When it comes to your investments in the fields, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. In today’s volatile markets, precision can make the difference between breaking even and making a profit. Trust your soil sampling and custom application jobs to our experienced and knowledgeable team. We utilize best practices and new technology to ensure you’re mitigating risk while maximizing profits.
Soil sampling is the basis of managing your dry fertilizer (phosphorus & potassium) and lime decisions. Without examining a proper soil test, its difficult to evaluate the true needs of your soil. Although we can soil test in 3 acre grids, we like to take our sampling a step further.
We refer to this alternative sampling method as Modified Soil Type. We use a generic 3 acre grid to start; however, we add a soil type map to ensure each one of our test locations is contained within a soil type and not on a soil type boundary. In addition to moving those test points around to fit each soil type, we can use variable removal levels in our fertility equation, which is based on the Tri-State Recommendations. This allows us to use higher yield goals for higher quality soil types and reduce yield goals for soils with high slope or poor soil quality. After we decide which testing procedure and recommendation fits your farm, we can export these files for variable-rate application on most spreaders in the industry.
We specialize in providing intensive fertilizer application for our customers. Our application equipment includes one twin-bin broadcast applicator, which provides us with the ability to spread two products simultaneously at a variable rate on each; therefore reducing an extra trip across the field and saving you money on the total application. Our other broadcast applicator is a single bin, which also splits time with lime application. Each spreader is equipped with GPS and variable-rate technology to provide precision application for growers.
A Brookston soil can produce 220 bushel corn and 65 bushel soybeans in an above-average year, whereas a Miamian with an 8% slope will only produce 150 bushel corn and 50 bushel beans in an above-average year. Since we are removing more fertilizer from the higher-quality Brookston soil, we should be replacing more on those soil types. In a common 3 acre grid soil test, these differences in soil type are not used to our advantage.