Battle Plan


Battle Plans from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”  Dwight D. Eisenhower We are getting to the time of year where irrigation has come or is coming to a close; we are starting to go through harvest equipment and getting […]

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A New Era of ACS


8-28-17 A New Way Forward Revisited from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Tom Petty sang about “how the waiting is the hardest part, ” and he was not wrong.  Over the course of the past 16 months or so we have been working on something big, real big. It has taken lots of discussion of […]

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That About Covers It


That About Covers It from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. A couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to travel to Madison Wisconsin to be a part of a panel at the Soil and Water Conservation Society meetings on behalf of the Soil Health Partnership. Greg Whitmore from Shelby and Myself got to address […]

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The OODA Loop


New Terminology from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. For years (literally, years) I’ve been trying to articulate to you an approach to N that involves both serious planning and great flexibility.  It makes total sense in my brain, but I don’t know that I’ve been able to convey that clarity to you all.  It turns […]

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More Decisions


Just Keep Looking from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. This is one of those same-time-every-year kind of articles—one of those that I seem to write year in and year out, I guess because the topic is so important or something… It’s early August.  You’ve been at this crop for a while now.  And it’s been […]

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Let This Sink In

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Let this soak in from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. It’s no secret that I have some pet topics; Nitrogen, the planter, and compaction. This spring Keith and I both said that the issues of compaction plague us all year long. So we’ve talked about it when it came to tillage, during planting, when evaluating […]

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It’s a Little Rough

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It’s a Little Rough from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Growers are a diverse bunch of people, but as I talk with you all as the season progresses, there is one refrain that I hear from every corner: “If I could do just one thing over, I’d…” I’ve mentioned before that the typical grower desires […]

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The Hotrod Soybean


The Hotrod Soybean from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. It’s that time again: my quarterly soybean article, summer version. I always him and haw a bit when it comes to writing about soybeans.  They’re just not the hot rod stuff that corn is.  Generally, they’re kind of fickle and weird.  And boring.  Like a Subaru. […]

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Space and Shape


Space & Shape from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. I’ve mentioned here before—and not too long ago—some weirdness that we might expect in root architecture this season.  Every growing season comes with its challenges, but this spring was particularly remarkable. There is definitely weirdness in the roots this year.  It varies by tillage system, planting […]

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