When Dow Enlist is widely distributed, farmers will be able to put new 2,4-D over corn and soybeans. Dow District Sales Manager Kevin Tomka says registration is anticipated for the next growing season. During our conversation, Tomka sported apparel with the new Dow diamond logo. It’s actually re-introduced after many years of Dow using a different logo, and Tomka says it’s exciting to offer what Dow is able to offer its customers. “We’re bringing biotech traits to the farmer, we’re bringing our chemical solutions to the farmer, and we’re bringing our seeds to the farmer,” said Tomka.
If it wasn’t for a New Zealand dairy farmer who 30 years ago cared about aerating his pastures, there may never have been what’s now referred to as the AerWay. Marketing Director Jeff Schow says the company began with the acquisition from that dairy farmer. His five-foot-wide AerWay would have been hard pressed to meet the demands of North American acreages, so modifications began and the tine technology that results in greater fracturing of soil is available to those who benefit from increased pasture yields and better conservation tillage.
At the time Aaron Johnson and I talked, dryland corn was coming out of the field in Nebraska. “Yields aren’t what we’ve seen the last couple of years,” Johnson, a sales representative for Mycogen Seeds, told Brownfield Ag News. He was upbeat, however, adding that the amount of non-irrigated corn being harvested was more than what growers allowed themselves to expect following the summer-long drought. Commonly reported yields ranged from 30 bushels on the low end to about 125 on better dryland corn. Corn that was watered yielded as much as 250 bushels to the acre.
Testing and proving new hybrids is a never ending job for LG Seeds. Because of the territory he covers, Plains West Regional Agronomist Matt Teply is familiar with drought and the stress it places on corn. This season he’s excited about progress in developing hybrids that do better than previous hybrids have done in drought. “Our new big dog is going to be 5630, which we’re extremely excited about,” Teply told Brownfield Ag News during Husker Harvest Days. “From what we’ve seen walking the plots so far, it’s a product we’ve been looking at for a couple of years now and it really shines this year. It’s unique to what we do.”
“Everybody’s affected from South Dakota to Northeast Kansas,” says LG Seeds Agronomist Leonard Luebker, referring to the drought, during an interview with Brownfield Ag News at Husker Harvest Days. The company maintains fields where new hybrids can be tested under actual seasonal conditions. “We actually run some stress plots and we’ve got some new hybrids coming along that look very well,” Luebker told Brownfield, talking about LG products that stood up to the harsh conditions of 2012.
At Husker Harvest Days, Aaron Bush had his eye out for customers that may be interested in products made by Yetter, which produces an implement that “Basically clears away the residue so that your planter gets a good, smooth, clean ride through the field,” said Yetter Manufacturing Nebraska Territory Manager Aaron Bush.
“It also helps with emergence,” said Bush. “Since it clears away the residue, you get a warmer seed bed and it dries out a little bit faster.”
One-off farm implements aren’t so common. However, Case-IH has a tricked out a skid steer loader that turns heads while benefiting a farm youth organization. The Red Power skid steer loader is a one of a kind machine based on the company’s Alpha Series line. “This skid steer is equipped with chrome stacks, LED lighting, satellite radio, leather seats, basically a lot of amenities that you’re going to find in a high-end sports car,” said Scott Rasch, corporate events manager for Case-IH North America, during an interview with Brownfield Ag News at Husker Harvest Days. For now the collector piece is making the show circuit, but for the rest of September the world can bid on the Red Power skid steer, and what it eventually brings will benefit FFA. In addition to enriching the National FFA Foundation, the winning bidder’s home state FFA gets 10 percent of the sale price and the buyer can designate an FFA chapter to get one percent of the money.
Agri-Inject positions itself as the leader in chemigation and fluid application, most commonly described as the injection of agricultural chemicals into water flowing through an irrigation distribution system for application to land or crops or both. The company’s global sales director, Neal Saxton, says the selling point is precision injection. “We’ve got systems that you can inject it down to ounces per acre,” Saxton tells Brownfield Ag News at Husker Harvest Days. “We also have systems that we can inject proportional to the water flow, so we put a flow meter in the system and it injects according to the water flow.” In addition, Saxton points out that Agri-Inject units can take the place of flying on chemicals or applying them by ground methods. “You’re running a sprinkler around anyway and watering your field, so why not be putting down the product at the same time you’re watering the field.”
Manitou is built to handle materials in high places. The telescoping loaders have a reach of up to 23 feet and District Development Manager Jack Sabers of Salem, South Dakota, says many dairies and feed lots have silage piles high enough to require equipment that Manitou provides.
At Husker Harvest Days Sabers was also showing Gehl skid steer loaders and Mustang equipment.
It’s not an old seed brand. Channel Seeds was launched during Husker Harvest Days in 2009. Brand manager Heather Gotto says Channel, in its fourth sales year, is the third largest corn seed brand. She says it also is a provider of soybeans, sorghum, forages and alfalfa seed. Gotto says Channel has focused on expanding the number of seedsmen in the field. She tells Brownfield Ag News that Channel is launching a pilot customized iPad application. It will allow Channel seedsmen to make key observations in the field throughout the growing season and to turn that into planting recommendations for the next growing season.