July 2017 Newsletter

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Valmar Seeder and AerWay

Jason Smith, Precision Ag Specialist

The Aerway vertical tillage tool paired with a rolling basket harrow has been our choice for fall and spring tillage. Over the past 30 years we have been one of the largest Aerway dealers in the country. We have used and seen this tool used in many ways to achieve many different goals. It’s only fitting that with cover crops becoming ever more popular every year that we have adapted the Aerway to that.

A few years back we started seeing farmers spread cover crops with their dry fertilizer application and then incorporate it with some kind of tillage. Naturally the Aerway was one of those tools. With farmers almost always being the first to design things for the farm, we had a customer of ours fit an old Valmar seeder to an Aerway. We were quick to follow with doing the same on an old 20’ rigid and a ground driven Valmar seeder.

The current machine that we run is a 20’ fold fitted with a Salford double rolling basket harrow and a Valmar seeder with hydraulic drive and ISO control system. This seeder is ran through the Ag Leader InCommand 1200 controlling rate and swath control. With the InCommand 1200 being a universal terminal, we were able to run the TeeJet ISO module that was installed on the seeder. This made controlling the seeder easy and user friendly. If you have a different ISO controller already, it will work as well.

We have been experimenting with cereal rye for the past few years with Schmitz Farms, Soil Service research farm and Viertel Farms in Missouri. We also rented this unit out last year in eastern Iowa. This has given us a wide range of soil types and terrain to test out the Aerway/Valmar setup. Our stands have been outstanding the past few years. We have also experimented with pre-plant termination and rolling the rye with the Aerway just ahead of the planter. If you have any questions concerning any of the products that we use, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We look forward in working with you to improve the profitability of your farming operation.


Profitability in Aerial Application

Ryan Johnson, Illinois & Iowa Sales

The time of fungicide application is fast approaching if not already upon us in some areas of our company. With corn and soybean prices where they are, it becomes time to decide where to get the best bang for your buck in your operation. This will be our 12th year providing fungicide application to our customers. Over the past 12 years we have collected a lot of yield data. On average, our customers have seen a 12-18 bushel an acre increase. This year our recommended fungicide programs are between $26-32. This means at today’s price you would need to see roughly an 8 bushel increase to break even -after that it’s all profit.

In 2015 and 2016, many growers told us their yield response was 20 plus bushels per acre more. We believe there are 3 main reasons that our customers see this response.

  1. SOIL Service, Inc. offers our Landoil and SOIL Boost Plus surfactant package that research has proven makes your applications more effective, consistent and profitable.
  2. Our three-gallon application rate. This results in better coverage which in turn gives you better foliar diseases. 3 GPA is our standard rate, this is 50% more than our competition. We also offer 4 GPA in certain cases.
  3. Foliar Feeding with our Foliar Opp, Max72SRN, and 2075SRN are also available to add with your fungicide program. We are seeing a nationwide trend of this regardless of soil tests. It seems to be very profitable whether you need micronutrients, available nitrogen or P&K products our sales team can help you get the maximum use out of your investment.


We also offer insecticides to include with your specific fungicide program. As we are seeing the increase in the Japanese beetle population, we can recommend the best product to use. We can also recommend products to use for corn rootworm, soybean aphids, corn aphids, and any other pests to minimize their effect on your crop.

Please give our sales team a call to set up your spray acres to make your operation more profitable. It’s not too late!


Spring Observations

George Salrin, Sales Manager

Every spring is different would be an understatement, and this year was no exception. What looked like an early spring turned into an extended, cold and wet period during prime planting time.

Pre-Easter appears to be the time of choice for 2017. Planting conditions were good and corn got a jump start before conditions made a turn for the worse. After Easter corn and soybeans struggles in the cold and wet soils that they were planted in. This led to short stands and uneven emergence with some being replanted more than once. Under these conditions corn will be adversely effected because of slow root development and lack of nutrients, especially nitrogen and phosphorus depending on how they are applied.

In either planting scenario, the management practice of using an in furrow planted applied NPK product was very evident. Our CropChoice is the premier highest quality option available. There was quicker, more even emergence with better color. At this stage of growth, it doesn’t take much of any one nutrient or micronutrient to make quite a difference and it will help these plants reach their full potential faster. Being 100% available, unlike some competitive products, CropChoice is the best choice.

This picture shows Pioneer 1257 rows on the left without starter and on the right with starter fertilizer

Probably the most evident event was an unplanned plot. A certain corn variety without starter emerged from the ground with severe purpling around the leaf edges and stem. As the corn tried to grow, the leaf edges turned brown. Without a doubt, this hybrid responded to our CropChoice program very well, the untreated corn eventually greened up, but It is still shorter and behind the fertilized corn.

Using CropChoice on soybeans is also profitable. The fertilized soybeans have better emergence, more leaf area, and are closing the rows faster. The in-furrow fertilizer application gave the beans the push they needed to get started and keep going. The high purity and very low salt index allows us to put CropChoice in furrow.

It seems as though we have springs with wide swings in temperature and moisture. This will create adverse growing condition and plants will struggle. It is critical that these seedlings have available to them a true solution plant food found in CropChoice located very close to the seed. We have the products and application knowledge to get that job done. 


Soil Health Study

John Viertel, Missouri Sales Manager 

We are now half way through the year, and we have seen a lot of different things to this point. Warm dry weather in February, corn planting getting under way in late March-early April, only to have some (ok, maybe quite a bit in some areas), heavy rain and flooding in late April, and now, hot and humid in June. It is going to be interesting to see what the next six months have in store for us.         

In 2012, we started a Soil Health Study on a thirty-acre field on our farm in Central Missouri. We wanted to see if using the entire SOIL SERVICE, INC. Program, along with cover crops could improve the soil health of this field faster than with just cover crops. I am very glad to say, “Things are really coming along nicely”!

When we say, “THE SOIL SERVICE, INC. PROGRAM”, we are talking about the following:

  • AERWAY/REMLINGER HARROW for incorporating cover crops.
  • Applying the Nutrient Recycling Program, to help break down residue and stimulate soil biological activity.
  • Using a CROP CHOICE STARTER PROGRAM when in corn.


These pictures were taken on June 12, 2017 on the west side of the Soil Health Study Field. Good looking field of corn. The next picture was taken on the same day at the same time from the neighbor’s field just across the highway. The air temperature was about 92 degrees, at about 2 p.m., with a nice hot wind from the south.

This field was planted a week later than the Soil Health Study field. Notice the whitish cast, and the rolled leaves. This corn is being stressed.


When we started the program in our thirty-acre field, the organic matter was 1.9%. The soil test from March of this year came back with 2.9% organic matter. We are seeing tilthy soil, more earth worm activity, better water infiltration, and the most important observation on June 12, NO STESSED CORN!

Here is what the Nutrient Recycling Program can do for you:

Our Nutrient Recycling Program (NRP) stimulates natural biological life in the soil to break down the stalks and stubble left in the fall. The biological activity keeps the soil bacteria and fungi in a healthy balance, which is good for your crop’s potential yield. The NRP features four components: SOIL Cal®, Sugar E-Boost, Nutrapathic Soil Restore, and Liquid Bacteria Concentrate.


NRP will:

    • Speed crop residue breakdown and recycle crop residue nutrients.
    • Stabilize nitrogen when applied with or prior to nitrogen application.
    • Produce looser soil with better tilth the first year.
    • Increase antioxidant activity and help crops fight off soil fungi and disease.
    • Enhance nutrient uptake and efficiency, allowing more efficient use of broadcast NPK applications.
    • Provide readily available calcium and release calcium from soil limestone.
    • Provide energy and carbohydrates for beneficial soil microbes—fungi and bacteria.
    • Increase water infiltration and water retention in your soil profile.
    • Show even better results over time; optimum results occur after third application.
  • Increase root mass, enhance water absorption, and encourage deep roots, building drought tolerance. More roots equal more nutrient absorption, increasing yield and quality. 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.


  • The Soil Health Study Field received a starter program this year of:
  • Crop Choice Starter Fertilizer
  • NOTE: The NRP applied to the Soil Health Study field has been spring applied for the past 3 years, being included in a herbicide application.
  • 4 gallon per acre 9-18-9-1
  • 1 gallon per acre 0-0-30
  • 1 pint per acre of 9% Zinc, 6% Manganese, and 3% Calcium

There are some test areas in the field where we included Sugar E Boost with the starter, included some extra Soil Restorer and Liquid Bacteria Concentrate, and since this field is a little low in K (and we saw some potassium deficiency show up the last time it was in corn) we added an extra gallon of 0-0-30.

This field was planted on April 18, and not long after it was planted we had a lot of rain with cooler temperatures. The corn came up very well, but like a lot of corn throughout the county, we kept a close eye on it.

This photo was taken on May 19, one month after planting. You can see that we are getting a bigger root system, and a healthier corn plant where the Soil Service, Inc program was used.

So why are these things important. Go back and compare the pictures from June 25, 2017. There is no stress to our program corn early in the season. If there is no stress to the plant now, there is the potential to have good yields at harvest (depending on the weather for the rest of the summer).

Just to summarize the benefits to you for using the SOIL SERVICE, INC. Program:

  • Better Soil Health
  • Faster residue breakdown
  • Corn off to a faster start
  • Better Stress tolerance for your crop(s)
  • More efficient fertilizer usage
  • Better yields!
  • More $’s in your pocket


Brent Schmitz, Soil Service, Inc. President

Thank you to all our customers who have done business with us so far in 2017.  We have continued to have excellent success with our CropChoice, Landoil, and Soil Boost Plus. While there is very little disease pressure right now, there is a LOT of insect pressure. Customers have had to spray for Army worms and thistle caterpillar in soybeans, neither of which I have ever experienced before. Japanese beetles are thick in places, and are being treated for. If this year shapes up like last year and we begin to have some moisture, I expect that the foliar soybean diseases will come in like they did last year.  Keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to apply a preventative fungicide over the next month.  It is also likely that the insect damage will make all our crops more susceptible to disease.

Our Sugar E-Boost product is also a reason for excitement.  1 pint to the acre provides a little less than 1 lb of actual sugar and so for that has been our best rate.  Last fall we saw very very good results when adding it to our foliar applications.  For less than $1.00/per acre it would be a good addition to fungicide applications any time foliar feeding is added. 

The last thing that I am going to discuss is shipping.  We have teamed up with some very good shipping companies to ship product to some of our more distant customers in smaller quantities.  In the past needing 40 gallons of late season Landoil in Kansas or 1 more minibulk of Foliar Opp in Ohio may have been cost prohibitive.  Today, it is much more available and affordable because of our ability to ship product.  Please check with us if you are in that situation from now on.  Maybe we can help. 

The second shipping item that will begin to affect us is mandatory e-logs.  We worked very hard to run our trucks legally in the past.  There were times however that when a customer was in need we might run the last “little bit” to get the load there.  That will no longer be possible.  We will have to stop when we reach our limits.  Because of this we are going to have a very attractive program to promote early delivery.  Also, be aware that in the past we have been fairly flexible with some of our dates in our early delivery programs.  With E-logs we are going to have no choice but to tighten up on that.  If delivery is due by December you will have to let us bring in December or lose the advantage of that pricing.   It will also be important to get a little extra when you order so we don’t have to bring you additional product later.  We plan to do our part to make this attractive to you as well. 

It will be a learning experience with the e-logs.  Please help us by taking advantage of early delivery programs and being ready for delivery on time.  Look for our fertilizer programs in late August/early September for your best pricing of the year. 


Thanks again for all your support in 2017.  We appreciate you and hope to see you at the Customer appreciation/Open house in August.