2017 Finance Options Updated Starter Data  12/02/16 7:50:04 AM

Pre-Book—Receive an additional 10% off of bulk herbicide prices when booked by January 7th—See price sheet in lobby for complete listing
Soil Sampling—Results to date show below average soil residual nutrient levels—normal after a big crop. Schedule your sampling today and visit our website for fertility recs. via our crop nutrient removal guidelines for the 2017     season
Yield Info.—2016 Yield Grids are complete!  Visit the lobby for the complete genetics X environment version or our website for the summaries.
Key Dates—January 20th, 2017—12% Volume, 6% Cash Seed Discount Ends     
January 24th, 2017--Customer Appreciation Dinner
Storm Date January 31st 2017
 
2017  WBI Financing Programs by Brand—Current 11/30/2016
 
Asgrow & Dekalb  
  Start Date End Date  
Flex+Seed Prim -1% APR 11/01/2016 01/20/2017  
  4% DISCOUNT--$2500. Min Purchase   Due Date Nov. 2107  
Monsanto Herbicides  
John Deere Finacial Flex + Start Date End Date  
Prime-1% APR—Min $5,000 Purchase 11/01/2016 6/30/2017  
  Due Date 11/2017  
BASF  
John Deere Financial Start Date End Date  
Fixed 0% APR—OR 10/1/2016 3/31/2017 2 or more BASF brands
180 Days—No Payments/No Interest 4/01/2017 9/30/2017 Minimum of $2,000
  Due Date 12/2017  
Bayer      
John Deere Financial      
Min $10,000 when purchasing 2 or more products receive 0% finance rate.      
 
Valent
 
 
John Deere Financial Start Date End Date  
No Payment/No Interest until 3/31/2017 11/01/2016 3/31/2017 Min. of $10,000
Followed by Prime -1% APR  
  Due Date 12/2017  
FMC  
John Deere Financial Start Date End Date  
Fixed 0% APR 11/01/2016 7/31/2017 Min of $5,000
  Due Date 12/2017  
DuPont TruChoice  
Program Name Start Date End Date  
Up to 12% savings on qualified purchases 11/30/2016 3/31/2017  
 
 
           
 
Herbicide Choices are and have been at the front of many conversations the past few weeks.  Many products have common active ingredients, different ratios and concentrations of these products, but provide similar weed control. The difference may be the cost of the product per acre and company programs associated with the use of the herbicide.   The real question that needs to be answered is, “What weeds do you have and when do you want to control them?”  This daunting question allows no short-answer.  I cannot begin to answer all the herbicide questions via this newsletter.  I can however, provide you with a quality resource---A useful guide in answering many of these questions is the 2017 Guide for Weed, Disease and Insect Management in Nebraska published yearly by the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.  Herbicide combinations, uses rates, restrictions, and relative herbicide costs are all included in this useful guide for the office and the field.  The guide may be purchased through your county extension office.  You can also find it via the internet at https://marketplace.unl.edu/extension/ec130.html.
 
THREE YEAR STARTER FERTILIZER TRIAL RESULTS—WITH A TWIST  As we have stated previously,  it is academically documented from research dating back to the 1950's that banded application of immobile nutrients such as P and K near the seed at planting can be much more agronomically efficient than a broadcast application over the soil surface when considering corn stand establishment. Research conducted at Purdue University by Barger indicates this is a function of the amount of soil the roots must explore to obtain adequate amounts of the immobile nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium and zinc to germinate and effectively grow. Starter fertilizers have a long pedigree of what it can do for the emergence and development of a uniform stand. This too, can be affected by your soil type, soil moisture content, as well as soil temperature at planting.
For corn and soybean production, Midwest Laboratories, as well as WBI, would suggest that the optimum phosphorus P1 level test should be 25 ppm or above, zinc at 2.0 ppm, and the K levels should be around 200ppm. How many fields fit these criteria? What can be done to maintain these levels??
We continually evaluate our fertility levels in the soil and over time both academics and producers using starter fertilizer agree that banding or in furrow starter fertilizers plus additives can pay off considerably. BUT, What happens under various soils, fertility levels, etc. This is the question we ask every year about this time.
SO, we started this trial 3 years ago at the following site with these fertility levels
2014
 
                 
Baseline Soil Test Results            
Tested Fall 2013   What does this mean??        
pH 5.9 Border line in needing lime        
Organic Matter 5% High Percentage--can source above average amounts of mineralized nutrients.
C.E.C. 23 Higher clay than silt content but within a good range        
P1 Test 159 ppm Excessively high--optimum range is 25-30 ppm    
P2 Test 148 ppm Normally should be 2x the P1 level--but with P1 tests this high?
Sulfur 19 ppm Excessive for this soil type and CEC      
Potassium 401 ppm Excessively high--optimum range between 150-200 ppm.  
Zinc 7.7 ppm Excessive--1.5-2.0 ppm is normally adequate    
                           
 
+We continued the trail in 2015 with this level of fertility at a different location
 
                 
Baseline Soil Test Results            
Tested Fall 2014   What does this mean??        
pH 5.4 Low-- In need of lime        
Organic Matter 2.7% Average percentage range for this area
C.E.C. 18.3 Most soils range between 5 at 35 meq/100g        
P1 Test 22 ppm Excessively high--optimum range is 25-30 ppm    
P2 Test 29 ppm Low--Normally should be 2x the P1 level
Sulfur 9 ppm Border line low given soil type and existing pH      
Potassium 171 ppm Optimum range between 150-200 ppm.  
Zinc 1.9 ppm 1.5-2.0 ppm is normally adequate    
                           
 
FOR 2016—We stayed at the same (2015)  location and DID NOT soil sample
 
 
Our treatment list included the following
 
1 Untreated check              
2 5 gal of Optistart Pro--9-18-6-2Sulfur 0.5 Zn-0.05 MNw Avail + 3.4 oz of Capture LFR  
3 5 gal of Optistart Pro--9-18-6-2Sulfur 0.5 Zn-0.05 MNw Avail + 3.4 oz of Capture LFR + 3.6 oz of Xanthion
4 5 gal of 6-24-6              
5 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR          
6 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Avail (3.2 oz)        
7 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Instinct (35 oz/Acre)      
8 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Instinct (35 oz/Acre) + Accomplish (1 qt/acre)  
                 
 
That being said, what are the additional components to the base treatments??
OPTISTART PRO is a complete fertilizer mix with an Avail premix
AVAIL inhibits phosphate fixation throughout the growing season.
CAPTURE LFR is an insecticide which controls seedling pest such as wireworm, white grubs, armyworn and corn rootworm.
XANTHION is a fungicide that can enhance root development, help control soil borne diseases, and improve seedling health.
INSTINCT is a urease inhibitor that slows down nitrification or applied UAN
ACCOMPLISH improves fertilizer efficiency
 
We had two fairly different testing environments from a soil fertility level—2014 site excessively high in P1, zinc and potassium while the 2015 AND 2016 site was pretty close to recommended ranges. All three years posed challenges in getting the stands germinated and out of the ground due to excessively spring rains. However, we can learn a few things from these environments.  In 2016 we decided to have an early and late planted version of this to test the theory that starters help you the most in cold/wet conditions.
 
RESULTS
 
              2014 2015 2016 Running Ave.
1. Untreated check           177.4 201.2 245.5 208.0333
2. 5 gal of Optistart Pro--9-18-6-2Sulfur 0.5 Zn-0.05 MNw Avail + 3.4 oz of Capture LFR  187.4 204.8 253.4 215.2
3. 5 gal of Optistart Pro--9-18-6-2Sulfur 0.5 Zn-0.05 MNw Avail + 3.4 oz of Capture LFR  199.7 207.7 258.3 221.9
+ 3.6 oz. of Xanthion.                
4. 5 gal of 6-24-6           189.4 204.1 257.4 216.9667
5. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR       184.9 205.9 241.4 210.7333
6. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Avail     209.1 202.5 261.7 224.4333
7. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Instinct (35 oz/Acre)    215.7 204.3 256.8 225.6
8. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Instinct (35 oz/Acre) + Accomplish (1 qt/acre) 223.6 204.7 257.3 228.5333

Early vs Later Planted                
              Planted    Planted 
              29-Mar   11-Apr  
2016 Early Plant vs Late Plant         Bu./Acre   Bu./Acre
1. Untreated check           245.5   238.6  
2. 5 gal of Optistart Pro--9-18-6-2Sulfur 0.5 Zn-0.05 MNw Avail + 3.4 oz of Capture LFR  253.4   227.2  
3. 5 gal of Optistart Pro--9-18-6-2Sulfur 0.5 Zn-0.05 MNw Avail + 3.4 oz of Capture LFR  258.3   236.8  
+ 3.6 oz. of Xanthion.                
4. 5 gal of 6-24-6           257.4   240.9  
5. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR       241.4   232.6  
6. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Avail     261.7   244.3  
7. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Instinct (35 oz/Acre)    256.8   257.2  
8. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Instinct (35 oz/Acre) + Accomplish (1 qt/acre) 257.3   250.3  
  Early Untreated 245.5 bu./acre  Late Untreated 238.6 bu./acre           
  Ave Early Trts 255.18 bu./acre  Ave Late Trts 241.3 bu./acre          
What is the return on your investment?
                  Ave Gross  
                AVE. COST Return/Trt Ave net
                PER ACRE Sold at $3.00 Less Trt. Cost
1. Untreated check             $0.00 $624 $624
2. 5 gal of Optistart Pro--9-18-6-2Sulfur 0.5 Zn-0.05 MNw Avail + 3.4 oz of Capture LFR $33.19 $645 $611.81
3. 5 gal of Optistart Pro--9-18-6-2Sulfur 0.5 Zn-0.05 MNw Avail + 3.4 oz of Capture LFR $43.72 $666 $622.28
+ 3.6 oz. of Xanthion.                
4. 5 gal of 6-24-6             $21.50 $651 $629.5
5. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR         $29.69 $633 $603.31
6. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Avail       $35.29 $667.2 $631.91
7. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Instinct (35 oz/Acre)     $40.27 $678 $647.73
8. 5 gal of 6-24-6 + 3.4 oz Capture LFR + Instinct (35 oz/Acre) + Accomplish (1 qt/acre) $48.10 $687 $638.9
 
To set up a planter for starter application (tanks, attachments, etc.) a current average cost is $410.00/Row. You must consider this for the number of acres of corn you annually plant and how many years you would intend the planter to be used with these attachments.
 
REMEMBER—This is only three years of data. We will continue this project for years to come to give you a better idea of the average return on your investment under different soils types, weather patterns, etc..
 
    
 
John W. McNamara
Agronomist
Wiles Bros. Inc.
606 Wiles Road
Plattsmouth NE. 68048
(402) 298-8550--Office
(402) 499-3870--Cell
(402) 298-7174--Fax
 
 
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