N-Watch Update from GROMARK’s Dr. Brown

Cindy Zimmerman

The N-Watch program was developed by GROWMARK director of nutrient management and environmental stewardship Dr. Howard Brown as a tool to estimate the concentration of plant-available N throughout the year. The program started with 45 sites in Illinois and continues to grow. “Currently we are looking at over 900 sites from Nebraska to southern Ontario,” said Brown. “The purpose is …

Audio, Fertilizer, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Provides Fertilizer Update

Cindy Zimmerman

Lower crop prices and a later harvest caused farmers to cut back some on fall fertilizer application last year but supplies are expected to be adequate this spring to meet demand, according to GROWMARK Plant Food Director Joe Dillier. “Haven’t had a great test of that because of the planting delays we’ve had to date,” said Dillier. “But my guess …

Audio, Fertilizer, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Crop Update

Cindy Zimmerman

Another 10% of the nation’s corn crop was planted last week, bringing the total now a couple of points ahead of last year but still behind the five year average. According to the latest progress report from USDA, farmers now have 19% of the corn crop in the ground and two percent has emerged, most of it in non-Corn Belt …

Audio, Corn, GROWMARK, Wheat

Happy #EarthDay

Cindy Zimmerman

Seeing lots of Earth Day messages on social media today reminding the other 98% of the population that farmers and ranchers do Earth Day every day. Here’s one from the GROWMARK FS system. We are celebrating Earth Day today by going to the beach – it’s a gorgeous day here!

General, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Highlights Intern Program at NAMA

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK has one of the oldest and most successful internship programs in the agriculture business so they were a popular stop for student NAMA attendees during the Connection Point trade show at the Agri-Marketing Conference last week in Kansas City. “We’re going on our 56th year with the internship program,” said GROWMARK University Relations Manager Allison Stephey. “We have a …

AgCareers, Audio, GROWMARK, Internship, NAMA

GROWMARK Acquires MO Refined Fuels Terminal

Cindy Zimmerman

Illinois-based cooperative GROWMARK, Inc. is acquiring the refined fuels terminal near St. Joseph, Missouri from Magellan Pipeline Company to better serve customers in that area. Acquisition of the facility will enable GROWMARK to ensure continued supply of refined fuels and solidify the cooperative’s commitment to the energy business and to northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas, according to Kevin Carroll, GROWMARK …

Energy, Ethanol, GROWMARK

Ag Day 2015

Chuck Zimmerman

National Ag Day activities are conducted by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s Chair is Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In this week’s program I talked with Colin about the work of the ACA and this year’s activities. I also spoke with Amy Bradford, GROWMARK, an Ag Day sponsor and sponsor of my coverage of Ag Day activities …

Ag Day, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, GROWMARK, NCBA, ZimmCast

GROWMARK Report on Perception & Commodity Pricing

Jamie Johansen

A new report from GROWMARK Research demonstrates how commodity market capital flows distort our perception of the effect that news has on commodity prices. “News, Money and Prices” shows that money flows constitute an independent causal force on prices that have a life of their own; they represent additional demand. Often, it is not the news causing prices to rise; …

Agribusiness, Cooperatives, GROWMARK, Research

GROWMARK Reports 2014 Growth

John Davis

Illinois-based cooperative GROWMARK has some pretty positive news from its new 2014 annual report. The company says it had $10.2 billion in sales, delivering a return on capital of more than 12 percent and growth from almost every division within the company. Sales in nearly every division of GROWMARK grew in 2014, with the Plant Food Division and our East …

Agribusiness, GROWMARK

GROWMARK Cultivating Master Farmers Program

John Davis

Learning from someone who has “been there and done that” can be some of the most valuable lessons of all. That’s why GROWMARK, along with the other sponsors, including 1st Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit Illinois, Illinois Farm Bureau, Monsanto, and Prairie Farmer are looking for applicants for the Cultivating Master Farmers (CMF) program for the class of 2017. Now …

Ag Group, GROWMARK