Fall Programs for Seed, Fertilizer, Herbicides  09/07/17 2:01:51 PM

THANK YOU TO ALL THAT ATTENDED OUR FALL MEETING LAST WEEK!  We hope you found it informative and useful for your management decisions to be made this fall and winter in anticipation for the 2018 season.  Yes, I know this seems a bit forward and putting the cart before the horse but, if you are like me, you do a bit of thinking in the combine cab of what works and what may need some changes in strategy for the next season.
EARLY HARVEST RESULTS—101 RM Wet moisture on the harvested corn has been in the low 20’s—a little drier than “normal” for the first full week of September.
DKC51-19RIB—101 RM—Planted April 8th , Harvested September 6th195 acre dry land average yield of 211 bu./acre on a 15% moisture equivalent.  
            Interesting—this same hybrid, planted/harvested in the same time-frame as last year is roughly 7 bu./acre less than   You can take away anything you want from that I guess.  I would be guarded in saying all corn is going to be 7 bushel less than last year for I really don’t think that will be the case.  Regardless, 211 bu./acre dry land corn is still pretty good in my book—maybe not a record, but still pretty good.
Wiles Bros Fertilizer, INC.    
                                      September 2017 Fertilizer Pricing    
32% (.3125/lb) $200.00 ton
10-34-0 $385.00 ton
13-0-0-26s $290.00 ton
6-24-6 $3.25 gal
11-52-0 $420.00 ton
46-0-0 (.30/lb) $275.00 ton
0-0-60 $300.00 ton
21-0-0-24s $290.00 ton
Zn Sulfate (35.5%) $0.90 lb
90% Sulfur (Dry) $0.35 lb
Pel Lime $115.00 ton
Liquid Lime - 1000lb/acre $36.00 acre
     $25.00/ton applied dry lime for minimum fright rates/call for quote    
9-18-6-2S-.5Zn-.05Mn (opti start climb) $3.95/gal with Avail    
Overall Pricing is 10-30% less than Sept 2016 pricing!!!    
SEED PRICING—Prices are flat when compared to last year.  Seed prices have remained steady/flat really for the past 5 years now.  I will always point out that there is a difference in what things cost vs. the value your seed choices will give you in the end.  All forms of investments cost money.  Some are more than others, but many times they can reap you larger rewards at the end of the investment term.  THIS YEAR,—More than any other year in my 21 years in the seed business, have I seen this number of options for all growers to consider—whether you have been loyal to DeKalb and Asgrow OR you have become interested in the brand and want to try it out for 2018.
Here are some specifics:
1)      Price Discounts                12% Volume,  8% Cash by Nov. 21st  2017
                                              12% Volume,  6% Cash till Jan. 22nd 2018
            WBI offers a 12% volume discount to all growers regardless of the number of units.  These discounts are taken off the list price of the seed on the date of purchase.  The orders that qualify under the following programs are paid back to you late next summer.  WHY NEXT SUMMER?  This is to insure that growers participating in the program are rewarded accurately and to insure that all qualifying units are accounted for after planting is complete.
2)       Hold/Grow
I know what you are thinking—I do not/will not want to decide on all seed purchases until I get done with harvest—I agree—this is a large investment decision we make every year.  There are many of these types of programs from a number of brands each year and I am tired of them.    CONSIDER THIS—if you have been satisfied with our service commitment to you and the Asgrow and DeKalb brands proven performance in the past and intend to use them again in 2018, here is an additional discount:       
--You can earn an extra $10/Unit on Corn (last year this was $6.00) and $2 on Soybeans (last year it was $1.50/Unit) for seed orders that equal your 2017 order as long as your commitment for that order is electronically signed/placed by Oct. 13th
We will be making the rounds in September to visit with you and again we realize that early ordering things that you have not harvested yet seem a bit un-realistic.  However, folks that participated in this program for the 2017 planting, on average, earned an additional 3-5% off on their qualifying seed order in the end.  I shall have the additional $’s available for you in the next few weeks. 
Don’t get anxious regarding the exact hybrid or variety—we can shape that up once harvest is over and you have time to look at the yield grids.  As long as you let us know that you would like to participate by Oct 13th, we will handle the rest. 
3)       Acres of Opportunity 
Earn $20/unit on Corn and $5/Unit on Soybean purchases on incremental units above and beyond what you purchased from Asgrow and DeKalb in 2017
This program will be applied to ALL GROWTH—Meaning that if you purchase 100 units last year and purchase 125 for the 2017 planting season, the 25 additional units would get the respective $20 for corn or $5 for Soybeans off.. 
HERE IS THE GOOD PART—the entire 125 unit part of the order would also get the $10/Unit in Corn and $2/Unit in Soybeans from the Hold/Grow
  1.       Climate FieldView Plus Performance Trials Earn up to $1400 from Asgrow and up to $2200 from DeKalb
    1.       Asgrow—Minimum of 2 soybean products and 80 unit purchase with a Climate FieldView subscription
    2.       DeKalb—Minimum of 3 corn products and 18 units purchase with a Climate FieldView subscription
This is designed for the “new to the brands” grower who want to try a few corn and bean numbers to see how they perform.  The trials would be with split planters or side x side with competitive products that would be tracked season long to harvest to check performance.  These trials would also have to be tracked on Climate FieldView Plus.  There are a limited number of these trials available.
  1.        Asgrow Acre Plus
If you plant Asgrow RR2Xtend soybeans, and you exceed your 2017 soybean purchase by 60 units and you use Roundup XtendiMAX and Warrant on these acres, then you qualify for an additional $8 off per acre. 
            This is NEW in that there is a refund within the Asgrow and Monsanto brands when purchasing/using both soybean seed and herbicides.
  1.        John Deere Financial 
Order and finance Asgrow or Dekalb Seed by October 13th and receive a 5% discount and 0% Variable interest rate (APR) with payment of purchase due in November of 2018. 
Order and finance Asgrow or Dekalb Seed by November 21st and receive a 4% discount and 0% Variable interest rate (APR) with payment of purchase due in November of 2018.
Order and finance Asgrow or Dekalb Seed by January 22nd and receive a 2% discount and 0% Variable interest rate (APR) with payment of purchase due in November of 2018.
Order and finance Asgrow or Dekalb Seed by June 30th and receive 0% discount and Prime -1% (APR) with payment of purchase due in November of 2018.
Fall Herbicide Programs—This Fall we are offering a wide spectrum of herbicide options for pre-emergence weed control of winter annual weeds for acres going into soybean production for the 2018 season.  The table below details the product and the prices for the respective treatments.  THE PRICES WILL CHANGE as Fall herbicide programs and price incentives develop.  The idea here is to look at the options and compare them against each other even when August pricing is employed.  Consider the weed spectrum you continue to fight, consider the level of control you currently have with the products that have been used this year and their associated prices, and consider that with fall applications you will have the best shot at controlling winter annual weeds by controlling many of them before they even emerge. 
           Prices reflect August pricing  
 and may change for fall applications.  
Cost of Fall Growth Regulater Herbicide
Program Fall 2017 cost/acre
2pts Rifle D (=.5pt Banvel+ 1.54pts Amine 2,4-D) $7.89/acre
(+ .5 gal High Mark/100 gal) 1.40/acre
.67 pt LV 6 + .5pt Rifle + .5 gal High Mark / 100 gal $7.06/acre
Comparison of Various Fall Soil applied Residual Bean Herbicide Programs
2.4-3.6pts Prowl 3.3 (Stealth) $10.90-16.35/acre
.5lb Sencor DF (Metribuzin) $7.42/acre
5oz Authority XL (=4.16oz Authority + $20.54/acre
1.5oz Classic)  
4oz Authority First (=3.34oz Authority + $22.00/acre
.4oz First Rate)  
13oz Authority MTZ (=3.16oz Authority + $21.51/acre
4.7oz Sencor)  
.825 oz. Basis blend only $6.60/acre
Can follow with corn or beans in spring 2018  
3 oz. Valor SX $13.86/acre
Can follow with corn or beans in spring 2018  
Note: All residual programs need to be apllied
with one of the growth regulator options listed above
  ***0% Financing net due Jan 10th 2018 For Full Herb Applications**
Sense of Yield--When a field is significantly better or worse than your farm average, it is hard to know for sure why. The differences may be large within only a mile or two between locations.  As an example, consider some of these factors as you analyze crop yields this fall.
  1. Yield history – Has this field tended to be different than your average in the past?
  2. Planting date – How did it compare to similar fields planted at the same time?
  3. Maturity – How did the hybrid/variety compare to others of similar maturity?
  4. Rainfall – Could this field have received significantly more or less rainfall?
  5. Cropping practices – Are there tillage, fertility, herbicide or other differences?
  6. Hybrid/variety selection – How did that hybrid or variety perform in other fields?
Often the answer is not just one thing, but a very complex set of issues and conditions. In research we refer to this variability as G ´ E or Genotype by Environment interaction. Put simply, G ´ E is the way a hybrid or variety responds to its environment. We try to manage G ´ E by researching performance in as many environments as possible in an attempt to know where hybrids perform the best. Unfortunately, even if we know what hybrids will excel in a certain environment – the environment always changes from one year to the next. Hence, we have developed a “Yield Grid” in which we test both corn and soybean genetics that we sell and support in as many different management styles.  This includes fertility, seeding rate, planting date, seeding depth, etc.  If a specific hybrid or variety performs well in all of those situations, what does that say about that genetic package??  We use the best information available and then recommend a package of several diverse hybrids to put you in the best position to take advantage favorable environments and protect you from less-favorable ones. 
Prior to a killing frost these past years, green soybean stems with dry grain moistures have become a concern in a number of varieties from a number of companies.  I realize that green stems through the combine makes an unsettling sound and can be cause for concern. This year, again, with above average plant height and an increased lodging potential, green stemmed plants accumulating on the platform adds to this unrest..   Is it a problem?   Depends on your perspective. Last year as well as 2015 this same situation developed but, it equated to some very respectable yields.   Is there a genetic link?  Yes!  Varieties bred with stronger tolerances to late season diseases such as Brown Stem Rot generally have a greener, healthier plant longer into the growing season which also increase their yield potential.  Viral infections such as bean pod mottle virus can also cause spotty green stemmed areas within a field.  Most producers would agree that although green stemmed soybeans pose an issue during harvest prior to a frost, the yield results from these varieties in question are generally some of the best results they encounter.  On the flip side of this conversation, some producers historically try to wait for the frost to lessen the green stem chances at harvest.  Usually in doing this they can encounter excessive soybean shattering out of the pods at the reel/sickle of their platforms as they harvest.  Is this a genetic link?  There are varieties more prone for shattering.  The culprit usually is the fact that in waiting for the stems to dry and lose moisture, grain continues to dry below 8% in some of these cases.  When grain gets that dry, genetic tolerances to this problem are not what is at issue.  
Harvest will soon begin in many locations across the state and soon you will see yield data from every company known to sell seed stating that their hybrid or variety is the one you should be planting.  During hybrid/variety evaluation that occurs during harvest and before making a decision to make a planting change, here are some things to consider.
1) Compare apples to apples!  Make sure that the hybrid/variety you are considering to change to is appropriate for your maturity zone.  Example:  A 115 day relative maturity hybrid has a genetic yield advantage compared to a 105 day relative maturity hybrid the farther south you go in the state.  The opposite is true if you go north with the 105 day hybrid having the advantage.  If you have planted 112 day corn in the past compare it to another 112 day hybrid and not 105 day or 112 day as the results are would be compromised. 
2) Evaluate this year’s performance---not yield!  Don’t get us wrong yield is important and it is very hard to rate corn and soybean genetics based on one year’s performance. Look at multiple year’s data and at the total agronomic package that your current genetics offered you this past season.  Were you satisfied with your crop’s emergence, seedling vigor, ability to handle stress, disease tolerance, etc.?  If you are satisfied with many of these aspects of the genetic package your are planting, you should also be pleased with it’s yield.  We must face the fact that the weather plays a very large role in the final product of how genetics perform.  We can manage however, fixed things such as soil types, fertility, diseases present, etc. 
3) Place the total package! If you are unhappy with some aspect of what you planted, generally there is a placement problem usually linked with the environment it was placed into.  Example:  Many hybrids are bred to perform best in dryland environments that have a soil type high in clay content and low soil fertility levels.  If you place a hybrid known to do well under an irrigated, high fertility environment into this situation, usually the results will be lower than expected.
A final consideration is the information and service that the seed brand can offer you.  Are you satisfied with the product information and in-season service that your current brand offers you?   The combination of the Asgrow and Dekalb brands offer genetic diversity, research, and field support in both corn and soybeans that is unmatched in the seed industry today.  Our genetics offer the diversity to perform in your maturity zones, under your conditions, and your management goals.  We work with you in order to maximize the genetics with the conditions.
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