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    • Jake Drozd Bio

      Jake Drozd

      Allegan, MI

      Close to Lake Michigan and spread out across three counties, Drozd Family Grain has extremely diverse soil that rarely freezes, which makes crop fertility an interesting challenge.

      Operation overview :
      Acres:
      7,500
      Crops:
      soybean
      corn
      Tillage
      Mostly tilled; some no till
    • Jake Drozd What Drives

      What Drives Jake?

      A second-generation farmer, Jake is in the corn, soybean and milo fields alongside his dad and brother. They concentrate on crop production and fertility, knowing that their soil holds the most potential to push yields to new levels.

    • Jake Drozd Fertility Program

      Fertility Program

      With an eye on soil health, they take fertility to the next level by:

      • Spreading potash after harvest and addressing pH issues with lime (sandy soils pose a challenge for holding calcium
      • Placing N and P in a 2×2 run (2″ on side and 2″ below seed) and adding micronutrients and biologicals in-furrow
      • Utilizing K-Mag® in the spring for the available K and Mg and adding MicroEssentials® SZ when the soil requires it
      • Sidedressing N and K in-season and fertigating to meet immediate needs
    • Jake Drozd Why Biologicals

      Why Biologicals

      “At some point, we’ll all figure out biologicals because we all want the same thing. It’s good for the industry. I want to be at the forefront and see how they do in the real world now.”

    • Jake Drozd Follow

      Follow Jake

      Check out Jake’s social channels for more firsthand information about him and Drozd Family Grain.

      THE LATEST ON DROZD FAMILY GRAIN

      GETTING BACK ON “SOLID GROUND” AFTER HARVEST ’23 

      ​​​With his location about 15 miles from Lake Michigan, weather is always a wild card for Jake. This year, the result is a harvest that continued well into 2024.

       

      “I like a challenge, but this past year really tested my patience. We had 2200 acres of crops that were still in the field at Christmas, so we dealt with a lot of snow and mud.”

       

      So, in addition to finalizing his plans for his fields in 2024, he’s out in his fields right now, tilling them to repair the ruts made during harvest and to get them prepped and ready for planting. Given how far North his farm is and how cold the ground gets, he likely won’t start planting until the third or fourth week of May, so he has a little time to get them ready to go.

       

      When Jake does plant, he will be testing BioPath® in-furrow again across more acres.

      Jake’s 2023 Trial Data

      Jake Trial Data Jake Trial Data
      Crop:
      Corn
      Fertility Timing:
      Fall/spring/summer as needed
      Organic Matter:
      1.5%
      Trial Objectives:
      Maximize yield
      Soil Type Mix:
      Sand
      Yield Comparison:
      6.88
      bu/ac
      BioPath Application:
      In-Furrow

      "I like to push yields as far as I can, and that’s tough to do when you’re already close to 300 bu/A corn. I saw a good bump last year, and I’m hoping to see that consistently."

      - Jake Drozd

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      Brooks Reid

      Soil science and biology are a passion for Brooks Reid, who is a trained agronomist, but he loves seeing how concepts actually work in practice. He’s learned the most by “doing” and wants to help pass that insight to other farmers.

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      PREVIOUSLY: DROZD FAMILY GRAIN, FEBRUARY 2024

      Placement and Timing of Biologicals Key to 2024 Trial

      As part of the Total Acre program, Jake trialed BioPath® from Mosaic for the last two years on some of his corn acres. His first application in 2022 was side-dressed, which he saw had been successful for other farmers. Unfortunately for him, his bushels went down that year. But he was still intrigued when he looked at his plant tissue samples. So last year, Jake tried BioPath® in-furrow on the seed.

       

      “We saw some pretty cool stuff. We saw more tillering in the corn with BioPath®, and I thought it was more uniform. At the end of the day, we saw a 6.25 bu/A advantage with yields of 285-295 dry bushels. So for me to get a response like that is a big deal.”

       

      This season Jake, his dad and brother are all excited to test BioPath® on their farm on an even larger scale to see if he can replicate those results.

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