Posted on 11/06/2017 by Shelby Schaa

This year, at the office plot here in Story City we were able to test increasing inputs on 2 hybrids, 5825 and 6247, both SXRA versions.

Overall the plot had good growing conditions. We hit some dry and hot spells, but had more rainfall than some surrounding areas.

Posted on 10/12/2017 by Shelby Schaa

We’re excited to share the news that U.S. farmers will have access to Enlist E3™ soybeans for 2018 planting through an agreement between Dow AgroSciences and ADM. The collaboration features a comprehensive closed-loop system designed to provide growers access to new technology.

Posted on 10/03/2017 by Shelby Schaa

The Prairie Brand Yield Monitor Challenge is back by popular demand. A lot of our customers have been in the field and the numbers are starting to roll in. As you can see below, Prairie Brand 5825SXRA is getting it done in Webster County IA, consistently hitting 250 Bu/Ac!

Posted on 08/23/2017 by Shelby Schaa

A brief update on the Progressive Yield Initiative being conducted at the Story City Office Demo –


NT = No additional treatment

F = Fungicide at V5

N = 30# of additional Nitrogen at V5 with Y-Drop

F & N = both Fungicide and Nitrogen at V5


The pictures are of five consecutive ears pulled from the center two rows.

Posted on 08/22/2017 by Shelby Schaa

Mark Johnson’s Progressive Yield Initiative project on fungicide timing trials is going very well! Here’s an update on what is making a difference –


Below are images of Prairie Brand’s 6056 hybrid to show what fungicide has done with potential yield:

6056 wo treatment

Above photo: without treatment

6056 w pass at v6

Above photo: fungicide applied at V6

6056 w pass at r1

Photo above: fungicide applied at R1

6056 with pass at v6 and r1

Photo above: fungicide applied at V6 and R1

After looking at all different applications, it’s clear to see the positive effect of the fungicide application with this hybrid.

Posted on 08/22/2017 by Shelby Schaa

Phytophthora is probably not a top concern for most of you this time of year. We often think of the disease in seasons with too much rain. Despite the dry conditions in many areas, Phytophthora root and stem rot may be lurking in your soybeans.

Posted on 08/14/2017 by Shelby Schaa

For the past several seasons, the agronomy team at Prairie Brand has selected a lineup of 5-8 elite corn hybrids, released annually after the growing season. They call them their Power Picks – hybrids you could build your corn program around.

Posted on 08/02/2017 by Shelby Schaa

One of the small projects we are attempting this summer involves our P.E.T. (Prairie Brand Elite Testing) Trials and soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Each of our PET locations across the Upper Midwest has from 20 to 40 entries tested in a relatively small area.

Posted on 07/26/2017 by Shelby Schaa

Our show plots that are placed across our footprint here in the Midwest are doing well! Here’s a closer look at one of the plots in Breckenridge, MN:



The corn up north is looking great! This field has excellent emergence even though it was planted pretty late in the season.

Posted on 07/13/2017 by Shelby Schaa

As summer marches on and temperatures rise, our show plot at the office in Story City, IA is right on track! Here’s an update on corn progress:


The office plot planting date was 4/12/17, and since then our corn has accumulated 1,369 GDU’s-but what is GDU?