March 15th is the enrollment deadline for multi peril crop insurance for 2020. I am an agent working through AgPerspective Inc. and I would be glad to help choose the right coverage for your farm. There are many options and strategies when purchasing MPCI and hail/wind coverage. Working with a seasoned and experienced agency is very important. Having an agent that knows the technical and business side of farming is key. Most people buy insurance that only covers catastrophic loss. Please give me a call if interested. Jordan, 608-487-5945
Delivering a couple loads of chemicals was a nice change of pace. Prices on commodity chemicals like glyphosate and atrazine are very good right now. It is time to get chemicals ordered. Spring will be here soon.
Farmers including myself are always looking for ways to reduce cost of production. The 3 largest expenses for any crop are land, seed, and fertilizer. When choosing seed the #1 factor should be yield. If you buy a cheap hybrid or brand that ends up yielding 5 bu/a less than the more expensive product, it doesn't seem like a big loss. Some simple math will often help put cost savings on seed into perspective. With a 5 bushel loss at $3.50 corn you would have to pay $43.75 less for that cheap bag of seed. 10 bushel= $87.50, 15 bushel= $131.25. Buying the best seed and having someone who can help place these products correctly is very important.
We are nearing the end of 2019. This year posed more challenges than I anticipated. Inconsistency was the most consistent thing. Diversity also creates opportunity to learn. It is important not to dismiss this year and ignore the data. During seed order appointments I try to help everyone evaluate not just the seed but their entire crop production program. Making a positive impact on your farming operation is my main goal. I encourage everyone to start planning for 2020, it's not too far away.
Great yields from my plot behind the warehouse. The moisture has dropped to a tolerable level allowing harvest to start. 194-49, 194-75, 197-90, and 198-17 had a strong showing. Our existing workhorses were solid as always 192-08, 197-68, and 195-18. I also tested our silage lineup for grain yield. You won't see 243 bu/acre from BMR or TMF products.
Tar spot is making an appearance late in 2019. This is from one of my fields in Sparta. Other growers have seen similar infestations. We have had a lot of issues so why not one more. It should have no major negative impact on yields this late in the season. You definately need to make plans to manage this disease next year and in the future. I will talk about it with everyone at seed ordering time.