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Missouri Update – John Viertel


As we go into March, I am sure most of you will agree that it is wet across the Mid-West. We talked to producers from several states at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, two weeks ago, and they agreed. I have also been talking to cattle producers here is Missouri. They tell me that with these conditions, their pastures are getting torn up and they will have to do some reseeding and other repairs when they dry out.

 So, if you are wondering how you are going to improve your pastures which have been tromped on all winter in these wet conditions, consider renovating with the ROGUE VT. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Top dressing and then running the ROGUE VT. The ROGUE will penetrate up to eight (8) inches, letting oxygen, manure, and the fertilizer go down into the root zone.
  2. Mix grass seed with the fertilizer, over seeding to get a improved stand in the pasture.
  3. Just run the ROGUE VT alone, to aerate, slice the grass roots (letting them spread out and thicken up), and the rolling baskets will break up and spread the cow manure.             

We have several ROGUE VT’S for sale or rental. One is equipped with an air seeder, so over seeding could be accomplished with the aeration pass.

This is the second year of wet conditions, so serious consideration should be taken to take care of your pastures. Contact us to get your machine lined up for your pasture improvement, or to get any questions you may have on this operation.

My contact info:               jviertel@soilserviceinc.com or 573-680-6951 voice or text

Soil Service, Inc office:   info@soilserviceinc.com or 888-313-2360


John Viertel

2020 Herbicide Programs

Just one Liberty/Select application with the Soil Service program
 Just one Liberty/Select application with the Soil Service program

Just one Liberty/Select application with the Soil Service program

2019 is finally coming to an end! There were many challenges this year for a lot of us, but I am not going to dwell on those. Instead, let’s think about 2020!

 One of the comments which I have heard from many of you last summer and this fall has been, “Can I use Landoil® like a crop oil?” My answer: “Yes, you can. However, you will not get all of the advantages from it with the reduced rate.” I totally understand that saving dollars is on all our minds, and cutting the amount of Landoil in your spray program sounds pretty good, but you will not get:

  1. Uniform spray droplets
  2. Better spray coverage from the better spray pattern
  3. The best herbicide penetration that I have seen over the years
  4. Rain fast in twenty minutes or less—really improves some of the herbicide label times
  5. Kill weeds the first time and not having to re-spray—saves time and money

Using Landoil as we recommend gets you these benefits.  One custom applicator had to go back to a Liberty customer three (3) times last season. He had also sprayed fields for us with our program about the same time (only one application). He booked 275 gallons of Landoil in October and plans on getting more in season. The reason, he has seen how well our program is working and doesn’t like going back to re-spray.

As you are putting your plans together for 2020 and have question about our products for your herbicide program(s), get in contact with us. We can help kill your problem weeds the first time.

My contact info: jviertel@soilserviceinc.com or 573-680-6951 voice or text

Soil Service, Inc office: info@soilserviceinc.com or 888-313-2360

Follow-Up on Rogue VT Job in Missouri – John Viertel


As the snow melted on November 14, I was able to get these pictures from the field where the Rogue VT® worked 20 acres in the same field that was being worked with an Aerway/Remlinger harrow. Wheat was drilled behind both machines. The photo on the right was run with the Aerway, photo on left, the Rogue VT. Both machines were set at 10-degree tine angle, the most aggressive. The coulters on the Rogue VT, were set at the deepest setting, and were going in 3 to 4 inches in depth.

As I was talking to one of the operators, he was adamant that the ride behind the Rogue VT was so smooth, that he was able to increase his ground speed and the drill was still doing a great job! Another comment he made was that there would be less wear and tear on any planter or drill which followed the Rogue VT. We have said from the introduction of the Rogue VT that there would be a noticeable difference in the ride after running the Rogue VT versus the other machine.

Interested in what kind of a job the Rogue VT does in corn stalks? Look at the YouTube video that we posted on September 18. This implement can really do it all!

Harvest is still going on in Missouri, and the ground conditions are wet from Monday’s 1 to 3 inches of snow, if however, it does dry enough to do some more fall tillage, let us know. We can let you demo or rent a Rogue VT on your farm to see what true vertical tillage can do for your operation!

John Viertel


Rolled Cereal Rye Update from Missouri – John Viertel

 October 21, 2019

Harvest in the “Rolled” Cereal Rye Field

Notice the amount of residue still covering the ground

Clean field with just one herbicide and Foliar Opp® application


 Rolled Cereal Rye Update from Missouri

Last week we started the soybean harvest in the field that was planted into the rolled cereal rye this past June. If you go back and look at my blogs following this field, you can get a sense of what we did.

To sum up the year for this field, here are my observations:

  • Rolling he cereal rye with the Rogue VT®, killed the cover crop without a “burn-down” herbicide application               
  • With the tines run at 2.5 degrees, there was some loose soil under the “mulch” for better slot closure
  • Early weed suppression was excellent
  • Only one post herbicide application necessary
  • The “soil armor” helped keep the soil cooler during the hot weather, and protected the soil during high rainfall events we had this growing season. No erosion!

Contact us if you would like more information on “rolling down” cover crops, or other applications for the Rogue VT.

My contact info: jviertel@soilserviceinc.com or 573-680-6951 (voice or text)

Soil Service, Inc. office: info@soilserviceinc.com or 888-313-2360

John Viertel

Harvest Update from Missouri – John Viertel

 October 14, 2019

Harvest Update from Missouri

Corn harvest has been going on for several weeks now, and we have heard of some pretty average yields, along with some pretty good yields. Soybean harvest is getting started, but the rain that we had last week has slowed that down. I did see some combines rolling in beans yesterday north of Mexico. With nice weather predicted for this week, there will be a lot of harvest going on.

If you look back to blogs from April 29 and June 1, you will see that I was following the field that we no tilled corn into burned down cereal rye. We used 9-18-9-1 as the base starter, then added zinc, then Sugar E-Boost®, and then Max27-SRN®. There was 140 units of nitrogen applied pre-plant. Here are the results of the comparison plot that we planted in this field.

No Starter:                                          174.2 bpa

Starter Program:                              195.9 bpa

Starter Program + Max 72:            188.4 bpa

No Starter:                                          159.6 bpa

This is a 25 bushel yield increase where a good starter fertilizer program was utilized!

The average of the moistures was 14.4% with the starter and 15.1% without starter. Almost a full point drier.

The overall field average of the thirty-acre field was 156 bushels per acre across the scales. This field suffered the same problems that are across the area this season – drowned out areas in the terrace channels, thin stands on the flat ground that could not drain as well, and in this field, extensive deer damage on the outside twelve rows.

With conditions this spring, and knowing the history of this field, we were pleased with the overall outcome.

To find out more about our Crop Choice Starter fertilizer programs, you can contact us anytime.

My contact info: jviertel@soilserviceinc.com or 573-680-6951 (voice or text)

Soil Service, Inc office: info@soilserviceinc.com or 888-313-2360

John Viertel