September 2017 Farm Progress Show – John Viertel

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September 2017 Farm Progress Show – John Viertel

Last week we attended the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. The weather was tremendous, but the turnout was so-so. The SOIL SERVICE TEAM had our usual line up of products and had interest in everything: Crop Choice Fertilizers, LandOil, Soil Boost Plus, Yetter Equipment, Aerway, etc.

The display pictured, is of some of the crops that I brought from Missouri. Of special interest are the corn roots and ears from our Soil Health Study field. They are from the plot in the field that had a Crop Choice starter program, no starter program, and a Crop Choice starter program mix which contained Sugar E-Boost. There were significant differences in the ear size and root mass between the starter program and no starter. Preliminary kernel count yield determinations showed a significant difference in yields, also. Not going into those now, going to wait to run the yield wagon at harvest to share the yields with you.

One thing that was noticeable in the field, soil tilth was tremendous. If you have been following my blogs, you know that this field has now had three applications of our NUTRIENT RECYCLING PROGRAM applied to it. Plus, it has had only the Aerway run as the only tillage since 2012. We have used several cover crops, and have run cattle every winter to utilize the cover crop forage. When digging these plants for display, the spade I was using penetrated the soil to a depth of almost 12 inches with minimal effort.

Check back later this month for the results, or if you would like more information about the Soil Health Study, contact me at my email listed below. Have a safe and bountiful harvest.