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    • Andrew Focht Bio

      Andrew Focht

      Villisca, Iowa

      As a former soil conservation scientist at the USDA NRCS and current owner of a financial planning business, Andrew knows that understanding his soil’s biology is smart business.

      Operation overview :
      Acres:
      650
      Crops:
      soybean
      corn
      Tillage
      Stip till
    • Andrew Focht What Drives Andrew

      What Drives Andrew?

      Profitable business decisions drive Andrew – especially on a small farm. His deep financial background helps him assess the markets and plan for the future, which benefits both his clients and his bottom line.

       

      “I only take on clients who know I’m also a farmer. They can call me on my cell phone when they need to reach me, but we schedule meetings in winter and summertime.” 

    • Andrew Focht Fertility Program

      Fertility Program

      Andrew has a regimented fertility program that includes:

      • Applying strips of P and K in fall
      • Applying N in strips in the spring (60% urea; 40% ESN), as well as some S and Zn
      • Supplementing with in-furrow and top-dress applications at V5 or V6
      • Adding foliar applications in season after tassel
    • Andrew Focht Why Biologicals

      Why Biologicals

      “Since I’ve started farming by myself, I’ve been pushing to learn more about the corn plant, so I can get higher yields and become more profitable. Finding the right balance in my soil is a big part of that.”

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      THE LATEST ON PAYLLY FARMS

      ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES

      May brought near-record moisture to Paylly Farms as ponding in some fields had Andrew Focht facing yet another potential item on his June to-do list — replant. From extreme drought last year to record moisture this year, Andrew is no stranger to a less-than-ideal start to the season, but tissue samples show promising results. Catch up with him on the latest episode of Frontier Fields.

      Andrew’s 2023 Trial Data

      Andrew Focht Trial Data Andrew Focht Trial Data
      Crop:
      Corn
      Fertility Timing:
      Fall, Spring, Summer
      Organic Matter:
      3.59%
      Trial Objectives:
      Higher yield
      Soil Type Mix:
      Sand/Clay/Silt/Loam:
      Bottom ground primarily; couple farms with terraces
      Yield Comparison:
      5.29
      bu/ac
      BioPath Application:
      In-furrow on seed

      "So far, the corn I planted earlier hasn’t emerged very evenly due to the rain, but I’ll be able to do some emergence tests, set flags and start pulling my weekly tissue samples soon on the rest of it. That’s when I can really see how the season is shaping up."

      - Andrew Focht

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      Granvil Travis

      Generational success drives Granvil every year. Farming is what he knows and loves, and as the only family member in his generation farming full time, he wants to keep it going so his daughters, nephews and young cousins have the chance to farm if they choose to follow in his footsteps.

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