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November 4, 2019: Introducing Kyle Richards

November 4, 2019

My name is Kyle Richards and I’m one if the many new faces at Smith Fertilizer and Grain. I may be Pleasantville’s newest agronomist but I’m very familiar with agriculture in the area and many of our customers. My background in ag. started out like many, on the family farm. Over the years while working on our farm I have seen the changes and advancements in crop management strategies and technology which is what made me want to pursue a career in Agronomy. In 2014 I graduated High School and began attending Northwest Missouri State University in pursuit of an Agriculture Science degree. At the same time, I was hired by Smith Fertilizer and Grain as a scout during the summer months and really got to know many of the customers and their farming operations. I continued to scout for 4 summers while attending college and finally graduated in December of 2017 and immediately started working full time here at SFG as outside operations/applicator.  

October has come and gone, and most farms are just trying to put the 2019 crop season in the rearview mirror. From a hard end to the 2018 harvest season, minimal fertilizer application over the fall and winter and an overall delayed crop, 2019 created many wounds for most farmers. Now is the time to get a jump start on 2020 and fix many of the problems 2019 created, such as compaction issues, fertilizer leaching, and overgrown weeds to name a few.

Planting and spray applications were delayed this spring allowing already hard to manage weeds time to grow and get a head start over row crops potentially reducing yields not only this year but in the next few years if left unmanaged. The biggest threats could come from the many wet spots we have right now not only because weeds like Waterhemp, cocklebur, and Yellow Nutsedge thrive in damp soil but because the wet conditions make it difficult for the row crops to suppress these weeds. Another concern to think about is wet conditions may limit any fall tillage allowing winter annuals like Mares tail, Field pennycress, and Annual bluegrass the time to thrive and create problems going into the 2020 season. Depending on the field conditions and weed pressure a burndown or early spring spray application may be needed. Reach out to your Smith Fertilizer and Grain agronomist with any concerns to best address these issues so the best chemical package can be put together if needed to attack any weeds while not affecting your 2020 crop
Posted: 11/4/2019 6:00:00 AM by Rob Matherly | with 0 comments

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