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August 10, 2016

What Consumers Should Know About Farmers & Sustainability

Posted by Agricen

Jeff Frank, a fourth generation farmer from Auburn, Iowa, grows corn and soybeans on a 1,200-acre century farm that he and his wife operate. He is an avid drone enthusiast and dealer (hear him speak more about drones and farming in this video), sits on the board of directors of his local Farm Bureau, is currently a candidate for the Iowa Soybean Association board of directors, and recently converted his barn over to a new coffee roasting endeavor. You may also remember Jeff from last year’s farming film, Prove It to Me.


Topics: Sustainability, Grower Stories, Iowa

October 6, 2015

[Video] Grower Stories: Brandon Burkhart, Iowa Corn & Soybean Farmer

Posted by Agricen

Brandon Burkhart is a fourth-generation farmer from Oto, Iowa. Varying soils on his family's 2500-acre corn and soybean operation used to mean it was difficult to get a good, efficient use out of their applied nutrients. Today, Brandon and his family use Accomplish LM and Titan PBA to maximize their fertilizer efficiency, with excellent returns from the accompanying gains in yield. 

“When using our Accomplish LM and Titan PBA combination on corn, it’s been [a yield increase] upwards of 10 bushels or more,” says Brandon. “On our bean operations with just Titan PBA, we’ve seen jumps of 10 bushels per acre.”


Topics: Grower Stories, Videos, Iowa, Titan, Accomplish LM

August 27, 2015

Grower Stories: Cory Uhlenkamp, Corn and Soybean Farmer from Iowa

Posted by Agricen

Farming corn and soybeans in Breda, Iowa, Cory Uhlenkamp and his family use Accomplish LM on every acre to help with soil health and crop productivity.


Topics: Grower Stories, Videos, Iowa, Accomplish LM

March 13, 2015

Grower Profiles: Five Generations of Farming and Agriculture

Posted by Agricen

In a previous post, we got to know Jim and Janet Orr, fourth generation farmers from Iowa. In this blog post, we meet their sons, Jamie and Jason, who continue the family tradition in farming and agriculture.


Topics: Grower Stories, Iowa, Corn, Accomplish LM

January 23, 2015

Grower Profiles: Despite Changes, Farming Remains a Family Business

Posted by Agricen

In the past 50 years, science, technology and economics have dramatically changed family farming. But the connection to the land and the choice to farm still passes from generation to generation. In this blog series, we’ll feature two generations of the Orr family, who maintain a strong connection to the land their relatives first began to farm over a century ago in Iowa.

Meet the Orrs: Farming the Land for Five Generations


Topics: Grower Stories, Iowa, Accomplish LM

December 22, 2013

Growing a Better Soybean Crop in a Corn-Soybean Rotation

Posted by Agricen

Accomplish technology can be used to help release and mineralize nutrients in high residue fields. Given the high potassium levels in corn stover and the high potassium demand for a soybean crop, this is a perfect situation for using a residue application of Accomplish technology to improve plant performance (Figures 1-3) and gain a yield advantage in the coming soybean crop (Figure 4).


Topics: Soybeans, North Dakota, Crop Residue, Iowa, Extract PBA

December 19, 2013

Maximizing Residue Breakdown and Nutrient Release After a Late Harvest

Posted by Agricen

By Stephen Sexton, Director of Technical Sales (@AgricenLifer), Agricen

This season, with high corn yields and a late harvest in many places, it will be critical to take steps to maximize residue decomposition and nutrient release for the benefit of next seasons’ crops. It’s important to keep in mind that the primary limiting factor for residue decomposition is cooler temperatures, which reduce the microbial activity required for residue breakdown. Given the late harvest, that means there's only been a short window for natural decomposition processes to take place. In addition, larger yields produce more residue, which requires more time and energy to properly break down.

We’ve previously discussed just how inefficient applied NPK fertilizers can be in the first year after application, a problem that is compounded in high-residue fields.


Topics: Crop Residue, Iowa, Corn, Accomplish LM

April 5, 2012

Biocatalyst Tools Increase Corn Nitrogen Uptake Without Additional N Application

Posted by Agricen

In continuous no-till corn, crop residues with a high carbon-to-nitrogen (C:N) ratio (about 60:1) can build up. When this happens, the soil microorganisms responsible for decomposing crop residue compete with the plant for nitrogen. A C:N ratio of 30:1 or lower is required for the soil microorganisms to effectively decompose crop residues without immobilizing the soil nitrogen needed by the growing plants.

Some growers have tried to address this issue by applying additional nitrogen to the soil to lower the C:N ratio, minimize microbial competition for plant nitrogen, and improve corn yield.


Topics: Crop Residue, Iowa, Corn, Accomplish LM, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants