Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Crops Starting and Finishing in Oklahoma

So last week I went on a fertilizer mission to Oklahoma.  Lot's of important things to see there.  I thought I would open with a tribute to a program on our website about how Real Ranchers trust AgroLiquid in their operations.  More on that later.

One thing I went to check on is some of the crop research that we have.  Like this replicated milo (or grain sorghum) fertilizer experiment West of Oklahoma City.  Harvest is not far off, so soon we will see what rose to the top as far as fertility inputs on yield.  But it looks pretty good at this point.
We also have some cotton plots.  As always, weather played a factor in Oklahoma crops this year. This site received over a foot of rain in May, with other areas getting up to 20 inches.  So that hurt wheat, but it did provide moisture in the soil for summer crops.  Depending on when they were planted.  But the milo and cotton are looking good here. 
Here is a nice field planted to winter wheat for pasture.  This is a customer of Retail Partner Parker Christian in Cordell, which is in SW Oklahoma.  It is usually dry down here, but using no-till and drill-applied Liquid gets the crop off to a great start.  Most of the wheat around here received 3 gal/A of Pro-Germinator + 5 gal/A of High NRG-N and a pint of Micro 500.
Cotton is also a big crop in the area.  Again, due to dry conditions, no-till and band applied AgroLiquid results in great fertilizer effects on cotton growth and yield.  This is some low-land cotton that is pleasing to both the eye and touch.  Parker agrees.
And it's loaded with bolls.  This field received 3 gal/A of Pro-Germinatro + 1 qt of Micro 500 in-furrow at planting, and then a surface band of 15 gal/A of High NRG-N off to the side of the row.  So all of the fertilizer was applied at planting...quick and easy.  And obviously effective.
One thing that was seen is glyphosate-resistant pigweed.  Parker says that the new genetics in cotton that will enable application of 2,4-D and dicamba will be popular...once they are approved.
We also visited another grower who used a similar program on his milo crop.  Here it is ready for harvest.  (He got some extra help with dry down from the wind turbines in the background that blew warm air over the maturing crop.)  This was a new user of AgroLiquid this year, and he said he is very pleased with performance and how easy it was to apply.  He further said that he is anxious to come up to a Research Field Day next year.  Well get in line.
Here is another field of AgroLiquid milo that was interesting.  This field was under center pivot irrigation during the season, and you can easily see where the edge of the irrigation is.  The dryland milo in the foreground had to sit there all summer and watch the lucky milo just a few feet away drink their fill.  Placement is everything.  
 The next day I went up to Perry, Oklahoma to see Retail Partner Todd Woods.  Todd has been selling AgroLiquid for quite a while, but also farms and has cattle...so he would be a real rancher too. In fact here is one of his wheat pasture fields that was planted less than two weeks ago.  It received an application of Pro-Germ + High NRG-N + Micro 500 through the drill.
 Here we are at a field up near Enid.  It was really dry, not like most of the no-till fields.  Well not everyone no-tills, and sometimes a field just needs to be smoothed out.  It looked good, but in need of a shower.  This field had the fertilizer streamed on after planting, which may not be as good as a drill application, but still works really well compared to most other fertilizers.  Wait, did I say most?  I meant all.  Todd is going out with a shovel for a closer look.
 Well when we got back to Todd's farm later in the day, I found access to my car blocked by a heard of ferocious sheep.  So I set up my computer and started a fertilizer presentation, and I was able to leave after they all fell asleep. 
But it was a good trip as I got to see some research, Retail Partners and some growers...plus sheep.