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Knowledge Base

Cover Crops: What Are They, and Do They Work?

December 17th, 2020|

Cover crops are trending, but what exactly are they and can they add real value to your farm? DPH agronomist and row crop farmer Eric Johnston breaks down the basics.What are cover crops? 13-species cover crop on Eric's farm Cover crops are

Manage Manure for New PROFITS

November 16th, 2020|

Did you know that MANURE is the most popular fertilizer in the entire history of agriculture?  Not only does it supply plant essential nutrients, but it makes soils more fertile. To get maximum value from manure you must get

Ramp Up For Fall Seeding

September 24th, 2020|

The time is fast approaching to put seeds in the ground.  Just like in the spring, the success or struggle of a crop begins at planting time.  Seedbed preparation, moisture, and fertility all play huge roles. If you’re planting any of these

It All Starts with RESIDUCE

September 2nd, 2020|

The best thing about farming is that we’re never out of work. As soon as harvest operations are completed, the next growing season begins. For example, how you manage the crop residue this Fall has a direct impact on the next crop.

Organic Pesticides … you have options!

August 13th, 2020|

Don't let the bugs, "BUG YOU" As organic growers, our options in dealing with pests are limited --- but there are several products and practices allowed in organic production that deal quite effectively with various insects and diseases. Be assured... you do

SP-1… and your Window of Opportunity

July 16th, 2020|

Last year, a non-organic grower used SP-1 on their silage acres. Based on those results, they decided to use the product on ALL of their row crop acres this season. This is their report. Observations by the Grower: "Last year we planted corn in

Raising the Bar on Forage Production

June 18th, 2020|

When you want to take your Forage crops to the NEXT LEVEL, we have 2 options for your consideration that have consistently worked well to improve yield and quality. The 1st option is a FOLIAR application, that works best when good fertility levels are already

Sidedressing with Less Nitrogen

June 9th, 2020|

Two questions keep resurfacing... How can I grow a high-yielding crop with less nitrogen? Aside from crop insurance, what else can I do to protect my crop from environmental challenges? Too much rain, not enough rain, late planting, not planted, the list goes on. Wherever

Early Foliar Applications

June 9th, 2020|

For some growers, the planting is done... and the planter discs are shiny to prove it. Regardless if you're done or not, no one ever expects a grower to say, "Job Well Done" until there's evidence of uniform emergence and the promise of

Golf Superintendents Brave and Best COVID-19 Challenges

June 1st, 2020|

While golf courses contract budgets and personnel due to the coronavirus, superintendents rally to utilize smaller teams, observe safety precautions and drive forward. “We got lucky,” said Jake Mink, Golf Course Superintendent at Brasada Ranch, a resort in Bend, Oregon. “In our

Frost Damage: Regain The Momentum

May 14th, 2020|

Damaging frosts have pillaged much of the country, impacting crops that have already been planted. In response, farmers may light smudge pots, run windmills and use irrigation water. Other practices, such as foliar applying Osmotech or Drammatic Fish to lower the freezing

Growing Perspectives

May 1st, 2020|

Introducing a Douglas Plant Health podcast: GROWING PERSPECTIVES. Hear the full audio below. Born and bred as a row crop and dairy farmer, Dan Denman, 23, is a rising Precision Ag Specialist. His expertise includes agricultural technology such as

COVID Concerns: DHS Amends H-2A Requirements

April 20th, 2020|

On April 20, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a “temporary final rule” easing requirements on the growing H-2A program. The program, instituted in 1952, allows foreign nationals to work in the U.S. in temporary or seasonal agriculture jobs.

Rebounding From Reduced Nutrient Levels

April 13th, 2020|

As a result of the wet spring conditions the last 2 years, many growers are concerned about the lower nutrient numbers on their soil tests. A Nebraska grower is seeing water soluble calcium and potassium numbers that are half of what they