With plenty of moisture in the soil, now is the ideal time to be making a plan for your cover crops. Whether you are seeding after chopping corn or flying cover crops onto an existing field of corn or soybeans, it is time to get them established. Some types of cover crop seed are in short supply this year due to poor yields and high demand due to prevent plant acres. Give me a call so we can get your needs secured. Here is a good article about the benefits of planting cover crops. Jon
We have been hit with sub zero temps, knee deep mud and snow piled head high in the past few weeks. We like to grumble about it but it is the livestock that is really suffering. Momma cows with newborn calves or those getting ready to calve are battling some tough conditions. Your cows are your Factory. If the production line is breaking down, you don’t produce your product and you don’t have inventory to sell. Your have to keep the Factory running. This is a critical time for your cows nutritional needs. Poor nutrition now leads to loss of body condition, calving difficulty, weak calves, and slow breed back.
Hay is in short supply and everyone is scrambling to stretch their forages as far as they can. Much of the hay is lower in quality and we need to supplement this forage to meet the cows needs. Supplementing vitamins and minerals help keep their immune systems healthy so they produce high quality colostrum and strong, healthy calves. Supplementing protein and energy helps the cows utilize the poor quality forage better. They will maintain condition, produce more milk and breed back quicker.
There are many options for supplementation and we can help you choose what is right for your program.
We are currently having our annual Cargill mineral booking. This is a great opportunity to book your mineral supply for the year and get significant savings. The Cargill minerals come with several options for additives including ingredients for controlling fly populations and to reduce fescue toxicity and the occurrence of anaplasmosis.
We are also currently running a special volume pricing discount on our CTI lick tubs. They are 200 lb. poured tubs that make protein and energy supplementation easy and are available with several different additives to meet your specific needs.
Hurry these specials end Feb. 28. Think warm thoughts!
Only 50 days till Spring! For everyone shoveling out or dealing with frigid temperatures, the countdown to the first day of Spring means relief is in sight. It also means that you should start thinking about crop insurance. March 15th (sales closing) will be here before we know it! This is the deadline to update and make any changes to your insurance program.
FSA offices have reopened. The offices will be operating under normal business hours through February 8th and then we will have to see if they get a permanent agreement to prevent another government shutdown.. This is very important for farmers that haven’t reported their production for the market facilitation program (MFP). Originally the MFP had a January 15th deadline but has been extended until February 14th. If you haven’t reported your production to the FSA office yet it would be a good idea to get that done soon.
New this year the risk management agency (RMA) has announced the availability of multi-county enterprise units. This will allow farmers to combine land not eligible for an enterprise unit in one county with an enterprise unit in an adjacent county. This is a good way to spread out the risk and decrease your premium.
Farming can be a risky business that is why it is crucial for farmers to utilize the many risk management options to manage the challenges they face every year when the crops are planted. Crop insurance is the only risk management tool that farmers can take to their banker to prove their ability to pay back operating loans to keep cash flow on point.
Many farmers have had above average yields the past few years, but suffered low grain prices. Since your actual production history is used to set your guarantees, you should evaluate your current coverage levels for maximum revenue protection. If you aren’t satisfied with the amount of coverage your MPCI policy is providing private products could be the answer you are looking for. Private crop insurance products address risks that are not covered with the MPCI products. The combination of a MPCI policy and a private product can protect up to 95% of your revenue guarantee. If you have any questions about your policy, or would like to talk options give me a call. Remember – Sales Closing Deadline is March 15.
FINALLY! China approves the Enlist E3 soybeans! This is fantastic news for farmers everywhere! Enlist E3 soybeans are soybeans that have a triple-stacked tolerance to 3 different herbicides. These herbicides are, 2, 4-D choline, glyphosate (Round-Up), and glufosinate (Liberty). It adds another weapon we can use to help fight the war on weeds. Which, as we all know, is a never-ending battle.
Right now, there are a few different herbicides that are approved to use on Enlist E3 soybeans. There’s Enlist Duo, which is a tank mix of 2,4D choline and glyphosate. There’s also Enlist One, which is just a straight formula of the 2,4-D choline. Both can be tank mixed, but they must be mixed with approved herbicides. That list can be found on enlisttankmix.com.
If you’re interested in planting Enlist E3 beans, we here at Quality Ag Service can get you started! We have some Enlist E3 soybeans available to us through Merschman Seeds. If you want to get ahead of the seed game or just want to know more about the seed in general, give me a call! I’m more than happy to help!
If you’re interested in the herbicides, we have the Enlist chemicals available too!
Have a great day, guys!
Welcome to our blog page. It’s our New Year’s resolution to use this page to bring you timely information from our industry with a little bit of fun commentary thrown in. Our first entry is from one of our Sales Agronomists, Brogan Bulecheck. Stay tuned for new entries each week. Kris Knowles