Early Spring Affects Fertilizer Prices / Drainage Tile Prices Expected to Increase

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

Rob Fritz - rob.f@heftyseed.com

Prices on all products are highly volatile at this time.  We have entered the spring season, which means that all bets are off in price predictions.  Supplies are starting to roll into the Twin Cities terminals.  It remains to be seen if that will affect prices in any way.  Early planting will put restrictions on supplies and cause spot shortages. Call us for more information at 1-800-274-3389. Click here to send Rob an e-mail.      

Equipment Tips by Jim Goodale

Jim Goodale - jim.g@heftyseed.com

Drainage Tile Prices Expected to Increase

With the excellent weather we have been having, many of you are anxious to go to the field.  If you are planning to do any tiling this spring either before or after planting, I would suggest getting the pipe on your farm now.  Most years, the tile manufacturers have a large inventory built up to supply everyone for spring, but since many custom installers and farmers in the southern states were tiling all winter long, those inventories are not as big as in other years.  The plastic resin market has been on a steady increase since December, and with high demand, I would predict to see a price increase in drain tile in the near future. Click here to send Jim an e-mail. [table “1” not found /]
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Fertilizer Prices Remain Stable / Using Land Rollers to Aid Clod Breakdown

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

Rob Fritz - rob.f@heftyseed.com

Spot prices on urea in the Twin Cities remain near $600/ton U.S.  P and K prices remain stable, but price increases for spring are expected.  Liquid 28% is holding steady and supplies are good. Call us for more information at 1-800-274-3389. Click here to send Rob an e-mail.      

Equipment Tips by Mike Bemboom

Mike Bemboom - mike.bemboom@heftyseed.com

Using Land Rollers to Aid Clod Breakdown

With all of the rough fields filled with large dirt clods, there has been talk of using land rollers to break them up this spring if mother nature doesn’t do it herself.  Keep in mind that land rollers are designed to push large solid objects (rocks or perhaps large hard dirt clods) into the ground.  So if you go out and try to break up the clods with a land roller, make sure you’re actually breaking them up and not just pushing them down into the soil. If the clods don’t break up as planned, you may need to resort to another type of tillage. Click here to send Mike an e-mail. [table “1” not found /]
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Urea Prices Skyrocket / Ag Leader Acquires Soil-Max and Gradient

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

Rob Fritz - rob.f@heftyseed.com

Last week, urea took a HUGE price increase, and at this point, we are anticipating a price somewhere north of $570/ton.  We also expect a price spike in liquid 28% to follow shortly.  P and K still look to remain stable as of this writing. Call us for more information at 1-800-274-3389. Click here to send Rob an e-mail.      

Equipment Tips by Jim Goodale

Jim Goodale - jim.g@heftyseed.com

Ag Leader Acquires Soil-Max and Gradient

If you haven’t already heard the news, I will make it official.  Ag Leader, a leading name in GPS, virtual displays and desktop software, has purchased Soil-Max and Gradient. The purchase of Soil-Max and Gradient allows Ag Leader to enter the Water Management market with the industry’s leading control system and will serve a base point for developing additional products for machine control in the field of Water Management (i.e. land leveling, grading and ditching). Soil-Max will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary of Ag Leader under the Soil-Max name and will continue to manufacture Gold Digger tile plows from its current locations in Brazil, Indiana and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It will maintain its current dealer distribution system, which will be enhanced by the addition of select Ag Leader dealers. We will continue to sell the Soil-Max product line with the current Intellislope display.  At some point, Ag Leader will offer the Intellislope product as an unlock to operate on Ag Leader displays, hopefully before the end of 2012.  As a Soil-Max dealer, we will be able to offer the Ag Leader display for Gold Digger plows.  The display will also be available to select Ag Leader dealers for use on other brands of tile plows. Ag Leader’s market-leading SMS desktop software will be enhanced to include water management design and mapping. We are hopeful that by the time Intellislope is available on the Ag Leader displays that we will be able to offer the entire Ag Leader product line to our customers for more than just tiling. I want to assure all of our current Gold Digger and Intellislope customers that this change is going to enhance what they already have on the farm.  The addition of Ag Leader’s software development, virtual displays and technical support will ensure Intellislope is the leading tile plow control system on the market for years to come. Click here to send Jim an e-mail. [table “1” not found /]
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