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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‘Tis the Season


Tis the Season from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. ‘Tis the season for farm shows, friends. Fa la la la la. ‘Tis the season for my annual article about farm shows, in which I always seem to grapple with the good and the bad, their usefulness and their fluff. Because it’s all there at a […]

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Surroundings from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. “Surround yourself with smart, dedicated people – to build something that isn’t a one-man Show. It’s more important to have smart people who really believe in what you’re doing than really experienced people who may not share in your dream.” – Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennstrom A few weeks […]

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More than Trash


More than Trash – Zwingman from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. I have been spending more than enough of my “free time” – whatever that is – raking leaves in my yard. A few weeks ago I was hauling a load of leaves to the landfill, and I saw windrows upon windrows in progress from […]

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Tightening Up


Tightening Up from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. A couple of weeks ago I was on a combine ride with a grower, and we got to talking about the future as it sits, I’m not going to lie when I say, that I have sat through brighter cab conversations. Somewhere in the middle, he said […]

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The Black Hat


The Black Hat from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Every good action movie needs a compelling villain, and it’s usually someone that we can relate to but also despise with the very fiber of our being. There would be no Batman without the Joker, no John McClane without Hans Gruber, and there would be no […]

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Managing a Microenvironment

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Managing a Microenvironment from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. There are movies that when they come on you can’t help but finish watching them no matter where you start watching. One of those movies for me is “Office Space.”  There is a scene in that movie where someone brings a birthday cake to the office, […]

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Defying the Laws of Attraction


Defying the Laws of Attraction from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. “Knowledge is like paint. It does no good until it is applied.” – Unknown. We spend a lot of time talking about Grid and Zone sampling and do an excellent job of managing the variability in your fields through agronomically sound prescriptions based on […]

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