Starter Fertilizer


All About The Start – Starter Fertilizer February 13, 2017. from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Starter. Fertilizer. The name implies the intent: to get your plants off to a good start. Its term of utility in a furrow is about 4-5 weeks—just enough time to allow for germination and nascent root growth. It’s there […]

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A Little Bit of Greek

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A Little Bit of Greek from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. A few weeks ago, I found myself having a discussion about chelated micronutrients. And I’ve been thinking does everyone know what chelation is? It is a chemistry term after all, so it’s not something that I expect everyone to know and understand. So – […]

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A Can of Worms

Vegetables and fruits.

Reachout “A Can of Worms” January 30, 2017 from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. A few weeks back, I glossed over something difficult in an article.  It was a can of worms too big to open in that space. I made the case that our consumers have different preferences for food grown organically, or conventionally, […]

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Balance from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. If we’re building a better spaceship here, friends, we’re going to have to talk about a bit more than the body color.  (Though for the record, my vote would be Gunmetal Grey.) When we talk about nutrients in crop production, we tend not to discuss anything other than […]

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Respect for the Law

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Two Laws from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Or laws, that is. And I’m not talking about no manmade laws here—no speed limits or no smoking zones.  I’m talking about eternal laws. Laws imposed on us by time, and science, and math. You can’t break them, so you might as well learn to use them […]

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Come Together

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Come Together from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Some of you reading this right now grow Conventional Biotech crops. Or non-GMO. Some of you grow organically. Some of you have big farms; some of you have small ones. Some of you raise livestock; some of you raise grain. Some of you drink Pepsi and some […]

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A Specific Fit

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A Specific Fit from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. One of the first major decisions growers make for their corn is about the use of a starter fertilizer. Since about 90% of you are already using such a product, your decision is more specific to which product you’ll go with. I don’t usually use this […]

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An Opening Shot For 2017


An Opening Shot For 2017 from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. I’m calling 2017 the year of Making Good Decisions.  Before we open the year though, we need to dispel a little myth or misunderstanding or what-have-you that seems to excuse us from making good decisions: We give too much credit to genetics. Now, now.  […]

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Art & Science


How the Soup is Made from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. American Historian Will Durant said, “Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art”. When we talk about soil sampling, crop needs, and fertilizer prescriptions there is no more truth than what lays in that quote. As humans, we first started to understand the […]

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