Innovations in the Field

Sponsored by BASF

Welcome to the 2017 BASF Innovations in the Field. This yearlong program is designed to showcase four progressive farmers and their use of technology and agronomic practices to enhance their return on investment and profit potential. Check back each week for new blogs and videos from the farmers as they share their experiences and crop management decisions throughout the growing season. Here is a brief overview of our four participants.

J.C. Henrekin

Deer Grove, Illinois

JC Henrekin

Blog Entry #2: March 20, 2017

Spring Is Here

Spring is here, although it has felt that way for a couple of months now, it is nice for it to "officially" be here! With that and the recent lift on the posted roads, we have been able to get some of the spring dry P and K spread on the last remaining fields. Along with that, it is looking like this week will offer us a chance to get our Spring anhydrous started as well. We typically wait until spring to apply the majority of our anhydrous for one reason only, to help ensure that it is still there this June. While I have faith in nitrogen stabilizers, these unusually warm winters the past two years have left a certain amount of doubt in my mind as to the "remaining" fall applied N come Summer time. HOWEVER, in a wet spring, we all know the challenges that come with that! Hence the reason we still apply a portion in the fall to better manage our available time.

Along with fertilizer, March is also busy for us continuing to move grain out of bins to the local ethanol plant, with the remaining bushels staying put until summer time. Here is time lapse photography of our new Bin Build from last year.

VIDEO: Time lapse photography of our Bin Build


Planting prescriptions are beginning to get finalized also. While we have been using them on corn for quite a few years, we are beginning to write them for our soybean acres too. While corn has been, and continues to be, "King," each year we continue giving soybeans a better chance and no longer consider them, "The Ugly Stepchild".

On a personal note, my wife and I have recently started the very first Shooting Team for Prophetstown High School. U.S.A. High School Clay Target League has been around for over a decade, but only beginning the second year in Illinois. It came about rather quick in order to get a team signed up before the March 1st deadline, but after school board approval on Wednesday, a thrown together open team meeting on Thursday, and all 19 kids applications entered before the deadline on Friday, we hit the ground running! With overwhelming community support, all 19 kids will have all 9 weeks of shooting competition paid for in full! So our first shoot will begin the first week of April. Win lose or draw, the kids seem very excited to get started!