The Stoller team made their way to Purdy Missouri in June to pay a visit to Mr. Kip Cullers. After working with Bio-Forge and some other Stoller products in 2010, Kip pressed the Stoller R&D minds to help him push the limits further.
Here’s Kip talking about the 2010 season:
Walking the corn and soybean test plots we learned a few new things. First of all it has been a challenging spring for Kip, just as it has been for many farmers. In Purdy they experienced extremely cool and wet conditions. They even had a killing frost on May 10th. Very unusal for this sunny spot that usually worries about excessive heat units!!!
One thing about all that crop stress provided by Mother Nature– Kip’s soybean plants began branching naturally. They also have the desired shorter internodes. So he has cut the crop “burn down” out of his program this year. Also he pulled back to 135,000 seed/acre.
Again Bio-Forge seed treatment has gotten the plants off to a great start. Lots of healthy white roots are vigorous and ready for maximum nutrient uptake.
Plus Kip is working with John Deere Water on a drip irrigation system using the CropSense sensor system that allows him to monitor soil moisture instantly and online. He will be able to use chemigation for controlled and optimally timed application of crop chemicals and nutrients.
It’s been an interesting start to Crop 2011. We’ll be following Kip and other growers to monitor how the season continues.
How did your 2011 season kick off?