Don’t Leave Fall Nitrogen Unstable

In the field applying nutrients

Nutrient management is as important in fall as it is at planting.

Growers considering a fall anhydrous ammonia application can take measures to make the most out of their fertilizer investment, while supporting nitrogen management best practices, says Eric Scherder, Ph.D., field scientist, Dow AgroSciences.

“Nitrogen isn’t a one-time event,” Scherder says. “There has to be forethought about how to manage it today and tomorrow.”

Growers who are serious about reducing nitrate loss into groundwater can take steps when making fall applications. These steps include evaluating application methods, paying attention to temperature and using a nitrogen stabilizer to reduce nitrate loss due to leaching and denitrification.

Important Considerations Before Fall Application

Soil Temp at 50 degrees or lessThere are best management practices growers can follow this fall to optimize fertilizer applications.

In the fall, let temperature drive timing. Fall nitrogen applications should be based on soil temperature, not calendar date, Scherder says. Wait to apply nitrogen until soil temperatures drop below 50 F.

Nitrosomonas bacteria, which converts ammonium nitrogen to the nitrate form that’s susceptible to loss, are active until soils reach freezing temperatures; however, their activity is significantly reduced once soil temperatures drop below 50 degrees,” Scherder says. “This is important to consider when making fall applications to protect that investment.”

To learn more about nutrient management visit with our agronomy team today.

Balancing Grain Drying and Propane Storage Needs

Right-size your propane tank

The 2016 harvest season has been one for the books with the USDA expecting farmers to harvest record amounts of corn and soybeans. These record yields highlight the fact that modern farming operations are bigger than ever – both in acreage and bushels.

During the busiest times of harvest, the number one question farmers ask themselves is how much crop they can take off each day – and if they have the appropriate resources to dry and store it. A cool, wet and windy fall has resulted in farmers harvesting corn at higher, moister levels than originally anticipated. This has increased pressure on grain dryers and localized propane supplies.

Although the last few weeks of harvest can be hectic, it is also the best time to evaluate how efficiently grain is moving through your operation and identify any areas that might need improvements in 2017.

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CHS posts fiscal 2016 earnings of $424.2 million

2016 Harvest

ST. PAUL, MINN. (Nov. 3, 2016) – CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, today announced earnings for fiscal 2016 of $424.2 million.

CHS net income for fiscal 2016 (Sept. 1, 2015 – Aug. 31, 2016) of $424.2 million was down 46 percent from $781.0 million for fiscal 2015, reflecting lower pre-tax earnings within the company’s Energy and Ag segments, as well as its Corporate and Other category. Lower pre-tax earnings within these two segments were partly offset by increased pretax earnings in its Foods segment, and seven months of earnings from its Nitrogen Production segment which was created by the February 2016 strategic investment CHS made in CF Industries Nitrogen, LLC (CF Nitrogen). These results reflect the continued economic down cycle in the company’s core energy and agriculture businesses, as well as the impact of one-time events.

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How Growers Can Achieve Nutrient Efficiency

Analyzing Crop Conditions

With continuing economic pressures on commodity prices and the ongoing need to increase yield, maximizing nutrient efficiency is becoming an even more critical component. This is also an ongoing challenge for growers as they are typically looking at their current crop while already planning for the next season.

The key to healthy plant nutrition and optimum crop production is a balance of all the essential nutrients, which is obtained by managing fertility and nutrient availability factors like proper placement, targeted timings and appropriate use rates to ensure nutrient availability throughout the season. In order to maximize crop production, growers need to provide all key macro and micronutrients for their plants at the appropriate time they are needed.

Growers can’t do it alone and it’s crucial they get the most out of their fertilizer, and take a look at the positive return on their crop nutrient investment. This is also important for retailers, as they want to maintain profitability within their business, but also to look out for their grower customers’ best interests too. Even in times of lower commodity prices, crop fertility is very important to maintain optimum conditions for the crops, to maximize their yield potential.

Two Key Factors:

Phosphorus
The first focus to achieve nutrient efficiency is to effectively leverage the nutrients already present in the soil and in the fertilizer that you apply — specifically phosphorus. Phosphorus is a critical macronutrient with a huge impact on increasing yields, and includes an important energy-producing molecule found in all living cells called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). But unlike other nutrients, phosphorus has extremely limited soil mobility, and consistently gets tied up in the soil becoming unavailable for plant uptake.

A Full-Season Job
Typical Nutrient Uptake Pattern of a Corn Plant

With increased understanding and knowledge of nutrient uptake, growers can now move beyond the common practice of fertilizing acres to a strategy where they are fertilizing plants. This strategy helps match a plant’s life cycle with in-furrow application for better emergence and makes sure that plants have the necessary nutrients available as needed.

Solution: New Chelate Technology

This is where an effective chelating agent is critical for growers. Chelates are not new and there have been several common types available for decades. Throughout the years there have been significant advances in chelate technology in addition to an understanding of how each chelate works and its impact.

A new chelate technology now available for growers is Levesol DFC – the only chelate that is strong enough and stable enough to remain in the soil for the length of time that allows for increased solubility and uptake and can be impregnated onto dry fertilizer. Levesol DFC has an extremely unique chemical structure that sets it apart from all other chelate products on the market, and provides a three-mode action plan to ensure nutrient efficiency throughout the entire season:

  1. Unlocks the nutrients it’s applied with
  2. Unlocks the nutrients in the soil – Levesol DFC unlocks essential nutrients and increases the availability of phosphorus by up to 47%
  3. Unlocks the nutrients like phosphorus in the plant all season long adding more grain and increasing grower’s yields.

Contact us today to learn more about nutrient efficiencies.

Original Source: Leaders of In-Furrow Technology, West Central

CHS Board addresses 2016 equity management; delays individual equity redemption program changes

equity300The CHS Board has delayed implementation of the company’s new individual equity redemption program, a decision made following its regular review of the CHS equity management program.

“This decision was made as we considered a number of factors, including our commitment to balance sheet management and the current economic cycle,” says CHS Board Chairman Dave Bielenberg. “CHS remains financially sound and profitable, but as we navigate this economic cycle, the board believes this delay was appropriate as we continue to take a long-term view in managing equity redemptions.”

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4 Top Things Growers Need To Know about Adjuvants

sprayingcrops1. What Are Spray Adjuvants?

Adjuvants aren’t new — in fact, they’ve been around as long as herbicides. However, with the recent conversations about the new trait and herbicide technologies, adjuvants are getting a lot more discussion, as they rightfully should.

With the upcoming changes, it is now even more important to make sure you are using the proper adjuvants to ensure your herbicide application is as effective as possible and to help minimize the development of herbicide resistant weeds. (more…)

Why you should celebrate Global Fertilizer Day

Global Fertilizer Day — October 13The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and its members (including CHS) will celebrate the first annual Global Fertilizer Day this coming Thursday, October 13. Organized by TFI and a network of international organizations, the day is dedicated to spreading the word about the vital role our industry plays in improving peoples’ lives. As Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said on numerous occasions, two out of every five people in the world owe their lives to fertilizer. (more…)

CHS Pro Advantage contract now signing up bushels for 2017, 2018

Wheat commoditiesWhen commodity markets turn volatile, pulling the trigger gets tougher. Grain producers looking for a seamless way to diversify – and simplify – their marketing have one more choice with CHS Pro Advantage.

This contract allows a grower to pledge a specific quantity of bushels to be professionally priced over a specific period of time, essentially taking the emotion out of selling. Bushels are priced by the trading professionals at CHS Hedging-owned Russell Consulting Group. (more…)

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