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Harvest in Missouri: Part 2 – John Viertel

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 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!