AGRONOMY

Our philosophy regarding products and services for cash grain crops can be summed up in just three words: return on investment.

We can help you determine what pays—and what doesn’t

Solid grain prices make it a lot easier to earn a profit on cash grain. Unfortunately, that’s not the case everyday. The goal now is to grow as many bushels as you can profitably on every acre you farm. In some cases, that might mean switching to better-performing corn hybrids, soybean and alfalfa varieties. It could mean increasing crop nutrients on your best ground, and perhaps cutting back on poorer soils. It means keeping a close eye on disease and insect pressures before investing in costly rescue treatments.

Truth be told, it probably means all of these things. And that’s where the experienced, professional field agronomists at United Cooperative can help. We understand that seed, nutrients and crop protection must all work together to deliver the most profit per acre. Our agronomists draw on data from local WinField Answer Plots, our state university, as well as feedback and results on hundreds of thousands of acres from our own customers to inform our agronomic thinking and recommendations.

The goal isn’t simply to maximize your yields; it’s to maximize your economic return on every single acre you farm.

Agronomy Services

United Cooperative has invested heavily in the people, facilities and equipment we need to serve all of our customers during the hectic spring planting, summer spraying and fall harvest and fertilizer seasons. We pride ourselves on keeping cooperative equipment in top shape, checking and double-checking orders and showing up on time. When you purchase your seed, fertilizer, and crop protection products right here locally, part of the cooperative’s profits are returned to you—our member owners—each year. Even custom application services are eligible for patronage.

We also provide professional services that fall outside of traditional fertilizer application and spraying. These include soil testing, field-mapping, tissue sampling, field scouting and in-season crop imagery. Most of these services are part of our new Soil Management and Rate Technology (SMART) program. However, any farmer or landowner can benefit from these services by making better decisions based on actual data from your farm.

To learn more, talk to a United Cooperative agronomist today, or contact a member of our precision farming team.

Agronomy News

"Unprecedented Times"

Dec 16, 2021

"Unprecedented times" is a term that we have all become accustomed to since Covid 19 came into our lives. Our routines and plans have had to adjust as well as our opinion of what our "normal" really is. The last year has brought many stresses and struggles into our everyday lives, but I want to focus on the opportunities we have had along the way.

Credit Reminders

Dec 01, 2021

United Cooperatives’ fiscal year ends December 31st, it is extremely important to have your account current by December 31, 2021. If you cannot pay your account in full, you are expected to contact the credit department at 800-924-2991. We will try to work with you but that can only happen if you are proactive and contact us.

Safe Driving Practices Around Farm Equipment

Oct 07, 2021

Since 2011, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has recorded more than 1,300 crashes involving agricultural equipment that resulted in 678 injuries and 26 deaths. Three scenarios drivers and farmers should know how to handle are passing farm equipment, left-hand turns and braking distance needed at controlled intersections.

What Do We Do with Tar Spot?

Oct 04, 2021

In several areas, Tar Spot has wreaked havoc with corn yield this year as it did in the southwest and the other regions of southern Wisconsin in 2018. Yield reductions can be very severe, with yield reductions up to 100 bushels per acre if Tar Spot hits early and corn doesn’t black layer!

4 Steps to Take at Harvest for Quality Silage

Jul 30, 2021

Many moving parts need to be in place to get the best quality silage at harvest. With harvest quickly approaching, consider these four tips to help inform your silage harvest strategy.


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Choosing the Right Seed

Studies have shown that the single biggest thing most farmers can do to improve their yields is to choose better seed. Research from right here in Wisconsin shows that corn yields can vary as much as 50-70 bu./acre based solely on hybrid selection.

Fortunately, the agronomists at United Cooperative rely on yield and plant performance data from unbiased local sources, including the annual Wisconsin Corn Hybrid Performance reports, WinField United Answer Plots, as well as our own experience and observations from hundred of thousands of acres farmed by cooperative members. We can help you choose the corn hybrids, soybean and alfalfa varieties that are most likely to perform under your tillage system, your particular soil types and drainage conditions, as well as insect and disease pressures.

We offer a wide range of products from well-known seed producers, including hybrids and varieties that work well within specific weed control systems, including Liberty Link in corn and Enlist in soybeans. Our agronomists are happy to help you compare your yields with results from other farms in your area to see if you can squeeze better performance out of the hybrids and varieties you’ll be planting next spring.

 

Answer Plot data gives you insights for every acre

It’s your resource for localized insights you can trust to choose the best products for your soil types matched with the right management practices. Answer Plots test and re-tests products in varying field conditions so you and your United Cooperative agronomist can make the right input decisions for your crops.

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West Salem Local Yield Results Book

Crop Protection

United Cooperative’s agronomy division offers crop protection products from all of the major manufacturers. But protecting your crops is really much more than products alone. It should also take into account crop rotation, tillage practices, corn hybrid and soybean variety selection and other variables. Your United Cooperative agronomist can help you see the big picture, and discuss ways for you to make your crop protection plan more efficient and cost-effective.

Crop Nutrition

Feeding your crops used to be pretty simple: you’d apply the same amount of N-P-K across an entire field, but times have changed. Research has consistently shown that some parts of your fields need additional nutrients, and some need fewer than you typically get with a one-size-fits-all solution.

That’s where your United Cooperative agronomy team can help. If you’re not currently doing any soil testing, that would be a great place to start. If you are soil testing, you might consider pulling more samples from each field, and then creating a field map that includes “management zones” based on yield potential.

Your cooperative has both the equipment and personnel to use variable rate application technology in your fields based on these maps. The result: higher yields on your best ground, the best possible yields on your poorest ground, and sometimes, a lower fertilizer bill. To learn more, visit with your local United Cooperative agronomist today.

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Precision Farming

Precision farming is a term that scares a lot of farmers—especially those who didn’t grow up with computers or sophisticated electronics. But, you’ll find that when you work with United Cooperative’s precision farming specialists, you’ll reap the agronomic benefits of precision farming without having to become an electronics expert yourself.

The only two things you really need to get started are a yield monitor in your combine, and a recent set of soil test results. Much of precision farming revolves around getting the right nutrients to your crop, when and where they are needed. By bringing together the yield information you’ve probably already collected, along with your soil tests, our agronomists can show you which parts of your field could benefit from higher levels of nutrients, and where you could cut back without hurting yields.

Almost every farmer who takes this first step goes on to adopt even more precision farming practices. That’s how noticeable the results can be. At every step of the way, there’s a United Cooperative precision farming specialist who’s ready to help.

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Financing and pre-pay opportunities

Fall is the best time to line up financing for next year’s crop, and to take advantage of special pricing on everything from seed to fertilizer. You can also save money by pre-paying some of your 2021 expenses this year, and then deducting those expenses from next year’s income.

The finance team at United Cooperative is experienced in filling out loan applications, identifying discounts you might be eligible to receive on next year’s crop inputs, and meeting end-of-the-year deadlines for pre-pay requirements. 

The first step for any new agronomy customer is to complete a simple credit application and return it to our offices. If you have questions or would like additional information, please call (920) 887-1756.