K is for Complication

Periodic table detail for the elements Potassium and Calcium. Image uses an altered public domain periodic table as the source document. Part of a series covering all the elements

K is for Complicated from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. This will come as no surprise to all the regular followers out there; I have a fascination with Nitrogen. The journey with Nitrogen has lead me to curiosity with Potassium due to the relationship and interaction between these two nutrients. What I learned is, available […]

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The Crusting Conundrum!


The Crusting Conundrum from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. As this growing season continues to progress, we continue to see the effects of a challenging spring on a daily basis. Some things are obvious like weed control, plant height, stand consistency and so on. Others are harder to identify. Things like rooting problems, the movement […]

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Turmoil from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. In the past, I have laid out the mathematical formula for yield as being the number of ears multiplied by the number of kernels divided by the number of kernels in a bushel, and that hasn’t changed. I’ve spent a lot of time talking about how the only […]

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The VRN Sidedress Decision?


The VRN Sidedress Decision from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Last week, I talked about how Y-Drops from 360 Yield Center fill a niche that we may have this year. And as I reflected on the conversation we started, it occurred to me that while we set up the “how” of Nitrogen placement, I never […]

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Preparing for the Unknown

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Preparing for the Unknown from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. The best football coaches always have a game plan. Some of them even script their first few plays so that the team knows exactly how to prepare and come out of the gate for the best start. I think in farming that we do the […]

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The Root of the Problem


The Root of it All from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Today’s topic is root development.  Or rather, the lack thereof. We’ve had a ridiculously odd spring that’s put soil temperatures on a real roller coaster ride.  There’s bound to be some weirdness in our plants as a result and that weirdness starts in the […]

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Monitoring Root Development

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Monitoring Root Development from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. As we finally get this crop growing and have more temps in the 70’s than 50’s now we can evaluate what we’ve been through so far and its potential impacts. We have been watching crops that grew and stopped several times. Soil temps in the 50’s […]

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April Showers and Lessons Learned


April Showers and Lessons Learned from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. At the end of April, we had a big precipitation event. Many of us saw 2.5” to 3” of rain/snow fall in the course of a couple of days. What we didn’t see was flooding or even creeks that were running anywhere near capacity. […]

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Rain, Rain…


5-22-17 Rain Rain from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Go away.  For now.  You’re causing anxiety. We’ve gotten a lot of rain lately.  A lot.  And on cue, the questions have started:  What about nitrogen loss? Well, what about it?  It’s a good question.  One of the right questions.  But the answer, of course, isn’t […]

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Avoiding the Same Mistake


Avoiding the Same Mistake from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Sometimes, I feel a bit like a broken record. It seems like I tout the same point to you again and again. But when I do, there’s a reason for it. And, inevitably, the reason is, that it’s imperative from an agronomic standpoint. As we […]

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