Allied Cooperative Purchases New Grain Facilities

Allied Cooperative announces that it is growing its grain business through the purchase of three new grain facilities, one in Wisconsin Rapids and two in Blair, Wisconsin.   The cooperative purchased the facilities on auction as part of a chapter 128 bankruptcy for WI Rapids Grain, LLC.

The Blair West location was built in 2007 and has 1.6 million bushels of storage capacity.  The Blair East location was built in 2008, has 1.1 million bushels of storage capacity, and is located along the CN railroad.  The Wisconsin Rapids facility was built in 2005 and expanded in 2006 and 2007. The facility has 1.85 million bushels of storage capacity and rail service, giving Allied the ability to ship 25 car shuttles on the Canadian National railroad.  The purchase of these facilities gives Allied Cooperative’s grain division seven locations and 11.4 million bushels of total storage capacity.

“The addition of these elevators will help to support our customer’s growing storage needs, allowing us to better serve customers who are currently doing business with our Galesville and Plover agronomy locations,”   said Timothy Diemert, CEO.

Allied Cooperative plans to open the Blair East facility on December 2nd, so that area farmers can still utilize it as a storage option for this year’s harvest.  For a status update on the Blair East facility, as well as the Blair West and Wisconsin Rapids facilities, watch the cooperative’s website at

Allied Cooperative estimates sales of $300 million with the addition of these three new facilities.  The cooperative has services ranging from agronomy, feed and grain to LP and refined fuels to auto parts, hardware, tires and convenience stores.  Allied Cooperative has locations in Adams, Blair, Galesville, Mauston, Melrose, Mindoro, Plainfield, Plover, Tomah, West Salem, Wisconsin Dells and Wisconsin Rapids.

Pictured below: Blair East, Blair West and Wisconsin Rapids grain facilities.

Blair - East Grain FacilityBlair - West Facility

Should you evaluate your corn fields now for weed control? Yes!

Is now a good time to evaluate your 2013 weed control program?  Yes it is.  Once your corn fields are harvested, or even while you are harvesting them take a look to see what survived or competed with your crop this summer.

Crabgrass photo after harvest

This photo shows a field that had some crabgrass competing with the field corn during the summer of 2013. This matt of crabgrass not only stole moisture but crop nutrients as well.  I would have like this field to have been spayed again prior to canopy with some residual corn herbicides.  An example of a recipe that could have been is a 5# glyphosate, Capreno, Atrazine, Prowl H20.  Rates and products used always depend on crop stage and weeds present.   Always be sure to follow label directions, and in some areas of our state Atrazine can NOT be used.  The Wisconsin DATCP site has an excellent, interactive map showing what areas can not receive Atrazine.  For more on this click the link below.  Let us know if you have any questions this fall that we can assist you with.  — Rob Shields

Spotty Rains Over the Weekend

We got some more precipitation over the weekend, some areas saw some severe weather, especially south of us.  (I wish I could save these two inches of rain for the end of next July!) In talking with some customers and employees up in the Galesville area it looks like they had between 2/10 and 3/10 inches of rain.  At my place, Lyndon Station, I had 2.3 inches over the weekend. Looks like towards the end of the week we will start to freeze up the soil profile, lows on Saturday predicted to be in the teens.  When the combines start to roll again this week please give us a call to perform some yield checks.  Also before you do any tillage consider a soil sample. Have a safe week! — Rob Shields

Yield Results Surprise Grower Near Galesville

Last week we worked with Terry Haines to harvest his plot near Galesville (See photo of his plot below). He had 12 varieties, and before we started the plot Terry said that he was not too hopeful of seeing any great yields. This was due to the fact that the plot was planted late, in poor conditions, then it had a lot of erosion from frequent pounding rains. Once the plot was started we could see many areas with missing plants. But to our surprise we had 4 varieties that came in over 200 bushels! One of our Croplan varieties, 4099SS/RIB, came just over 207 bushels per acre. Great job Terry!

Please let any of us know in agronomy if you have any yield checks, side by sides or plots that we can help you check in the upcoming weeks. Please have a safe fall harvest! — Rob Shields

Terry Haines plot, Galesville 11-15-16  #1

Allied Holds Seminar for Cranberry Growers

Cranberry lead Penny Langer had a full agenda for area cranberry growers this morning.  With area agronomist Todd Cardwell going over many aspects of crop protection products and application methods growers were able to receive a lot of valuable information.  If you would like more information on products for the cranberry market, please contact Penny at 608-387-9000.  — Rob Shields

Cranberry meeting 11-13-13  #1

Last call for fall soil sampling…..

Soil Sampling at John Tracey's 11-8-13With the forecast calling for colder temperatures this week it reminds us that before too long we will not be able to soil sample.  Once frost extends down into the soil profile, sampling becomes difficult.  If you are looking to find out where the pH or soil fertility is at in your fields, please call Allied Cooperative now to schedule soil sampling at your operation.  By sampling now it will help you determine what amounts of lime are needed in your fields to maintain the proper pH.  Also you will discover where your soil test P (phosphorous) and K (potassium) levels are at.

Rob Shields

Cold & Wet weather slows fall NH3 application

Fall NH3 #1Over the last two weeks we have seen a lot of Fall Anhydrous Ammonia knifed in with N-Serve. On medium to heavy soils this is a nice way to ease the work load during the spring rush for many producers. However the 1.3″ of rain we received over the last 4 to 5 days and the cold temperatures rolling in (16 degrees predicted for tonight) have all but stopped the fall applications of NH3 or 82-0-0.  I hope they changed the extended forecast to allow for some more fall field work and application. 

I often get asked how long does the N-Serve protect my NH3 in the soil, and the truth is there is no standard answer.  A lot of it has to do with soil temperature.  I attached a quote from Dow Agrosciences to help with this question. Please stay safe out there this fall!                — Rob Shields


Q. How long does N-Serve protect nitrogen (N) at the root zone?

A. Historically, N-Serve applied in the fall has provided approximately 90 days of effectiveness, with that effectiveness declining over time. N-Serve is designed to slow the conversion of anhydrous ammonia into the nitrate form when soil temperatures rise above 40°F. This soil temperature is significant because the soil bacteria that break down anhydrous ammonia into nitrates become active at this temperature. If soil temperatures are below 40°F, the soil bacteria become inactive and the anhydrous ammonia is not converted into nitrates.

If you’ve applied anhydrous ammonia with N-Serve in the fall, simple counting can help you determine roughly how long N-Serve will protect your N the following spring. Just count the number of days from application until the soil temperature reaches 40°F and then stop counting. Start counting days again when the soil warms back up to 40°F.

Outstanding yields at Galesville Plot today near Ettrick

Today our Agronomy Director to the West, Keith Ronning, worked with our Croplan and DeKalb reps to harvest a large plot just outside Ettrick, WI.  They found yields in excess of 220 bushels!  With the top yield going to DKC52-30 with 223 bushels.  Planted in less than ideal conditions and no rain for almost 2 months it’s hard to believe we can find areas with these kinds of yields. Stay in touch with your local Allied Agronomists to learn about this and many other informative plots in your area.  Have a safe and productive harvest!

–Rob Shields, Agronomist


Bring your planter units in now for calibration & cleaning

With rain predicted the next few days I would encourage you to bring in your planter units now for cleaning and calibration.  This will help to lower the chance of rodent damage by cleaning and removing any seed that is left.  By getting your meters calibrated and checked over now it will allow you time to discuss repairs and upgrade options. We use the patented MeterMax system from Precision Planting.  Below is a photo and some information from Precision Planting going over some important details of the MeterMax system.  Please contact Rob Shields at (608) 547-9865, Andy Christensen at (608) 547-8305, Cory Witt at (608) 797-3563 or any of Allied Cooperative’s agronomy staff to assist you with getting your meters processed early this year.

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Why should I calibrate my meters on the MeterMax system?

The MeterMax system offers unique value compared to other test stands on the marketplace. Our trained technicians have years of experience and are trained by our experts. Make sure you work with a certified Precision Planting dealer. Certification means they have been to our training center within the last two years for all the current techniques. We ensure through a comprehensive process that the meter is calibrated to give the grower nothing but “picket-fence” stands. National tests showed a 10 bushel advantage with the MeterMax system. Furthermore, the MeterMax Test Stand is one of the few stands on the market that does not measure performance on a percentage basis. Accuracy not population – competitor stands that use percentages are not as accurate since 2 doubles and 2 skips on the stand would still equal 100%. This is not helping you as a grower achieve your maximum yield potential!

Soil Sampling a Must this Fall!

Cory & Andy sampling at Galesville 10-29-13 #2  Allied Cooperative’s Cory & Andy preparing to soil sample in the Galesville area.

With more of the 2013 crop harvested everyday, now is a great time to call us and schedule soil sampling for your fields. We want to stay caught up to the combines, so let us know what needs sampling before the crop is harvested, whenever possible.

We offer both conventional and grid sampling to meet the diversity of needs that are out there.  Please contact me at (608) 547-9865 , Andy Christensen at (608) 547-8305 or your local Allied Agronomy office to schedule soil sampling today.  The information gathered will benefit you greatly when planning for the 2014 season.

— Rob Shields, Agronomist