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Just Keep Looking from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. This is one of those same-time-every-year kind of articles—one of those that I seem to write year in and year out, I guess because the topic is so important or something… It’s early August.  You’ve been at this crop for a while now.  And it’s been […]

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Let This Sink In

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Let this soak in from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. It’s no secret that I have some pet topics; Nitrogen, the planter, and compaction. This spring Keith and I both said that the issues of compaction plague us all year long. So we’ve talked about it when it came to tillage, during planting, when evaluating […]

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It’s a Little Rough

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It’s a Little Rough from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Growers are a diverse bunch of people, but as I talk with you all as the season progresses, there is one refrain that I hear from every corner: “If I could do just one thing over, I’d…” I’ve mentioned before that the typical grower desires […]

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The Hotrod Soybean


The Hotrod Soybean from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. It’s that time again: my quarterly soybean article, summer version. I always him and haw a bit when it comes to writing about soybeans.  They’re just not the hot rod stuff that corn is.  Generally, they’re kind of fickle and weird.  And boring.  Like a Subaru. […]

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Space and Shape


Space & Shape from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. I’ve mentioned here before—and not too long ago—some weirdness that we might expect in root architecture this season.  Every growing season comes with its challenges, but this spring was particularly remarkable. There is definitely weirdness in the roots this year.  It varies by tillage system, planting […]

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Insights from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. This might ring a familiar note, friends, but read on!  As our experience and knowledge grow, so do our options, so even common annual topics—like fungicide application in this case—evolve and change from year to year. It is that time.  Tasseling is just a few weeks away and […]

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K is for Complication

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K is for Complicated from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. This will come as no surprise to all the regular followers out there; I have a fascination with Nitrogen. The journey with Nitrogen has lead me to curiosity with Potassium due to the relationship and interaction between these two nutrients. What I learned is, available […]

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Turmoil from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. In the past, I have laid out the mathematical formula for yield as being the number of ears multiplied by the number of kernels divided by the number of kernels in a bushel, and that hasn’t changed. I’ve spent a lot of time talking about how the only […]

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The Root of the Problem


The Root of it All from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Today’s topic is root development.  Or rather, the lack thereof. We’ve had a ridiculously odd spring that’s put soil temperatures on a real roller coaster ride.  There’s bound to be some weirdness in our plants as a result and that weirdness starts in the […]

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Rain, Rain…


5-22-17 Rain Rain from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo. Go away.  For now.  You’re causing anxiety. We’ve gotten a lot of rain lately.  A lot.  And on cue, the questions have started:  What about nitrogen loss? Well, what about it?  It’s a good question.  One of the right questions.  But the answer, of course, isn’t […]

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