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
Please be sure to mark your calendars for our 2013 Answer Plot Sessions. The plot is located 3 miles East of Hayfield on HWY 30, then 2 miles south on 220th AVE (See Map Below). See you there!
- Session 1: Thursday May 30th, 2013
- Session 2: Tuesday August 27th, 2013 Read more …
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 …