Category Archives: Fertilizer

Fertilizer Information – Tony Gann

Starter fertilizer is a crucial part of the soil fertility program, especially if you aim to take advantage of the benefits of planting earlier in the growing season. An in-furrow boost when soils are cold and wet ensures seeds have direct access to the nutrients they need during the most critical growth stage—before the sixth leaf, when maximum corn ear size is determined.

Our starter fertilizer here at Soil Service, Inc. is 100% orthophosphate, which means it is available to your crop as soon as it is applied. We have a wide variety of orthophosphate blends here at Soil Service but our most common is 3-18-18-1. We also stock 9-18-9-1 and 6-24-6-1 at our warehouse in Niota, Il.  Some other low salt blends that are stocked at our warehouse are 0-0-30 and 0-0-29 (potassium acetate) if you needed to add them to your blend for extra potassium.  Other popular orthophosphate blends that are available are 3-18-18, 6-24-6, & 9-18-9.


Thank You,


Tony Gann

Iowa Sales Manager

Cell # 217-357-5141

Crop Choice Starter Fertilizer – John Viertel

Winter has arrived for the second time in 2018. Talked to some guys today that are having a little trouble with freezing cattle waterers. Wind chill of below zero will do that. Hope everyone is staying safe and warm.

Many have been asking about applying extra fertilizer as they plant into heavy residue, or when they are planting green into their cover crop. As we know, the cover crop has been seeded to help do several things, one being sequester leftover nutrients in the soil from the previous crop’s application. As that residue breaks down during the growing season, it releases the nutrients back in to the soil for the current crop to utilize. The problem is that doesn’t help the young seedlings of this crop.

The answer, use a good Crop Choice starter fertilizer program (both corn and soybeans). By putting the starter in the row with the seed, you know that those plants are going to use it. We have several analyses of starter including 3-18-18-1, 9-18-9-1, 6-24-6-1, 8-24-3-1 and can add 0-0-30 or 0-0-29 if you need more potassium. Our MAX 72 SRN (28% slow release nitrogen product) can also be placed in the furrow, mixed in with the starter, to give the corn seedlings an extra three (3) units of nitrogen right as they are emerging. Really makes a difference in early season growth.

 There is a lot discussion about applying thirty (30) units of nitrogen as you are planting corn into the heavy residue from a cover crop. That amount of N can’t be placed in the furrow with the seed, and that will take some extra equipment on the planter. We handle Yetter Products and there are a wide variety of fertilizer placement options available from them. No matter how you want to place the extra nitrogen, there is a Yetter option for your planter.

In summary, we at SOIL SERVICE, INC., have many different options available to you to make the best crop possible, no matter what your farming practice. Please stop by the booth at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville next month. Bring your questions about starter fertilizer programs and how to set your planter up to do what you want to do.

John Viertel, CCA

Missouri Sales

December Info – John Viertel

Yes, December is here! Time to be making decisions about not only what you are going to do as planting season approaches (April will be here soon enough), but also, what you can do to keep your input costs as low as possible. We still have some discounts on products that can help you do that.

LANDOIL: The price of LANDOIL will not be lower than it is right now! If paid for by December 15th, you can save a minimum of fifteen ($.15) cents per gallon over paying in January. Even greater savings, if you have always waited to pay in-season.

Starter Fertilizer: We have a very aggressive program again this year to help save dollars on your starter program. The November discount has come and gone. If you took advantage of it, thank you! The next deadline is rapidly approaching (December 22). By taking delivery of your starter needs for 2018 by that date, you will receive twenty ($.20) cents per gallon discount. You can pay for it on either side of the new year (for tax purposes) and receive another twenty ($.20) cents for Early Payment if you pay on or before January 15, 2018.

If you need a tank to store your starter, contact us! We can supply you with a tank with a very, very favorable lease program. Call or email for details.

You can reach us anytime at – info@soilserviceinc.com or you can reach me at – jviertel@soilserviceinc.com if you have questions about any of our products.

Now Is The Time For Foliar Feeding

I returned to John Hansman’s last week to deliver some more Foliar Opp for soybeans. The field below had Foliar Opp applied prior (at about the V-4 stage).  Looking back at a previous blog, this was a field where there was concern over the population, after all the extreme rain we received in April. Yes, there were some areas in the field that were patched in, and this is what the field looks like today.

Local cash price for new crop soybeans is $9.30 this morning. At this price, it only takes a two bushel per acre increase to pay for the Foliar Opp. History has shown that we can get anywhere from a 5 to 10 bushel per acre yield bump when Foliar Opp is applied.

If you are interested in foliar feeding your soybeans, NOW is the time to contact us to get yours ordered and delivered. V-4 up to V-6 is the first window for application, with the second window coming at the R-1 stage. Foliar Opp can be applied with your herbicide and or your fungicide program.

Soil Health Study Field 2nd Corn Follow-Up

I got back into the Soil Health Study field on Friday after one inch of rain Thursday night, and here is what I found. It is not hard to pick out which plants got the Crop Choice Starter program. In this side by side, the program was four (4) gallons of 9-18-9-1, one (1) gallon of 0-0-30, one pint each of Zinc, Manganese, & Calcium, along with one (1) pint of Sugar E-Boost vs no starter. Notice the more vigorous plant and root system on the left.

I will have more follow-ups in the coming weeks, so check back often.

John Viertel, CCA