Central Valley Cooperative headquartered in Owatonna, MN held a ground breaking ceremony for their new Kenyon Agronomy Center on Tuesday, May 7th. The new site is located on the intersection of Hwy 246 and Hwy 56.
Wearing white hard hats and bright construction vests Central Valley employees, board members, contractors, township & county officials and others involved in the project took turns with the golden shovels for a photograph in front of the newly-erected Central Valley Sign.
Addressing the group assembled, Central Valley General Manager Gary Mohr spoke with conviction about the project and the benefits it will bring. The new Kenyon facility will be safe, efficient and environmentally responsible, he stated. This will be a good business that will increase the tax base, provide employment and be around for many years to come.
In another week to ten days, crews will begin the work of leveling the land and preparing for construction on the site that will house a 13,500-ton dry fertilizer facility in addition to liquid fertilizer storage. A separate facility will contain a seed warehouse & treatment equipment, chemical storage and shop in addition to an office which will be attached to this facility. There will be a total of 12-15 employees working out of this location with additional 10-12 part-time seasonal workers. Employees working in the current Kenyon location as well as employees from other Central Valley locations in neighboring communities will be moved to this facility once it becomes fully operational.
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The link below is a video that demonstrates the value of using Ascend in your liquid starter. The rows on the left have Ascend and the rows on the right are the check. The Ascend treated corn is out of the ground faster, and tassels five days sooner.
Central Valley Cooperative was featured in an artical in the recent Corn and Soybean Digest! The article focuses on Instant-Nitrate testing, and the efforts Central Valley has put forth. Please click the link below to read the article!
Moist Soil Sample Provides Precision, Better Accuracy in Estimating Potassium
Have you considered getting your oils, hydraulic fluids and antifreeze in bulk? Central Valley has a full line of lubricant products that will economically fulfill all of your needs. If you are looking to get rid of the drums and 2 1/2 gallon containers that are cluttering up your shop this maybe the perfect solution. Minimum deliveries of 75 gallons (35 gal per product) apply. Contact: Mike, Steve, Dennis or Stephanie today to get on board with bulk oil products. We can be reached at 507-446-5000 or 866-333-1220.
By Brian Weller
In the course of the last few years attention has been brought to the soybean seed treatment market by new players coming in to the market place touting “New” products which truth be told are older less reliable products given new names or a different color.
Late in 2012 early in 2013 Syngenta the historical leader in seed treatment innovation rolled out two new products.
Vibrance- is a brand new type of fungicide chemistry that is called SDHI which stands for Succinate dehydrogenase inhibitor. This new mode of action is a breakthrough in the fungicide market which will help in utilizing different modes of action to prevent resistance issues. Vibrance is very active on Rhizoctonia.
Rhizoctonia is a late spring early summer disease that at times maybe called “Damping off”. Conditions that favor Rhizoctonia are delayed emergence, warm soil temperatures and soil types that are high in organic matter. High soil moisture also increase the incidence of “damping off”
Photos courtesy of University of Minnesota
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Due to the volume of acres being added every year to the Central Advantage program,Central Valley has been taking steps to expand its precision agriculture team. Ashley Schmeling joined the Blooming Prairie location two years ago to work with Blooming and Ellendale Central Advantage growers. Sagan Kelling is the newest addition and was added to the Hayfield location two months ago to work with Hayfield and Austin Central Advantage customers.
They will be working with the agronomists at these locations to better implement Central Advantage for current growers in the program and for those looking to join. Their main goal is to gain an intimate knowledge of their growers operations and help them make use of the vast amount of technology available in agriculture as it pertains to their growers. Through data collection, monitor set-up, monitor calibration and writing variable rate recommendations they will work to put all of their customer’s information together in a way that is manageable and that makes sense. Read more …
The question “Do Traited Corn Products such as corn borer or corn rootworm hybrids need more nutrients than non traited hybrids?” The response is yes in that traited hybrids have increased yields by 5-20% vs. non traited hybrids, and will need and remove more nutrients just based on the increased yield. Read more …
Central Valley Cooperative and Central Advantage are proud to announce a new and innovative tool to help you manage your in season Nitrogen application for corn. The NitrateNow program focuses on in season nitrate testing, along with your management zones, to make precise variable rate side-dress nitrogen recommendations. Contact your local Central Valley Agronomist to get more information on this new Program!
Central Valley Co-op is changing to a new operating software system. The new system will become effective January 1, 2013. Although there will be some changes, many items will remain the same. One of the things you can expect to see is a new layout for statements which you will notice in the January 2013 month end statement that you will receive the first part of February 2013.
You will still be able to log into our website at www.centralvalleycoop.com to get any of your sales or patronage information you had with us through December 31, 2012. Purchases made from Central Valley Co-op after Dec. 31, 2012 will be available online on the new system but it may take a couple of months before that is available. We will keep you posted via our website.
Any prior account history you have under the account information tab on the old system will still be available for you to access for some time into the future. Any account information you have been accessing from your Interstate Mills account will remain the same. Interstate Mills is not changing their system at this time so everything will remain the same for now.
Other new features and changes will be featured in mailers, future newsletters or on the website.
We have been busy switching over to the new system. This is a big project and takes time to implement, but with patience and determination our great team of employees will get this done. Please be patient with us as we move through this transition period. If you have any questions or concerns please give us a call (507) 451-1230.
The 2012 crop season was set up to be a moisture limiting season from the very beginning. We came off a dry fall which was followed by a mild winter with minimal snow, leaving subsoil moisture to be extremely minimal. While some areas did get some relief from precipitation, the majority of the area saw one of its worst droughts in decades. While the crop struggled to produce in a water limited environment and withstand excessive heat at time, it was a great year to put the test to the new drought tolerant corn hybrids that are working their way onto the market. Several companies have drought tolerant hybrids in their line-up for the 2013 crop season. While this new technology is a great advancement in agriculture, it is important to understand what you are really gaining if you choose to add these to your seed line-up.
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