Growers are entrepreneurs by nature. They realize the importance of testing new technologies and products to grow their business and achieve success within their operations. Whether a grower is just getting started or has been in the business for a while, it is important for them to keep up with the latest innovations and opportunities for improving their business.
With that in mind, we spoke with four people (three growers and one agronomist speaking on behalf of a grower) who represent a variety of agricultural backgrounds, including age, crops, geographic locations and years of experience. Our goal was to find out more about their experiences and their willingness to try new technology in their operations.
Take a look at what we found:
1. Tait Cooper: Texas
Tait Cooper, a local agronomist, shared one of his local grower’s experiences with Redline® starter fertilizer:
“This is Oplinger’s first year [using Redline]. We really hadn’t used the Redline up here at all. This is the first year we talked to him about it, and he put it on all 18,000 acres that he has under pivot. All of his corn is looking really, really good right now. Its overall plant health…I haven’t seen very many deficiencies looking out through the field, and the overall plant health looks great. I know he’s gone around and looked, and he’s mentioned to me that this stuff is looking better than in the past.” [See video]
According to Cooper, Oplinger had never heard about Redline prior to the 2015 growing season, but after hearing about the product and the science behind Redline and the ortho-ortho EDDHA chelating agent, Levesol™, that is used in the fertilizer, he decided to apply Redline on all 18,000 acres.
As a grower and a business owner, he is willing to be innovative and take risks with new technologies. And guess what? He’s seeing great results.
2. Pete Jahr: Iowa
Jahr told us that he’s been in the game for about 20 years now, so he’s no novice when it comes to farming. Here’s what he has to say:
“We’ve always tried something to boost yields, and that’s how I got involved with Levesol. Last year we tried a product that didn’t seem to give us a bang for our dollar, so I said, well, let’s try something different.” [See video]
That “something different” was Levesol.
In addition to being a grower, Jahr is a seed dealer. Not only does he try new things to give him a return on his own investment, he also likes to learn about new options in farming so that he can provide his clients with solid recommendations.
Jahr knows that you can’t just give up when something doesn’t work out; you need to move on and try something new that will make you successful. When the product he tried last year didn’t work as well as he’d hoped, he moved forward and tried Levesol this year. We like your attitude, Pete.
3. Dustin Hoarty: Nebraska
Hoarty grew up on a farm, but has only had his own operation for about five years. As he looks to grow his own operation, nutrient efficiency is really important to Hoarty. He is also always open to learning about and trying new things to boost his yields.
This year, Hoarty tried Levesol after learning that it’s the only pure ortho-ortho EDDHA chelating agent that can be mixed with a starter fertilizer, and makes nutrients in the soil more available for the plant.
“Especially with nutrients, I like to try everything new that I can to maximize the nutrient pickup from the plant. It’s very important to me to try new things, to always increase bushels at harvest time.” [See video]
4. Larry Garlisch: Illinois
As a popcorn grower, Garlisch is all about using innovative ideas to boost his yield. He’s been using starter fertilizer for 10 years, but works with a lot of different products to try and make the most of the nutrients in his sandy soil.
This year, he went with his agronomist’s recommendation and added Levesol™ to his fertility program.
“We don’t know whether we’re getting all those nutrients – we’re putting fertilizer down, but how available are they? So, if there’s a product out there that’ll help in that availability, I’m interested in trying that.” [See video]
Investing in a product or technology without doing any research or getting advice from a trusted professional is not a good idea. However, if a grower is not open to new ideas, they will miss out on a lot of great opportunities to grow their business.
We were glad to find out that all of the growers we talked to are open to new ideas and continue to keep their eyes and ears open for new innovations in agriculture. And we are excited to report that they are seeing positive results from this new technology.
Ultimately, farming is an entrepreneurial business where growers can set their own pace for growth and success. We also realize that taking educated and calculated risks comes with the territory and makes success even better.
As the old saying goes: nothing ventured, nothing gained.