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Welcome to your source for news and insights about growing better, smarter. From the latest pest mitigation strategies to tips for running your business, experts cover the trends that affect your farm.

 

Fertilizing This Fall

While harvest is top of mind for many farmers, now is also the time to start thinking about fall fertilizer applications. Fall fertilizer is an important step in managing your fields’ health, replenishing nutrients that were depleted during the previous year, and ensuring that your fields are prepared to produce high yields for your next crop season.

 

By Will Scott, Tech Services Manager

 

Now is the Time to Start Soil Sampling

After the historical amount of rainfall the nation experienced this year, soil sampling will be even more critical going into next season. Historical testing shows soil nutrient levels are being depleted and falling below optimum levels, preventing crops from achieving maximum yield potential and reducing maximum ROI.

 

By Jonathan Hall, Precision Agriculture Specialist

 

Scouting for Pests and Disease in Crops: An Integrated Pest Management Approach

Scouting for pests and diseases is the foundation of an integrated pest management program. There is a strategic way to optimize your scouting and pest identification for a greater return on investment. When farmers are dealing with bugs such as spider mites, stink bugs or thirps—questions always arise on how, what and when you should spray.

 

By Will Scott, Tech Services Manager

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In-Season Fertility Management: Combating Deficiencies with Climate FieldView™

Any time crops are deprived of adequate nutrients, especially at critical growth stages, yields will be negatively impacted. Weather is not the only cause of crop nutrient deficiencies – poor soil health, variability in soil types, field elevation changes, and standing water all put crops at a higher risk. Precision agriculture tools can help you manage these risks with accurate, real-time data about soil health, crop development, and yield potential.

 

By Jonathan Hall, Precision Agriculture Specialist

 

Five Tips for Late-Planted Soybeans

Soybean planting is in full swing in the South and ramping up in the North. That said, because of one of the wettest springs on record, many parts of the country had to delay soybean planting. To help protect your investment and maximize yield, here are five tips to keep in mind for late-planted soybeans.

 

By Bryan Olivi, Product Agronomist

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Six Important Questions Farmers Should Ask Themselves Regarding Phosphorous Management

Phosphorus is one of the most common substances found in nature. It is an essential element for plant growth and is necessary to maintain a profitable yield. With countless crucial roles in a plant, it is one of the most important macronutrients to ensure a successful harvest.

 

By Tyler Carda, Proprietary Agronomist

 

How to Select the Best Herbicides for Your Farm

Weeds pose a constant threat to crops by interfering with growth and limiting yield potential. Choosing the right herbicides for your farm will not only help mitigate weeds, but will also set you up for success.

 

By Bryan Olivi, Product Agronomist

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Data, Data, Everywhere: Overcoming "Information Overload"

In the era of modern agriculture, farmers have the capability to manage their farms and operations like never before. However, for many farmers trying to adopt modern agriculture concepts and practices, a bounty of data can become a very real and challenging problem of “information overload.”

 

By Jonathan Hall, Precision Agriculture Specialist

 

 A Deeper Dive into Nitrogen

When assessing nutrient management within a plant, what is arguably the most detrimental macro-nutrient? Many argue that nitrogen acts as the most crucial plant nutrient among all others.

 

By  Tyler Carda, Proprietary Agronomist

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N-P-K: Essentials for Farm Nutrition

When the growing season ends and harvest is near completion, farmers should evaluate their field fertility conditions. Utilizing down time to collect soil samples provides data needed to guide management decisions for fertilizer demands.

 

By Bryan Olivi, Proprietary Product Agronomist

 

Helpful Tips to Save Money and Time with Your Farm’s Financial Plan

A key question that should be at the center of every farmer’s crop plan is, how am I going to pay for it? As of 2017, 2.8% of the farmer’s total expenses were made up of interest, totaling $9.9 Billion dollars.

 

By Kevin Stinner, Credit Manager

 

An Inside Look at Pinnacle Agriculture Field Days

In 2018, Pinnacle Agriculture hosted research plots at seven universities, strip trials at multiple farmers’ fields, and Field Days that attracted hundreds of participants in four states. Pinnacle Agriculture’s Field Days enable farmers across the country to witness industry-leading products in action. The research plots also produce valuable research data for innovation and improved performance.

 

By Bryan Olivi, Proprietary Product Agronomist

 

5 Tips for Farm Financial Success

Farm loan demand is expected to exceed renewals and extensions of existing loans. This signals farmers to rethink the way they finance their operations and to look at alternative methods of financing. A farmer should carefully look at all options and decide what is the best course of action for their operation. Here are some tips for financial success.

 

By Kevin Stinner, Credit Manager

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The Art of Cotton Defoliation

Having grown up in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, I still remember the pungent odor of cotton defoliations swirling through the air early in the morning as I walked to school. For a large part of the country, fall is synonymous with leaves falling from trees and other vegetation. However, in the South, the robust odor of defoliants was an abrupt signal that summer was ending and fall was starting. 

 
 

By Will Scott, Tech Services Manager

 

9 Questions Every Farmer Should Ask Themselves About Precision Ag

There are many “tools in the toolbox” that can be used to address any issue a farmer might face in their operation. What is important is choosing the right tool for the job. Here are some basic questions every farmer should ask themselves when evaluating their operation to incorporate precision agriculture tools and management practices.

 

By Jonathan Hall, Precision Agriculture Specialist

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Managing Plant Stresses with Fungicides

Fungicides are extremely important and should be considered a part of any grower’s chemical regiment to protect yield. Building a proactive fungicidal approach into your crop’s plan will strengthen the plant's natural defenses, help the plant combat environmental stressors, and protect yield.

 

By Bryan Olivi, Proprietary Product Agronomist 

 

Improve Your Summer Insecticide Performance with Technologies from Innvictis

Now that we’re well into the summer season, plants are maturing—and becoming more susceptible to pest infestations. This period of growth is prime time for insecticides, but many come up short during summer months. They’re simply not engineered to withstand weather extremes or intense bug runs..

 

By Greg McManic, Director of Product Development

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National Trends in Crop Health

Plant tissue sampling is a great tool in our agronomic tool box and has various impacts in both a preventative and a reactive decision-making process. Tissue sampling provides insight to potential deficiencies, diagnosing visual symptomology, and validating fertility programs. Our Verify® plant tissue sampling tool is an excellent way to not only help monitor nutrient demands and needs locally but also observe crop trends nationally.

 

By Will Scott, Tech Services Manager

 


Delivering Solutions from Plants, for Plants

Temperatures are soaring across most of the country, bringing with them either relentless rains or a stifling drought. Another summer is upon us, and that means it’s time to give your crops a nutritional boost.

 

By Gary Tuxhorn, Plant Scientist