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Quarterly Newsletter: May 2020

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Continual Safety and Service

Securing Seeds

Control Your Yield

 

Owner's Update

Liqui-Grow is a family-owned business (62 years) focused on serving its employees and Midwest farm customers. We are proud to maintain an employee management team that welcomes input and takes quick action when called upon, especially during these unusual times. Every spring we work to keep a safe and secure work environment, but this spring we had to up our game to meet the new challenges.

The safety of and service to each and every Liqui-Grow customer was considered with changes we made this spring in providing products/services to them. We want to thank them for their support. We also want to thank each and every employee for their support and extra effort this spring to keep our teams safe and viable during this busy spring season.

As a family-owned business that is not handcuffed by any bureaucratic processes or distractions, we are able to make decisions that are sensitive, nimble and timely recognizing the impact not only on our employees and customers, but us directly.

As we enter this next phase of our growing crop, both customers and employees can be assured that we are being very thoughtful in balancing many needs for creating future successes in 2020.

 

Thanks so much for your support.

-Scott, Hov & Bruce Tinsman

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Securing Seeds

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Katie Hess
Seed & Seed Treatment Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"We were extremely proactive as a company this spring, and took seed delivery to our locations sooner than usual to try and secure our customers’ orders and requests."

I am 33 years old and I’ve been reminded over and over again the past 2 months of what unprecedented times we are living in and we’ve never seen this, hopeful to not see it again in my lifetime. It seems like each generation gets to see something no one else has ever seen. It’s hard to point out positives right now, but here goes.

We were extremely proactive as a company this spring, and took seed delivery to our locations sooner than usual to try and secure our customers’ orders and requests. We also want to thank our customers for taking delivery of seed products sooner than usual. If there’s one thing I’ve learned working with farmers all these years, it is, they will adapt to unforeseen events.

Securing your seed for your orders isn’t as easy as it seems, sometimes we have to “beg, borrow or steal” to fill those orders and this was no different than any other year, but with a lot more social distancing rules to follow. If you see me at a location or field day later this year, ask me more about this!

I say all this to remind you as the salesmen ask you what your plan or ideas are for next year, they are trying to do their best in securing supply for you. Thanks for all of the support this spring, and I’m looking forward to walking your fields with the salesmen this summer!


 

Control Your Yield

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Dr. Jake Vossenkemper
Agronomy Research Lead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It’s wise to focus on the metric you can control, which is yield."

No doubt COVID-19 has caused recent commodity prices to soften and it’s impossible to know what these developing circumstances might do to the future commodity price landscape. What we do know, however, is that we have very little control over crop prices, but we do have some control over crop yield. Given the two metrics together control gross revenue, it’s wise to focus on the metric you can control, which is yield.

Given these facts, I would double down on making wise agronomic decisions. You obviously had a well thought out crop production plan prior to the epidemic that would result in optimum yields/returns and I see no reason to deviate from that. In other words, if you and your Liqui-Grow salesman had planned to make a sidedress application to corn or had planned on making a foliar fungicide application to soybean or corn, those plans were made based on sound agronomics and not on an emotional reaction due to the present pandemic.

While I am not an economist, I follow closely what ag economists are saying and there are a few reasons why prices may rebound. Ethanol consumption while still historically low is making a steep rebound. Cheap US corn means that we are increasingly competitive on the world market which may incentivize China and other export markets to buy US corn. Moreover, some ag economists believe that corn planting intentions are inflated meaning the 2020 crop may not be as large as the USDA is forecasting at this moment. So there is hope for optimism and you will need yield to capitalize on higher grain prices this fall/winter should that materialize.


 

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Quarterly Newsletter: January 2020

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Expanding Our Fertilizer Storage Capacity
 
Optimal Seeding Rate for Your Hybrid
 
Winter Agronomy Meetings Near You
 

Owner's Update

Liqui-Grow continues to focus on offering our customers a dependable and competitive fertilizer supply for 2020. For this to happen year in and year out, Liqui-Grow must continue to revamp and expand its fertilizer storage capacity, i.e.……re-invest $s.

While it may not always work out economically, it remains our focus to keep supply at the forefront of our business plans. And even though we don’t see any supply issues for 2020 at this point, we will expand our 32% storage in 2020.

-Scott, Hov & Bruce Tinsman

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Agronomy Research Book Coming Soon

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Since the spring of 2015 I have been conducting research on new products and management practices farmers can potentially use to increase both corn and soybean yields and profitability. By now I have amassed a bunch of results that are finalized and ready to share.

I will share these results in the form of a book, which will contain research on fertilization products and practices, seed treatments for soybeans, fertilizer additives and much more. These research summary books will be available in February at all of our Liqui-Grow locations. You can also request a book by calling the main office (563-359-3624) or via email by emailing Tammie Suhl at tjs@liqui-grow.com.


 

New Year, New You

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Katie Hess
Seed & Seed Treatment Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"If seed is one place you could do better, it all starts when the seed comes out of the bag."

Farming can be so frustrating sometimes. The seasons are never the same year after year, which isn’t all bad, and you only get one try every year. So I hope with each passing season you aren’t just doing what you’ve always done. I encourage you to add to, and try to better your operation for 2020. Have a goal. Whether it’s ROI, yield or operationally, try to do one thing better than in the past. If seed is one place you could do better, it all starts when the seed comes out of the bag. What population is the best population for your hybrid/variety? What is the soil type best for these hybrids or varieties? Does that product have good plant health, or could it use a fungicide? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, that is what our sales reps are for!

We at Liqui-Grow have spent lots of time learning the best placement and management for these products we provide to you. Our research department has even been conducting trials on management to help answer some of these questions. See the data below for examples of trials being conducted. Fig 1. shows 1447VT2P will continue to have greater yield potential in higher yielding environments than the average hybrid. Fig 2. shows the economic optimal seeding rate (EOSR) for each hybrid, in a given yield environment.

As we prepare for spring, let us help you make these decisions and get a plan together to better your farm for 2020!

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Winter Agronomy Meetings Near You

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Dr. Jake Vossenkemper
Agronomy Research Lead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"This winter we will be hosting a local meeting at nearly every one of our retail locations."

In the winter of 2016/2017 I started conducting winter meetings at some of our local retail locations to discuss pertinent crop management issues/challenges and findings from some of your local research plots. Since I began these meetings, the number of our retail outlets interested in myself hosting such a meeting has grown. This winter we will be hosting a local winter agronomy meeting at nearly every one of our retail outlets.
 

The Topics

“A Co-inoculant for Increasing Soybean N Supply, Yield and Profit”

-Dr. Jake Vossenkemper

“In-Season Nutrients for Corn”

-Dr. Brad Bernhard


 

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Quarterly Newsletter: October 2019

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OCTOBER

Liqui-Grow’s
Agronomy Research Book

Hidden Genetic
Potential in Seeds

Potassium Deficiencies in Soybeans, 2019

 

Owner's Update

Liqui-Grow is committed to sourcing farmer crop input financing on your behalf. We know that you have many choices when making your 2020 input partner decision. We have diligently worked on our customer’s behalf to line up options for 12-15 mo. financing choices at VERY LOW APR’S.

Many of these are through John Deere Financial & Rabobank, but there are also other options available. Liqui-Grow is able to offer fertilizer financing as well as Crop Protection & Seed. Ask us for further details.

-Scott, Hov & Bruce Tinsman

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Agronomy Research Book Coming Soon

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Since the spring of 2015 I have been conducting research on new products and management practices farmers can potentially use to increase both corn and soybean yields and profitability. By now I have amassed a bunch of results that are finalized and ready to share.

I will share these results in the form of a book, which will contain research on fertilization products and practices, seed treatments for soybeans, fertilizer additives and much more. These research summary books will be available later this fall at any of our Liqui-Grow locations. You can also request a book by calling the main office (563-359-3624) or via email by emailing Tammie Suhl at tjs@liqui-grow.com.


 

Hidden Genetic Potential in Seeds

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Katie Hess
Seed & Seed Treatment Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"A kernel of corn or a soybean still appears to be the same as it was 30-50 years ago. What potential seed has, is what has changed."

Technology can come in many forms. Most of the time it looks and feels new. Seed is not that way. A kernel of corn or a soybean still appears to be the same as it was 30-50 years ago. What potential seed has, is what has changed. More precise research and development has brought us more yield potential, 2019 is proof of that. As farms are being harvested, and in areas not lost completely to Mother Nature’s dealt hand, yields are meeting or exceeding expectations. So, as I continue to get the question, “Why does this seed cost so much?” I will continue to answer with, “Because of the genetic potential and technology suppliers are putting into it.”

Seed is the first decision to make when setting yield goals. It can’t be the only decision. There has to be a solid fertilizer, weed management, and plant health program put together to help seed reach its genetic capabilities. Our staff at Liqui-Grow is fully trained to help you reach yield goals and the return on your investment. Over the past year we have been training on hybrids and varieties more than ever to help you make the right decision on your own acre.

Unfortunately, we lost some planned plots to the spring weather events. The remaining plot results will be posted once again on our website: www.liqui-grow.com. It’s a great start to see the genetic potential these hybrids and varieties have.


 

Potassium Deficiencies in Soybeans - 2019

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Dr. Jake Vossenkemper
Agronomy Research Lead    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"While higher than normal soybean yields are clearly a good thing, high soybean yields also remove large amounts of potassium from the soil."

In the summer of 2019, I observed more potassium deficiencies in soybeans than I have ever seen in my 12 years as an agronomist. Why? These deficiencies in 2019 could be explained by a number of factors, including poor root development from early saturated soils, the dry soil conditions that most of us experienced from mid-June to mid-August or that potassium soil test levels are well below the optimum in some fields.

Dropping soil test potassium levels could be a key culprit given many of us have had exceptional soybean yields over the past few years (2016, 2017 and 2018). While higher than normal soybean yields are clearly a good thing, high soybean yields also remove large amounts of potassium from the soil.

Many may be surprised that a 65 bu/ac soybean crop removes nearly 80 lbs of potassium per acre from the soil. Ramp that up to 80 bu/ac and removal increases to nearly 100 lbs of potassium per acre. While it’s hard to complain about above average soybean yields in the not so distant past, it’s also important to replenish your soils with fertilizer potassium so that high soybean yields can be maintained.

Potassium Removal Chart

Yellow tinted soybean leaves showing potassium deficiencies.

Potassium deficient soybeans near Morning Sun, IA in 2019. Potassium deficiencies in soybeans are indicated by yellowing and or necrotic leaf margins often in the upper half of the canopy.


 

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