AgriGold to Collaborate with Soybean Checkoff ‘HY+Q’ Program

AgriGold to Collaborate with Soybean Checkoff ‘HY+Q’ Program
Informing U.S. soybean growers on global benefit of planting top-value soybean varieties
ST. FRANCISVILLE, Ill., September 16, 2019- Today, AgriGold announced its collaboration with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) to support the checkoff-funded ‘High Yield PLUS Quality’ (HY+Q) initiative. The HY+Q program is a nationwide effort to identify and promote top-value soybean varieties that have the potential to produce higher-than-average yields and high-value livestock feed.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 70 percent of soybeans grown in the U.S. are used for animal feed. And the U.S. Census Bureau reports the U.S. exports more than half of all soy or soy products annually. The HY+Q program was established to center the industry’s focus on increasing the feed value of soybeans to help protect and grow livestock feed market share in the face of increased competition from synthetic amino acids.
“We are excited to join forces with AgriGold to support our national HY+Q checkoff initiative at such a direct farmer level,” said Linda Kull, Ph.D., director of agriculture innovation and technology transfer, ISA. “AgriGold has 11 soybean varieties in their current product portfolio that meet the qualifications for exceptional feed value. Growers who choose to plant one or more of these varieties are an integral part of increasing the market share and overall value of U.S. soybeans.”
To maintain and grow market share globally, state and national soybean checkoff programs are making investments in areas where U.S. soybean farmers have the greatest opportunity to differentiate their product. More specifically, these checkoff organizations are focused on growing sustainable soybeans that produce better quality meal and oil for end users.
U.S. soybean protein levels dropped more than two percentage points from 2000 to 2017 according to USDA data. At the same time, a drop in amino acid levels has been noted, resulting in lower livestock feed values and soybean meal being replaced by synthetic amino acids and corn byproducts such as distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
Feed value of soybeans is determined by the levels of seven essential amino acids which are required for livestock growth and productivity. It’s the amino acids, not crude protein levels, that provide the nutritional quality that livestock producers value most. When soybeans contain higher levels of these essential nutrients, livestock producers can cost effectively incorporate more soybeans into rations, which helps strengthen the U.S. soybean industry.
“Taking on this initiative is just one more way we can ensure we’re doing the absolute best for our customers,” said Mike Kavanaugh, product & agronomy manager, AgriGold. “We don’t see this as a complicating factor in growers’ purchase decisions. Some of our highest yielding soybeans also have the highest quality and value potential. Sharing this information will allow us to help growers make informed contributions to the unique needs of livestock producers and the appeal of our soybeans to export markets.”
The HY+Q program offers farmers a database of 768 soybean varieties with rankings based on amino acids used by livestock nutritionists to calculate least-cost rations. Varietal information can be accessed at soyvalue.com. Nutritional rankings are based on statistical analysis of more than 34,000 harvest samples from farmers and seed company trials over the past six years. The HY+Q effort is also supported by the national soybean checkoff.
AgriGold brings bold research and results to market through our unique lineup of elite corn hybrids and select soybean varieties. We specialize in helping growers get more out of every decision by offering direct access to the best corn and soybean genetics, industry-leading technology and unmatched local agronomic expertise. For more information, visit agrigold.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean growers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean innovation and profitability efforts, issues analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. through the Illinois Soybean Growers. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.
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Leveraging Genetic Diversity to Maximize Each Acre

Genetics are the foundation of any hybrid’s performance. Though new seed treatments and traits tend to get the most attention, it’s really the genetics working in the background that determine whether a crop is a success or failure.
“Since 1935, the dawn of hybridization, growers have gained about two bushels per acre annually because of genetics,” said Dustin Bowling, AgriGold’s Western Agronomy Manager. “However, for growers today, performance is about a lot more than just high yield potential. It’s about selecting diverse genetics to address limiting factors for multiple environments.”
Growers have always known every field they farm is different. Now, with more advanced planter technology, they’re using strategies like multiple hybrid planting to better match the needs of each individual field.
“Finding one hybrid that can produce across all acres, handle all conditions and live up to yield expectations is very rare. I truly believe that a grower’s seed order should be as diverse as the fields they farm,” Bowling said. “The goal of choosing multiple hybrids is really to manage risk and get the most out of every acre.”
The first step to selecting for genetic diversity is to identify the individual factors that limit yield.
“Growers need to ask themselves: ‘What challenges do I deal with year in and year out? Is it stand establishment, too much water, not enough water, green snap or dry down?’” Bowling said. “Your selection should focus on solving those problems, not just trying to find the hybrid that won the local plot.”
From there, growers should work with their seed representative to identify hybrid families with good tolerances to address those challenges. AgriGold simplifies this step with Field GX™, a tool that streamlines selection by organizing hybrids into genetic families based on background and agronomic characteristics.
“Growers can just open an AgriGold seed guide or visit our website to see the strengths and weaknesses of each genetic family to fine tune their selection,” Bowling said. “Field GX truly sets us apart from others in the seed industry because it provides farmers a transparent way to get a deeper understanding of a hybrid’s performance before planting it in their field.”
Bowling estimates that less than 5% of U.S. growers currently plant using multi-hybrid technology, but that all AgriGold growers use Field GX to some extent. He predicts genetic diversity will become an even more critical success factor.
“Genetic diversity and Field GX are the future model for growers who want to get the most out of every single acre,” Bowling said.
For more tips on boldly planning for 2020, contact your local AgriGold Key Account Specialist by visiting agrigold.com.

Dealing With the Pressure of Soil Compaction

With so many acres planted in unfavorable conditions, farmers across the Midwest will likely notice the impact of soil compaction as they roll through their fields this fall. A silent yield robber, it affects seedlings from the start making its results nearly impossible to reverse.
“2019 was such a unique spring. It forced many farmers to get in the fields and plant when they normally wouldn’t. I’m pretty sure if you live in the Midwest and don’t think you have compaction, you just haven’t looked hard enough,” said Brandon Nystrom, AgriGold Agronomist.
Compaction is typically caused by heavy equipment moving across extremely wet fields, which pushes the soil together and reduces its porosity. This restricts the flow of necessary nutrients, water, biological activity and oxygen throughout the soil, limiting the plants ability to perform basic functions.
“Corn roots are just like us: They need oxygen to breathe – it’s the lifeblood of the plant. When they can’t grow, it leads to a host of agronomic issues such as nitrogen loss, nutrient deficiencies and floppy corn,” Nystrom said. “It’s a nasty situation for little seedlings that can have a tremendous impact on yields.”
With sidewall and compaction issues already in play, Nystrom expects drought stress and hot, dry weather will also affect yield potential during critical stages of tasseling and pollination. 
“The best we can hope for to slow it [compaction] at this point is about an inch of rain every week,” Nystrom said. “There is actually a lot of good yield potential out there. Some of the best stands we’ve seen are in late-planted corn.”
Looking ahead to 2020, growers should take note of problematic areas and adjust practices to avoid future compaction. The first steps start this fall with waiting to harvest crops until field conditions are right, while minimizing as much as possible the traffic through and tillage on that field. 
Once spring 2020 does roll around, Nystrom suggests adjusting down pressure on planters. Too much PSI in conditions that don’t require it can negatively impact the seed zone. Another option is using spiked closing wheels, which help break up sidewalls. 
Most growers know when soil conditions are too poor for planting, but sometimes looks can be deceiving. In those circumstances, Nystrom suggests using tried and true soil tests.
“Two good tricks are the ribbon and ball tests. The ribbon test involves smearing soil between your fingers to ensure it breaks within a few inches. The ball test is grabbing soil from the seed zone, rolling it into a ball and throwing it up in the air to see if it breaks when it hits the ground,” Nystrom said. 
For more tips on boldly planning for 2020, schedule a meeting with your local AgriGold Key Account Specialist by visiting agrigold.com/contact-us. 
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