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(edited)Agronomy

What is your farms biggest return on investment?

Give me your top 3.

    What is your farms biggest return on investment?

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Verified FBN Member (AB, CAN)

My kids

Grain dryer

Marketing


Verified FBN Member (MO)

Biofuel investments


Verified FBN Member (CO)

Due to drought:

Crop Insurance

Government Payments


Also: GFY.ag paired with trading accounts.

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Verified FBN Member (PA)

Wheat soybeans and finished steers


Verified FBN Member (WA, AUS)

In Australia a Portable Seedcleaner in the paddock. Getting our grain into a higher segregation has made us a fortune. Sp Boomspray: not w...

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Verified FBN Member (AB, CAN)

GRAIN


Verified FBN Member (IA)

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1. Improving my personal health-loosing 80 lbs, daily 5 am workouts at the rec center

The greatest asset you will never find on a balanc...

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Verified FBN Member (ON, CAN)

Till drainage

Sprayer


Verified FBN Member (KS)

I know there’s not a lot of wheat growers in here but a fungicide application on wheat at flag leaf has the biggest ROI in all agricultural....

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Verified FBN Member (ND)

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My new rock picker made by ********** (17 ft wide)

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

Good question and discussion! I think it is interesting that the sprayer is mentioned so many times. Often we see operations running large...

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

1. Sprayer


2. Scraper


3. Dryer

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Verified FBN Member (MB, CAN)

1-Land roller (lots of rocks on this farm)

2-Sprayer

3-Grain dryer

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Verified FBN Member (NC)

1) NKLA puts

2) ECP from 2018

3) TSLA calls

No serious, this year is a wash. It is terrible. I never knew a year could be so bad

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Verified FBN Member (IL)

1 cover crops, 2 farm storage/shop, 3 self propelled sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (IL)

Our hill ground has high erosion potential. We were losing (est.) 2 tons of soil per acre prior to cover crops. With cover crops, more soil ...

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Verified FBN Member (IL)

Could you explain the positive returns to your cover crops and how quickly do you see the return?


Verified FBN Member (MN)

Tile plow. We bought a tile plow probably 20 years ago. To date we have put in 150,000 feet of tile all on our own land and not done yet. Pu...

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Verified FBN Member (MB, CAN)

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1) Drainage, right now all I have is surface but I bought a tile plow this spring.


2) a talented full time mechanic, I haven't had a servic...

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

1. Drainage


2. People (employees)


3. Relationships with business partners


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Verified FBN Member (CO)

Yes, my sprayer has a much higher rate or return that the planter. Being able to go spray on my schedule and not wait my turn in line is hug...

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

My response to a sprayer is that many people have their spraying custom done. It’s not considered an essential piece of equipment like a pla...

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

********** soil sampling, and sprayer.


Verified FBN Member (SD)

Grain trading account #1


Verified FBN Member (NE)

Grain bins, sprayer, high speed planter


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Verified FBN Member (WI)

After last year nothing wheat was a bust with half of the crop winter killed the other half yielded less than half what it should have, all ...

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Verified FBN Member (OR)

Tile and Lime


Verified FBN Member (OK)

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1) Managing Wheat and Corn in-season nitrogen using N-Rich strips and GreenSeeker ($10-$20 per acre added return in avg year for $15,000 1-t...

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Verified FBN Member (CA)

Wife

She does all the banking ag department paperwork and the rest of the government paperwork and still finds time to launch my boat!!

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

1. Tile

2. A good record system to give us our cost of production and returns per acre so we can make better business and marketing decisi...

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Verified FBN Member (MI)

I agree with the Roundup comment ...now we are going back in time to those old chemicals that cost 3 times more per acre and need a bigger s...

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Verified FBN Member (IL)

Employees


Tile


Sprayer/dry machine if you purchase wholesale cash


Verified FBN Member (WI)

1. Drying and storing our own crop

2. doing our own service work as much as possible and run older high hour equipment.

doing our own sprayi...

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Verified FBN Member (WA)

1. Variable Rate on three products single pass

2. Self Propelled Sprayer with a 5k gallon sprayer tender w/ premix chem tanks.

3. Fully outf...

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Verified FBN Member (IN)

Tile and a grain system. Nothing else is even close.

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

Mr anonymous, I think drain tile sucks! Lol. Waiting on a rain in Nebraska!!! Wish I had to put drain tile in some years You can't make it...

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

Hiring a market company is close.


Verified FBN Member (IA)

Cover crops

Planter upgrades

F2F corn

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

1 Wife/ Family

2 Regenerative Farming practices saving me significant sums of money, paying less interest on operating notes and showing be...

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

Dryer

Grain Bins

Tile


Verified FBN Member (IA)

Tile


Sprayer/Floater


Bins


Verified FBN Member (AB, CAN)

1. Definitely land

2. Hopper bins with airation

3. High clearance Sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

I agree. Renting land has allowed our operation to grow tremendously, while not being held back with large amounts of long term debt.

Verified FBN Member (IL)

Land is an awesome ROI, IF you can make it through that 15-30 year period to pay it off. It's like paying double to triple rate cash rent fo...

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Verified FBN Member (MB, CAN)

Good land

Quality help

Sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

Drain tile

At least one speciality crop

Good workers

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Verified FBN Member (WY)

1. Quality and happy employees

2. Quality grain broker that works as if it’s his grain/money

3. Quality insurance to cover the risk from al...

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Verified FBN Member (ND)

1. On farm grain storage/dryer

2. Machinery storage

3. Good hired help

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

Semi and grain hopper

On farm storage

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Verified FBN Member (IL)

1 Tile

2 Grain Storage

3 Our own sprayer


Honorable mention: FBN

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

alfalfa

sprayer

fast grain conditioning equipment

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

Can you Explain your thoughts on alfalfa. Do you sell it all as dry hay? Or putting it through cattle? Renting out some acres to big dairy? ...

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Verified FBN Member (AB, CAN)

Wife

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Verified FBN Member (WI)

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FBN Membership and everything it entails.

Grain system.

Good help.

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

Interesting that so many feel like a sprayer is very high on their list. I would be interested to hear why that sprayer brings so much retur...

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

Thanks guys after posting I also read the post about sprayer specific ROI and much of the same was mentioned there.

Verified FBN Member (CO)

For us, it’s more timely to do it ourselves than have someone else come spray it. We will spray 8-21k acres depending on the crop rotation, ...

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

My reason was bc the custom application was not getting done timely(losing yield from weed pressure) Also in my area it's only the coops tha...

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Verified FBN Member (KS)

1- Agronomist

2- Correct seed varieties

3- Marketing prior to planting

4- Trustworthy custom farmer

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

1) Grain Storage/Dryer

2) Sprayer

3) Knowing Cale *******

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

That’s a good looking mug on a good looking mug!

Verified FBN Member (NE)

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

1 drain tile

2 grain storage

3 sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

We are blessed to have high quality employees that make it possible to all the work done.


Verified FBN Member (KS)

Quality Employees. Grain handling system. Sprayer.


Verified FBN Member (MN)

Tile

Bins

Independent agronomist


Verified FBN Member (KS)

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1- Fertilizer


2- Grain Sorghum


3- Sub Surface Drip Irrigation

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Verified FBN Member (MT)

Would be interested in more information on your drip irrigation


Verified FBN Member (PA)

1. Pen, paper and calculator

2. Manure

3. Sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

1 - Self Propelled Sprayer

2 - High Speed Planter

3 - Employees that can operate and repair equipment

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

This year prevent plant(not even close, tile couldn’t save me)most years my two employees of over 25 years who love farming and think of min...

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

1. Tile

2. Conventional corn

3. The correct market adviser


Verified FBN Member (MN)

Tile tile tile

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Verified FBN Member (AB, CAN)

1. Rotation/agronomy

2. Marketing

3. Grain bins/dryer

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Verified FBN Member (TX)

1- pen and paper


2- labor and agronomists


3- sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

1 tile

2 dryer

3 more tile

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Verified FBN Member (TX)

4650 jd I bought 15 years ago. Its pre-emmission. FBN direct.is good. ********** 4245

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

1- Drain tile


2- grain bins


3- Sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (FL)

1.Barns / Sheds


2.Corn pickers and Gravity Wagons


3.Grain Bagger and Grain Vac


4. FBN

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Verified FBN Member (MI)

tile

tile

tile.

dryer,

grain bin

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Verified FBN Member (CO)

Autosteer


Bins


Self propelled sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (CO)

Yep. when farming flat quarters and half sections, auto steer pays every single time. When the wind is blowing and you can't see the end of ...

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Verified FBN Member (MI)

Autosteer?....I have seen no return on investment on mine..maybe GPS and Mapping


Verified FBN Member (KS)

Grain bins


Grain marketing professionals


Planter

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Verified FBN Member (IL)

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Hydraulic down pressure

Drainage tile and ditches

Trials and weekly tissue testing

Going into 2019 I'm focusing on

The perfect planter pass...

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Verified FBN Member (AR)

1. Labor

2 Bins

3 Sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (MS)

1.Deer fences

2.Actually having time to run drainage ditches

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

1. Nitrogen/manure 2. Tile plow 3. Selfpropelled Sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (IN)

1. Grain bins

2. Sprayer

3. Corn and bean hybrids that work on our soil.

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Verified FBN Member (IN)

1. Tile drainage

2. Manure application

3. new technologies: Draper header, Precision monitoring, hyd. downforce, etc...

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

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Top Notch Hired Man


Center Pivots


Sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (NC)

Litter, 4wd Tractors, Vertical Tillage

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Verified FBN Member (IN)

Tile, Planter, Sprayer

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

Tile, high speed planter

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Verified FBN Member (MO)

High speed planters save time but increase in row see spacing which reduces yields. Check your seed spacing vs mph and see if there is a var...

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

1. Knowledge - we set a personal record yield on a field this year using a totally different fertilizer program from last year. The high yie...

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Verified FBN Member (TN)

What did you do different with your fertility?


Verified FBN Member (TX)

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1. CS690 Cotton stripper, faster and more efficient, went from 12 people at harvest to 2.


2. 3 well qualified driven employees, instead of...

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Verified FBN Member (OH)

1. Grain bins

2. Sprayer/ floater dry fertilizer

3. Cattle

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Verified FBN Member (ND)

1. Sprayer

2. GPS/Autosteer (maybe in this era that is a given)

3. Cattle. (Cows and farming complement each other so much IMHO)

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Verified FBN Member (WA)

I think that depends on where you're at. Where I am it takes a lot of acres to sustain free range cattle so you need a lot of ground and a l...

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

1. Independent agronomist (servi-tech)

2. My team of employees.

3. Niche crops that offer a premium. (Seed corn, plenish soybeans, non GMO ...

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

1. Drain Tile

2. H2-A workers

3. Grain Bins

4. FBN Seed Finder

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

Conventional corn


Grain bins and dryer

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Verified FBN Member

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Verified FBN Member (WI)

1 grain handling equipment (dryer and bins)

2 sprayer

3 FBN membership

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