“TerraNu allows for more efficient recovery of nutrients and improved soil health, which are crucial with historically high input prices,” say Midwestern BioAg’s Director of Agronomy, Chris Kniffen. “For decades, carbon management has been a core part of Midwestern BioAg’s approach, enabling a 20%+ reduction in nitrogen applications for corn vs conventional practices. With TerraNu, we can enable the same approach for farmers across the country.”
Although it may seem counterintuitive, now is an ideal time to consider transitioning your operation to organic. That’s because while organic fertilizers tend to be premium to conventional fertilizers when all fertilizer prices go up, that premium drops to a much smaller basis, relatively speaking. The sky-high conventional crop prices more than offset the cost of the organic fertilizer premium.
For the transition years when you’re selling a conventional crop while using organic inputs, you could potentially be looking at a net profit, not a net …
You may be ready to see green grass and be done with winter, but are our pastures ready? Before the ground thaws (unless sloped) is a good time to fertilize or apply soil correctives to the paddocks that didn’t get tended to last fall. It is time to check fences, and as it warms and greens up, water lines, lane condition, and pasture stand.
Evaluate The Stand
How did it come through the drought and winter?
Heifers are the future of your herd and your long-term success as a dairy producer. Heifer raising makes up 20-25% of the total cost of milk production. A successful pre-weaning calf program has been proven to increase first lactation milk yield by 1,000 lbs – 3,000 lbs. Genetic selection can account for 150 lbs-300 lbs greater milk production per lactation, but pre-weaning management can increase this 5-fold.
A successful pre-weaning calf program includes:
- 1 gal of high-quality colostrum within 4 hours of birth…
How have your forages fared in the unpredictable Midwest winter weather? Winter weather in the Midwest is unpredictable to say the least. Bitter cold, mid-winter rain, and extreme freeze-thaw cycles may have taken their toll. Use the prime times in April and May to evaluate your alfalfa fields. Are they going to be healthy, high-producing forage stands? Or is rotation the best option for maximum farm yield?
Tips for Evaluating Your Alfalfa Stands:
- Healthy alfalfa stands will green up quickly & evenly.
Collaboration Poised to Help Farmers Access, Maximize Carbon Credit Opportunity
Midwestern BioAg (MBA) today announced a new collaboration with Indigo Agriculture to help farmers access and maximize success in the rapidly growing market for agricultural carbon credits. The collaboration – which will enroll and support farmers’ participation in Indigo’s premier carbon farming program – represents the next step in MBA’s nearly 40-year legacy of advocating for better farming through improved soil health.
Starting with the 2022 planting season, MBA farmers adopting practices that prioritize …
Johnston, Iowa and Blue Mounds, Wisconsin – February 17, 2022 – Growers Edge, a provider of data-driven financial technology (fintech) solutions for the agricultural industry, announced today a new partnership with Midwestern BioAg and The Nature Conservancy to introduce a sustainability-focused, warranty-backed, agronomic offer.
“Bringing innovative, sustainability-focused agronomic solutions to growers is key in achieving optimum soil productivity and protecting natural resources for success in today’s volatile marketplace,” says Gaji Balakaneshan, Chief Operating Officer of Midwestern BioAg.
Midwestern BioAg welcomes two young agriculturalists to our sales team. Meet our newest consultants, Marissa and Kylee!
Marissa Fouraker is a December 2021 graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Agronomy and minors in Soil Science and Precision Ag. She joins our team in Iowa.
Kylee is a graduate of Michigan State University , in May of 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agribusiness Management.