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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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      For the Fochts, it’s learning by doing! 

      Meet the Fochts! Andrew and his family are on a mission to achieve 300 bushels per acre on their farm. Their hands-on testing with BioPath® and various soil types will help them learn what can bring his corn-on-corn operation to the next level.

       

      Follow the Focht family to see if they can achieve their yield goal this year.

      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

      "Corn fascinates me. I like to watch it grow because it grows fast, and it’s fun to combine. In August you can tell roughly what your crop will be and then you can watch it finish to see if it ends up where you thought it would."

      - Andrew Focht

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      Granvil Travis

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      Using Biologicals to push yields

      Andrew has had high yield goals for a long time, going back to his childhood when he heard of Francis Childs’ yield of 400 bu/ac of corn when 175 bu/ac was the norm. So to push his yields – and profitability – he tried a lot of things last year to see what worked, including biologicals like BioPath®.

       

      He used BioPath in-furrow on the planter this past season and saw heavier test weight with BioPath versus his control. This season, he plans to use it the same way, but on a larger scale. Andrew also saw others trial BioPath at V4 and V5 with good results, so wants to try that in addition to switching up the hybrids to see how it compares.

       

      “Before, I thought biologicals were just an added expense and didn’t understand what it was doing. I still don’t understand what it’s doing fully, but in my weekly field observations and tissue samples, I can visually see the difference in my plant health. Now that I know what I’m looking for, I can document it.”

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