GROW Podcast

Join experts from Landus as well as other special guests as we dive into the latest factors impacting farming operations in grain, agronomy, and more. Each month you can expect two timely episodes, one for all things grain, and the other for agronomy and more. GROW Podcast is brought to you by the Landus GROW Solutions Center. Subscribe today!

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Early Planting Brings Early Stress - Agronomy Episode

April 25, 2023

The agronomy dream team trio join the GROW Podcast and dive into the fungus that’s taking place in corn seeds right now! John, Dan, and Brad chat about the chem markets and early application of fungicides to protect your hybrids. Links referenced in this podcast: High Yield Learning Group: https://www.landus.ag/agronomy/precision-ag-high-yield-learning-groups DJI T40 Sprayer Drone: https://www.dji.com/t40 Agronomy Minutes: https://www.youtube.com/@landusag Follow us on our social media channels: https://linktr.ee/landusag

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Sharing Farmer Stories Helps Rural Iowa

April 11, 2023

The GROW Podcast hosts Andrew Wheeler from the Iowa Farm Bureau to talk about how farmers can bridge their connection to consumers. The best way to tell farmer stories is to do it yourself! Nobody is going to tell your story better than you. The reputation of farming and ag have been skewed in the public eye and it’s up to farmers to be transparent about their operation and invite discourse about their farming practices — all in the name of education.

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SPECIAL EDITION: Reactions from the 2023 Prospective Plantings Report

March 31, 2023

Landus grain experts Ashley Kaldenberg and Jim Engler put the annual Prospective Planting Reports reports under the microscope and highlight the takeaways that will impact the agriculture community ahead of the anticipated weather-driven markets of 2023. For more detail, have a look at the Landus Market Commentary post that came out prior to the report release: https://www.landus.ag/market-commentary/morning-comments-march-31-2023

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European Natural Gas Prices Tell All In Market Prices - Agronomy Episode

March 29, 2023

With Spring officially here, future prices on phosphates, fungicides, and fertilizers remain high — but predictable. John King (@JMKINGLANDUS) dissects what the natural gas prices in Europe can indicate for the rest of the world markets. Dan Bjorklund (@DanielBjorklun9) returns from his tour across the US and Landus partners. Taking his knowledge from there and implementing it into the Landus, Farnhamville location poises it to bear fruitful data results. Our next High Yield Learning Group registration for May 15 is already at capacity. Please stay up to date with our newsletters and social media channels when more space is announced. To better understand the data we’re finding across our tests, be sure to attend these sessions and ask the GROW Solutions Center your questions as we prep for the 2023 planting season. Links mentioned in the show: Nitrogen Response Trial Data DJI Agras T40 Sprayer Drone Taranis AcreForward Video Taranis Website

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The Ultimate Breakdown of Fertilizer and Chemical Markets — Agronomy Podcast

March 02, 2023

John King brings the technical breakdown in the ever-changing fertilizer and chemical markets. The fertilizer market has been on the downturn while the Ukraine-Russia conflict, paired with Europe's mild winter, has lessened Europe’s need to purchase product from other countries. Internationally, markets have been waiting for India to tender urea, which has come to fruition this week. Supply on the fungicide market is tight; get your chemical portfolio penned in as soon as possible. Overall, the market is in a transitional period. Keep in contact with your local supplier and know that there is little downside left in the next 30 days. As always, give the GROW Solutions Center a call or text if you have any prep planting questions (515) 800-GROW (4769). The Farmer of the Future is well-equipped for 2023 with updated Landus locations. Our Mitchellville, Rake, and Boone facilities have undergone massive updates in 2022 and are nearing completion ahead of the 2023 planting season. Follow our social media pages to keep updated on the locations that are being renovated!

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The Ultimate Breakdown of Fertilizer and Chemical Markets — Agronomy Episode

March 02, 2023

John King brings the technical breakdown in the ever-changing fertilizer and chemical markets. The fertilizer market has been on the downturn while the Ukraine-Russia conflict, paired with Europe's mild winter, has lessened Europe’s need to purchase product from other countries. Internationally, markets have been waiting for India to tender urea, which has come to fruition this week. Supply on the fungicide market is tight; get your chemical portfolio penned in as soon as possible. Overall, the market is in a transitional period. Keep in contact with your local supplier and know that there is little downside left in the next 30 days. As always, give the GROW Solutions Center a call or text if you have any prep planting questions (515) 800-GROW (4769). The Farmer of the Future is well-equipped for 2023 with updated Landus locations. Our Mitchellville, Rake, and Boone facilities have undergone massive updates in 2022 and are nearing completion ahead of the 2023 planting season. Follow our social media pages to keep updated on the locations that are being renovated!

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100% -- The Metric That Matters – Grain Episode

February 16, 2023

On this episode of the GROW Podcast, host Ashley Kaldenberg sits down with Derek Hommer, a risk management consultant from Nationwide, and Ahad Mujeeb, a EHS team member from Landus to talk about grain bin safety. February 19 – 25 is grain bin safety week, and given our farmers and team members are in contact with grain bins regularly, we felt it was important to stop and take a minute to remind listeners to be mindful of the dangers and how to stay safe.

Derek and Ahad offered numerous tips, but most importantly a zero entrance stance. If we avoid entering grain bins there is a 100% chance that an engulfment or entrapment accident will happen. Listen now for suggestions on avoiding entry and other ways to stay safe when it comes to grain bins and other safety hazards as we prep for planting.

Links referenced in this podcast:

Nationwide Grain Bin Safety Week

Landus Fire Department & EMS Grants

Elide Fire Extinguishing Ball

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Tar Spot & The Plant Factory – Agronomy Podcast

December 28, 2022

Tar spot is spreading into and being seen in more and more of Iowa. On this podcast, Meaghan Anderson a Field Agronomist with Iowa State University Extension, joins host, John King, and Landus Technical Agronomist, Dan Bjorklund to talk through this evolving disease. Meaghan explains the discovery of Tar Spot in Iowa and how we’ve seen the disease prevalence spread. The group dives into what tar spot is and how it impacts the crop. They talk through the optimal growing conditions for tar spot and timing for most impact. Even better though, a large portion of the discussion focuses on action and what can be done to help farmers manage the disease.

The product of the month segment this episode focuses on Landus’ recommendation for how to handle tar spot and what products and treatment timing. One key takeaway from this section, was to make sure to have a plan and plan ahead. John warns that product supply could be tight and how an advanced strategy will be key.

Meaghan provided a variety of resources to share with our listeners (listed below). Dan also encouraged listeners to look into the Precision Ag High Yield Learning Groups being offered by Landus that will explore tar spot and provide data specific to your operation.

For more information, contact the GROW Solutions Center at (515) 800-GROW.

Resources:

Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Corn Diseases

An Overview of Tar Spot

Darcy Telenko (Purdue) PPT reviewing 2019-2021 Indiana data

Will a Second Fungicide be Worth the Cost for Tar Spot Management? (2021)

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Tar Spot & The Plant Factory – Agronomy Episode

December 28, 2022

Tar spot is spreading into and being seen in more and more of Iowa. On this podcast, Meaghan Anderson a Field Agronomist with Iowa State University Extension, joins host, John King, and Landus Technical Agronomist, Dan Bjorklund to talk through this evolving disease. Meaghan explains the discovery of Tar Spot in Iowa and how we’ve seen the disease prevalence spread. The group dives into what tar spot is and how it impacts the crop. They talk through the optimal growing conditions for tar spot and timing for most impact. Even better though, a large portion of the discussion focuses on action and what can be done to help farmers manage the disease. The product of the month segment this episode focuses on Landus’ recommendation for how to handle tar spot and what products and treatment timing. One key takeaway from this section, was to make sure to have a plan and plan ahead. John warns that product supply could be tight and how an advanced strategy will be key. Meaghan provided a variety of resources to share with our listeners (listed below). Dan also encouraged listeners to look into the Precision Ag High Yield Learning Groups being offered by Landus that will explore tar spot and provide data specific to your operation. For more information, contact the GROW Solutions Center at (515) 800-GROW. Resources: Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Corn Diseases An Overview of Tar Spot Darcy Telenko (Purdue) PPT reviewing 2019-2021 Indiana data Will a Second Fungicide be Worth the Cost for Tar Spot Management? (2021)

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Another Harvest In the Books

December 21, 2022

Join host, Ashley Kaldenberg, and Janette Smith as they take a look back at harvest. They’ll highlight some specific Landus areas that reached milestones and talk about the overall success with this year’s crops. This podcast truly highlights the knowledge we have within our grain team and the authentic approach we hope listeners hear. Ashley also doesn’t miss the opportunity to get a little inside scoop from Janette and what she is advising customers to do with their grain marketing strategy at this point. You won’t want to miss this feedback session. If you need assistance, reach out to Landus and the grain team through the GROW Solutions Center at (515) 800-GROW (4769). Cheers to a successful harvest!

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SPECIAL EDITION: A Year in Review and Future Look with Matt Carstens

December 09, 2022

On this special episode of the Landus GROW Podcast, hosts John King and Ashley Kaldenberg welcome special guest, Landus President and CEO, Matt Carstens. If you missed the Landus annual meeting, this is a perfect opportunity to hear the highlights with additional candor and commentary direct from Matt. This brief session includes a recap of the board of directors election results and perspective on the importance of the election process. John and Ashley then jump right into the past fiscal year’s success and opportunities. Matt shares in depth the key areas of success and what he felt drove last year’s numbers. From top-line growth to strategic spending to improved supply position, all areas of Landus contributed to the overall company’s success and therefore the $8 million total payout to farmer-owners. Take a listen for the key drivers for achieving these results. Full of authentic perspective and fun moments, we hear Matt’s most memorable moment from 2022 and how it takes him back to his childhood recollections of the cooperative system he now leads. As is the Landus Way, the podcast shifts quickly to looking to the future and how we continue to build on success. Matt offers insights into the areas of focus for the upcoming year and what Landus will be concentrating on to most positively impact our farmer-owners for the future! If you’d like to view the full virtual meeting and access additional annual resources, visit the Landus website here. If you have questions, please reach out to the GROW Solutions Center at (515) 800-GROW (4769).

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Soybeans and the Biltmore Estate – Grain Episode

November 01, 2022

You are probably asking yourself what soybeans and the Biltmore Estate have to do with each other. Take a listen to this episode to find out and hear other interesting insights and intel from podcast guest, Grant Kimberley, Senior Director of Market Development at the Iowa Soybean Association (@IowaSoybeans).

Host, Ashley Kaldenberg, kicks off the podcast with a question on everyone’s mind. What is up with soybeans? Grant shares that some big things are happening with soybeans, from soybean crush plants to renewable fuels, soybean meal to exports, research to yield growth, and more.

Grant highlights the increase in 16 new crush plants and the drive for additional biofuels and renewable diesel. With the increase in oil, the offset is additional soybean meal. He talks about the advantage that domestic livestock producers should see as well as the opportunity for exports. Growth in soybean meal in rations, but also an increase in poultry and growth of aquaculture. There are also opportunities for diversified uses for soy-based products, aka Biltmore Estate connection!

The episode includes a discussion around a look at corn and soybean planting. An act of the Iowa Soybean Association is to support research and they are looking at genetics and soybean yield growth. Kimberley discusses urbanization and how we’ve gone from growing to consuming, and therefore need to figure out how to yield more and reminds listeners that soybean is an easy-access protein for livestock rations.

Ashley wraps up the episode by getting Grant’s thoughts on some of the geopolitical unrest and China. Grant outlines the resources in place and how the industry in China plays a large role in a continued positive collaboration to maintain levels of export.

For more information, please contact the Landus GROW Solutions Center at (515) 800-GROW (4769). If you aren’t a subscriber to this podcast, we encourage you to hit that subscribe button now!

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