A Look Back at 2020 – A Look Forward to Spring

Jay Van Woerkom, Agronomy Sales Manager


It’s that time of the year when we’re all preparing and looking forward to spring planting. After the year we experienced, we also endured a long, cold winter. While I am ready for the warmer days ahead, the cold months offered much time to reflect on the past year.

We had a great fall for anhydrous and fertilizer applications. The weather was mild compared to the early winter weather we experienced in 2019. Ever since the low prices we had this past fall, nitrogen and dry fertilizer prices have shot up considerably.

As we headed into December, we experienced more difficulties applying fertilizer. Snow came mid-December and never left. While the ground may have been covered, we never got a good winter freeze of our soils. Due to this, we expect a higher disease and insect presence in the fields in 2021.

Now that spring has sprung, we have a lot of fertilizer to apply. However, this wet and cold weather is not cooperating with our plans. While we have everyone in place and ready to go for our chemical and fertilizer application team, it never seems to be enough if the weather starts to cooperate and everything needs to get done at once. Please show patience to our team as we will do the best we can to get as much work done each day as possible.

We can still deliver seed in this weather, though! Our department has been very busy delivering your seed products. We are seeing this start to wrap up as most of our seed has left the warehouse. If you have chemicals ordered, please give us a call and we can have them ready to be picked up at your convenience.

Looking forward, I am optimistic about the soil moisture we have going into the planting season. We are also excited to have Zach Arkema working with us this summer as an Agronomy Intern. Get to know Zach and what he’ll be up to this summer [here].

Have a safe and efficient planting season, everyone! As always, the Agronomy Department is here to help. Never hesitate to pick up the phone and call 641-780-0886, or email me at [email protected].


A Look Back at 2020 – A Look Forward to Spring