Warehouse and Logistics Manager, Dan Dall, loads a bagged seed order.
Warehouse and Logistics Manager, Dan Dall, loads a bagged seed order.
Warehouse and Logistics Manager, Dan Dall, loads a bagged seed order.

Agronomist Rick Griesbach helps out as we get ready to plant our plots.
Agronomist Rick Griesbach helps out as we get ready to plant our plots.
Agronomist Rick Griesbach helps out as we get ready to plant our plots.

We can always use an extra pair of hands and we can always count on Kevin Meyer to be there when we need him!
We can always use an extra pair of hands and we can always count on Kevin Meyer to be there when we need him!
We can always use an extra pair of hands and we can always count on Kevin Meyer to be there when we need him!

Some extra insurance for that bumper crop!
Some extra insurance for that bumper crop!
Some extra insurance for that bumper crop!

A mix of old and new is a common sight in corn country.
A mix of old and new is a common sight in corn country.
A mix of old and new is a common sight in corn country.

Hintzsche is a family owned Ag retailer located in North Central Illinois and is backed by over 50 years of industry experience. The company is a leading provider of agricultural products and services and is comprised of several divisions including: Agronomy (fertilizers, crop protection products, and crop nutrients), Seed, Feed, and Pork. Since its inception in 1962, Hintzsche has grown from a single plant with a few team members to a company with 14 locations and over 150 full-time employees.

From the start, Hintzsche has remained focused on “people” and to this day it continues to build lasting relationships with each of its customers. Members of the Hintzsche team are honest, dependable, and provide a level of customer service that is unparalleled in the industry. Hintzsche truly partners with its customers – the hard working farmers of the Midwest – and does everything possible to ensure their continued success. It is these values that set Hintzsche apart from other Ag retailers and have enabled the long-term growth of the company.

From the Field
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July 16, 2014—Nitrate Tests for our four northern plots have now all crashed.  There are three sources of N for the plant today: Nitrates, Ammonium N, and N mineralized from the soil.  Today, the Nitrates are effectively zero, the ammonium N is not in much better shape, and the mineralization process has greatly slowed with all… Read more »
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June 23, 2014— Soil Nitrates are now above the trend line for both corn-on-corn and corn-on-soybeans in the same territory. Nitrate levels have improved for corn-on-corn, most likely due to the sidedress applications. The results that I’m looking at now were pulled on June 16th, before the ‘Noah conditions’ started on the 18th. I anticipate… Read more »
From the Field
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June 19, 2014–Despite a slightly later than usual start this year, the crops in northern Illinois are looking quite good. Nitrogen levels continue to track on the historical average line for corn-on-corn fields, which validates my recommendation to stay with the plan, neither increasing nor decreasing nitrogen rates for sidedress. Corn-on-soybeans are still running high… Read more »
Rick Griesbach explaining root system
April 30, 2014 — Here are a couple of thoughts and graphs about planting in cold soil temperatures. Now that planters have rolled last week in northern Illinois with less than ideal soil temperatures, I will try to clarify soil temperatures and its affect on emergence.  Agronomists, including myself, have been talking about the first drink of… Read more »
From the Field
Rick Griesbach explaining root system
Here is my first nitrate report for the 2014 growing season.  Today I will explain my nitrate testing protocol and give the results for the first three weeks of tests. Nitrate Testing I have four sites selected where I will pull two soil nitrate tests at 0 to 12 inches, and 12 to 24 inches on a… Read more »