9.15.20 News from Your Federated Agronomists
As the 2020 growing season moves toward harvest, take a few minutes to consider your best options for finishing this year well and setting up next year for early success: fall fertilizer applications, alfalfa and hay nutrients, propane supply for grain drying, and last but definitely not least, harvest safety.

And, if you missed watching the virtual Discovery Plot tours, or if want to revisit the videos before ordering 2021 seed, scroll down this page to select and view any or all of the Discovery Plot videos.

Be sure to contact your Federated Agronomist with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.
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Harvest. Fertilize. Save Money. Get Set for Spring.
“Blue Light Specials” may be a thing of the past, but there are still savings to be had when you purchase fall fertilizer soon.

Rod Gustafson, Federated agronomist at the Albertville location, said, “We will have special pricing on fall-applied fertilizer . . . and some special terms with approved credit.”

Fall fertilization always helps ease the spring rush, and it’s “usually easier to get ... Read more.
Fall Fertilizer Nourishes Alfalfa and Hay Fields
“September is the month to take care of your alfalfa and hay fields,” said Craig Loen, Federated agronomist at the Osceola location. “It prepares them for the long harsh winter.”

Nourishing the high-value alfalfa and hay fields can help produce high feed quality and better yields throughout the year. These crops consume nutrients in large quantities, Loen noted.

Determine nutrient needs with a current soil ... Read more.
Federated Propane is Ready. Are You?
Propane is ready at Federated. Is your tank full?

Mark Grave, Federated’s director of energy, said, “Your [Federated] propane teams have completed the preparations for the upcoming drying season . . . and we recommend filling all dryer tanks well ahead of combined hitting the fields.”

Crops are slightly ahead of schedule throughout the Midwest, and the USDA predicts a record corn harvest. According to Grave ... Read more.
“Safety First” is More than a Catch Phrase for 2020
In a pandemic year where everyone talks about being/staying safe, the reminder to “be safe” during harvest may seem redundant. But no. Safety is critical to a successful harvest, and if persistent reminders keep everyone safe, it won’t matter how often they’re repeated.

Tom Rausch, Federated’s safety director, shared the following information from OSHA with regard to farm safety, especially as it relates to the ever-essential tractors, which are “the leading cause of death ... Read more.
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