Your water PH that your are mixing with chemicals for crops should be 5.5. If not, for every point above that use 3 oz.of Kombind to
to bring down PH to 5.5. This wlll help the efficiency of your Roundup and all other chemicals.
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Our products: The AgroVantage® System
Making your land work for you can be a balancing act. If you are a modern farmer, you want to get the most from your crops. But at the same time, you want to keep the cost of your inputs low. If you are involved in the care of turfgrass and other plants in the landscape, you want them to be healthy throughout the season. Conklin`s nationally-recognized products and technologies are designed to help balance the equation so you know you are using the very best products for successful results.
All products have either been developed within the company's own Research and Development Department or have been developed at other institutions. Conklin's exclusive AgroVantage System has been constantly proven through years of field trials and through independent research agencies nationwide.
Conklin's Online Soil System
Meeting soil needs translates to healthier plants. Conklin's AgroVantage Online Soil System is an economic and environmental product recommendation program offering you an opportunity to reduce applied chemicals and fertilizers, lower input costs and obtain optimum results.
Conklin's AgroVantage System is rapidly becoming recognized as the premier recommendation program in the United States available to today' s professional grower, ag chemical and fertilizer dealer, independent consultant, or commercial lawn applicator. Besides featuring state-of-the-art products for plant growth and management, the AgroVantage System utilizes the latest in technology and soil test recommendations through the nation's leading independent laboratory. Once the soil analysis is complete, all data is available at your fingertips via the World Wide Web.
On the surface, Jay Myers appears to be just another average hard-working, Upper Midwest farmer. Farming 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans in the rich black soil near Fargo, he is an active member of both the North Dakota Soybean Growers and Richland County Crop Improvement associations. He sells seed corn for Mycogen® and grows soybean seed for Syngenta® and Pioneer.® He’s planting his 20th crop this spring. Plus, he’s a great husband to wife Cara, who works as a CPA at Microsoft in Fargo, and a proud dad of son Travis, 12, and daughter Abby, 8.
But there’s more than what meets the eye. Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, Jay is somewhat of a superhero when you look at his Conklin identity. Together with his wife Cara, they became Conklin Directors after four years as Independent Business Operators (IBOs), capturing the coveted 2008 Bob Conklin Award of Excellence at National Convention. This award recognizes the Director or Director couple who demonstrate outstanding leadership and selfless contribution to the entire Conklin organization. By nearly tripling their sales last year from $600,000 to $1.6 million, they also carried away the largest National Convention bonus check of any Directors totaling $46,730.
“Since joining Conklin four years ago, my life has become a whole lot better,” says Jay. “When I’m not out in the fields (roughly from Thanksgiving to April Fools Day), I’m able to expand my Conklin organization. I can continue farming and also build another business for additional income.”
When Jay was first introduced to the Conklin business opportunity, he was impressed that Francis Childs’ continuous world championship yields were achieved with the Conklin AgroVantage® system. Francis Childs was an active AgroVantage promoter and an eight time National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) National Champion who still holds onto the world-record corn yield title. In addition, Jay also found for the first time an agricultural products company that offered superior education and training with a practical approach.
When his schedule allowed him to attend his first Conklin Business Seminar, Conklin’s foundational training for new members where he got to meet the company owners Charles W. and Judy Herbster, he got so excited that he couldn’t sleep that night. He knew then that had to hop on board.
Since Jay started using the full gamut of the AgroVantage System’s products, he has become a regular NCGA state champion for North Dakota, placing first or second in record corn yields.
After five years in the business, Jay is fully capable of leaping over tall buildings in a single bound for many reasons. “There are so many incredible things about Conklin,” says Jay. “Our family is able to experience luxury travel to such exotic places as Cancun and the Caribbean through the Destinations program. We are receiving ever-increasing generous bonus checks. My circle of influence is ever expanding. I’m much more excited about our life now because our days take us beyond farming fields.”
Conklin Success Stories
Ahead of the Pack - How AgroVantage drove Bigg Dogg Agg into the lead
Mark, Pam and Jason Fillbrandt
It’s all about service to his customers for Mark Fillbrandt of Felton, Minn. This was especially evident in his business
philosophy of running it similar to a family farm – offer quality products, have a close relationship with his clients and intimately know and understand their production practices.
This philosophy is reflected in his mission statement: “We offer our customers quality products, a fair price, personal services,and the experience in knowing how best to provide those services to save our customers time and create a more profitable business.”
He started his agriculture career in 1980 with Cargill and moved on to other agricultural companies before he, his wife, Pam, and son Jason, opened their full-service agriculture retail dealership, Bigg Dogg Agg, in January 2001. The full-service agronomy company offers a wide range of services to their customers that include crop consulting, chemical applications and agriculture equipment sales.
“We find what our producers need, anything from machine parts to sprayers,” explains Mark. “I do a lot of research with a good network of contacts who cover a wide area to make sure my customers get the best deal. It may not be the most efficient way of doing business, but we have relationships that work.”
He also has worked as a certified crop advisor (CCA) for the past 15 years. The core of the business centers around consulting, specializing in intensive wheat management. “I help producers make money growing wheat,” says Mark. His client’s wheat crops consistently average 10 bushels higher per acre than other producers in his area, 1 point to 1.5 points higher in protein and
1-2 pounds heavier in test weight. “I work a lot on the quality of wheat,” he notes. “You have to manage the crop all year round.”
Currently, Mark has 24 full-time crop producer clients, along with several part-time ones. This covers more than 35,000 acres of crops spanning 150 miles throughout northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. While specializing wheat, he also advises producers on managing corn, soybeans, sunflowers, alfalfa, sugar beets, flax and barley.
“Working with a CCA, you have another set of eyes looking at your crops,” says Mark. “It’s not a matter of me coming up with a recommendation; it’s more about working together with the producer, his program and cropping system. We make decisions together and learn as the growing season progresses.”
Being a CCA has given Mark more credibility within the agricultural industry, especially with potential new clients. Along with having to pass state and national tests, a CCA must have extensive experience and continuous training to maintain his certification.
This motivation to provide more value-added services to his clients is what led Mark to learn more about the AgroVantage® crop management system he heard about on local radio advertisements on KQLX of Lisbon, ND, in March 2008. Specifically, Mark was interested in foliar feeding as an alternative to broadcast applications. “You can’t afford to throw out extra fertilizer because you might have a crop out there,” he says. “You put enough fertilizer on the field for 40-60 bushels per acre of wheat, and determine the stand’s potential, then spoon-feed fertilizer after you know more about the stand and the weather.”
The next step Mark took was to attend an informational meeting about Conklin’s AgroVantage crop management system, specifically foliar feeding crops. He was impressed with the discussion on research, documentation and statistics on crop timing.
“There are so few companies that ever instruct you about which of their products to use as your crops move through the various growth stages,” explains Mark. “I learned when to foliar feed during a crop’s development.
It is so helpful to be walked through the growth stages of crops and told specifically when you should apply each product.”
Along with offering a wide variety of products, one of the staples of this crop management system is proper soil testing to maximize the effectiveness of each farming operation. The soil test results enable Mark to make specific nutrient and application recommendations for nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, secondary and micronutrients to his clients.
Another key is continuing education and training on the AgroVantage products, but also on basic agronomy, soil analysis, plant fertility and foliar feeding. These products give Mark another way to help his clients maximize their ROI (return on investment). Several of Mark’s clients are seeing greater yields. Three of his spring wheat producers harvested yields of 80 to 90 bushels per acre, when the average in their region is 37 to 40 bushels per acre.
Offering the AgroVantage system is a win-win proposition for Mark. His clients have more value-added product options and it also allows him to earn a residual income in addition to his retail dealership.
Producers are buying into the system, especially if it allows them to minimize the number of fertilizer applications each year.
“Time is not our friend in this part of the country,” explains Mark. “We have to be very diligent to get things done on time. That’s where Conklin crop timing charts work for us, especially with foliar feeding. It’s not very often that if you miss the application window, then you’re told not to apply the fertilizer. With this system, if you miss the window, you don’t spend the money because you won’t get the maximum return.”
All of the AgroVantage products work hand in hand with his consulting philosophy. “I’m able to offer my producers the ability to buy high-quality products at wholesale prices,” he says. “It makes it nice to go out to a producer with a high quality product at a factory wholesale price.”
The AgroVantage system has enabled the Fillbrandts to offer their clients more value-added products, a large network of crop producers to work with and the ability to earn more money.