Blogging by the Bushel
With numerous challenges over the past several years for producers, we at Mercer Landmark understand the need for a comprehensive risk management solution. We seek to provide our customers with unparalleled service to ensure maximum results.
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By~ Brad Miller With waterhemp now in our area I get asked how to control it.  Ohio State recommends using a residual before planting such as Metribuzin, Valor XLT, Sonic, Boundary or the Authority products. And use different modes of action such as Liberty, Flexstar, Cobra, Xtendmax or Engenia  post to help with weed resistance.  [...]


By~ Jeff Prickett As I visit with farmers about their upcoming starter fertilizer needs for corn, I have had a few questions arise about starter fertilizer. Questions such as: What is the best fertilizer for 2”x2” placement? How much 28%N can I run in a 2”x2” placement situation? If I have high P levels, do [...]


By~ Rick Mollenkopf What are we talking about ?    That is how many days we have to get our farms and fields ready for 2017. Another year is coming quick and in that time we have those fields to put fertilizer on , wheat top dress, corn seed in the barns, and seed beans on [...]


By~ Steve Heckler Did you know some weed seeds can lie dormant in the soil for more than a century or longer and then sprout when conditions are right? Understanding weed seeds and their lifespan is critical because that means if a single weed is allowed to go to seed, you may be battling the [...]


Trading is winding down for 2016, and what a year it’s been. From the first opening bell in January, volatility reigned supreme as one surprise after another rocked the markets. Some of the news was good for grain prices, and some bad, in a year that was anything but dull. Here’s a look at 10 [...]


By~ Brian Mitchem Fall of 2016 allowed many farmers to apply lime, dry fertilizer and litter in a timely manner. Year over year macro nutrient prices have been favorable at the farm and Mercer customers took advantage with a good fall. With crop and livestock commodity prices also declining from previous levels the decisions for [...]


By~Alex Fullenkamp As many farmers consider prepaying some Crop Protection products over the next month or two, many will be evaluating what to do different to increase profitability. Something to look at for information would be the yield book recently put together by some of Mercer Landmarks agronomy employees.  These books include local trials and [...]


By~Amy Hayes As we put together 2017 Cropping Plans with local growers we have continued to have discussions regarding the Liberty Link system as a different option for tough to control, glyphosate resistant weeds. Along with marestail and giant ragweed being consistent problem weeds across our area, waterhemp has also made a comeback, and if [...]


By~ Ben Stoller A recent Ohio Farmer article on intensive wheat management reviews some practices a North Dakota farmer will not discontinue-despite discouraging wheat prices.  While some of his practices are commonly implemented in our geography, there are some that may not be as utilized: Treating Seed: while many treat seed with a fungicide and/or [...]


By~ Brad Miller I have been receiving several questions on Roundup Xtend program and the Xtendimax Herbicide which has finally been registered by the EPA.  To help plan for next year this is what we know at this time.  Xtendimax still has to be registered at the state level.   There are several restrictions listed on [...]