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How are things shaping up?

Field Rep Blog
April 21, 2014
Rick Griesbach explaining root system

April 15, 2014–  Welcome to spring!  Temperatures were in the 70’s around the 12th of April, but fell again when that cold front moved through DeKalb County, giving us more snow and below freezing temps!  Nonetheless, spring is starting to look more promising.  With the calendar saying planting season is at hand, here are a […]

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Burroughs’ Annual Grower Meeting

Field Rep Blog
April 3, 2014
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March 4, 2014 — Our Minonk and Washburn (Burroughs Ag Services) locations held their Annual Grower Meeting at the Rutland Legion Hall in Rutland, Illinois.  There were about 48 growers in attendance.  Speakers included Jeremy Hoskey (BASF) who led a discussion on Fungicides, Todd Taylor (Hintzsche Agronomic Services Manager) on Weed Resistance, Andy Paulson (General Manager Axis […]

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Results of a Long, Harsh Winter

Field Rep Blog
March 27, 2014
Rick Griesbach explaining root system

March 27, 2014 — I am finally seeing more and more evidence that winter is ending and spring is right around the corner!  It’s been a long winter; one of the coldest on record with the third heaviest snowfall in northern Illinois.  So, will this harsh winter have an impact on this year’s crop?  Did […]

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Plant Nutrient Levels in Highest Yielding Fields

Field Rep Blog
March 21, 2014
Rick Griesbach explaining root system

February 2014 — I recently attended Midwest Labs’ agronomy conference in Omaha, Nebraska where I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Robert Miller speak on his topic “Corn Potassium Dynamics: A 21st Century Perspective.”  I was very intrigued with the information he shared.  It prompted me to take a closer look at the ratios between […]

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Hintzsche Rebuilds Shop

Field Rep Blog
March 6, 2014
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March 5, 2014 Hintzsche Fertilizer, Inc. lost their shop and other buildings in a fire in February 2013. The company is currently in the process of rebuilding their much utilized maintenance building at their Troxel plant, located just south of Maple Park, Illinois. With multiple snow storms, high winds, and arctic blasts that have plagued […]

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Answer Plot 2014

Field Rep Blog
February 28, 2014
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February 11, 2014 — Growers Attend 2014 Answer Plot Meeting– The kickoff of the 2014 Answer Plot program was held at Kishwaukee College, Malta, Illinois.  Larry Fiene with Winfield Solutions was the moderator, who kept the program moving swiftly.  Dan Frieberg (Premier Crop) opened up with a discussion about trends and stats revealed via their […]

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Yield Factors for 2013 Crop Year

Field Rep Blog
December 4, 2013
Rick Griesbach explaining root system

It looks like the weather gave us one last window before the hard freeze set in, shutting down fall activity.  The 2013 crop year was an exceptional year for yields in Northern Illinois. Let’s explore the  the factors that influenced these yields in 2013.  The August 22nd rain was clearly the most significant weather event […]

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Harvest is here!

Field Rep Blog
October 2, 2013
Rick Griesbach explaining root system

As the days get shorter and nights get cooler, it is clear that Autumn is here, which means HARVEST time is here. Soybeans are now being harvested all across northern Illinois and most of the yields so far have been a bit better than average.  I anticipate a better return on investment this year.  There […]

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Hintzsche Utilizes the Latest in Scouting Robotics

Field Rep Blog
August 30, 2013
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Hintzsche recently announced their new scouting robotics ‘drone’ provided by DMZ Aerial.  This way of scouting is brand new technology, utilizing a drone, otherwise known as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It is designed to fly over fields and record photos and related data.  Aerial devices provide a clear picture of what is going on, […]

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