Illinois

Getting "More Than" from "Less Than" Ground: Part 2

Getting “More Than” From “Less Than” Ground with Cade Bushnell

Cade Bushnell of northern Illinois works with Jeff Jackson who heads up Agrithm in Byron, Illinois. Cade is on a serious upswing in productivity with an eye towards maximum profit. We caught up with him to learn about how he outperformed his acres in 2016.

Cade in field

Getting "More Than" from "Less Than" Ground: Part 1

We all know how hard it can be to get “more than” from “less than ground.

AgVenture’s, Jeff Shaner interviewed two farmers that have dealt with their share of challenging ground. In these interviews he digs deeper into the challenges they faced and still outperformed their acres in 2016.

Nathan Beard

Nathan Beard of western Illinois works with AgVenture Yield Specialist Matt Davis of AgVenture D&M. Nathan is on a serious upswing in productivity with an eye towards maximum profit.

Wrapping up Harvest in Illinois

I’m doing in-line ripping today. We got done with harvest a week ago this morning, and all in all it went very well. Personally, I was still slightly disappointed, but that’s just how I am. I was told to be very happy with what I have, because my corn was probably 30 bushels better than all my neighbors, and my beans were probably about eight. So overall, I’m pleased with the results.

Planting with a New AYS

We’re right in the middle of planting out here, and so far things are going well. I’ve been working with a new AYS, Colt Halloran, in addition to Mike Davis and Brian Maxwell. Colt and Mike came out to my farm on our third day of planting corn and walked behind the planter, checking seed depth and spacing. They said I was a bit too eager, and the ground was a bit too tacky to plant.

Planning for a New Season: Hauling Grain and Finalizing the Cropping Plan in Illinois

We’ve been staying busy over the winter — we’re taking care of cows and getting them through winter. We have about another 25 days until we start calving, so at that point we’ll have a spring calf herd of 40 head on its way. But mostly we’re hauling grain and fertilizer. We’ve got pretty well everything hauled except for some parent seed. I think we’ve got 20,000 bushels of corn left to move and a few commercial beans, but most of it is parent seed.

“The Best Crop We’ve Seen”

All in all, the season is going great. We probably have the best crop we’ve seen in 20 years — or we’ve got a good start anyways. For the first time in a while, we finally got everything planted and growing pretty good, and we didn’t get any big rain to slow things down. It's just been nice. It's been warm enough to keep corn growing, and there’s not too much water to drown it out.

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