[vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title=”ROI” tab_id=”1490631987971-4d2aa4b0-0bd7″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”ROI
” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]In high profit times, you can cover up a lot of flaws of a farming operation, but farming in tight margins calls for more attention to detail to survive, and even more so to thrive. You must work smarter, create efficiencies, and know your return on investments. This 2 day session on corn and soybeans strives to give farmers the agronomic tools needed to not only survive but to thrive in these challenging economic times.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Allocating Resources to Maintain Yields on Ground with Short or Unsure Leases

It is a tough call on ground with high cash rents that have short or unsure leases, on how to adjust your inputs and still make it cashflow. This session is all about increasing efficiency while decreasing dollars spent with respect to the four Rs (right place, right time, right product, and right rate).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Short Term / Unsure Treatment: Trying to maintain stewardship on a budget

-How low can you go? Which nutrients can you reduce and how far, without suffering serve consequences

-Just in Time Approach: Understanding the efficiencies of timing applications to the needs of the plant and the limitations of not maintaining a buffer

-Maintaining the Balance: How far can we pull back fertility without sacrificing soil health[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Depleted Farms: bringing the productivity back on a budget

-Reaping the penalties: When the grower before previously mined the ground and deteriorated the soil health, what is the length and steps for a plan to bringing the soil back.

-Too much, too soon: How being too aggressive in fixing problems like severe acidity can lead to a chain reaction of problems.

-Farming in the petri dish: When the farm has been mined to the point you must provide everything to make it grow, how do you build and balance nutrient levels on a budget?

-Pathway to health: Focusing on the practices that will make the biggest yield improvements first.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Making the Move: Moving from one system to another

In this era with multiple systems such as conventional till, strip till, vertical till, and no-till it can be a challenge to find one system that is most profitable across your entire operation. This session will explore the possibility of using multiple systems to maximize ROI and reduce machinery and input cost.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Assuming Yield is the Same: how do cost stack up for each system

Individual System: Looking at each system individually to see what is required and what are its strengths and weaknesses.

Multi-System Approach: How to evaluate the value of moving from one system to another and the ROI of being able to mix systems.

Financing the Move: evaluating, when moving from one system to multi-system, what equipment could be sold and what will need to be added.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Yield Component: how do you fine tune the system to make them yield the same or better

-Avoiding the Crash: Most of the train wrecks in yield happen when people move from a well-known system on their operation to a new system and haven’t made all the necessary adjustments.

-One Farm Operation, Multiple Systems: Identifying which systems fit which field environments.

-Walking the Tight Rope: How to fine tune elements of a multi-system to maintain and increase yields while achieving a maximized ROI

Considerations: planter set-up, insects, weed control, disease management, residue management, down pressure, ruts, hybrid selection and nutrient applications.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Water Management” tab_id=”1490631988026-be904580-cf77″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Water Management” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center”][vc_column_text]Whether it concerns too much or not enough, water management is extremely important to a crop’s success every year. Failure to manage water properly can rob you of yield you didn’t even know you had the potential for. Water management is about affecting water’s movement through the soil to: preserve needed moisture, manage available nutrients, and minimize input and nutrient loss to find the greatest economic return[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Some aspects this session will highlight:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]


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  • Pattern tile vs Contour tile.
  • How does soil type affect ideal tile spacing.
  • Utilizing tile gates to curb nutrient loss and control plant available water.
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  • Soil density and soil structure, increasing the soils infiltration rates and holding capacity.
  • Identifying soil density layers and water barriers and how to correct them.
  • Hybrid and population selection to utilize available water and minimize plant stress.


  • VRT Irrigation
    • Determine when and how much to water on different areas of the field.
  • Avoiding over watering
    • Overwatering wastes money, leaches nutrients and increases disease pressure.
    • When and how much do I water?

Managing Water Quality:

  • Tile gates, bio reactors, buffer strips: Where to get the most bang for your buck?
  • Nutrient management plans and possible application restrictions
  • Soil health and cover crops, is this the silver bullet we have been looking for?
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Managing for High Yield Beans” tab_id=”1490632319797-0ca76ff7-a4c5″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Managing for High Yield Beans” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Managing for high yield soybeans means understanding environmental factors and how their timing affects soybean growth and development, and ultimately yields.  Once understood, some of these aspects can be managed and or altered for an increased yield benefit.  With current commodity prices beans on beans are becoming a more popular option, one that brings with it its own management difficulties that need be addressed. This session will look at different management decisions to increase plant health, pod set, and overall yields.

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  • Soybean Growth and Development
    • Understanding the growth cycle and how stress affect yield is crucial to managing high yielding beans.
    • Man-made stress like rollers and herbicides and their effects on yield
    • Can yields be economically increased with starter, nitrogen and micronutrient applications?
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  • Row Spacing and Population
    • Balancing any yield and economic benefits of population and row spacing changes with the need for a successful weed management program.
    • Can the row spacing and population be a solution to managing beans in a high pH environment?
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  • Risk Vs. Reward of early plating
    • SDS and other diseases considerations
    • How does planting date affect my need for disease and weed managements as well as my optimum maturity ranges.
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  • Soybeans and Cover Crops
    • Do soybeans create an easier entry into the cover crop realm?
    • What are some benefits as well as disease and insect implications when introducing cover crops into your rotation?
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  • Beans on Beans
    • What are yield, disease, and herbicide management aspects that should be considered before going beans on beans?
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Management Zones and Farming by the Foot” tab_id=”1490632594642-c23c175a-d018″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Management Zones and Farming by the Foot” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center”][vc_column_text]Technology in Ag has been increasing at an astronomical rate, allowing growers to intensely manage their crops with more information than ever right at their fingertips.  Unfortunately, it can leave a grower overwhelmed, not knowing where to start or how to properly utilize those data sets for increased yield and profitability.  The technology is available to change fertilizer, nitrogen, seeding rates, and even hybrids by the foot, but how do we know if we are making the adjustments correctly. We will bring forward some of the basics in crop production and look at how we can apply those basics in a zone management system utilizing new technology. We will look at how to truly farm by the foot to increase yields and profitability.  Topics in these sessions will include:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]
  • 4 Rs of soil fertility.
    • What are the characteristics of a soil that would warrant managing them as separate zones.
      • Soil fertility, topography, soil structure, etc.
    • Adjusting management yield goals and its effect of needed fertility.
    • Using the 4R’s to apply needed nutrients to each zone in the most economical and effective way possible.
    • Adjusting for efficiency of product including:
      • Banding vs broadcast
      • Application timing
      • Product selection
    • VRT N
      • Finding the right rate
        • ISNT Testing (soil supplying Power)
        • In season nitrates testing
          • Being able to adjust in season.
  • Fertility beyond N P & K and the best testing procedures:
    • Soil testing vs. tissue testing
    • Magnesium
    • Sulfur
    • pH
    • Micronutrients
      • Zinc, Boron, Etc.
  • Cover Crops
    • Types of management zones they will benefit the most.
    • Balancing nutrient cycling and nutrient tie up
    • Selecting the best cover for your condition and cropping goals.
  • Conservation Management Practices
    • Nutrient management practices and nutrient management plans.
      • effects weather, topography , and timing have on your available application methods.
      • Managing nutrient loss while still operating in high yield environments
    • Capturing available equip dollars.
      • Are you leaving money on the table?
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