take a look at how corn root systems develop during the first few weeks of life.

Growers who study corn plant development know there are different stages of vegetative and reproductive growth.

Let [...]


Turning Fertilizer into a Winning Investment

Posted on February 15, 2016

No-tillers are tasked with making decisions each year to enhance production, improve sustainability and advance the bottom line.

But when faced with stresses like low commodity prices, no-tillers are often tempted to view inputs like starter fertilizer as an expense rather than an investment. 


Boost Yields with PureGrade® Base Grades

Posted on February 12, 2016

GoldStart®, Diamond, and Premium products are low-salt, non-corrosive, and compatible with most pesticides.

These formulations improve conditions during reproduction, extend plant functions, improve crop yields, and stimulate the absorption of soil nutrients. 


The most popular low-salt, 80/20 ratio of ortho-to-polyphosphate liquid fertilizer in [...]


Maximize Soybean Yields with First Pass®

Posted on January 27, 2016

First Pass is a low-salt 100% orthophosphate in-furrow starter fertilizer specifically formulated to maximize your soybean yields.

The low salt index and near neutral pH of First Pass allows for a seed safe application. Plus, the non-corrosive formulation also makes it safe on your equipment.

Benefits of [...]


Improve Efficiency with Season Pass Plus® with AVAIL®

Posted on January 27, 2016

An application of 3 gal/A in-furrow at planting of Season Pass Plus with AVAIL Diamond drove yields more than 6% (10.5 bu/A).

The combination of early-season nutrients, the use of AVAIL to increase phosphorus efficiency, and the zinc aiding the plant in greater phosphorus uptake led to this [...]


Managing Fertilizer Application for Profit | Technical Bulletin 063

Posted on January 27, 2016

In a recent poll published by Successful Farming magazine, farmers were asked how they plan to reduce production costs.

Thirty percent said they would cut back on fertilizer purchases. However, nearly an equal amount, 27%, said they would use the same amount of fertilizer and manage for better [...]