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    Put Seed in Its Rightful Place
    Put Seed in Its Rightful Place
    Mar 19, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Every seed in your planter is full of promise. But if you plant it in the wrong place or in the wrong soil type, that seed won’t reach its potential. And neither will your yield.   That’s a lesson the Johnson brothers (Neal, Daryl and Dale), Neal’s son...
    Tech Provides New Perspective on Alfalfa, Soybean Performance
    Tech Provides New Perspective on Alfalfa, Soybean Performance
    Mar 05, 2019 | Answer Tech
    You need to detect in-field problems in a timely manner so you can manage them before they negatively affect your bottom line. There are several technology tools that can help you quickly determine when and where action needs to be taken.   To help you keep tabs on the...
    Use Data to Shape Your Nutrient Strategy
    Use Data to Shape Your Nutrient Strategy
    Feb 19, 2019 | Answer Tech
    As you prep for 2019, it’s easy to remember the one part of the field that did really well last season or the other part that wasdisappointing. We tend to look at the outliers because they stand out. But this doesn’t show the whole picture or indicate what you...
    Looking to 2020: Updates on the 2019 Answer Plot Program
    Looking to 2020: Updates on the 2019 Answer Plot Program
    Feb 14, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Winter is a busy time for our Answer Plot® teams we plan, count and package trials to for the spring. Each year the Answer Plot program challenge is to anticipate the potential for crop success. We do this as part of our own quality assurance efforts and to help you...
    Plan For This Season’s Biggest Challenges and Opportunities
    Plan For This Season’s Biggest Challenges and Opportunities
    Feb 13, 2019 | Answer Plot
    If there’s one thing farmers can agree on, it’s that managing a farm isn’t easy. It can be hard to process all the information coming at you. You want to make the most profitable decisions, but who has the time to become an expert on every product and...
    Bringing Innovation to Your Farm
    Bringing Innovation to Your Farm
    Feb 12, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Not all WinField United research takes place through the Answer Plot® program. We also find solutions to agronomic challenges in the lab. And we combine the data we collect in-field with the discoveries made by our scientists to create products that help you optimize the...
    Use Variable-Rate Practices to Optimize Input Efficiency
    Use Variable-Rate Practices to Optimize Input Efficiency
    Feb 11, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Time is money. And in today’s ag economy, you can’t afford to waste either one.   Variable-rate planting and applications can help you allocate your in-field investments more precisely and place seed and other inputs where they will perform optimally. Here...
    Complementary Tools Add Value
    Complementary Tools Add Value
    Feb 08, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Have you heard about the ag tech tool that does everything from selecting seed to applying  herbicide to fetching you a cold beverage and grilling your steak just the way you like it? All right, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. But we’ve all heard the &ldquo...
    Validate Your Seed and Seed Treatment Choices
    Validate Your Seed and Seed Treatment Choices
    Feb 06, 2019 | Answer Plot
    How do you know which seed and seed treatments will offer you the best chances for success? By basing your selections on solid data.   Your local agronomist can help you navigate the data for your region and field characteristics. Here is are some things to look for and...
    3 Tips to Maximize Split-Nitrogen Application Efficiency
    3 Tips to Maximize Split-Nitrogen Application Efficiency
    Feb 05, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Most farmers know that crops benefit from split-fertilizer applications. But logistical challenges may make it difficult for some to switch their fertilization plans from a single- pass to a double-pass program. Here are some tips to help make the switch to a split-nutrient...
    High-Productivity Acres Benefit From Micronutrient Applications
    High-Productivity Acres Benefit From Micronutrient Applications
    Jan 29, 2019 | Answer Plot
    We get that extra inputs are costly, that budgets are tight and that every investment needs to pay off. But you may be missing an opportunity to maximize yield potential if you haven’t considered adding micronutrients to your fertilization program, especially on high...
    Get Technical About Nitrogen Management
    Get Technical About Nitrogen Management
    Jan 28, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Nitrogen management in corn crops is challenging for a number of reasons, one of which is nitrogen’s chemical properties: When in nitrate form, nitrogen is water-soluble, meaning it moves easily with water. If a field receives moderate to heavy rainfall and an...
    Get Precise About Seed Decisions Using Ag Tech
    Get Precise About Seed Decisions Using Ag Tech
    Jan 24, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Every farmer knows how important it is to start the season by planting the right seed — and they understand how difficult it can be to determine what hybrids and varieties will work best with the environmental conditions they have on their operations.     ...
    Make the Most of Your Fungicide Application
    Make the Most of Your Fungicide Application
    Jan 23, 2019 | Answer Plot
    If I had a crystal ball, I could tell you how heavy disease pressure will be in 2019. But since I can't see into the future, my best advice is to use data and your trusted advisors to determine the best course of action to protect plant health.  Use resources to make...
    Have Tech on Tap for 2019
    Have Tech on Tap for 2019
    Jan 11, 2019 | Answer Tech
    You probably have your seed and crop inputs ordered or maybe already in the barn. But how’s your ag technology planning going for 2019? Work with your local trusted advisor now to determine how to best leverage ag tech tools to help reach your goals in the coming year...
    Combine Land and Weed Management for 2019 Success
    Combine Land and Weed Management for 2019 Success
    Jan 03, 2019 | Answer Plot
    It’s time to formulate your land management and herbicide programs for 2019. Here’s how combining these strategies can provide optimal weed control without sacrificing sustainability.  Herbicide choices If your 2018 herbicide program adequately controlled...
    2018 Data Spells Success for CROPLAN Corn, Soybeans
    2018 Data Spells Success for CROPLAN Corn, Soybeans
    Dec 21, 2018 | Answer Plot
    In many areas of the country, 2018 was a challenging year for agriculture. Late spring planting, too much or too little rainfall, and a growing season with wide-ranging temperatures caused even more pressure for farmers in a time of economic challenges.   Despite these...
    Take Ag Tech Further
    Take Ag Tech Further
    Dec 18, 2018 | Answer Tech
    This article is intended for those with more experience using ag technology tools. If you’re new to ag tech, here are some tips to get started.    If you’re already sold on ag tech, you understand the value it can bring to the farm. As you look for...
    Dial In to Data Quality
    Dial In to Data Quality
    Dec 17, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Winter is here and it’s time to formulate a farm plan for next season. Take time to review data from 2018 and use it to make decisions for 2019. Here are some ways to help ensure your data is as accurate and information-rich as it can be.  1. Demand data that&rsquo...
    Nitrogen Management: 3 Key Takeaways From the 2018 Season
    Nitrogen Management: 3 Key Takeaways From the 2018 Season
    Dec 13, 2018 | Answer Tech
    If I had to summarize the 2018 growing season in the Midwest, one word comes to mind: wet. In my area, we saw almost 60 inches of rain from planting to harvest, which is double the average that we’d normally get in Iowa. As you can imagine, keeping nitrogen in the root...
    Organize Now to Get the Most From Next Year’s Data
    Organize Now to Get the Most From Next Year’s Data
    Dec 12, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Ag companies are investing in innovative technology tools to help farmers harness, dissect and apply data to improve their operations. However, there’s not one tool that does it all, so it can be a challenge to organize files and information across all platforms. Here...
    A Winning Option for Spring Wheat
    A Winning Option for Spring Wheat
    Dec 11, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Reliability and stability are key ingredients for wheat seed, particularly if it is grown on variable soils. And having two varieties in one bag — pairing one that has a particular strength with another that has a completely different but complementary one — can...
    3 Simple Steps to Introduce Ag Tech to Your Operation
    3 Simple Steps to Introduce Ag Tech to Your Operation
    Dec 10, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Now that harvest is wrapped up, many farmers are focusing on planning for next season. If you haven’t been using ag technology tools on your operation, it may be a good time to work with your local advisor to see how they could benefit your bottom line. Here are 3 tips...
    Enhance Your Variable-Rate Fertility on Wheat
    Enhance Your Variable-Rate Fertility on Wheat
    Dec 05, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Are you looking to boost the yield and ROI potential of your wheat crop? If so, more intense, targeted nutrient management in areas where it will be most effective could help you push your crop to the next level of bushels per acre and protein content. Here are some tips to...
    Find Ways to Improve Profitability: Attend a Clinic
    Find Ways to Improve Profitability: Attend a Clinic
    Dec 03, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Make room on your calendar this winter for an opportunity to improve your operation’s profitability. WinField United retailers will be hosting more than 3,500 clinics across the country to share agronomic insights to help you get more from your acres, as well as...
    What We Learned From Analyzing 42,000 Tissue Samples in 2018
    What We Learned From Analyzing 42,000 Tissue Samples in 2018
    Nov 28, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Farmers submitted over 42,000 tissue samples for analysis by WinField United teams this year, and the data shows that crops could benefit from fertilization adjustments made in-season.  Nutrient trends and insights Here are some nationwide trends revealed by tissue...
    Ag Tech Must-Haves for 2019 and Beyond
    Ag Tech Must-Haves for 2019 and Beyond
    Nov 26, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Ag tech has the ability to provide tremendous value to farmers, and each year as technology advances it seems that potential only grows. The capabilities available to farmers have changed greatly over the years, and current trends in the consumer industry offer some insight...
    New Zinc Treatment Available for 2019 Corn Seed
    New Zinc Treatment Available for 2019 Corn Seed
    Nov 21, 2018 | Answer Plot
    The micronutrient zinc is important to corn plants for a number of reasons. Zinc acts as a catalyst for enzyme creation and is a precursor for auxin hormones that signal seed germination. When early zinc levels are adequate, there is more consistent seed germination and plant...
    Wind Tunnel Will Enhance University of Minnesota Research
    Wind Tunnel Will Enhance University of Minnesota Research
    Nov 16, 2018 | Answer Tech
    A donation from WinField United will enable aerosol researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) to study what’s blowin’ in the wind. And then use that knowledge to help farmers.   A large wind tunnel once housed at the...
    Use Tech to Shrink the Corn Yield Gap
    Use Tech to Shrink the Corn Yield Gap
    Nov 13, 2018 | Answer Tech
    This past season, I worked with a number of farmers and their local trusted advisors using  predictive modeling. We wanted to determine optimal timing and rates for nutrient applications and enable a quick response to crop stresses to protect yield potential. Preliminary...
    It’s Not Too Early to Talk Fungicides
    It’s Not Too Early to Talk Fungicides
    Nov 06, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Farmers often ask me when they should plan to purchase their fungicides for the season. My answer is, in the off-season AND in-season. It seems contradictory, but there are good reasons to make purchases both times of the year.  It’s not just about disease pressure...
    Scout Now to Get Ahead of Spring Weeds
    Scout Now to Get Ahead of Spring Weeds
    Nov 05, 2018 | Answer Plot
    A proactive approach to crop protection starts at harvest. Whether you’ve already finished harvest or are about to wrap up, your view from the cab is the perfect vantage point to evaluate your 2018 weed management strategy. Knowing what worked — and what didn&rsquo...
    Nurture Your Seed to Reach Its Potential
    Nurture Your Seed to Reach Its Potential
    Nov 03, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Every bag of seed has tremendous yield potential. Having a trusted advisor who understands how to place the best genetics on the right soils is critical, but perhaps even more important is what happens between planting and harvest.  Robust testingCROPLAN® seed by...
    Success in 2019 Starts with the Right Cotton Varieties
    Success in 2019 Starts with the Right Cotton Varieties
    Nov 02, 2018 | Answer Plot
    With any luck, you have navigated cotton harvest through a soggy fall and are looking ahead to 2019 planting decisions. Yield and quality are always top considerations when selecting cotton varieties, but there are additional factors you and your agronomist will want to keep...
    Consider a Back to Basics Approach for Crop Fertility
    Consider a Back to Basics Approach for Crop Fertility
    Nov 01, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Chances are you have some routines and standard processes in place for managing your crop. You’re probably fertilizing, taking care of weeds and choosing the right hybrids for your acres. But, are you keeping plant physiology in mind when you make those decisions? It'...
    A New Way to Help Ensure Data Transparency
    A New Way to Help Ensure Data Transparency
    Oct 24, 2018 | Answer Tech
    As a farmer, do you wonder how your data is being used and where it’s going? You want your technology provider to offer insights and advice about how to improve on-farm performance based on your fields and your data. But you probably don’t want that provider using...
    Understand the Value of Foliar Health
    Understand the Value of Foliar Health
    Oct 22, 2018 | Answer Plot
    If you could look into a crystal ball during 2019 planning, what would it tell you? Obviously, there’s no predicting the future in agriculture, but you can use data to help inform your decision-making.   Every year, WinField United generates response-to-fungicide...
    Making Drones an Everyday Tool
    Making Drones an Everyday Tool
    Oct 22, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Anyone who is capturing imagery with a drone knows that it’s a time- and labor-intensive job. And once you’ve collected a large library of high-resolution images, you need to know how to organize and analyze the data to obtain beneficial insights. These are just...
    Quickly Predict Corn Plant Drydown
    Quickly Predict Corn Plant Drydown
    Oct 22, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Monitoring cornfield drydown trends can be time-consuming and needs to be done during one of the busiest parts of the growing season. It’s difficult to walk every field and collect samples to test for grain moisture and assess late season stands when there are so many...
    Use Tech to Evaluate Hayfields Now
    Use Tech to Evaluate Hayfields Now
    Oct 19, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Once the last hayfield has been cleared, it’s time to start planning for next year’s alfalfa crop. Use these postharvest tips and take advantage of ag technology to help you accomplish this important end-of-season task.  Identify trends The R7® Field...
    Adjuvant Research That Proves Itself in the Tank
    Adjuvant Research That Proves Itself in the Tank
    Oct 18, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Every spring, you probably make a significant investment in crop protection products. But are they performing as well as they could be? Adding a quality adjuvant to your tank mix can help more product reach its target and be more effective once it gets there.  Finding...
    Record Solid Data to Make Sound Nutrient Decisions
    Record Solid Data to Make Sound Nutrient Decisions
    Oct 15, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Are you evaluating the benefits of a late-season nutrient application? Work with your local trusted advisor to use the R7® Field Forecasting Tool to determine if this decision makes sense for your fields.  Take a look…backwards It’s true that the R7...
    4 Steps to Make the Most of Zone Soil Sampling
    4 Steps to Make the Most of Zone Soil Sampling
    Oct 01, 2018 | Answer Tech
    If you want to increase your opportunity to maintain a profitable farming operation, you need to obtain information efficiently and cost effectively so you can make smarter decisions. Zone soil sampling is one way to get base measurements to assess your soil’s health and...
    4 Tips to Brighten Your Sunflower Harvest
    4 Tips to Brighten Your Sunflower Harvest
    Sep 28, 2018 | Answer Plot
    If you grow sunflowers in the Upper Midwest, you’re probably preparing for harvest or just starting to harvest your crop. Before combining, be sure to pay attention to the physiological maturity of your plants in order to harvest properly. Here are a few harvest tips to...
    5 Tips for Fall Nitrogen Management
    5 Tips for Fall Nitrogen Management
    Sep 24, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Nitrogen is a tough nutrient to manage. It can be immobilized, volatilized or leached before plants even have a chance to uptake it. As you consider fall nitrogen applications, here are five tips to make the most of your dollars and time.1. Watch soil temperatures. Before you...
    Save Time and Effort When Gathering Yield Data
    Save Time and Effort When Gathering Yield Data
    Sep 21, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Do you take time at the end of the season to download, save and catalogue yield data from your combine? The rewards you’ll reap from retrieving this valuable information will be well worth the time and effort. Here are some tips to make gathering and using your yield...
    Manage Field Variability in Soybean Crops
    Manage Field Variability in Soybean Crops
    Sep 20, 2018 | Answer Plot
    I can’t think of many fields that are completely uniform in soil type from fence row to fence row, nor can I think of two years where the weather is the same. Variability is a common issue on farms, which can make it tricky to purchase the right soybean seed for a...
    Preview 2018 Answer Plot Data
    Preview 2018 Answer Plot Data
    Sep 20, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Harvest is underway in some areas, and data from our Answer Plot® program is already being analyzed. While it will be a while before we have a complete data set to evaluate, I’d like to preview some of the exciting information you can look for as harvest wraps up...
    Using Tech to Battle Fall Armyworm in Uganda
    Using Tech to Battle Fall Armyworm in Uganda
    Sep 11, 2018 | Answer Tech
    According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), fall armyworm was first confirmed on the African continent in 2016. Fall armyworm can feed on 80 different crop species, including corn, a food staple in Africa. This pest has been found in more than...
    Tap Into Tech for Silage Harvest
    Tap Into Tech for Silage Harvest
    Sep 10, 2018 | Answer Tech
    There are probably a number of qualities you’re looking for in your corn silage crop, including adequate nutrient and moisture levels as well as optimal tonnage. One way you can help ensure optimal ROI and yield potential is by using the appropriate ag technology to...

Agtegra Events

Farmers Union and Farm Safety Camp in Aberdeen

July 18, 2019

Children ages 6-13 are invited to attend this FREE event!

  • Cooperative Education and Games
  • Agricultural Safety Activities: 
    • ATV
    • First Aid Training
    • Fire Safety
    • Machinery Safety
    • Electrical Safety
    • Grain Bin Safety
    • Livestock Safety
  • 4-H Craft
  • Farmers Union Activities
  • Water Games

South Dakota Soil Health Zone School

August 06, 2019

Attend South Dakota Soil Health Zone School on August 6
Sponsored by: Environmental Tillage Systems

Innovation FieldFest

September 05, 2019

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September 5, 2019
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