Winter annual weeds in such as field pennycress, marestail, shepherd's purse, and tansy mustard are widely seen across the trade area and are likely to present problems going into 2020's row crops. As soil temps fall over the next month we will start fall applications as part of a two part pre-program.  Below is a link to Roundup Ready Plus which can help identify those tough to control winter annuals.




The Enlist Weed Control System is an agricultural system that includes seeds for genetically modified crops that are resistant to Enlist One (2,4-D Choline), Enlist Duo (2,4-D Choline and glyphosate) and  glufosinate (Liberty).  This is the first new herbicide system since Roundup Ready, which was launched in 1996.  We are excited to see this new tool in our “toolbox” and are currently evaluating seed brands that can provide the Enlist traited products.



As the first soybean trait with triple-stacked tolerance to dicamba, glyphosate and now glufosinate, XtendFlex® soybeans will offer farmers application flexibility in their weed control along with the same high-yielding potential they know and trust.  WE are hoping to get a look at this trait and system on a few acres in 2020.  Supplies will be limited and likely to come to us in late group 1 soybeans.




Fall fertility program conversations are starting.  Careful though will need to be given to each field pending the 2019 crop planted (or not planted).  Our agronomy staff is gearing up for those questions as we kick off our fall CMT program enrollments, both new acres and re-test acres.

Agronomy Staff

Jeff Schmiesing
Agronomy Department Manager
Cell: 605-940-7665
Allen Johansen
Seed Lead
Cell: 605-661-4882

Andy Stapleton
Precision Ag Manager
Cell: 605-201-3130
Greg Bartmann
Marion Agronomist
Cell: 605-661-6993
Jeff Schaefer
Marion Agronomist
Cell: 605-661-3010


Dustin Lounsbery
Marion Agronomist
Cell: 605-661-4249
Matt Horstman
Dimock Agronomist
Cell: 605-661-0109
Cody Plamp
Dimock Agronomist
Cell: 605-999-2281
Chris Rutledge
Irene Agronomist
Cell: 605-660-4146
Erin Hansen
Irene Agronomist
Cell: 605-760-1446
Brian Nelson
Salem Agronomist
Cell: 605-941-8852
Mathieu Pechholt
Lyons Agronomist
Cell: 605-350-1948
Clay Hespe
Tyndall Agronomist
Cell: 605-421-1636