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Lower Fertility Prices Likely Coming / Nozzle Selection

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

Lower prices on the horizon? We are expecting fall fill prices to come out soon.  From all indicators, it looks like fertilizer will be lower and possibly much lower than last season.  We already have $0.25/lb N in the urea form we can get today, and that is much lower than last year.  This will pressure the liquid N market to drop, so we are expecting and hoping for big moves down.  P and K pricing is flat at this time, but we do suspect that we will see lower fill prices. Click here to send Rob an e-mail.

Equipment Tips by Mike Bemboom

Importance of Nozzle Selection in Weed Control

Weeds have been pretty tough to kill this year no matter what you spray on them. Coverage is always important so make sure you’re using your nozzles in the proper pressure range. Air induction nozzles will typically run at higher pressure than flat fans. It’s also important to keep the pressure in a certain range if you’re aiming for a certain droplet size. Check your nozzles chart and make sure you size your nozzles accordingly. I’ve seen a few sprayers this spring with nozzles too small for the speed, pressure, and gallons trying to be applied. If these are out of sync, it could mean poor coverage as well as increased drift potential. It always best to control as many variables as possible when the weeds are this tough to control. Give us a call at 1-800-274-3389 if you have any questions. Click here to send Mike an e-mail.
EQUIPMENT
Soil-Max Stealth ZD Pull-Type Plow$31,500
Agri Drain single axle stringer cart with remote$6,500
Used Gradient Intellislope System$4,500
Yetter 2962-005 Screw Adjust Residue Manager Attachment w/ Shark Tooth and Floater Wheel for 2962 Double Disc Fertilizer Coulter$175 each
Used Meridian Seed Tender: 2013 240RT6, bumper hitch, 6” conveyor, Honda motor, 5 function hydraulics w/ remote, roll tarp, scale kit $17,000

Beware Locking in 2017 Urea / GPS and Sprayer Boom Section Control

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

I have been getting reports of people trying to lock in 2017 urea right now. It better be priced pretty low because we can get urea out of the Twin Cites today for $230.00 FOB, and the expectation is we have not stopped the dropping yet. Obviously, if the markets continue to improve on corn and beans, we could see some market bounce, but that would most likely be in the fall sales. P and K are holding steady on lower inventories and we expect to get an idea on where they will price in early August. Click here to send Rob an e-mail.

Equipment Tips by Mike Bemboom

GPS and Sprayer Boom Section Control

With most of the crop in our area up and growing there is a lot of spraying going on. One thing that can make spraying easier is to add automatic boom shut-offs so you don’t have to flip switches at the end of each pass. Boom section shut-offs can be added to nearly any GPS display and should also be able to control your application rate. These systems will also set a swath width to help you get back into your next pass without having to count rows or use a foam marker. It’s also a good time of year to get tiling done. The weather is warm and tiling in crop doesn’t create too much yield loss, especially in areas that will be wet and frequently drown out. If you’re interested in learning more about section control, tiling and many other features GPS systems can do for you check out www.techmeetsdirt.com to see details on an informational road tour that might be in your area. Give us a call at 1-800-274-3389 if you have any questions. Click here to send Mike an e-mail.
EQUIPMENT
Soil-Max Stealth ZD Pull-Type Plow$31,500
Agri Drain single axle stringer cart with remote$6,500
Used Gradient Intellislope System$4,500
Yetter 2962-005 Screw Adjust Residue Manager Attachment w/ Shark Tooth and Floater Wheel for 2962 Double Disc Fertilizer Coulter$175 each
Used Meridian Seed Tender: 2013 240RT6, bumper hitch, 6” conveyor, Honda motor, 5 function hydraulics w/ remote, roll tarp, scale kit $17,000

Fertilizer Prices Continue Decline / Dig to Check Seeding When Planting

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

Fertilizer prices are heading down. Urea is now available in the Twin Cities for less than $260.00/ton. This puts dry N at a huge price advantage over liquid sources as 28% has remained at the same higher in-season price level. The prices for P and K have remained steady and look to continue that trend until July/August early fill pricing is out.

Equipment Tips by Mike Bemboom

Dig to Check Seeding When Planting

For the most part planting has wrapped up in our area. There are still quite a few acres that need to be planted due to either wet fields that can’t be planted yet or areas that need to be replanted. As you’re planting keep in mind that what your monitor, display, or iPad shows you is only a reading and isn’t always an exact representation of what’s actually going on behind the planter. We all trust technology, but it never hurts to get out and dig seed. No matter what type of drive planter you have – ground, hydraulic or electric – and whether or not you have any row shut-offs, it is best to get out and check to make sure the planter is actually doing what your monitor is telling you. It’s way easier to sit in the cab and watch everything work, but if a sensor isn’t reading or a setting got changed or some part of your planter system is new to you, spending 15 minutes digging seed will be well worth it in the long run and you won’t have to wait until the plants start to emerge to see how close your settings were because at that point it’s hard to go back and make corrections. Give us a call at 1-800-274-3389 if you have any questions. Click here to send Mike an e-mail.
EQUIPMENT
Soil-Max Stealth ZD Pull-Type Plow$31,500
Agri Drain single axle stringer cart with remote$6,500
Used Gradient Intellislope System$4,500
Yetter 2962-005 Screw Adjust Residue Manager Attachment w/ Shark Tooth and Floater Wheel for 2962 Double Disc Fertilizer Coulter$175 each
Used Meridian Seed Tender: 2013 240RT6, bumper hitch, 6” conveyor, Honda motor, 5 function hydraulics w/ remote, roll tarp, scale kit $17,000

Fertilizer Prices Continue Slight Declines / Harvest Safety on the Road

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

Fertilizer prices are heading down. Urea is now available in the Twin Cities for less than $260.00/ton. This puts dry N at a huge price advantage over liquid sources as 28% has remained at the same higher in-season price level. The prices for P and K have remained steady and look to continue that trend until July/August early fill pricing is out.

Equipment Tips by Mike Bemboom

Dig to Check Seeding When Planting

For the most part planting has wrapped up in our area. There are still quite a few acres that need to be planted due to either wet fields that can’t be planted yet or areas that need to be replanted. As you’re planting keep in mind that what your monitor, display, or iPad shows you is only a reading and isn’t always an exact representation of what’s actually going on behind the planter. We all trust technology, but it never hurts to get out and dig seed. No matter what type of drive planter you have – ground, hydraulic or electric – and whether or not you have any row shut-offs, it is best to get out and check to make sure the planter is actually doing what your monitor is telling you. It’s way easier to sit in the cab and watch everything work, but if a sensor isn’t reading or a setting got changed or some part of your planter system is new to you, spending 15 minutes digging seed will be well worth it in the long run and you won’t have to wait until the plants start to emerge to see how close your settings were because at that point it’s hard to go back and make corrections. Give us a call at 1-800-274-3389 if you have any questions. Click here to send Mike an e-mail.
EQUIPMENT
Soil-Max Stealth ZD Pull-Type Plow$31,500
Agri Drain single axle stringer cart with remote$6,500
Used Gradient Intellislope System$4,500
Yetter 2962-005 Screw Adjust Residue Manager Attachment w/ Shark Tooth and Floater Wheel for 2962 Double Disc Fertilizer Coulter$175 each
Used Meridian Seed Tender: 2013 240RT6, bumper hitch, 6” conveyor, Honda motor, 5 function hydraulics w/ remote, roll tarp, scale kit $17,000

Liquid 28% Price Increase Expected/GPS Guidance and Autosteer

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

Rob Fritz

An increase of price is expected for liquid 28% and should be coming any day. Dry product pricing remains flat with no news of any changes. Supplies are still good but are expected to be tight for fall application.

We are still unable to price any 10-34-0 and have no idea when we will see it priced.

Call me at 1-800-274-3389.

Click here to send Rob an e-mail.

Equipment Tips by Mike Bemboom

GPS Guidance and Autosteer

Adding GPS Guidance or Autosteer to your equipment will help you save money by eliminating skips and overlaps, making you more efficient. It will help make the many passes you will make this fall in your fields easier on you and your operators by reducing fatigue and letting you focus on the implement you’re pulling. GPS Guidance and Autosteer are also available for combines. Guidance will help you with finding guess rows, and Autosteer will let you concentrate on the crop going into the combine head.

Please call me at our Baltic office (1-800-274-3389), and we can discuss pricing and availability.

Click here to send Mike an e-mail.

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