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A Better Way to Farm Podcast

Jul 19, 2021

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Episode 56 Transcripts ✨


Rod: [00:00:16] Hey guys, Rod here at A Better Way to Farm. It's a pleasure to have you tune in. We're excited to have you listen to this week's podcast. We're going to talk about what are some things we can do late season. Late season can depend on where you're at. You know, we've got some guys down in Southern Missouri, and they're probably thinking seriously about getting that corn head out and going through it because in about five to six weeks, they'll probably be picking some corn.


[00:00:38] And we've got some guys up north that are, they're not tasseled out yet. We've got some guys who had to replant some stuff and their need a waist high. So obviously we're all over the board. But let's talk about some of those things that we can do. Now in our previous podcast, we talked about nitrogen management and I want to revisit the fact for a minute that it is a good idea to go out and pull some nitrogen tests.


[00:01:00] Let's go out there and look at that profile from zero to 12 inches. Let's go look at that profile from 12 to 24 inches and say, where's our nitrogen? Do we have any? Let's make sure that we're testing for both nitrate and ammonia. I want to make sure we're doing it both ways. Midwest will do a two for one for you there, I believe though. Give you both of those numbers right off the bat for the same money. And I want to encourage you to do that. If we're short, and we should think about applying some through the pivot, maybe with a wide drop or flying something on. And we did go in depth on that last week. I also want to realize that right now, some of the mistakes that get made is that guys go out and they go, oh, we got yellow corn. What do we need to do? And there are a lot of nutrients salesmen who would say you got yellow corn, you need nitrogen. It's automatic, go get it. And the fact of the matter is, that's not always the case. Guys, if your corn's firing from the bottom up, if it's turning yellow at the bottom and working its way to the top, that is a nitrogen deficiency possibly.


[00:01:56] But if it is turning yellow from the top down, that is a sulfur deficiency. And we want to make sure that we're not applying a nutrient that we do not need, and then creating a further imbalance within that plant. And so it behooves us to know what we're looking at and know what we're looking for. I would also encourage you that it is never wrong to do the right thing.


[00:02:18] And we want to give some serious thought to going out and doing some tissue testing. No matter what stage you're in, what are we doing? Well, number one, we start right now. School never, ever ends. And we can be out here right now, planning for 2022. And we take those tissue tests that we look at and we say, Hey, maybe we're not going to address anything, but at least we want to know. It's worth 22 bucks to figure out what went right and what went wrong so we can make some adjustments. You know, the soil tests at zero 12 and 12 to 24, we'll say, hey, did our stabilizer work? Hey, did we not use a stabilizer and we wish we would have? Or, hey, we got our nitrogen program dialed in perfectly. We got that done this year. And then the tissue testing is going to talk to us about what went into the plant. No matter what the test, the soil test showed, what do we have in the plant? Are those levels all sufficient? Are they all where we want? If we're early enough in the stage of the, of the plants, we can come back in and we can foliar feed.


[00:03:21] That's a late season, later season thing we can do to make some extra money. We can correct those deficiencies. Maybe it's zinc, maybe it's phosphorus, maybe it's boron. Whatever it might be. We can come in and we can either put that on with a spray rig, ground rig, or we can fly it on with an airplane.


[00:03:38] Either one is quite sufficient. It's amazing some of the things that we can do with an airplane. I think you guys are probably aware that about the 25th of June at our own farm, we got creamed by a hailstorm. Not as bad as some guys. I've looked at some terrible pictures where it just literally beat it to the ground. Our plants, we lost about a foot in height and we'd lost every leaf with the exception of normally each plant had about one or maybe two leaves with a little damage, but they were still there.


[00:04:06] We came in with an airplane. We foliar fed some 3-18-18, and our plant growth regulator that we have. And 10 days later, you absolutely would not recognize that field. And I don't know if those pictures have been posted on the Facebook page yet or not. If not, keep looking, keep checking because they will be there at A Better Way to Farm on Facebook. It’s pretty cool, what we can do from the repair standpoint. We also can come back in though, and just correct deficiencies and push that crop. It doesn't have to be a catastrophe like we had. And quite honestly, that's not the best time to do it. The best time to do it is when everything looks perfect and we find some deficiency and we can go in and tuck on 10% to our yield.


[00:04:47] It's always my favorite to go in and foliar feed when we've got 250 bushel corn, and 10% gets us another 25 bushel. And that's what we're really after there. We want to make sure that we're addressing all of those nutrients at the appropriate time. And if you need some more information on that, reach out to us because there comes a time in the plant's life when it's probably not financially wise to be putting on some of the nutrients: boron, nitrogen, probably quite a bit later into the growing cycle.


[00:05:13] Some of the other micronutrients, probably not going to apply those as late. So we want to talk about some of those things that we can do. I also want to talk about getting out in that field and looking around and saying, Hey, do our fields need fungicides? You know, I, I hate to have a person go out and just randomly put something on if you've got the data to back that up and that's what you want to do, we're not opposed to it. But you definitely want to get out there and say, we need a fungicide. Therefore let's do it. And so let me talk for a minute to the guys who do need a fungicide, because the fact of the matter is it has a time and its place. The number one thing I'd like you to do, grab that book from Beck's. Look at their PFR data. And let them talk about; listen to what they have to say about the time of day that they sprayed the fungicide. We make the most money if we spray it in the morning, the afternoon or the evening, or some very interesting work that's been done in there. And I encourage you to give that a look and to see if there's not some tips in there that'll make you some extra cash.


[00:06:15] Also, if I'm going to be spraying a fungicide, I definitely want to be using a product called Rainfast. That was something that we had a door mixed when we've had the airplane spray. And why do we do that? Because it is the best spreader that we've ever seen. It literally will make that carrier, that water and that fungicide run to the edge of the leaf and then instead of dripping off, it will literally roll around and catch the bottom. Some guys are going to be spraying for other bugs, insects, and that kind of stuff. Again, the fungicides and insecticides really need to get on the backside of the leaf. A ground rig, they're probably going to apply 20, 25 gallon of water in an attempt to get that flame.


[00:06:55] But even then, we don't always get what we want. And so perhaps we should consider the use of this particular surfactant to ensure that we get those insecticides and those fungicides where we want them. If you'd like some more information on that or any information about whatever we're talking about here, we encourage you. Give us a message on the Facebook page or feel free to give us a call or a text at (641) 919-1206. We always count that as a great honor. When we get to talk to you guys, it makes our heart happy when the phone rings and some brand new guy asking questions. You guys know that we love questions and that's our thing, is we want you to ask questions of everybody that you work with and make sure what's happening is good for you.


[00:07:40] So guys, I trust that you're having a halfway decent growing season. I know some of you up north are way too dry. I know there are some of you who are way too wet, and I know that there are some of you who've had the perfect season. Whatever your lot is this year, the fact of the matter is, there are still decisions that you're going to make that are going to impact your bottom line, nitrogen management. We're going to make those decisions. Foliar feeding, nutrient deficiencies of the micros. We're going to make that decision. Fungicide and insecticide, we're going to make those decisions.


[00:08:14] And guys, I don't want you to just throw in the towel. I don't want you to just say, well, you know, we don't have a spray rig. We can't get out there. I mean, a lot of people, we have access to a helicopter for a guy who wants to spray at least two. I think it's 2000 or 2,500 acres. We actually have a, someone that we know that would be happy to bring a helicopter and come and do that for you. A lot of you can find airplane pilots. We have a great pilot there about 25 miles from home.


[00:08:40] Did a fantastic job. Doesn't take them long. Obviously, they don't destroy anything by turning. And so it's always a real pleasure to let those guys come and fly some stuff on and, and meet our needs that way. So, I hope that this recording finds you doing well. We would take it as a big favor if you would share this with a friend. If you like what we have to say, go back in on the platform and give us a rating.


[00:09:04] We would really appreciate that if you could be so kind as to give us a rating on our podcast. We also would count it as a favor if you'd share it with a friend. And if you haven't liked A Better Way to Farm on the Facebook page, please come on over and join the community. I hope you guys are really having a better day.



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Missed the previous episode? Here you go:


Do You Know The Best Time to Do Your Nitrogen Testing? Ep 55