Anhydrous Ammonia Considerations This Spring

With the Fall of 2018 throwing wet conditions our way and the Spring of 2019 not straightening out very quickly, many find themselves with little if any tillage and/or nitrogen applications done.  If anhydrous ammonia is your form of choice, please keep in mind the following points to avoid frustration and possible financial loss down the road:

  • Supply bottlenecks are likely to happen – Fall applications of ammonia have been minimal from South to North. With a finite amount of specialized storage, product needs to be moved out and used before more can be made and moved to folks in need.
  • Wait for proper soil conditions – Applying on the wet side can lead to smearing and N loss through volatilization.
  • Apply 7” + deep and at a slight angle to the row – Upon application, a zone about the size of your fist is created that can be detrimental to seedlings if early contact is made.  Excessive speed during application can make knives ride up in the soil and reduce depth of that zone.
  • Allow proper time between application and planting – The higher the rate and shallower the ammonia is applied, the longer it takes before you can safely plant.  As a general rule of thumb, wait a week after application to plant if possible.

Finally, before planting gets any closer, have a Nitrogen Plan B at the ready.  If cool/wet weather drags on late into the Spring, anhydrous ammonia or application equipment is difficult to come by, or planting windows don’t allow for wait time after application, switch to that plan and maximize the full growing season.  Stay safe out there this Spring and contact your local AgriGold representative with any questions.

From the Field with AgriGold: Putting 2018 Under the Microscope

Variable, in most cases, has been the best word to describe the 2018 season. Growers saw challenges ranging from inconsistent weather conditions to erratic insect and disease pressures to diverse commodity prices.
However, from Brandon Nystrom’s perspective, 2018 will end on a higher note than expected for a number of growers.
“Even with the large amount of variability we saw from field to field this season and the environmental challenges growers experienced, we had a good harvest with better than expected yields,” commented Nystrom, Agronomist for AgriGold. “Now is the time to look back at how we got here while also looking ahead to 2019.”
Sizing Up 2018 Challenges
As Nystrom recaps the 2018 season with growers, three yield-threatening themes continually emerged. Specifically:
Nitrogen Loss
“An area of concern was nitrogen loss caused by rain early in the season. This ended up starving corn of much-needed nutrients later in the season, which ultimately reduced the top-end yields for fields in these challenging environments.”
Excessive Heat
“Any place that suffered from excessive heat during pollination or in the early part of grain fill might have experienced higher kernel loss numbers or failed pollination.”
Stalk Integrity
“Across the board, the question I received the most this season pertained to stalk integrity. Due to the excessive heat, the accelerated growth cycle, disease pressure and nutrient deficiencies, a large number of plants ended up dying, losing integrity and laying on the ground.”
Harvest 2018: How We Did
Considering all the environmental challenges and variability, Nystrom believes 2018 was a successful year for many growers.
“Reported yields were positive, especially in the stressed areas. Our hybrids performed very well, and I witnessed some of the best corn performances I’ve ever seen during my time with AgriGold,” Nystrom stated.
In addition, Nystrom pointed to full-season maturity corn hybrids as performing the best overall during the 2018 season. This success, he says, is due to how these hybrids held up against environmental stresses during the early grain fill periods of the season.
Takeaways from 2018
As growers wrap up 2018 and look ahead to 2019, Nystrom has compiled his key takeaways from the season. When looking at the whole operational picture, Nystrom says everything comes down to this: Management pays, and timing is everything.
“This saying is true any year growers face a lot of challenges. It’s critical to have an intimate understanding of the products they’re using in order to maximize the products’ abilities, but sometimes this gets overlooked in the shuffle of the season,” Nystrom elaborated. “Growers need to know what pays on their operation because it’s not about throwing as many dollars and inputs at that crop as possible but spending wisely and effectively.”
With this in mind, Nystrom is encouraging growers to account for genetic diversity and budget for fungicides going into 2019. He points to the need for the right hybrid on the right acre to mitigate risk and increase yield potential, which are two imperative pieces when facing suppressed grain prices. Nystrom also emphasized the season’s sporadic disease presence, which saw the fast emergence of gray leaf spot, wider introduction of tar spot further east in the Corn Belt and accelerated plant growth as signs of necessity for a proactive fungicide program to protect crucial yields and grain quality.
“Looking to 2019, we have to keep in mind there is no such thing as a perfect growing season. But with the adversity we saw in 2018 comes the opportunity to learn from what we did or didn’t do. If we’re diligent and proactive in our approach, we’ll have a better chance for more highs and profitability down the road,” Nystrom explained.
To schedule a meeting with your local AgriGold Corn Specialist and learn how you can start planning for 2019, visit AgriGoldBeBold.com.

From the Field With AgriGold: Spotting Success At Harvest

Defining a corn crop’s success is simple. It comes down to yields, but a whole host of decisions made during the season factor into the final number that appears on the yield monitor. To comprehend the success of an entire crop plan, Shane Brockhoff, Regional Sales Manager for AgriGold, looks at a compilation of signs, while incorporating in-field testing into his harvest routine, to evaluate the effectiveness and performance of seed and crop input choices.
The Preharvest Checklist
Brockhoff starts off with a push and pinch test in the days leading up to expected maturity. This tells him two things: where the crop is in relation to its intended maturity date and what its stalk integrity is like.
Following this test, Brockhoff moves onto examining the appearance of the crop, which can provide clear insights into whether genetics are performing as intended. His checklist includes:
• Root and stalk quality.
• Grain quality.
• Ear shank strength.
“Initially, growers look at these aspects to determine where to start first and where to harvest next,” Brockhoff explained. “This testing is also one of the first steps in 2019 planning. The insights gained from these tests can help them weigh decisions like their dry down by maturity options.”
Smooth Sailing At Harvest
Though yields and performance remain the standards of success, Brockhoff reminds growers to examine how easily the harvest went.
“Outside of the yield monitor, I look at harvest efficiency as a success benchmark, which I deem as anything that slows down or impedes harvest,” Brockhoff stated. “That can include items like stalk integrity (is the crop going to blow over at harvest), dry down maturity (is the crop ready when it’s supposed to be) or ear shank strength (are ears going to fall off the plant as we go through with the combine).”
In Brockhoff’s experience, inefficiencies like these not only slow down operations when time is of the essence but can impact growers’ bottom lines.
Bird’s-Eye View From the Combine Cab
Once combines are roaring, time seems to speed up. But this period is one Brockhoff encourages growers to take full advantage of, including taking detailed notes while going through the field. Brockhoff mentions that, in addition to growers gathering their own in-field intelligence, they should have their local AgriGold Corn Specialist join for a ride along.
“This is a crucial time of year that is the end of one season and the start of another. With a Corn Specialist riding shotgun, they bring historical context to the situation and a fresh set of eyes to pinpoint and address areas of underperformance and success,” Brockhoff commented. “Our Corn Specialists also use this as an opportunity to gain results-based insights and ask growers questions about their goals. All this compiled information guides them as they work with growers to form their 2019 seed selection.”
To schedule a meeting with your local AgriGold Corn Specialist and learn how they can help maximize your 2019 plan, visit AgriGoldbeBold.com.


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