By Amy Heintz

I don’t think many would disagree that the 2017 harvest has been somewhat of a struggle.  Going back to August, Mother Nature created many sleepless nights making us wonder if our corn crop was even going to make it to black layer.  After some unseasonable warm weather in September, those worries were finally eased.  However, it was then followed by wet, windy, and cold days that made it difficult to get harvest, fall tillage and anhydrous completed. Many were also troubled by breakdowns throughout fall, which added to the stress.  Now that we are wrapping up and starting to tuck equipment away for winter, it is time to ask yourself where do we go from here?  What should we be focusing on next?

Listed below are some highlights to focus on in the next 30 days:

  • Many of you have had a lot of window time the past month, whether it was from the seat of a combine, tractor, or truck. What looked good out there?  What weren’t you super pleased about?  Now is a good time to reflect on the past year and start making lists of topics and questions you want and need to talk to your Ag Partners agronomist about.
  • Harvest Maps: Our AYS Specialists are busy collecting yield data and getting your harvest maps back to you.
  • Queries: Data is being processed and comparisons are being done on the side-by-sides completed this past growing season. If you have any side-by-sides or queries you would like ran, contact your Ag Partners Agronomist or AYS Specialist.
  • AYS Annual Books: Our AYS Specialists are working on data analysis and compiling your 2017 Annual book. Your AYS Specialist and/or Ag Partners Agronomist will be contacting you for your one-on-one meeting.
  • Early Order Seed Prepay deadlines will be quickly approaching.  AYS can help run queries or place hybrids by field, along with input from your agronomist.

Thank you for letting us help with the past growing season and we look forward to working together with you in the next one!