Medford Cooperative

Category: Agriculture

Fall is in the air which means one thing to our Agronomy department – HARVEST TIME! We are getting into high moisture corn season, we don’t have any information yet on yields but it’s looking good! We will be sure to provide an update as we have more information. Soybeans are in full harvest. We are seeing above average yields this year at about 40-45 bushels. Jim Bucki Agronomy Manager

Small Grain Small grain harvest is in full swing. Grain quality looks really good this year. The cooler season has actually helped small grain fill out so we should have a heavier grain which will mean a more marketable product for our customers.   Soybeans Soybeans are filling and the recent rain will help them fill out even more. The soybeans in our area look really nice right now. If we could get about an inch of rain every week…

Producers often ask me “What is the best feed buy right now?” I used to look at cost per ton and cost per gram of MP in ingredients to answer that question. Now I have developed a spreadsheet to help answer that question more effectively. Since we have limited space for ingredients, we need to choose the best ones that will fit in a very diversified portfolio of rations. The first limiting amino acid for milk production is lysine. I…

Temperatures will be dipping low tonight and frost will likely be something to consider. If you are wondering what impact that might have on your crops, this guide from West Central should help: CORN Germination:  Cold soil temperatures (sub 50o F) can trigger imbibitional chilling injury or cold temperature injury.  These phenomena occur when either seed kernels imbibe water that is colder than what is considered ideal resulting in ruptured tissue during cell expansion or from damage to the mesocotyl during…

Seed Treating Cost/Unit Optimize 400 $3.75 Trilex 6000 $5.50 Handling Charge $.75   Optimize 400 Optimize 400 with LCO Promoter Technology for soybeans enables your crop to achieve its full genetic potential by enhancing nutritional capabilities that drive natural growth processes, maximizing plant health and crop performance.  Optimize 400 increases yield as well as the protein and oil content of soybeans.  This product is particularly effective early in the planting season because it stimulates nodule production even when soil temperatures…

The basis of any sound animal nutrition program is evaluating what nutrients the animals are consuming.  When it comes to ruminant animals, like dairy cattle, as much as 60% of their diet comes from the forages they consume.  Forage testing on a regular basis is important to formulating a balanced ration for your dairy herd. Rock River Labs now has a forage testing facility in Colby, Wisconsin. This gives livestock producers in North Central Wisconsin a better option for testing…

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