Federated Co-ops Ag News

  • There's No Harvest Without You

    In the rush of the growing season we often fail to appreciate the many people who contribute to the bountiful harvest each fall. And so, in this season of Thanksgiving, we stop to say "thank you" to you, our growers, and to all of those who work at your side. Thank you for the major role you play in helping to feed the world. Your hard work does not go unnoticed.

    We -- all of the Federated team members -- appreciate the opportunity to serve you, in season and out, and we are grateful for the trust you place in us to provide quality crop inputs and to help you with crop management.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families, from all of us at Federated Co-ops, Inc.

  • Corn Discovery Plot Results Ready to View

    The 2016 Federated Corn Discovery Plot results are now available to view (follow the links below). Federated uses the Discovery Plot system to provide reliable local data to growers. The plots provide "seed performance knowledge to both our customers, and our [agronomists]," said Craig Gustafson, Federated's eastern division agronomy manager.

    Gustafson highlighted the important role of the Discovery Plot Cooperators, and offered them a "special thanks . . . for providing their resources, time, and management" over the course of the growing season and through harvest. Their contributions to this valuable service are greatly appreciated.

    For further information on the Discovery Plot Results, be sure to contact your local Federated Agronomist as you develop your 2017 crop management plans. The agronomy team is here to help.

    Lenneman Plot Results (St. Michael)

    Gustafson Plot Results (Osceola)

    Bostrom Plot Results (Isanti)

    Wilhelm Plot Results (Princeton)

    Lezer Plot Results (Sauk Rapids)

    Cramaur Plot Results (Rush City)

    Nelson Plot Results (Hinckley)

  • Seed Financing Offers Early Benefits

    "Now is the best time to take advantage of early purchase discounts on seed," said Keith Steiner, Federated's business relationship specialist. "Federated Co-ops has teamed up with CFA, an agriculture financing co-op out of Kansas City, MO, to offer very attractive interest rates on your seed purchases or a full crop input loan," he added.

    Take advantage of these benefits of seed financing.

    • Purchase all your seed varieties and brands on one loan.
    • Eliminate the worry of meeting minimum purchase requirements.
    • Experience a very easy application process with loan approvals in 1-2 days.
    • Use the crop input loan for seed, fertilizer, crop protection, and fuel purchases made through Federated Co-ops.

    Note this important deadline:  Nov. 18. The first window for the largest cash discounts ends then, "so getting started now will save you the most money," Steiner said.

    Contact Steiner for additional financing information, or contact your Federated Agronomist with other seed-related questions.

  • Seed Traits Take a Few Turns in '17

    With the arrival of the seed ordering season, John Swanson, Federated agronomist at the Ogilvie location, offered valuable information about available traits in both corn and soybeans

    Corn Traits

    "In corn, very few things have changed from 2016," he said, but the following facts are worth noting as growers plan for 2017.

    • The Agrisure Viptera trait is now approved, but the Agrisure Duracade still needs to be used for local consumption, or channeled, and a Duracade Stewardship Agreement must be signed.
    • Federated offers corn with no traits (i.e., conventional corn) as well as:
      • Roundup Ready 2,
      • Double Pro,
      • Triple pro,
      • Smartstax,
      • Agrisure traits. 

    Swanson noted, "One key point for 2018 is the discontinuation of Triple Pro hybrids."  Growers should look to other options to replace the current Triple Pro hybrids in use this year and next; they will not be available in 2018.

    "Each trait has a time and place when and where they are needed," said Swanson, adding, "Please consult with your local Federated seed specialist and we can help place both the correct traits and genetics for your individual situations."

    Soybean Traits

    The Roundup Ready (RR) 2® Xtend™ trait has been approved for next season. "This trait allows the soybeans to be tolerant to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides," said Swanson.  However, he added, "although the trait is approved, Monsanto is still waiting for the EPA to approve the in-crop use of dicamba."

    While the RR 2 Xtend trait will be in many products by 2018, limited quantities are available in 2017 for the maturities that fit Federated's service areas. Swanson recommended ordering as soon as possible to ensure supply if choosing to try this seed in 2017.

    "Another good option in soybeans that has not been used a lot in our area, but is a good option, is the Liberty link soybean system," said Swanson. This is another alternative for managing glyphosate resistance. Some very competitive varieties also available through Federated include  the Croplan and Legend lineups. Swanson again reminded growers that these supplies may go fast so order as soon as possible to lock in supply.

    And as always, talk to your local Federated Agronomist with any questions about corn or soybean seed traits as your 2017 plans get underway.

  • 2016 Soybean Discovery Plot Results Ready for Review

    Federated's soybean Discovery Plots results are in, and ready for review in the links below. Don't hesitate to contact your helpful Federated Agronomist with any questions about the plot details. Use this information as a tool for future crop plans.combine harvesting soybeans


  • Update on Dicamba Label for RR2 Xtend Soybeans in 2017

    The good news surrounding Roundup Ready (RR) 2 Xtend soybeans is, unfortunately, tempered by the lack of an approved label for the herbicides to control the problem weeds for which the soybeans were developed. The University of Minnesota Extension Service published the following article with the latest information on this concern for the upcoming growing season, as well as yield results from their 2016 trials with the dicamba-tolerant soybean varieties. 

    Please read the link below and then talk to your Federated Agronomist with any questions or concerns. And remember that RR 2 Xtend soybeans will be in limited supply in 2017, so place your orders soon.

    U of M Extension Article

  • 2016 Discovery Plot Soybean Yield Results

    Federated 2016 Discovery Plot Soybean Yield Results are here. Federated has eight Discovery Plots located from Albertville, MN to Osceola, WI . This is probably one of the most outstanding years for soybean yields throughout the Federated area. Each Discovery Plot Results has details such as: soil type, tillage program, and planting date. Find a plot or two which maybe similar to your farming operation. At Federated, we take pride in the information we gather from our Discovery Plots, because it is local data, educates our agronomy team on making the right decisions for Federated customers, and will help Federated customers make sound seed purchasing decisions for 2017. As always this information would not be possible if were not for our plot cooperators. Thank you plot cooperators for your time and resources which enables us to share this information with our growers at Federated. For further information on Discovery Plot Results, please contact your nearest Federated Coops Agronomy location and let our agronomy team help you make wise seed purchasing decisions for 2107.

    2016 Soybean Plot Results

  • Spray Weeds This Fall, While They're Still Growing

    "Fall is an excellent time to control weeds," said Craig Peterson, Federated agronomist at the Ogilvie location. "It's no secret that biennial and perennial weeds are much easier to control in the fall," he added. Even after a light frost,  quack grass, dandelion,  and Canadian thistle can be effectively controlled because the weeds are "trying to store up for winter," he said, and the chemicals can more easily move into the roots.

    For most any situation, fall weed control "will put you a step ahead next spring," Peterson added, and you will "have a much nicer seed bed for the following crop." Sod fields coming out of production are well-suited for fall weed control, as are no-till fields where the weed pressure can be extra strong in the spring.

    One key to successful fall weed control is to make sure the weeds are healthy at the time of herbicide application. If weeds were cut off during harvest, Peterson recommended, let some leaf surface grow back before spraying for the best results.

    Federated recommends glyphosate or Buccaneer Plus® for fall application," said Peterson. For tough broadleaf plants, adding some 2,4D or Dicamba (such as Detonate®), or both, along with the Buccaneer Plus "will do an excellent job in most cases." (See Buccaneer and Detonate labels.)

    Range Star®, a 2,4D and Dicamba blend (see label) is also recommended for a stronger punch on tough-to-kill broadleaf weeds.

    As harvest proceeds, Peterson offered this reminder: "Pay special attention to problem weed areas and talk to your Federated Agronomist. You may save yourself a few headaches in the next crop."

  • Ogilvie Expansion Boosts Federated's Service Line

    Weather permitting, the fertilizer plant expansion at Federated's Ogilvie location will be completed by mid October, just in time to assist growers with their fall fertilizer needs. The expansion got a bit behind schedule, according to Brian DeVries, Federated's Ogilvie location manager overseeing the expansion, "but we have had lots of action this week."

    Electricians are wiring the new tower and blending office area, millwrights are putting the final parts in place on the tower, and the fertilizer leg is nearly complete. "They have a large crew" at work on the fertilizer plant expansion project, said DeVries. "It's a little overwhelming," he said, "lots of things happening at one time" -- a sign of work nearing  completion.

    The new building and equipment will streamline seed deliveries and liquid fertilizer loading. Overall, the "pretty impressive" expansion at the Ogilvie Ag Center "should make [Federated] more productive when things get really busy," DeVries ventured.

    Federated's Cody Lezer will be heading up the seed warehouse and liquid fertilizer site, and "he is excited for the new challenge," said DeVries.

    Talk to your Federated Agronomist with questions on how these expanded services can benefit your seed and fertilizer needs.

    Ogilvie expansion                              Ogilvie expansion

  • Reminder, Once Again: Soil Sample in the Fall

    It's the same song, second verse: Do soil sampling in the fall to be ready for the next spring.  Don't wait until there's no time to take samples in the spring and thereby miss the opportunity to make informed decisions on crop nutrients and other inputs.Soil sampling bag

    As has been said before, Kevin Carlson, Federated's senior agronomist, recommends soil sampling any fall when field fertility information is more than three or four years old. He would even soil sample every couple of years -- because better and more current information is "invaluable" when making fertilizer recommendations. "It's really the foundation," he said.

    Whether it's composite sampling, or grid sampling for precision ag, Federated agronomists across the board say, "Just do it." It's a minimal investment in time and money for a major return on crop benefit.

    Contact your Federated Agronomist with any questions about soil sampling, or to schedule them to take samples for you.