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by Cliff Ramsier, Technical Director

Much of the fertilizer world believes that corn yield is directly related to the amount of soil test phosphorus. In an environment where every dollar matters, proper understanding and use of phosphorus can improve yield and profitability.

Most of us understand that substantial quantities reside in soils (400# in sandy loam soil to more than 10,000# in clay loam soil) in each plow acre at 62/ 3 inches deep. This  translates to 2,400 to 60,000 pounds in the total soil profile. While only a very small portion of this is soluble, it...

Delk Crosier, Maximum Farming Implementations Specialist

Why This Farmer Loves It!

Delk Crosier is a Maximum Farming Implementation specialist with a 2,000-acre farming operation in West Alexandria, Ohio. He has been using the Maximum Farming System for 30 years and grows all non-GMO corn and beans. He’s found that using the complete Maximum Farming System, including foliar applications, has improved his profitability, his condition, and productivity.

“I have used foliar applications as much as anyone in the company. As a producer, we have so much money invested in growing a crop that I consider the foliar program to be the...

The Right Form at the Right Time

by Cliff Ramsier, Technical Director

All non-legume crops benefit from nitrogen additions for optimum cropping efficiency. As a constituent of all proteins, as well as other plant tissues, nitrogen compounds represent more than three percent of green plant tissue dry weight. Since bio-availability of this nutrient is at the mercy of soil and weather conditions, management is a huge factor in both use efficiency and maximum yields.

Increases in energy prices, as well as concerns about off-site environmental effects, have...

How to Survive and Thrive in a Down Economy

As an ag lender and Vice President of Farm Credit MidAmerica, Brett Anderson knows how low commodity prices have impacted farmers. As a farmer and Maximum Farming System user, however, he’s seen how opportunities can still be found, despite the tough market conditions. The fundamental market indicators shaping today’s ag economy, by and large, point to negative moods on the farm. Commodity oversupply and rising interest rates lead the mood-setting factors, but with proper management, Anderson is thinking beyond farms surviving. He says...

 

Wisconsin Farmer Producer Nearly Doubles the Average Wisconsin Yield

Dan Kamps placed second in the commercial hay division at the 2017 World Forage Superbowl and has twice won overall champion. He achieved these wins with solid planning, sound farming practices, and by paying close attention to details. He also enlisted top-notch professional advice and adapted the Maximum Farming System.

Kamps and his family have operated Kamps Alfalfa Farms near Darlington, Wisconsin, since 1979. He and his wife, Ruth, started on a farm his dad once rented and have since...

Ag Spectrum’s Maximum Farming System provides short- and long-term benefits to soil, crop health

 

“I didn’t know what I didn’t know,” Rick Johnson says when he thinks about the changes he’s adopted in his farming system over the past three years. “I didn’t know that I needed to do things differently, but I now look at specifics beyond N, P & K.”

That focus on the full spectrum of crop nutrients is why the Newell, Iowa farmer is happy he made the decision to adopt the Maximum Farming System. He’s increased production, while trimming costs from his input budget...

Water management, and by default, air management in soils and crop production is often an under-appreciated factor in developing a successful agronomic plan. As so often occurs in any industry, the majority of attention is focused on where the bulk of the money is swallowed up. Fertilizer inputs tend to be one of the perennial favorites for spending, and it automatically attracts the attention of consultants and growers alike. Equipment is another area of focus due to the dramatic volume of capital growers spend. Other spending demands include crop protection inputs, and of course, seed....

In Tim McComish’s area of southwestern Wisconsin, there’s no shortage of hay to feed his dairy cows. But, there is a shortage of high-quality hay that can mean the difference between profit and loss. That’s where the Maximum Farming System comes in.

McComish has long seen the direct correlation between forage quality and his cows’ milk production, especially considering he typically feeds a 60% forage ration. Prior to using the Ag Spectrum Maximum Farming System, the Shullsburg, Wisconsin dairy farmer says a “good” Relative Feed Quality (RFQ) rating for his alfalfa would be around...

Throughout the Midwest, numerous acres of corn and soybeans were planted four to six weeks later than normal.  Furthermore, a considerable number of these crops were planted in soils that were either water-logged early in the spring, with continued frequent rains preventing wheel traffic on the soil, or they had cool weather in combination with other moisture which delayed planting. 

Many areas even experienced an unseasonably late snow in early May which left behind several inches of snow and freezing temperatures. Corn and soybeans that were planted late are developing in cool,...

Ag Spectrum’s Unique Approach to Research Funding

“Typically funders come to us [researchers in general] with a jug and a hat and ask us to test their products. If we’re lucky, they will also provide a small amount of funding that can help to support our research,” says Dr. Patrick Brown, Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of California Davis.

The majority of the industry has shifted to this mindset because it allows companies’ technology to be tested by an “unbiased” third party. For researchers to make real discoveries and progress in understanding basic...

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