Certainly Uncertain

Windshield Time

I’ve got some windshield time today, and I’ve been pondering which topic to go over for this month’s blog; the solution really was quite simple. It came to me to just speak on what I’ve been thinking about the most lately in regards to agriculture and my own farming operation including fertilizer and biologicals.


As we gear up for our starter fertilizer run going into the Spring, I think on how many options there are out there for application: 2 x 2, 2 x 2 x 2, on top, in-furrow, split in- furrow, and the list goes on…

Passing Preferences, Permanent Intentionality

Everyone seems to have their preference. But one thing I have noticed is that our preference never usually stays the same for longer than 2 to 3 years. I think we all get overly caught up that a certain form of application is going to make or break a crop. Then, there’s the guys that don’t run any starter whatsoever and still raise crops.

In my mind, it keeps boiling down to being as intentional as possible with the applications we make every year. Year-in and year-out, no matter what, that keeps ringing true. It’s quite timeless really, I don’t think there’s anyone out there that truly enjoys running in-furrow, fertilizer, biologicals, etc. It’s generally a messy process. You have to mess with pumps and calibrations and everything in between.

Personally, I run in-furrow on my planter and it works very well for me. All my personal side-by-side tests that I’ve done on my own farms show that it does in fact pay. There’s also some relief mentally about knowing exactly where I’m putting products down; in that efficient spot we called the ‘root zone’.

So whichever path you decide to pursue, whether you’re going to be running starter or not, just be mindful to be as intentional as possible. Because for me at least, during this time of uncertain markets, it sure doesn’t have me excited to spend extra money this year. Remember, it’s important to be diligent of not only what we buy, but even more so of how we apply. But also, as Ben always says, the goal is progress over perfection.

Josh Pretzer

CXO / Head of Distribution and Sales Acquisition

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