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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

      A RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK

      Jake Drozd wasn’t only racing Mother Nature’s temperamental spring weather, he was racing the prevented planting dates as well.

      “Most of our acres were planted from May 12 to June 5, but after that, we were looking at a prevented planting situation because it stayed so wet.”

      In between Jake’s main planting dates, he also faced a pile of equipment issues and breakdowns which pressed pause on progress yet again. What crop Jake did manage to plant has emerged and looks decent.

        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

        "What’s up looks decent, but I wouldn’t call it a record-breaker. The stands are good but not perfect like they were last year. But it doesn’t look like anything went perfectly for anyone in our area."

        - 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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