Crop Talk – Grow Smart Update

Hello all!

I wanted to update everyone on the Grow Smart trials. On Saturday, we applied our post application on the Mirage Flats field. Here is what we included in the mix:

  • Class Act NG
  • RoundUp Powermax
  • Armezon PRO
  • Priaxor
  • Max-IN Ultra ZMB
  • Interlock

I tweaked the recommendation slightly. For starters, I ran a higher rate of Class Act NG, due to the hot, dry conditions. At 2.5 gal/100, I expect to get better uptake of the herbicides.  I also bumped the RoundUp rate to 32 oz. The Armezon PRO is an HPPD inhibitor (bleacher) and Outlook for residual. I chose to run Priaxor to promote better plant health and some addition fertility through Max-IN Ultra ZMB, a foliar product. The Interlock was added to prevent drift and increase canopy penetration.

The following video was recorded during the application:

In Hemingford, we will be applying Priaxor and Max-IN Ultra ZMB this week. The grower applied RoundUp and Status last week to clean up the field. The Verdict was still holding very well, but there were weeds breaking through in a few places.

These plots are open to the public. If you want to see what we have been doing, contact your local Farmer’s Coop agronomist.

Make it a great week!


Crop Talk – Hemingford Grow Smart

Hello all!

Today I wanted to give a quick update on the Grow Smart plot in Hemingford.

The Verdict has held up extremely well so far. The corn is at the V4 stage and still no evidence of weeds coming through yet.

Photo Jun 09, 3 39 15 PM

Left: Verdict                                             Right: Untreated

Above is an image from last week. There doesn’t appear to be much, but when you start moving through the field, you can really start to see a major difference. The picture below was taken a little further into the field on the untreated side. It is primarily lambsquarters.

Photo Jun 09, 3 42 13 PM


Tissue samples were pulled today and the results will likely arrive Wednesday or Thursday. As soon as they arrive, we will make decisions on additional fertility necessary. A foliar treatment along with Priaxor will be applied with the post herbicide application this week.

If anyone is interested in visiting the plot for a closer look, you can call the Hemingford Agronomy Office at 308-487-5219. Ask for Brandon Yetter or Miles Buskirk.

Make it a great week!


Crop Talk – Tissue Sampling and Micronutrients

It’s about time to start tissue sampling corn fields to find any nutrient deficiencies that may be present and make in-season fertility applications based on need, instead of shooting from the hip.

Using the Nutrisolutions 360 approach, we can maximize your yield opportunity by combining soil samples before the season, along with tissue samples during the season, to determine what the crop is missing to perform at a higher level.


Tissue samples are pulled 2-3 times throughout the growing season – V6, V10, and VT. After the V6 and V10 samples are pulled, the report will show what nutrients are deficient. These defeciencies can then be corrected using a foliar application during the first post herbicide application, or through an injection. This is especially useful on micronutrients, which tend to be more expensive than the standard nitrogen, phosphorous, and sulfur.

In the long-term, the VT sample is likely the most important sample. At this point, nothing can be changed in-season, but it will give us a report card for the season, showing us which nutrients we may have over-applied and what we came up short on. The key is to use the results for the next year to build a farm plan that corrects these problems. We are always trying to move forward.

If you have any questions about tissue sampling, contact your local Farmer’s Coop agronomist for more.

Make it a great week!

Crop Talk – Grow Smart plots

Photo Jun 06, 9 39 40 AMHope everyone had a great Memorial Day last week!

Quick note: I’m sure you all have noticed the rust has exploded over the past week. It is not too late for some fields to be sprayed and salvage some yield. Now onto the plots.

This year Farmer’s Coop has partnered with BASF and WinField to do some herbicide and high yield trials with 3 growers in our trade area. The 3 growers are Tim Kumpf (Hemingford), Ryan Richardson (Mirage Flats), and Gary Fuscher (Gordon). The concept is very simple; we split the fields in half, the grower treats his half as he normally would, and we treat the other half as we see fit.

Here are the planned treatments as of right now:


  • Pre-emerge – Verdict
  • Post-emerge – RoundUp & Status
  • VT – Headline AMP

Mirage Flats:

  • Pre-emerge – RT3 & Zidua
  • Post – RoundUp & Armezon Pro
  • VT – Headline AMP


  • Pre-emerge – RT3, 2,4-D LV6, & Verdict
  • Post-emerge – RoundUp, Status, Zidua, Max-In ZMB, & Priaxor
  • VT – Headline AMP

Changes will be made as the season progresses. We will pull tissue samples in a couple weeks to decide if more fertility is needed and plan accordingly. In-season satellite imagery will be used throughout the season to scout the fields. I would strongly encourage you to contact your agronomist if you have questions or would like to see one of the plots. We will gladly give you a tour and answer any questions you have about the chosen products.

I will regularly post updates about the plots and what we are seeing.

Make it a great week!