Fertilizer Prices to Hold/Fall Soil Sampling

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

The fertilizer market is looking to stay the course in the short term, unless something crazy happens in the grain markets and supply chains. I expect to see P prices to hold because if we see a price lowing the producers will export product to limit domestic supplies, which will hold the market up. The only product that we could see some price drops as we go through the fall is potash. Currently we can pick up K at the twin cities for $360.00/ton.

Equipment Tips

Fall Soil Sampling

Mike Bemboom - mike.bemboom@heftyseed.com

Mike Bemboom – mike.bemboom@heftyseed.com

Wheat harvest is in full swing, if not finished in some areas, leaving many fields of wheat stubble. Between now and soybean or corn harvest think about getting soil sampling done on those wheat fields, or any other open field, while you have time. Soil sampling is very simple and there are tablet and phone apps that help walk you through setting up farms, fields, grid sizes and take you right to the sampling points in the field. Sending samples in to be analyzed is easy. The results are usually back to you in about a week which should give you time to get with your agronomist and plan any fertilizer applications this fall.

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Lock in Fertilizer Prices/Is Your Combine Ready for Harvest?

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

It is still looking like the right time to lock in fertilizer for next season, especially nitrogen. N is lower than last season and the markets look to keep rising as we go into harvest. P and K are flat and should stay that way with only small increases expected.

Equipment Tips

Is Your Combine Ready for Harvest?

The harvest season puts huge demands on your equipment and unexpected breakdowns or poor performance can cost money. With the season ahead, now is the time to give your harvester a full service so it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice.

The importance of replacing worn components on a combine harvester cannot be overemphasized. Worn components result in poor combine performance, reducing profits. For example, up to 80 percent of crop loss can occur at the platform or header area of the combine. Whether you’re harvesting wheat, barley, rice, soybeans, corn, grain-sorghum, or other crops, proper cutter bar or gatherer unit maintenance and regular replacement of worn parts will reduce loss and increase profits.

Feeding, threshing, and separating performance is reduced if maintenance and replacement of worn parts are not done at the proper time. Poor feeding of material to the threshing area can cause plugging, which can result in cylinder drive component failure or incomplete threshing. Worn threshing components cause incomplete threshing or grain damage when cylinder speed is increased to compensate for worn components.

Worn material-handling components, such as augers and elevator paddles, can result in reduced combine productivity. So in a nutshell, spend some time going over your combine to save yourself from the unexpected breakdowns during harvest this year.

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