We’re looking back at some of the most important lessons we learned throughout 2023. Season 2 of The Dirt podKast aired with 38 episodes featuring an impressive lineup of guests and experts, from farmers to influencers to agronomists—and even a chuckwagon driver! The season took host Mike Howell all the way from the U.S. to… Read More

“pH is easy to spell, but it’s more difficult to understand,” at least that’s what Dr. Larry Oldham, extension soil specialist at Mississippi State University Extension Service told Mike Howell when he and Dr. Clain Jones, Montana University soil fertility specialist, were guests on The Dirt podKast. Soil pH characterizes the soil as acidic (0-7),… Read More

What is the function of zinc within a plant? Dr. Jeff Schoenau, University of Saskatchewan Professor and Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Soil Nutrient Management Chair joins Mike Howell on this episode to discuss the role of zinc in photosynthesis, common fertilizer sources, plant availability, and soil versus foliar applications. Learn why zinc is vital for crop production and some… Read More

Modern farm success depends on navigating the latest nutrient management practices and agronomic research. Instead of spending hours sifting through all the latest research and data yourself, eKonomics makes it easy. eKonomics puts farming’s most accurate, up-to-date information and research tools in one place — for free. You can now access that information from anywhere…. Read More

Today’s progressive grower has access to more technology than ever before. From advanced computers in tractors and temperature and moisture sensors to aerial crop scouting and digital data record books, farmers are equipped to handle nearly everything on the farm. Yet, they look to trusted advisors and retailers like you and your team every day… Read More

Beyond boosting yields, the application of spring starter materials provides advantages of early crop growth, drier grain at harvest-time and less phosphorus runoff. “With spring planting underway, producers can profit from a more complete understanding of the usefulness of starter fertilizers,” says Dr. Robert Mullen, Director of Agronomy at eKonomics. Early Crop Growth Starter fertilizers play a key role… Read More

Not only has the weather this spring affected farmers’ ability to get crops in the ground, but it has also created situations where ag suppliers have products that did not make it to the field for application. A common question is, how do I manage my storage of polyphosphates? Here are a few things to… Read More

Prolonged dry weather conditions bring the potential for potassium deficiency, especially in soybeans that require a lot of potassium, and remove up to 1.4 lb. per bushel. Potassium is vital to plant health as it regulates the opening and closing of pores (leaf stomata) on the plant’s surfaces that allow gases and water vapor to… Read More


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