NREC Meets and Seats New Member

We are proud to announce our very own Dr. Jake Vossenkemper has been appointed to the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council Board. At Liqui-Grow we support the research to protect and better our environment while still supporting Farmers in their quest to grow yield. We hope Dr. Jake Vossenkemper’s dedication and knowledge will help IL NREC be successful in their own strategic plan.

Congratulations, Dr. Vossenkemper!

News Release

NREC Meets and Seats New Member

SPRINGFIELD, IL February 17, 2022. Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello has appointed Dr. Jake Vossenkemper to serve on the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) board. Dr. Vossenkemper joined NREC for its Investment Insight LIVE event on February 16 in Champaign, Ill.

Dr. Vossenkemper will represent fertilizer retailers on the NREC board and replaces Dr. Robert Mullen whose terms limits had been met. “Robert has been a great asset to the organization, bringing a retailer’s perspective to the table. We thank him for his service to NREC,” Kirwan said.

Vossenkemper of Davenport, Ia. heads agronomy research and product development for the wholesale and retail divisions for Liqui-Grow fertilizers. He was raised on a farm near St. Charles, Mo., and received his PhD in crop sciences from the University of Illinois. “Jake has a real passion for growing more food, while advancing sustainable production tactics,” NREC Chairman Jeff Kirwan said.

The Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC) was created by state statute in 2012. Funded by a 75-cent per ton assessment on bulk fertilizer sold in Illinois, NREC provides financial support for nutrient research and education programs to ensure the discovery and adoption of practices that address environmental concerns, optimize nutrient use efficiency, and ensure soil fertility. A 13-member NREC Council annually solicits, reviews and funds projects that fulfill the organization’s mission.

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L.E.A.D. Academy Webinar

Join Dr. Jake Vossenkemper to learn about how to improve yields with fungicide and insecticide application.  This webinar will cover…

  • Weather Outlooks and Disease
  • Diseases in Corn and Diseases and Insect Pest in Soybean
  • Best Application Practices and Pesticide Products
This presentation will be streamed live on YouTube June 10th at 9am.
You can scan the QR code on this flyer or go to the Liqui-Grow YouTube channel.

Liqui-Grow Employee Recognized by Iowa Certified Crop Advisers

Working farmland requires tried and true strategies, which is why 50% of Liqui-Grow’s sales staff has dedicated themselves to becoming Certified Crop Advisers (CCA). Being a CCA is the standard of expertise and competence in the crop and soil management services industry. Trained CCA professionals can help increase per acre profit (depending on the crop and weather), have up-to-date knowledge on the latest developments in agriculture, and must adhere to a code of ethics that places a customer’s needs first.

Liqui-Grow is proud to announce that our employee, Kevin Timmerman, was recognized for his 20 years of service to the Iowa Certified Crop Adviser Program.


Kevin Timmerman Sales and Application at Tipton, IA 20 Years of Service

Nitrogen Deficiency or Normal Leaf Senescence

Between the R2 and R3 stage, the corn has take up about 75% of the nitrogen for the season. During this time I am often asked “Is my crop running out of nitrogen?”

One common confusion is that many of the symptoms shown in the lower canopy of healthy corn, where there is not a lot of sunlight anymore, falsely resemble a true nitrogen deficiency.

Normal Re-mobilization Nitrogen Deficiency Vs True Nitrogen Deficiency

Even when corn has the optimal nitrogen levels, it’s normal for the very bottom leaves to die off. The corn has out grown those leaves because sunlight cannot reach them anymore. The nitrogen nutrients mobilize and move to the more effective leaves, higher in the canopy.

When taking a closer look, these normal re-mobilization nitrogen deficiencies differ from true nitrogen deficiencies. First, it only effects the very bottom leaves, the next leaf up will be fully green and healthy. Also, you wont see the classic yellow inverted v down the center of the leaf that comes with true nitrogen deficiency. What you will more likely see is just a yellowing on the outside of the leaf that moves it’s way inward.

Armor Spotlight: 0711VT2P/SS

At armor strip trial. To help advance new armor numbers that we potentially bring to market.

One experimental from last year that we are excited to bring to market in 2021 is 0711. It’s had a stellar and consistent performance.

Last year we not only ran the 0711 hybrid through strip trials but also through the first independent seed testing trials. It excelled in both.
In the first trials, located in southern WI and Norther IL, it placed 2nd among 66 hybrids. In the independent first trials located in central Iowa it placed 11th out of 54 hybrids.

From all the trials it has averaged in the top ten hybrids. Besides being reliable, it has shown excellent standability, and it comes out of the ground well.

Stalk Lodging in Potassium Deficient Corn

In July we had over 60 mph winds at our Walcott Iowa research farm and I noticed some stalk lodging.

As you may know, corn with lower than optimal potassium levels, yield less grain. On top of that, potassium deficiency also reduces stalk strength, causing both root and stalk lodging.


Generic Vs Branded Fungicide for Soybeans

One factor at our intensive soybean management trial is a Fungicide/ Insecticide application at R3. This is one of the more consistent measurement factors that you can implement on your farm to increase yield and ROI.

Generic Vs Branded
I understand farmers want to save a few bucks with the generic fungicide. However, that tech was built in the 70s and 80s. Newer fungicides have longer residual, more systemic and multiple modes of action, making them a more reliable investment. In my research and field experience, the extra yield you will receive from branded fungicides exceeds the added cost.


Decision Drivers for Foliar Fungicide Application

With the weather forecast in the 90s for July, the most significant disease expected is Grey Leaf Spot. When deciding whether or not to apply fungicide, the gut reaction tends to be based on corn prices. Yes the price of corn has an impact on the profitability of apply fungicide, but there are other decision drivers to consider.

You should consider these big time drivers for fungicide response:

Crop Rotation – If you are on corn after corn, expect a much higher response to fungicide than normal
Tillage Method -Reduced-till, no-till or strip-till create higher amounts of residue that can harbor diseases.

Another helpful tip is understanding the hybrid’s response to fungicide application. We have a great partnership with WinField United and they do several tests comparing hybrids with and without fungicide application. This helps us inform you of the genetic predispositions of various hybrids and their response to foliar fungicide.

If you have any questions, please contact us. We are here to help.


Dekalb 61-40/41 Product Spotlight

The DKC 61-40/41 is a valley girl. She is high maintenance but brings the yield! The hybrid features high drought and heat tolerance, but doesn’t handle water as well. Place it on well drained acres. The roots are narrow and penetrating. Keep the population moderate to prevent the roots mass from dwindling and getting “tippy”.