What is Happening with Xtend® Soybeans

Xtend® soybeans recently crossed their final major hurdle with approval of a Dicamba herbicide labeled for them. This herbicide will go by the name of XtendiMax and is manufactured by Monsanto. BASF is also working on Dicamba herbicide for use … Continued

Big Data

Our sales group recently visited the headquarters of The Climate Corporation in San Francisco, CA for a first hand look at “big data” in action. It’s a bit of an odd location for a business devoted to production agriculture in … Continued

Interesting New Technology for Crop Improvement

Feeding an increasing population is a major challenge for agriculture. It will mean getting more productivity from fewer acres and with greater efficiency so that the producers can remain sustainable. Continued breeding efforts and cultural practices have been successful in … Continued

White Mold Fungicide

Over the years we have tested a lot of chemicals that claim to do a lot of wonderful things. Sadly we have been disappointed many times with these ‘wonder’ treatments and sprays. This year we tried Endura, a fungicide for … Continued

This Is Not Your Father’s Dicamba

As we wait for federal government approval of an over-the-top Dicamba for Xtend™ soybeans, it is important to remember that the spray, when released, is not generic old time chemistry. Both Monsanto and BASF are working on Dicamba that will … Continued

Hybrid Selection Advice

I often get asked, “Why does Renk offer so many corn hybrids?” And, “Why do I really need more than just your one best hybrid?” And finally, “This was the best hybrid in my plot this past year so why … Continued

Sudden Death Syndrome

Sudden Death Syndrome, or SDS as it is commonly called, is rearing its ugly head this year.  SDS is caused by Fusarium Solani, a fungus found in the soil. Normally it tends to be seen in the more southern areas … Continued

Wall of Fame

The 2015 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days was held this past August at the Statz Farm, just 6 miles from the Renk Seed facility. During the 3-day event, Renk welcomed over 500 growers to our farm for a pancake breakfast and … Continued

Recommendations for Harvesting Down Corn

Recommendations for Harvesting Down Corn Install auto header height on your corn head. Flatten the corn head angle. If the corn is lodged “with the row”, steepen the corn head angle. Synchronize gathering chain speed to ground speed. Set the … Continued