How can Supersport turn your horse into a “Super horse”?
Jul 30, 2018

As a horse owner, I constantly strive to keep my horses looking and feeling their best. Purina launched an amino acid supplement called Supersport a few years ago, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results I have seen in my horses. This supplement is scientifically formulated to support recovery, performance and muscle mass. Supersport is recommended for equine athletes of all ages and disciplines. When you think of Supersport think RPM.
 

ABL - Always Be Learning
Jul 26, 2018

You have a lot of external things vying for your time. Family, civic duties, and many other things ask for a piece of you each and every day. Balancing those with your farm operation is always a juggling act, and there is no easy time of year. But this time of year can be especially challenging with county fairs, sports, irrigation, and more. Then your email and mailbox start filling up with plot invitations, and it can begin to be stifling. How do we prioritize these events, and categorize them, so we get the most out of them? Without giving up too much on the home front.

What does it mean to Accu Creep and what advantage does it give growing calves?
Jul 23, 2018

As our calves are starting to hit the creep feeders harder in August many producers hear the word Accu Creep from their sales specialist but what exactly does that mean? Once calves start to consume around 7-8lbs of creep feed per head daily or you have fed 200 lbs of creep through each calf its time to transition to Accuration. To make this transition I would like to see producers have self-feeders 1/3 full of creep pellets and we would put an 80/20 Accuration mix on top of the remaining creep.

It’s not over yet
Jul 19, 2018

It seems to me that the 2018 growing season may go down as a year of extremes. After one of the coolest Aprils in History, Eastern Nebraska followed it up with a May that was 3-8 degrees warmer than normal. That significant temperature variation led to some massive growing degree day accumulation. Then we follow that up with a June that is 2-6 degrees above normal and we have had a fantastic growing season since crops have gone in the ground. On the other side of the coin is precipitation accumulation. North of the Platte River we are mostly 2-4 inches of precipitation above normal for April 1st to July 4th. South of the Platte, we are slightly behind average, but it really doesn’t feel like it. Precipitation this season has been abnormal in yet another way as well. The intensity of many of our rainfall events has been such that we have absorbed most of the precipitation into the soil and not sent it down the creek. All of this climatology is interesting to me in that it has shaped the foundation for the rest of this growing season and some of the successes and challenges that we will face.

Are Fungicide & Insecticide necessary?
Jul 17, 2018

We have endured another tough spring and early summer throughout Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.  However, our crops look pretty good across the Central Valley Ag (CVA) geography.  There are some threats that are showing up that could still hurt our yields so we need to consider ways to maximize yields this year.  I’m Mick Goedeken, Innovation Agronomist for CVA, and today I want to discuss some of these threats that we are seeing in the fields and how to minimize yield losses from these threats.

Heat Stress in Cattle
Jul 17, 2018

With temperatures recently reaching high degrees, producers have started the fight of keeping their cattle their cool and maintaining intakes. Conquering the heat is challenging, but when coupled with high humidity, cattle become even more stressed. For example, when the temperature is 86°, and the humidity is 50%, cattle are only mildly stressed, but when the temperature is 95° with 90% humidity, cattle quickly become severely stressed. Periods of heat stress result in reduced body weight, feed intake, and feed conversion. Depending on the length and frequency of heat stress periods, cattle’s dry-matter intake can be reduced by up to 125 pounds during their time in the feed yard, which equals 40 pounds of gain lost per head. In high-risk areas, an average of 4-5 deaths occur for every 1000 head. It is estimated that heat stress-related mortalities and performance reductions add up to $370 million each year.
 

Pulling the Fungicide Trigger
Jul 11, 2018

Every year as we find ourselves at pollination time, there is always a discussion going on about fungicide. I have found that when it comes to fungicide, there are three groups out there that we all fall into. The disciples of fungicide, or the grower that does it every year, no matter what. The apprehensive user, or the grower that toils with the decision every year as they look at budgets and commodity prices. And of course, the skeptical, who have not tried, or not had the success they expected in the past with fungicide, so they are not believers in the process. Given the conditions that we have had this year to date, especially in the last month or so, I think a convincing case can be made to look into fungicide applications this year.

Water Quality Affects Cattle Production
Jul 09, 2018

Water is the most important nutrient for cattle. Often, producers overlook this fact. On average, lactating cows and grower/finisher cattle will consume around 20 gallons of water in the summer months or two gallons per 100 pounds of body weight. If the water content is not ideal, cattle will not consume the amount of water that they need. Water is needed for processes such as growth, digestion, reproduction, metabolism, lubricating joints, and regulating body temperature. A poor water source can lead to a decrease in rate of gains, milk production, and overall health.
 

Signs
Jul 05, 2018

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign … Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?” - Five Man Electrical Band

There is no doubt that in the last 20 years we have come a long way in reading what our fields tell us. Whether it has been the wide adoption of soil sampling, yield monitors, or even the advent of infield sensors like moisture probes, we have come a long way in learning how to read the signs that our fields give us. These signs, or to be truthful, our willingness to read the signs have unlocked a lot of yield for us in these last 20 years as we have seen the US average corn yield go from 140 to 170+. There is another area of our fields that we have the ability to read that most growers have been ignoring, and needs to be taken more seriously, that is plant tissue testing.
 

WE ARE CVA | Eilert Farms
Jul 05, 2018

The day begins well before the sun rises for Allen Eilert, a grain producer near Beloit, Kansas. With two planting seasons, two harvest times, and protecting those growing crops in between, Eilert Farms is constantly on the go.
Allen is a conventional producer who farms 2,200 acres of hard red winter wheat, 500 acres of soybeans and 600 acres of grain sorghum. Of those 3,300 acres he manages across north central Kansas, Allen personally owns 900 acres.

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