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

New Tools for Better Farming

The idea of precision farming is not new. The application of precision techniques began in the late 80’s. Initially a small percentage of farms did adapt to this way of farming. A limiting factor was being dependent on weather predictions. … Continued

Rapid Corn Plant Health Deterioration of 2015

Any of us who travelled around the Midwest in the month of September saw a rapid change in the health of the corn crop.  It seemed that this change from green to brown happened faster and earlier than in previous … Continued

Value in Performance Trial Results

When looking at test plots everyone naturally looks at what was the highest yielding product in the plot. The question that should be asked is, “is it really?” Beyond raw genetics there are some key factors in determining yield in … Continued

Finalizing Your Seed Corn Order for 2015

As you finalize your seed order for 2015, here are things to discuss with your seed representative. 1. Hybrid positioning is extremely important in maximizing yields. There is no perfect hybrid that performs at peak performance across all growing conditions. Each hybrid … Continued

Introduction to Big Data

There has been a lot of discussion this past season in the agriculture media about “big data” and precision farming. We now have the ability to collect and disseminate massive amounts of data from our farming operations. Can we look … Continued

Clariva™ Seed Treatment

This year we conducted side-by-side evaluations of an untreated variety against the same variety treated with Clariva™ to get a feel for its benefits. There have been a lot of new seed treatments out there so we evaluate them to … Continued

A Growing Story

The Renk family has been farming in America since arriving from Europe in 1846. We’ve seen the major revolutions in agriculture brought on by hybridization, breeding, fertilizer, herbicide, insecticide, and now genetically modified traits. Throughout each wave of innovation, we … Continued