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Updated Missouri Information – John Viertel


Here in central Missouri, we are dry, which has been a good thing for getting harvest completed and most (if not all) field work done. I really wanted to get a picture of the Soil Health Study sign with snow on it for this blog, but that was not happening here in the middle of December.

If you have been following this blog, you know that we have been using the Nutrient Recycling Program, along with crop rotation, Aerway as the only vertical tillage, no-till, and utilizing cover crops. We are lucky to be able to pasture the cover crops, which is a great benefit, also. The pictures which I took last week show the growth of cereal rye and tillage radishes that were planted on October 30th, after the corn was harvested. The heifers have just been out there for a couple of days.

I attended the Crop Management Conference held by the University of Missouri, and one of the presenters was Doug Peterson from the NRCS. Here is his 21st Century Practical Approach to Soil Health:

  • Disturb less
  • Diversity is critical
  • Feed the soil livestock all year long – living roots
  • Keep the soil covered
  • Integrate livestock

I would like to take his approach one step further – USE THE NUTRIENT RECYCLING PROGRAM which we offer at Soil Service which also feeds the soil livestock, introduces more soil livestock, and helps them perform better.

We are seeing some great changes to the soil in this field! The package of ingredients in the Nutrient Recycling Program really contributes to helping break down not only the residue on the surface, but also helping decompose the root systems of the plants. That’s where your organic matter comes from. Soil tests taken since 2012, show an increase of 1% O.M. in this field (as of March 2017). I will take more soil tests this coming March to see where the O.M. is after the 200 + bushel corn crop on this field.

John Viertel, CCA

You can reach me to discuss this further at jviertel@soilserviceinc.com or info@soilserviceinc.com

Harvest in Missouri: Part 2 – John Viertel

 Harvest in Missouri: Part 2
John Viertel, Missouri Sales Manager

John Hansman’s No-Till Soybean Field Harvest Results

   It has not been very good for harvest for the past two week. There have been only a couple of days that soybeans could be harvested here in Missouri. However, John Hansman was able to get his crop out, and as of last Saturday, he was ready to drill his cover crop.
If you have been following these writings (or you can look at the past ones at soilserviceinc.com/news), you will remember that John had planted into a killed cereal rye cover crop and then received a lot of rain, which reduced his stand. He did have to patch in a few places, but overall, he left the field untouched.

   The field was planted in fifteen (15) inch rows and Crop Choice 3-18-18-1 along with zinc, manganese, and calcium trace elements, and Liquid Bacteria Concentrate & Soil Restorer was used as the starter program. Later in the season, Crop Choice Foliar Opp and Sugar E-Boost was used to foliar feed the crop.

   Even with the very dry conditions in August and September, this field averaged over 60 bushel per acre, with the creek bottom portion of the field going 70 bushel per acre +. Good Beans!

Thank you, John, for letting me follow your field and sharing what was going on to everyone!

Harvest in Missouri – John Viertel

October 1, 2017 Blog

Harvest in Missouri

John Viertel, Missouri Sales Manager


Harvest in Missouri really got into full swing the last two weeks of September, the weather could not have been better for us all to get a lot of crops out of the field. We started at the Soil Health Field this year, and what a way to start out!

Over all, the whole field (30 acres) averaged 215 bushels per acre (at 16+% moisture) across the scales. The last time (2015) this field was in corn; the field average was 175 bushels per acre. What I was interested in finding out, was how the Crop Choice starter program did. Here is the result from one of the side x side’s in the field:

No Starter: 220.5 bushels per acre @ 17.2%

Starter Program: 232.1 bushels per acre @ 16.6%

The Crop Choice Starter Program:            4 gallons per acre of 9-18-9-1

                                                                           1 gallon per acre of 0-0-30

                                                                           1 pint per acre each of Zinc, Manganese, and Calcium

That was just one of the strip test in the field. We had a test in another part of the field comparing the starter program with and without Crop Choice Sugar E-Boost (1 pint per acre) in the starter. There was a 3.1 bushels per acre increase by adding that pint of Sugar E-Boost to the program.

Check out the yield results at soilserviceinc.com as harvest progress’. I hope everyone is having a safe and prosperous harvest!