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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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      THE LATEST ON DROZD FAMILY GRAIN

      A GOOD, NOT GREAT START

      Rain. Plant. Rain. Plant. Equipment breakdown. Plant. Ryan Drozd said it’s been a start-stop type of season so far.

      “We would’ve been done the first week of June if it weren’t for so many stops. But it isn’t all bad because the ground moisture was pretty good at the beginning of the month.”

      Even with good moisture, the planting deadline date was ever-looming over the planter.

      “In the I states, they can extend planting into the first week of June and it’s going to be about the same as the last week of May. But we don’t really get that luxury because of Lake Michigan.”

      Ryan’s goal was to finish planting corn by the first week of June and finish soybeans by mid-June — with as few prevented planting acres as possible.

      For the first time in recent history, there’s also been trouble with weed pressure from ragweed, chickweed, lambsquarter and grasses. So not only was the planter racing the clock, but so was the sprayer.

      Despite those challenges, Ryan remains optimistic for the season.

        “Our BioPath® trial field is one of the fields where the stand is good, not great. But I’d still say it’s a fair start to the growing season. After sidedressing, we’ll know more about how the season will shake out.”

        Ryan Drozd

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