Planning for Spring
Planting season is just around the corner and it is important to ensure you and your Agronomist are on the same page for a smooth spring. Your Crystal Valley Agronomist is trying to put last minute plans together for you, so please, communicate any changes that you may have in your personal plans. Couple key items to think about before spring planting include:
- Make sure if you are spraying your own Engenia or Xtendimax this season, that you attend a spraying class to become certified. As a reminder, these products are now restricted use products and you will need your license to pick these up at any of our locations. If you are unaware of where these are being held, please contact your Agronomist and they can help point you in the right direction.
- Two years ago we had terrible Sudden Death Syndrome in some areas that affected soybean yields dramatically. Once you have SDS in those fi elds, it doesn’t go away, so expect and plan, as in many cases, soybeans will be rotating back into those fi elds. At Crystal Valley, we encourage the use of ILeVO seed treatment which has positive yield response 84% of the time according to Bayer. ILeVO is the only product that protects against both root rot and foliar phases of SDS. Talk to your Agronomist about protecting your crop with ILeVO, CruiserMaxx or Clariva this spring on your soybean seed.
- Planter meters and planter inspections are still taking place; we highly encourage you to have Precision Planting staff look over your planter before spring. Taking advantage of the services we offer, will help ensure your crop is going into the ground properly. We offer mobile services, coming right to your farm, please contact Ben Youngerberg or your Agronomist if you would like to learn more or want to set up an appointment to complete work on your planter.
- We are expecting a very busy spring. Giving advanced notice of fi elds that need to be sprayed or spread allows everyone to be more effi cient. A minimum of 24-hour notice for application in the spring is needed, but to be more effi cient, our Agronomists can enter your work orders in prior to the season even starting.
Our newest addition to the Crystal Valley Agronomist group is Skylar Hansen. Skylar started with Crystal Valley in December after graduating from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy and is based out of the Lakefield location. Skylar grew up on a family farm in the Spencer, IA area where the family raised corn, soybeans and cattle. She had three internships in other retail organizations prior to graduating college. Please help me welcome Skylar to the Crystal Valley Team.
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