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Foliar Feeding.. Why do it? – John Viertel

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Planting has been going pretty smoothly all over the state of Missouri, with a lot of the corn in the ground (emergence looks pretty good) and soybeans are going in now. So now, the focus is going to be finishing planting corn and getting the rest of the soybean crop planted. Then post emergent herbicides on both crops. That brings us to why the foliar products are listed in this blog?

First, TIMING of foliar feeding! In everything that I have read concerning producers that are acheiveing high yeilds, both in corn and soybeans, they are ustilizing a foliar fertilizer. Most of the time, in the articles, they usualy don’t mention the timing of the application. In corn, FOLIAR OPP for Corn should be applied to V-3 through V-5 corn, for an early foliar feeding. Then it can be applied again when your aerial application of fungicide. Max 72 SRN or 2075 SRN can be applied anytime that a herbicide application is made. Of course, they could be applied with the aerial application of fungicide, also.  

Soybeans benefit from the FOLIAR OPP for legumes when they get foliar fed anytime from V-3 through V-5 before the beans start blooming. This application will help keep the internodes closer together, put on more bloosums, and then help them retain those bloosums. Then it is up to Mother Nature to help put on the pods and fill them out. The second applications of the FOLIAR OPP can be made with an fungicide application at 90% pod set, to help retain those pods and to fill them out.

One of the great things about a Liberty herbicide program, is that FOLIAR OPP along with either MAX 72 or 2075 SRN’s can be added to the program. Not only will they provide those foliar nutrients to the crop, they also help the Liberty work better.

Second, when a foliar fertilizer is applied to a growing crop, it has to be absorbed into the plant and translocated throughout that entire plant (leaves, stems, and roots). That is why we always recommend using either our SOIL BOOST PLUS or SOIL BOOST EXTREME to only buffer your spray water, but to also help with the translocation because they are formulated with translocation agents in them. Then there is our recommendation of LANDOIL. In organic chemistry, “LIKE likes LIKE”. In other words, LANDOIL is a plant based surfactant being applied to a plant, the plant recognizes this and will readily accept the foliar fertilizer into its sysetem, helping the fertilizer be moved throughout the plant more efficiently.

Third, foliar feeding is not a new idea. Research has been done using a radioactive isotope to track the movement of the foliar fertilizer though the plant. Once it absorbed into the leaf, it will be translocated through out the entire plant. Anything which helps that translocation process is going to be  a benefit to the program. Both of our SOIL BOOST products have already been mention, as well as LANDOIL. SUGAR E-BOOST is another of our products that will benefit any spray program. Using SUGAR E-BOOST with a herbicide or foliar feeding program makes good sense (for not a lot of investment). SUGAR E-BOOST is like giving you crop a dose of “liquid sunshine”. And, what does sunshine do? Photosynthesis in the plant! This is producing energy in the plant, making it not ony more efficient with the foliar fertilizer, but being more efficient in taking up water and nutrients from the soil through the root system. If that plant is more efficient in doing this, it is going to be more STRESS TOLERANT  as we get into the more hot and dryer times this season.

 Fourth, tissue testing during season is also a big help, but it needs to start early, and it needs to been done often. Usually, when you see a problem in your field its to late to correct it. Tissue testing throughout the season can help pinpoint issues that can be addressed with your fertility program going forward.

Finally, foliar fertilizers need to be safe for you crop. All of our foliar products are extremely plant safe. Most can be tank mixed with most herbicide programs, but check the lables or call us to make sure. There are also procedures for the order of tank mixing with fertilizers. We can help you with our recommendations. So if you have questions, please do not hesitate to call us. May save a headache during a busy time!


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John Viertel: or 573-680-6951 (voice or text)

Planting 2020, Missouri – John Viertel

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Well, here it is planting season 2020, and this is only my second blog of the year. With all that is going on in the world, I hope that you and your family(s) are well!

What has been going on the past few weeks? Some have had to stay home. For essential workers (agriculture, etc.), it has been business as usual, with social distinacing, face covering, gloves, and a whole lot of hand sanitizer. All that said, I have been getting products in place for the planting and spraying season, and corn planting here in Missouri has been going on the past two weeks. This week it is going full bore! If it stays dry and warm, beans are soon to follow.

I have a 16.5 foot ROGUE VT rented and it is running. This unique vertical tillage tool does a excellent job creating a seed bed for planting. It also can roll down a cereal rye cover crop (after it heads out) for planting soybeans into. Check out videos on YouTube, and blogs from last year. If you would like to try the ROGUE VT on your operation, get in touch with us asap at the contacts below.

If you are thinking about cutting costs going into this season, we advise not to try to cut costs in your herbicide program(s). Spray you weeds when they are small (4 inches or less) and use SOIL BOOST PLUS, SOIL BOOST EXTREME, and LANDOIL in you program. These spray adjuvants will help your herbicides work better! And they have a proven track record! If you want more information on these products, check out our web site: or contact us directly.

During my career in agriculture, there have been many challenges. Some have had a pretty severe impact on farmers and their operations. The Covid-19 pandemic is a challenge like we have never seen in our life times. All of us in agriculture need to stay strong and healthy, so we can continue to lead the world in food production. Also, to show, not only our county, but the whole world that we can continue to do our jobs efficiently and safely!

Have a safe and productive planting season! Stay well and do not forget to social distance. Funny concept when you are alone and in a tractor cab in the middle of 200-acre field!


My contact info:      or 573-680-6951 voice or text

Soil Service, Inc office: or 888-313-2360

John Viertel

Missouri Update – John Viertel

Rouge VT in the field


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:      or 573-680-6951 voice or text

Soil Service, Inc office: 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: or 573-680-6951 voice or text

Soil Service, Inc office: 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