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  1. 1. 110 years Strong Comfrey • Morgan • Morton • Springfield • Wabasso Vol. 16 No. 1 • May 2014 Perhaps more than any other business, farming involves the entire family. So, it just makes sense to us that our communication should too. In order to do that more effectively, we’ve been inspired to update this publica- tion. In June, you will see a brand-new, magazine-style publication entitled Harvest Land. Our goal for this magazine is to provide you and your family with more of the information you want to receive in a professional- looking, quarterly package. We will still feature each division at HLC including grain, agronomy, petroleum, and seed. But we will also have the ability to expand our coverage and include stories that offer value to everyone. Our intent is to have something for the whole family, including recipes, child- friendly pages, and stories focused on our communities in addition to the information that benefits your farming operation. You’re the editors At Harvest Land, we realize that a discussion is the most effective way to communicate. That dialog begins when we know what you want to talk about. You will notice a survey on the back page of this publication. We ask that you help us out by offering your feedback as to what you would like to see in the new publication. Once you complete the survey, please email, mail, or drop it at any of our locations. If you email the survey, please send to, or surveys can be mailed to Harvest Land Cooperative, Attn: Fawn Dauer, 711 Front St., PO Box 278, Morgan, MN 56266. We look forward to the launch of our publication and hearing from you. n New Magazine to Offer Information and Inspiration BY FAWN DAUER MARKETING AND MEDIA MANAGER The Power of Patronage In December of 2013 we mailed equity retirement checks of $865,293, and in April we mailed out 2013 cash patronage checks totaling $1,707,484. That’s a total of $2,572,777 paid out to our Harvest Land community of patrons. In fact, over the last 11 years your coop- erative paid out over $23 million in cash patronage and equity retirements. Congratulations on a successful, collective effort to building a very financially strong cooperative…your cooperative. From planning to action The employees and board kept busy this past winter planning for 2014 and beyond. As a result, we have identified three major projects within the agronomy division and allocated $5 million to complete the work this year. Those projects include a chemical distribu- tion center, seed warehouse expansion, and a new shop at the terminal. See Scott’s article on page 5 for more information. When we approve these projects, our primary goal is to improve our customer service. We consider risk management, internal efficiencies, the quality of service we provide, the products we ship, delivery safety, improved working conditions for our employees and, of course, return on investment and member equity. BY DENNIS SCHREIER GENERAL MANAGER Continued on page 2
  2. 2. PAGE 2 ©2010 Harvest Land Cooperative. All Rights Reserved. Published in partnership with VistaComm® ( 2 ©2014 Harvest Land Cooperative. All Rights Reserved. Published in partnership with VistaComm® ( Member involvement We had the opportunity, along with several other cooperatives, to attend the Land O’Lakes Washington D.C., insights forum. We were able to meet with our congressmen and senators in an effort to make our position clear on a number of issues concerning farm cooperatives and agriculture such as trade policy, main- taining the Capper-Volstead Act, tax reform—the 199 exemption, and regulatory reform. Agriculture is being changed by laws that are proposed by people who have no idea what it is or how we do it. To ensure that we protect agriculture as we know it, your voice needs to be heard! A few of us cannot do it alone. • Given the lack of ag representation and understanding in Washington, it’s important for all of us to ensure that our voices are heard. • You’ve probably heard that actively engaged farmers and ranchers make up less than 2% of the general U.S. population, but did you know that only three out of 535 representatives and senators are full-time farmers and ranchers? That’s only 0.5%. • Since U.S. House districts are based on population and not area, only about 100 of the 435 seats are primarily rural. It takes a minimum of 218 votes to pass any bill. As the three-plus-year 2014 farm bill process demon- strated, agriculture needs to have a stronger voice on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress care about THEIR constituents first and foremost, so the best thing to do is build stronger relationships with our own members of Congress. The people who represent agricultural districts need to know us better so they can help their colleagues understand the value of agriculture and the implications that laws and regulations can have on our businesses. A portion of our new magazine will be dedicated to governmental policy. In closing, I would like to thank all members of your cooperative for doing business with Harvest Land. It is our privilege to serve you. As always, we will work hard to earn and keep your support. n Continued from page 1The Power of Patronage Every spring is different, and this one is no exception thanks to the multiple subzero temperatures we experi- enced this winter. The frost has been slow to come out of the ground, which could make for a later planting season. That, in turn, could potentially result in claims situations. Contact your AgQuest agent for any questions regarding late planting, replant, or prevented planting situations. The earliest plant date for corn and sugar beets was April 11, with a final plant date of May 31. For soybeans, the earliest plant date was April 21 and the final plant date June 10. Of course, you can still plant after the final plant dates, but you will see a 1% reduction in guarantee for each day through the 25th day. To qualify for a replant payment, you will need to meet the 20 acres or 20% of a unit requirement. Replant payment is paid only when replanting back to the same crop. The 20 acres or 20% rule also applies to any prevented planting situations we may see in 2014. There are many moving pieces to prevented planting. If that happens, we would like to review these situations with you one-on- one. So, if you find yourself with prevented planting acres, please call with any questions and turn in a claim immediately. As always, the most important thing to remember in replant or prevented planting situations is to contact your AgQuest agent and have an adjuster come out before you destroy or replant any crop. If you are still interested in hail/wind coverage or other products in addition to your MPCI coverage, contact us for a quote. We are here to answer any of your questions and to help manage risks for your operation. Have a safe planting season! n Reviewing the Rules for Planting Season BY KATHY MAINER AGQUEST INSURANCE OFFICE MANAGER
  3. 3. PAGE 3 Time to Review Your Cattle Operation Challenges we face today are usually caused by something that happened in the past. For example, health status, reproduction, and gain can be affected by weather, forage quality, or even disease events that occurred as much as a year previously. Now is the time to review different programs and, in some cases, products to see if they are properly positioned to benefit your operation. Take the right steps now to avoid issues down the road. Forage inventory and quality Currently, forage inventories are almost exhausted and supplies in the market are limited in quality. This com- bination reflects a strong demand for even marginal- quality forages. Take a good look at your inventory and needs for the next year and let me help develop a plan to reduce the shrink and spoilage associated with forage production. If inventory is a constant struggle, sorghum- sudangrass is an economical way to increase dry matter tons throughout the year. Improving pastures, boosting cattle performance Take an extra step and invest in your pastures by fer- tilizing and spraying them to boost yield and stand condition. You will be surprised by the response in those treated areas. Be sure to have cattle on a strong mineral program, like Wind and Rain® mineral from Purina® , prior to grazing. Mineral program Quality mineral is the least expensive input cost in any cow/ calf operation. Purina Wind and Rain minerals are unique, as they are weather resistant and do not clump up or blow away like others. It is highly palatable and very easily absorbed by the cow, resulting in consistent intake for your herd. As values in cattle increase, so does the value of a quality mineral program. Lick tubs Lick tubs are another way to provide needed minerals as well as supplemental nutrition. Choosing the right tub can get confusing. Be sure to think about what your needs are for the animal based on forage quality and mineral require- ments. Low-cost tubs are generally high moisture and consumption is greater, which pushes the actual price up. Our low-moisture, cooked tubs keep consumption consistent. We have a full line of tubs: protein, mineral, stress, and Altosid® fly control for all species. Speaking of Altosid, research shows that horn flies suck blood up to 30 times a day. Using Altosid to break the horn fly life cycle reduces the number of flies and dis- comfort. Altosid is also available in our loose mineral and milk replacer products. Plenty of feed options More feedlots and cow herds are incorporating liquid feeds into their program. Liquid feeds allow you to utilize marginal-quality forages to condition the ration and deliver low-inclusion ingredients more effectively at an economical price. Quality Liquid Feeds (QLF) has many options to choose from that can fit any program. Providing creep feed to the young calf makes sense. The benefit of weight gain and health status helps you take advantage of high calf prices. Be sure to ask about the different options available. Finally, we also offer feeds that utilize IM technology. Cattle on self-feeders, and even some TMRs, tend to gorge themselves, causing acidosis and poor performance. IM technology changes the eating pattern of cattle to make them come to the bunk more often and take smaller portions, resulting in fewer upset stomachs and better feed efficiency. What is so unique about IM technology is that you can feed little or no hay in the ration. Let us help identify opportunities for your operation and build a ration to increase gains and efficiencies. n BY JEFF BERDAN, RUMINANT SPECIALIST
  4. 4. PAGE 4 In each newsletter, we’re featuring a member of the Harvest Land and AgQuest board of directors. This month the spotlight is on our most tenured director, Dave Simonsen. Harvest Land and AgQuest have been fortunate to have such a loyal and dedicated director. Dave brings a lot of heart and fun to the boardroom. You seldom see Dave without a smile, and he’s also quick with an encouraging word. He has always been a director who cares about the employees of our company and clearly understands the value they bring. As you read Dave’s comments, it is easy to see how proud he is of all that Harvest Land has accomplished and to sense his excitement about what the future will bring. We all are thankful to Dave for all his years of service as a director for Harvest Land and AgQuest! n Director Personifies Commitment BY DAVE STUK, CEO A Long Look Back When Harvest Land board member Dave Simonsen steps down from his board position this coming January, he will have 20 years of experience and memories to take with him. We wanted to get his thoughts on two decades of cooperative service and his perspective on how the company he has served so faithfully is posi- tioned for the next 20 years. The first thing that strikes me is how fast 20 years has gone by. My time on the board has been very education- al and truly enjoyable. Through the years, Harvest Land has been fortunate to have great and visionary lead- ership, and that continues today. The board has also been able to operate harmoniously, remaining open to new ideas while still keeping an eye on the bottom line. Probably the most important ingredient in our success, however, has been our employees. They are the front line—friendly, hard working, and dedicated. I can’t thank them enough. As the senior director, I’ve seen so many changes and improvements in my time on the board. Just this year we are updating the chemical plant, adding to the seed house, and refining our fertilizer handling processes. Harvest Land continues to work hard to position ourselves for the future. The Harvest Max program is a perfect example. Technology is reshaping agriculture, and also what we offer as a cooperative. It makes me smile to think that when I started, a prescription was something you got from the doctor. Now I need one to apply my fertilizer and crop protection products and another to set up my planter. That’s the future. I’m proud to say that I believe Harvest Land is ready for that future. We have so many young people with great leadership potential and progressive thoughts both on our staff and on the board and more in the wings. We’re proud to be a full-service cooperative, with all the traditional offerings—agronomy, grain, feed, and energy—plus insurance and financing from AgQuest and leasing from Northland Capital. What a great one-stop center for our customers! Over the past 20 years, this company has grown from $40 million in sales to $290 million because we’ve maintained a focus on giving our patrons personal service. That won’t change. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to give something back to our community through board service and to meet so many great people. Looking ahead, our prospects are bright. I hope I’ve contributed something over the years, and I look forward to what Harvest Land will accomplish in the coming years. Editor’s note: Dave and his wife (and best friend), Joanne, will be married 43 years in August. They have two sons, Chris, a consultant with Boyer & Associates, and Aaron, an indepen- dent insurance agent who also farms with Dave. One of their primary interests are their five grandchil- dren, “the cutest and smartest on earth, of course.” The couple spends summer days maintaining two large farmyards and Joanne’s garden. Dave also enjoys his 2009 Challenger. n
  5. 5. PAGE 5 Harvest Max Moves Online New for 2014 is Harvest Max Online, a service available exclusively to Harvest Max growers. Harvest Max Online allows growers to have all of their data at their fingertips. Some of these data items include as-applied planting maps, soil test data, yield maps, multiple year reports, management zones, and any treatments or trials that were applied to your fields. Harvest Max Online also allows growers to access weather conditions as they relate to each individual field. Hourly forecasts, current radar, and rainfall maps for the past hour and the past 24 hours are just some of the features available. Along with past rainfall maps, growers can query rainfall amounts for each of their fields, whether it’s rainfall totals from the last seven days, one month, six months, one year, or custom dates that you set up yourself. Answering the “why” These reports can give us insight on “why” the crop is reacting the way it is or “why” a particular hybrid performed poorly in one field and strongly in the next. These reports can also give us insight on whether or not we should make applications such as a side-dress N application or a fungicide. In the past we have just gone out and made appli- cations, hoping that they work, but with corn back at $4, it makes sense for us to have solid data backing the decisions that we’re making for your crop. An example of this was in 2009, when we received over 20” of rainfall from April through July. That year a VT fungicide application delivered a 15+- bushel advantage over untreated corn, where in the last few years our applications have seen hit-and-miss results, as we’ve received only 13” of rainfall over the entire growing season. Products like fungicides and side-dress applications are not poor practices—they just have to make sense agronomically to warrant being applied. We feel that Harvest Max Online is a great addition to the many services Harvest Max offers growers. One last item I’d like to touch on is contacting your account manager to see which fields need to be grid sampled. Many of your fields are due to be resampled after four years. Updating your grid sampling regularly is critical to a successful intensive soil sampling program. Resampling allows us to return to the original geo- referenced points to retest and evaluate your fertility program. Your account manager will have a list of your fields that need to be sampled. n BY MATT PIETIG HARVEST MAX MANAGER Springfield to See Building Boom In the next few months, those of you who visit our Springfield terminal will notice more activity than usual. We’ll have three major construc- tion projects underway. These projects will include: Seed: The first project will be doubling the size of the seed warehouse. Dimensions for this addition are approximately 60’ x 350’. This will allow us to double our storage capacity. Agronomy shop: The second project is the construction of a new agronomy shop, which will be located to the east of the seed shed. The shop will service all of our truck fleet and agronomy equipment. Chemical distribution warehouse: Our final project will be building a 100’ x 200’ chemical warehouse. This will be located south of the liquid fertilizer storage. It will have 200,000-plus-gallon bulk capacity and will be automated. Compact season calls for planning With our late start to spring, we are anticipating another jam-packed spring application season, and a strong demand for preplant application due to more soybean acres. With this, preplanning and good communication with the HLC account managers will be very important this spring. We would appreciate 2-3 days notice for any spreading and liquid deliveries, so we can get our equipment and personnel scheduled. Advanced planning is critical in order to place our people and equipment most efficiently to get your fields and everyone else’s covered in the small spring window we have. Knowing when you’re going to need product allows us to anticipate your needs, and that keeps everything moving smoothly. We’re looking forward to working with you, and as always, stay safe this planting season. n BY SCOTT ARNSDORF OPERATIONS
  6. 6. Our markets have shown some surprising strength this early spring. Unrest in Ukraine has settled down, but is not over yet. Exports from Ukraine will continue to struggle to meet expectations of 500 to 600 million bushels. We see this as an opportunity, as the United States may pick up nearly half of those exports. Corn ending stocks, as seen on the last USDA report, continue to tighten, and we feel that they will continue in this direction, approaching the one- billion-bushel mark for this marketing year. Continued strong exports at a time of the year when we usually see cancellations have kept soybeans bullish as well. Good meal and ethanol margins have also helped boost domestic demand. Transportation issues are the negative factor on the ethanol side, as finished product shipments have been slowed. However, we are starting to see that situation ease somewhat and grind begin to increase. The prospective plantings report had a brief cooling effect on beans, but now the markets have returned to a wait-and-see posture as we are seeing a switching of acres from wheat to corn and beans. Soybean stocks are a touch lower than this time last year, and continue to tighten on the old crop as exports are up a couple hundred million bushels from last year and domestic usage is a shade higher also. The funds have once again found commodities attractive and are back in the markets, which is one reason for their stronger-than- expected performance. We’ll soon be trading weather and news of planting delays. We haven’t sold too many shuttles due to the high cost of cars—another consequence of the same shortage of railcars and crews that is impacting the ethanol industry. Winter weather, record grain harvests, and the demands of North Dakota’s oil boom have created a capacity crunch that the railroads are addressing, but won’t be able to quickly remedy. The West Coast bid is good, but getting the grain there is challenging. We, as well as the producer, can often take some moisture off stored grain inventories with aeration, but it seems that this past fall and winter, for whatever reason, that approach wasn’t as effective as it has been in other years. As a result, we have been drying to make grade on corn delivered to end users and also to protect our inventories going into the warmer months ahead. n PAGE 6 Markets Provide a Pleasant Surprise BY KURT SOUPIR GRAIN DIVISION The 2013 corn drying demand and a long, cold winter has reduced propane inventories to record lows. We have seen extreme price volatility due to very high propane demand and limited supply. The need for more on-farm storage is very evident to help minimize supply and price risk. Talk to us if you are interested in adding storage capacity. Summer is the best time for us to take care of any propane system maintenance. If you’re renting a tank from us that needs painting, give us a call so we can get it on the schedule. We’ll also be taking care of regulators that are due for replacement and notifying you if you are on the list. If you’re adding on, putting in new appli- ances that utilize propane, or modifying your system in any way, we need to know. For safety reasons, we have to leak check your system after any additions or modifications to make certain everything is safe and up to code. Thank you for your business, and have a safe spring. n Capacity Best Hedge Against Volatility BY PAT MACHT ENERGY DIVISION MANAGER
  7. 7. PAGE 7 Swine Spring Training I was fortunate to attend the spring swine training session presented by Purina® Animal Nutrition in Des Moines, IA. Everyone in the swine industry has heard plenty about PEDv, and it was discussed at great length in Des Moines, but new information on how to deal with PEDv was also made available. The disease has been around long enough now that the vet- erinary community has some coping guidelines they gener- ously shared with us. We heard from the Iowa Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on what they have seen from the samples sent in for testing. They have been able to gain some insight on the likelihood of different means of transmission based on real numbers instead of exaggerated speculation. Tom Burkgren, executive director with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), shared some insight into what the AASV is doing to coordinate the efforts of swine veterinarians as they search for answers on how to cope with this disease. There was a lot of discussion by the Purina Animal Nutrition staff veterinarians and nutritionists about feeding pigs stressed by disease. This was especially valuable because most research is done on healthy pigs, so there is not a lot of data out there to access. Many times, trial results are discarded if the pigs become stressed or ill during the trial. The approach taken by Purina Animal Nutrition was to realize that pigs get sick and then address the changes in nutritional demand brought on by the disease or stress. They concluded that the required amino acid profile shifted when the pig is under stress, making it beneficial to balance according to a new amino acid profile. Along with nutrition information, we discussed different methods of managing the health-challenged pig. It was interesting to hear what other people have tried and the success they have had with those practices. Some of the topics discussed were: Supportive therapy: • Rehydration is key. • It can take up to 21 days to replace lost villi. • Providing a diet that is two-thirds water and one-third solid is like chicken soup for pigs. • Not all milk products are highly digestible, so formulate diets with very digestible milk products. • Mat feed and keep the mat dry. Initiate water intake: • Provide clean, fresh water. • Purina UltraCare® Swine Electrolyte is specially for- mulated to rescue young pigs from dehydration and stress. This product also: o Features MpD® -class palatants for excellent intake. o Promotes optimal capacity of glucose absorption through the intestines. o Supports prevention of weaning-related malabsorption. o Contains vitamin D to boost performance. Transition to dry feed: • Transitioning to dry feed is important, as dry feed usually stays fresher longer than most gruel mixes. Gel products are often easier to manage than gruel feeds. • Transitional product of choice: Purina UltraCare® Gel o Formulated with high-moisture content and natural- intake enhancers to encourage consumption of feed. o Helps to prevent dehydration and enhance the tran- sition to dry feed. o Formulated to improve intestinal health. Environment: • Managing minimum ventilation is often different for sick pigs compared to healthy animals. • Temperature curve and controller settings will likely need to be adjusted. Management: • Sizing pigs on arrival. • Sick pen stocking density. • Stocking to feed delivery system. I was not able to cover everything presented in the space provided here. A key point to remember is that feeding a stressed pig is often different than feeding a healthy pig. Another key is that mistakes or poor perfor- mance are magnified on health-challenged pigs. Harvest Land can help you discover possible lost oppor- tunities with a solid assortment of management tools and strategies to help analyze your operation. If this analysis is done when the pigs are healthy, it is that much easier to adjust to the challenges of stressed pigs. If you suspect your pigs are already stressed, Harvest Land can access the nutritional expertise of Purina Animal Nutrition to feed stressed pigs and the healthy pigs too. If you have further questions on any of these topics, please give me a call, and I will be glad to review the full discussion with you. n BY KEVIN LANGEMO SWINE SPECIALIST
  8. 8. Bugs Tougher Than We Think Looking back on our cold winter, one would suspect that we might have had enough frost to kill a majority of the corn rootworm eggs in our soil. In fact, a study was performed and the data showed that rootworm egg hatch dropped 43-50% after one week at 14 degrees. Zero hatch occurred after one week at five degrees. After reading this, I went to the USDA’s website and looked at the Lamberton location to see what our soil temperatures were doing during January (the coldest time of the winter) and found the illustration below for six-inch soil depths. As you can see, we never fell below 29 degrees in the six-inch soil profile. The conclu- sion of the study: “Do not expect a lot of corn rootworm eggs to winterkill.” I will also note that in 2013, there was a 6.6- bushel advantage on traited seed with an insecticide versus traited seed without insecticide in Win- Field’s™ Answer Plots® . We have been stressing that proper placement and popula- tions are playing a big part in the per- formance of new hybrids today. Fixed ear versus flex ear, root system, and stalk strength are all things to consider when placing these hybrids. Take a look at the data below from our Harvest Max platform that stands behind our recom- mendations on placement and popula- tions. We will continue to test these hybrids every year to bring you the best placement recommendations for your farm. If you’d like to know more about our Harvest Max precision platform, contact your account manager. n BY BRETT BRAULICK SEED DIVISION MANAGER PAGE 8
  9. 9. Nitrogen Stabilizers – What They Do and What They Don’t Interest in the use of nitrogen inhibitors like NutriSphere-N® , Instinct™, N-Serve® , Agrotain® , and similar products has grown in recent years for several reasons. First, nitrogen costs have risen drastically over the past six or seven years—making it much more cost effective to use nitrogen inhibitors versus simply applying additional nitrogen as compensation for potential loss. Second, there is a greater awareness of potentially harmful environmental effects from loss of nitrogen through: • Volatilization or surface loss due to exposure to high temperatures, sunlight, and humidity, • De-nitrification from oversaturated soils in spring, • Leaching through soil profile due to excessive rainfall. I have had quite a few inquiries over the last few weeks about nitrogen-stabilizing products, and want to make sure our patrons are aware of product differences and what they protect against. So, here is some information on several of the products available and the best time to use each. I will break the products into two classes—those that help on the soil surface and those that work below the soil surface. On the surface – urease inhibitors Agrotain Ultra (similar products include Factor® and Stay-N® ). The use rate is three-fourths a gallon per ton of urea. The cost will depend on the rate of N, but it is approximately 70¢ per 10 lbs of actual N as urea. This product is used to stop volatilization, which is the process of urea turning into a vapor while laying on top of soil in warm weather. So, Agrotain is best suited for late spring and summer top-dress applications. It’s kind of like putting a sunscreen on your nitrogen. Basically, there is no below-ground activity. As soon as rainfall dissolves the urea granule and takes it into the soil, Agrotain’s job is done. The dissolved nitrogen is converted rapidly (because of microbial activity) from the ammonium form to nitrate and can then be taken up by the plant. Can this product be used in fall or spring preplant appli- cations? The answer is yes, but the benefit at these two times is minimal for two reasons. First, because air and surface soil temperatures are cooler, which greatly diminishes the chance of volatility and, second, because the urea is usually incorporated shortly after application by tillage. The two products that follow are better suited for fall or spring preplant applications. Below the soil surface – microbial inhibitors Instinct (Dow Agro). The use rate is always 35 ounces/ acre no matter what rate of N is applied. Most of you have heard of N-Serve, which is used with anhydrous ammonia. Instinct is similar to N-Serve, but this formulation is safe to use on urea. The cost is around $11.50/acre. Instinct works on the soil itself to slow down microbial activity around the urea granule. It basically creates a barrier until the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees versus 50 degrees without Instinct. As the soil warms further, the microbes eventually increase in number and become more active, breaking down Instinct’s coating and beginning the conversion of nitrogen from ammonium form to nitrate form. Instinct offers no pro- tection from surface volatilization. The best use for Instinct is in fall or spring preplant- incorporated applications. The biggest obstacle with Instinct is its high-use rate, which causes urea to become saturated and sticky. This can cause problems with airflow application equipment. In a conventional application, Instinct generally does not cause applica- tion problems because total pounds per acre applied are enough to keep fertilizer dry enough. Since the products are kept separate in VRT applications, the high-use rate of Instinct unfortunately makes the individual urea basically unspreadable because of wetness. Nutrisphere for Urea. The use rate is half a gallon per ton of urea. Cost will depend on the rate of N but will be approximately 85¢ per 10 pounds of actual N as urea. Nutrisphere also coats the urea granule to inhibit microbial activity, slowing the conversion from ammonium to nitrate by attaching to the three elements—nickel, copper, and iron—that the soil microbes use to convert nitrogen forms. For you scientific types, this is where ions and cations come into play. As with Instinct, the microbes’ increasing numbers eventually overpower the product. Nutrisphere accomplishes the same thing as Instinct, just in a different manner. It is a good choice for fall and spring preplant applications, and because the use rate is much lower, it can be used in VRT applications without causing application problems. Nutrisphere is also classi- fied as a urease inhibitor to slow volatility on the surface, which also allows it to be used as a summer top-dress product. It is, however, slightly more expensive than other surface protection products. All three of the products above do an excellent job of protecting your valuable nitrogen applications. The biggest question you need to answer is what type of loss you want to protect your nitrogen from. Our agronomy staff will then be able to help guide you in selecting the correct product. n BY TIM WOELFEL CROP PROTECTION MANAGER PAGE 9
  10. 10. PO Box 278 Morgan, MN 56266-0278 LICENSED AGQUEST CROP INSURANCE AGENTS MORGAN 877-626-7453 Lynn Button, Kathy Mainer, Mark Kubesh, Cheryl Manderfeld 507-249-3196 Pat Macht, Mark Vogel, Matt Pietig COMFREY 507-877-2441 Rick Kastner MORTON 507-697-6113 Todd Beran, Keegan Mammen OLIVIA 800-463-3616 Sheri Bakker, Amber Weber SPRINGFIELD 507-723-7350 Jim Boyle, Joel Heiling, Tim Woelfel WABASSO 507-342-5184 AgQuest Insurance Agency is an Equal Opportunity Provider. Circle the answers that best fit. 1) Please select your age range: 20-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81+ 2) Are you male or female? 3) How long have you been a Harvest Land patron? Less than 6 months 1-5 years 6-10 11-20 21+ 4) How interested are you in receiving the HLC Newsletter? Extremely Moderately Slightly Not at all 5) How satisfied are you with the overall content? Extremely Moderately Slightly Not at all 6) How often would you like to receive a company newsletter? Yearly Quarterly Never 7) How satisfied are you with the timeliness of the information presented in the newsletter? Extremely Moderately Slightly Not at all 8) How satisfied are you with the practicality and helpfulness of the information presented in the newsletter? Extremely Moderately Slightly Not at all 9) Do you feel the newsletter effectively provides information important to the overall needs of the members? Yes No 10) What, if any, information or sections would you like to see included in the new magazine in the future? (Please circle your answer.) Women’s (recipes, DIY projects), Community, Children’s Corner, Government Affairs, Other (Please write) 11) What, if any, sections do you think should be removed from the newsletter? (Please write your answer.) 12) Does your spouse read the newsletter? Yes No 13) How would you like to receive the newsletter? Mail Social Media Website Email Please mail completed forms to: Harvest Land Cooperative, Attn: Fawn Dauer, 711 Front St., PO Box 278, Morgan, MN 56266—or email to, or to any HLC location. The survey is also available on the HLC website and Facebook. Please complete this survey.