Agronomy

From pull-type spreaders to geo-referenced variable rate fertilizer applications, we'll meet you where you're at.

Spring Fertilizer Strategy

Due to a late harvest there is an increased number of fields in our region that did not get P and K fertilizer applications. If neither soil sampling nor P and K application could be done as planned for the 2020 crop, the yield-based estimate of nutrient removal by this year’s crop can be added to the estimate of removal by crops grown since the last application. The urgency of the need to apply “catch-up” P and K depends on soil test levels the last time the field was sampled: if P and K levels are already high, there’s less concern about yield loss. However, any of the immobile nutrients like P and K that were removed with harvest of any crop will need to be replaced at some point if soil test levels are to be maintained. Click the link below to see Agvise's table of reccommended rates for yield goals.

One way we can ensure that our higher yielding areas of each field is getting enough nutrients is to variable rate a blend based off zones created from previous years yield data and NDVI imagery.  In the lower producing areas, less fertilizer was taken out of the ground (see paragraph above) allowing us to put less product in those areas while replenishing the areas that produced higher yields.  This value-added practice will help ensure that your highest producing acres are not being depleted of nutrients when we have less information to work with.

Fertilizer Enhancement

We provide several dry and liquid fertilizer enhancers.  These products will give you anything from increased nutrient uptake to highly available, evenly distributed micronutrients in your soils.
 

                  For more information regarding specific nutrients and uses, please click the product logos:

Agronomy Services

We know you have options when it comes to purchasing your crop inputs. It’s our goal at Maple River Grain & Agronomy to provide our member-owners with the best possible customer service, from people that you know and trust.

Most of our employees grew up around here, and know what it takes to run a successful farming business. We pride ourselves on anticipating the needs of our customers, as well as on our well-maintained equipment and facilities, employee training and rapid response time.


The services we offer for conventional acres include the following:
  • Dry fertilizer delivery
  • Dry TerraGator® application
  • Liquid fertilizer delivery
  • Liquid TerrGator® application
  • RoGator® Application
  • Pull-type spreader rental
  • Conventional soil sampling
  • Plant tissue sampling
  • Soybean cyst soil sampling
  • Crop protection products delivery
  • Corn, soybean and small grain seed treating
  • Seed delivery

Precision Farming


Most farmers in this part of the Red River Valley are already employing at least some precision farming technology. Soil testing, for example, is the very foundation of precision farming. Combine yield monitors and variable rate fertilizer application are also part of the precision farming tool box.

No matter where you’re at in adopting precision farming practices, however, Maple River Grain & Agronomy now has the team in place to help you go further. Using readily available technology platforms, such as Winfield’s R7 Tool or Climate Corp’s FieldView, we can help you get more out the technology you may already have.

The following precision services are currently available at Maple River:
  • Variable rate (VR) single bin application
  • VR twin bin application
  • VR dry fertilizer prescription
  • VR liquid fertilizer prescription
  • VR seed prescription
  • R7 in-season imagery
  • R7 VR fertilizer prescription
  • R7 VR seed prescription
  • VR zone sampling
  • Climate FieldView subscriptions

A quick look at popular technology platforms


Climate FieldView Plus

Climate Fieldview’s goal is to put all your data in one place. Through the Cab App, you can collect weather, planting, spraying, harvest, and fertilizer as-applied data all in one place then break the data down into useable information in the Fieldview App. We can also upload all your grid sampling data to give you additional insights into your fields.
 

Climate FieldView Pro

With all that data you’ve collected over the years, now you have a tool at your disposal to compile your yield and soil data into variable rate planting and anhydrous maps.

Climate also has research-backed calculations tracking your nitrogen in your soil so you don’t over apply or under apply your fertilizer.


R7® Field Monitoring Tool (FMT)

FMT Satellites collect data 4-7 times a week and compares your field’s NDVI mass to other fields planted within the same maturity and planting window. Then it provides a report of fields trending up or down and gives us an early warning to nutrient deficiencies, diseases, or insect pressure.

Profit Mapper

The R7® Tool Profitability Map connects input costs and yield potential map data to determine ROI at an acre level. We can assign variable costs to a prescription map and overlay that with harvest data. Areas found to be less profitable provide an opportunity to better align input investments with yield potential the following year.

To learn more about any of these platforms, or to talk to our precision farming expert, call Maple River Grain & Agronomy today and ask for Ethan Kyllo.

Seed and Seed Treatment

Maple River Grain & Agronomy is proud to offer the hybrids and varieties that are best-suited to our local growing conditions, including those from DeKalb, Asgrow, Croplan, NK and Mycogen.

Using the Winfield R7 Tool, we can also access Answer Plot trial data from your specific area, and help you choose the corn, soybean and small grain numbers that are likely to perform best on the acres you farm. In addition, we offer a selection of custom seed treatments to protect your investment and help get your crops off to a fast start.

For more information regarding specific corn hybrids, soybean and small grain varieties, please click on the seed company logos.

 
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Soil Testing Pays Big Dividends.

Maple River Grain & Agronomy added soil sampling services in 2018, as more and more growers began taking a hard look at crop input expenses. Although zone sampling offers a more complete picture of your soil’s nutrient and pH status, even whole field sampling can tell us a lot.

The best time of the year to sample for next year’s corn acres is right after your soybeans are harvested in the fall. For zone sampling, consider hiring an experienced technician from Maple River Grain & Agronomy, who can manage the entire process for you.

Once your results come back, our agronomists in Casselton can overlay your soil maps with yield data from your own harvesting equipment to show you where less fertilizer, lower plant populations, or both, might be warranted. On the flip side, you may want to increase nutrient application and plant populations on your most productive acres to boost overall returns.

While many growers look to soil testing as a way to better manage input costs, there are other reasons to consider regular soil testing as well. Applying the right amount of crop nutrients in the right place and at the right time can also help minimize losses due to runoff, leaching and denitrification.

A series of recent surveys by The Fertilizer Institute shows that by overwhelming margins, farmers would prefer to manage nutrient runoff and water quality issues themselves, rather than ceding that role to government agencies. And there’s no better way to begin moving toward better nutrient management practices than soil testing. To learn more, or to schedule soil sampling for your farm, call us today.

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