Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 7

Show Notes, Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 7

Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations returns for the 7th episode of Get Growing. Joining Indiana Farm Director Meghan Grebner today are:

  • Judi Graff of Middleton, Illinois
  • Adam Casner of Carrollton, Missouri
  • Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora Nebraska
  • David Lowe of Dunkirk, Indiana
  • Allen Ett of Ashville, Ohio

During the show, guests gave a brief update about planting and weather. They also discussed signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), side-dressing, and bugs.


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The Conversation:

Weather and Planting Progress

  • Zach Hunnicut talks about progress around the corn belt.
  • Judy Graff gives her perspective from central Illinois.
  • David Lowe shares the impact of “extremely wet” conditions in east central Indiana.
  • Allen Ett has an update from central Ohio.
  • Adam Casner in western Missouri talks about the positive progress he’s seeing with corn.
  • The group responds to the question of whether a lack of rain now will be a concern down the road, for those who missed the recent downpours.
  • Zach shares how the dry winter made up for a wet fall.
  • The group talks about the potential need for switching maturities and replanting.
  • The group discusses pest issues and what they’re seeing in their fields.
  • Discussion of improvements to waterways under WRRDA
  • Reaction to water system legislation that passed
  • What is basis?

Farmer-to-Farmer Questions

  • Allen asks Zach about the impact of the previous week’s hail storms.
  • Zach asks the group how many days without rain makes them start to worry.
  • Dave asks the group about population goals.
  • Allen asks the group about the row width they plant.
  • Adam asks what the others are using to top while side dressing.

Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 6

Show Notes, Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 6

Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations returns with host and Indiana Farm Director, Meghan Grebner, who is joined by Judi Graff of Middleton, Ill., Adam Casner of Carrollton, Mo., Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora Neb., Keith Alverson of Chester, S.D., David Lowe of Dunkirk, Ind., and Allen Ett of Ashville, Ohio, for the sixth segment of Get Growing.

During the show, guests gave a brief update about each of their operations and their planting statuses. Guests also discussed current concerns each are facing during this spring planting season.



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The Conversation:

Weather and Planting Progress

  • Zach Hunnicutt talks about hail damage’s impact on Nebraska.
  • Keith talks about emergence and the impact of 2-4” of rain.
  • Judi talks about the progress made over the week.
  • Dave talks replanting both corn and beans.
  • Allen talks next steps as he has finished up planting.
  • Adam talks about the rain impact and standing water in the fields.

The group discusses scouting processes and what they’ve seen so far.

Allen and Dave address the PED pork virus.

The group shares their thoughts on the danger of information technology and the threat of security breach.

Keith talks about maturity challenges in the north.

Highlight Reel: Get Growing springs into action

Check out these highlights from our latest episode of Get Growing, the spring series of Cab Conversations on Brownfield Ag News.

Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 5

Show Notes, Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 5

Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations returns with host and Indiana Farm Director, Meghan Grebner, who is joined by Judi Graff of Middleton, Ill., Adam Casner of Carrollton, Mo., Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora Neb., Keith Alverson of Chester, S.D., David Lowe of Dunkirk, Ind., and Allen Ett of Ashville, Ohio, for the fifth segment of Get Growing.

During the show, guests gave a brief update about each of their operations and their planting statuses. Guests also discussed current problems each are facing during this spring planting season.



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Weather and Planting Progress Questions

  • Allen Ett, what is your update from central Ohio?
  • Jumping over to Missouri in the western part of the state, tell us how things are looking in your area Adam.
  • Adam, is crusting still a problem for you this week?
  • Zach, last week you had just finished planting. How are things coming up in your area?
  • Keith, how are things for you in South Dakota?
  • Judi, how are things looking in Illinois and what are you scouting for in your area?
  • Are there any concerns about replanting? Adam, let’s start with you in Missouri.
  • Allen what about you in Ohio?
  • Zach, in your area is there a lot of replant?
  • What are some of the predictions you are hearing and reading about for summer weather and where did that leave you in your plan of attack? Keith let’s start with you.
  • Judi, what about you in Illinois?
  • Allen for you all in the eastern part of the corn belt, are you starting to scout for pests yet?
  • Dave reported to Meghan via text message that corn and beans are both being replanted in his part of Indiana.

Farmer-to-Farmer Questions

  • Allen asks Zach for an update on frost damage.
  • Meghan asks Keith how long his crop was underground before it came up.
  • Judi asks other guests if they were thinking about trading in and updating any of their equipment.
  • Meghan asks if anyone is faithful to one certain company or if they have equipment from multiple companies.
  • Meghan notes that precision ag companies are recruiting more computer science students to join the workforce.
  • Meghan asks if the guests have run into anyone who thinks they don’t relate to agriculture in any way.

 

Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 4

Show Notes: Cab Conversations, Get Growing No. 4

Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations returns with host and Indiana Farm Director, Meghan Grebner, who is joined by Judi Graff of Middleton, Ill., Adam Casner of Carrollton, Mo., Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora Neb., Keith Alverson of Chester, S.D., David Lowe of Dunkirk, Ind., and Allen Ett of Ashville, Ohio for the fourth segment of Get Growing. Check out the map below to see where our particpants live in the Midwest.

During the show, guests gave a brief update about each of their operations and their planting statuses. Guests also discussed current problems each are facing during this spring planting season.



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The Conversation:

Weather and Planting Progress

  • Adam, in Carrollton, the western part of Missouri, how are things going in your area?
  • Allen in Ohio, how are things in your area?
  • Dave what about your progress in Indiana?
  • Zach how are things in the western part of the Corn Belt?
  • Allen and Dave for you two specifically, as we look at the delays that you guys are seeing in planting, how much does that affect everything else that needs to be done on the farm when it comes to controlling weeds or managing pests?
  • Keith, how are things going in South Dakota?
  • Adam, as you guys are working ground and trying to get finished up, are your concerns changing from week to week?
  • How does the delay in the planting season affect you in South Dakota, Keith?
  • Zach, what about you in Nebraska?
  • Judi, how are things going in Illinois?
  • What are the big bug and insect concerns do you all have? Allen what are your concerns?
  • Dave, what about you in Indiana?
  • Adam, what about you guys?
  • Judi, what are some of the things you’re scouting for right now?
  • Keith, what are you watching for in South Dakota as the crop advances?
  • Zach what about in Nebraska?
  • For you all who are active in policy and active in your organizations, how does this next step with the passing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act mean for you?
  • Most of you that aren’t active in organizations, what does this mean when you see this from the farmer’s side?

Farmer-to-Farmer Questions

  • Adam asks if anyone has had any frost issues.
  • Allen asks how things are on Meghan’s farm.

Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 3

Show Notes: Cab Conversations, Get Growing No. 3

Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations returns with host and Indiana Farm Director, Meghan Grebner, who is joined by Judi Graff of Middleton, Ill., Adam Casner of Carrollton, Mo., Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora Neb., Keith Alverson of Chester, S.D., David Lowe of Dunkirk, Ind., and Allen Ett of Ashville, Ohio for the third segment of Get Growing.

During the show, guests gave a brief update about each of their operations and their planting statuses. Guests also discussed current problems each are facing during this spring planting season.



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The Conversation:

 Weather and Planting Progress

  • Zach, how is the weather in Nebraska?
  • Keith, how are things in South Dakota?
  • Judi, you finished planting. Can you give us an update on how things are looking in Illinois?
  • How are things in Illinois, Dave?
  • Adam, tell us how the weather has been and some of the things that have been going on with you guys.
  • Allen, you all had a pretty serious system come through. How are the crops looking?
  • For you guys that are out for the weather, what are you doing this week? How are you keeping up on things? Is it a relief to get a break or would you rather get things wrapped up?
  • As you talk to other farmers in the area, what are some of their thoughts on how things are going and some of the things that you’re picking up from their conversations?
  • How much does it cost to have the seed sitting under the soil for a month [Keith]?
  • Judi, you’re outside today. Are you working cattle?
  • When you’re out scouting the fields, what are some of the things you’re seeing?
  • When you guys look at the big picture, what is your thought process about some of the big concerns that you have for the growing season moving forward?
  • What about your concerns in Nebraska [Zach]?
  • Dave, at what point do you get nervous about the crop not getting into the ground as you look ahead in the summer months [Indiana]?
  • Allen, same question for you.
  • Keith and Allen, does it make you nervous that we are having such a cool spring? How are you dealing with that?
  • Aside from your smart phone, what piece of technology on your farm could you not live without?

Farmer-to-Farmer Questions

  • Allen asked Zach about a rumor of frost in Nebraska.
  • David asked about how Keith handles ridges for his soybean crop.
  • Keith asked David and Allen about changing maturities on hybrids.
  • Keith asked other guests if having lack of a piece of technology would keep them from getting work done.

Get Growing No. 2


Show Notes: Cab Conversations, Get Growing No. 2

Brownfield’s second installment of Get Growing gives us an update of different planting perspectives across the Corn Belt. Host and Indiana Farm Director, Meghan Grebner, is joined by Judi Graff of Middleton, Ill., Adam Casner of Carrollton, Mo., Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora, Neb., Keith Alverson of Chester, S.D., and David Lowe of Dunkirk, Ind.

This week farmers discuss planting dilemmas, weather apps, machinery issues and ways to keep their adrenaline running in the fields in order to get it all planted.



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The Conversation:

Weather and Planting Progress
• You finished planting corn last week Judi, are you planting beans this week?
• Keith, how are things going in your area?
• Zach, I see you’re on the move today in Nebraska. How are things going in your area?
• I’m assuming there’s still a lot of farm work to be done, but as you look at the planting progress around your areas how much advancement have you seen with the weather?
• Adam, we were talking about how you all run so hard during this time of year. What are some of the things that you guys do to make sure you’re running safely and your able to operate on few hours of sleep?
• How much does the equipment make a difference into what you guys do? The advancements that implements have made?
• As we’re getting into emergence in the early stages of growth what are some of the things you’re seeing and are there issues popping up already?
• Once you have gotten the first push done to get things in the ground, do you take a break with a bit more ease knowing that so much has already been planted?
• How do you get through the issue of machinery breakdown?
• Tell me your favorite weather app or scouting app that makes your life so much easier in the cab of the tractor?

Farmer-to-Farmer Questions
• David asked if anyone else has been experiencing delays in their GPS system at certain parts of the day.
• David also asked if any of the other farmers have had issues with rocks in their fields.

Links
• Facebook App: Android/iPhone
• Twitter App: Android/iPhone
• Brownfield App: Android/iPhone
• Weather channel App: Android/iPhone
• EZradar App: iPhone
• Intellicast App: iPhone

Get Growing No. 1

 

Show Notes: Cab Conversations, Get Growing No. 1

Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations tackles how farmers across the Corn Belt are dealing with planting. Host and Indiana Farm Director, Meghan Grebner, is joined by Judi Graff of Middleton, Ill., Adam Casner of Carrollton, Mo., Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora, Neb., Keith Alverson of Chester, S.D., David Lowe of Dunkirk, Ind., and Allen Ett of Ashville, Ohio for the first installment.

During the show, guests introduced themselves and gave a brief update about each of their operations and their planting statuses. Farmers also addressed their local weather and other concerns they face as they are planting this spring.


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The Conversation:

Weather and Planting Progress
• With the progress of your corn planning in Ohio [Allen Ett] and Illinois [Judi Graff], has the cooler weather caused any concerns for your operation?
• Keith, how does the cold weather affect the growth of crops in South Dakota?
• Zach, as weather in Nebraska changed from cold and dry to cold and wet, how did moisture deficit concern you and how has the moisture improved your crop ground?
• Zach and David, with only 10 percent of your crop in the ground as of May 1st, does this concern you?
• In finishing up planting corn and starting on your bean crop, what kind of weather do you need in your area Adam?
• Adam, by taking the uncontrollable factors out of the scenario, as a farmer going into a growing season like this what is your biggest concern?
• With having your corn planting complete, bean planting is next. Judi, what are your plans for your operation after those are complete?

Farmer-to-Farmer Questions
• David said he had to change his program for tolerance to glyphosate. He asks if anyone else is making similar changes to ones he is making on the east side of the Corn Belt.
• Allen jokingly asks the other guests how much grain they have left in their bins to haul?
• Meghan asks at what point are you starting to think about your marketing decisions or when do you stop thinking about making these decisions?
• David asks Keith in South Dakota if rail an issue because some of it is tied up in the oil movement?

Links
• Adam Casner – University of Missouri Division of Plant Sciences Article Link

Spring Cab Conversations coming soon!

Last fall Brownfield Ag News introduced Harvest Hangouts, the first in a series of Cab Conversations with farmers from across the Midwestern United States. Once a week during the harvest season, these farmers joined in the discussion from combine cabs, grain trucks, and even a duck blind, for an exchange of ideas in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

The next series of Cab Conversations “Get Growing” begins soon. We invite you to “hang out” with us to follow this group of farmers through the ups and downs of planting season. The Google hangout platform allows for timely, relevant, educational and quite often entertaining discussion.

Beginning May 2, join us every Friday morning at 9 o’clock at BrownfieldAgNews.com for “Get Growing” Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations.

Harvest Hangout No. 8