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      Ryan Drozd

      Allegan, MI

      Ryan guides the overall financial decisions, but when it’s go-time and he’s in the fields, it all comes together when he sees those on-farm investments in action.

      Operation overview :
      Acres:
      7,500
      Crops:
      soybean
      sorghum
      corn
      Tillage
      Mostly tilled; some no-till
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      What Drives Ryan?

      While you’d think the grain markets have been a rollercoaster ride, Ryan thrives on the adrenaline rush. He loves seeing how their day-to-day efforts in the field and in managing their operation pay off financially and says it makes it all worthwhile — most of the time.

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      Fertility Program

      Yield maps guide Ryan’s fertility decisions, including:

      • 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
      • Applying magnesium in the spring
      • Sidedressing N and P in-season or choosing to fertigate in cold weather
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      Why Biologicals

      “We started using biologicals to push the envelope on yields, but if they can work with our fertility program and help us be more efficient with our fertilizer that’s good.”

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

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      PURCHASING THE RIGHT INPUTS TO MITIGATE RISK

      As the “financial guy” of the farm partnership with his dad and brother, Ryan is focused right now on budgets for the upcoming season. And with the extremes in the industry in grain prices and inputs, he is paying close attention to the details.

       

      “My brother handles a lot of the agronomic decisions on the farm, but I take my experience with the financials and grain marketing, and we sit down together to map out our full crop plan so we can purchase the right inputs.”

       

      Ryan notes that there are a lot of outside influences that can impact any operation that are out of a farmer’s control.

      "We try to mitigate our risk by staying on top of the details we can control, like the products we use. BioPath® is one of those products where we’ve seen a lot of potential, so I’ll be looking at it this year to determine if it works financially for us to use across more acres."

      - Ryan Drozd

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      Dave Schrock

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      PREVIOUSLY: DROZD FAMILY GRAIN, FEBRUARY 2024

      A Challenging Climate

      While you think February would be a slower month for a Michigan farm, that’s not the case at Drozd Family Grain. It’s that unique climate that keeps them hopping.

       

      “We’re located 15 miles from Lake Michigan, so everything we do is decided by the lake. We’re further south than most counties in Iowa, but our climate is a mix of Seattle, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula all in one, while we are trying to grow 110-day corn.”

       

      It’s that challenging climate that makes biologicals like BioPath® helpful because they look for any advantage to work with the environment to get the most out of their crop.

       

      “To bring a new product onto the farm, it has to be easy to use and bring consistent yield to pay off financially. While we all have a say in the matter, it still has to receive the green light from a financial and efficiency perspective.”

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