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3 farmers talk successes and mistakes of 2022 growing season

The end of harvest just a few days away, XtremeAg’s Kelly Garrett, Matt Miles, and Kevin Matthews look at the successes, mistakes, and key learnings from the 2022 season. 


A fifth-generation farmer, Kelly Garrett farms corn, soybeans, and winter wheat in western Iowa. 

Just like that, winter temperatures arrived last Friday as the windchill registered 2 degrees above zero. That is a lot colder than usual for this time of the year in western Iowa. Luckily, we were able to finish our corn harvest off last week before the deep freeze set in.

We are currently analyzing yield data and are pleasantly surprised by some of the results we are seeing thus far. I had two main focuses this year, one being calcium deficiency, and the other being plant health and stress mitigation. With our hot and dry weather, the focus on plant health and stress turned out to be very beneficial as it relates to our final yields. So far, the calcium trials we conducted with Agroliquid, Concept Agritek, and Nutricharge have resulted in a positive ROI. Next year we will be scaling up the calcium work in both corn and soybeans.

Kelly Garrett applies anhydrous with John Deere equipment on his Iowa farm in November
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One interesting thing this year is that we reaffirmed why we do variable rate anhydrous applications. We blanket applied anhydrous instead of variable rate application on one of our fields last fall and ended up seeing a 20 to 30 bpa difference from our variable rate ground. We relearned a lesson of the importance of variable rate.

Now that the 2022 crop season is done, I’ve been spending more time helping to get our latest family business venture of selling our home raised beef directly to consumers off the ground. We opened a retail location in our hometown and are now selling our beef online at


Matt Miles is a fourth-generation farmer in southeast Arkansas who grows corn, soybeans, rice, and cotton.

As harvest comes to an end, and we start putting things up for the winter, it's time to begin thinking about next year. Farming, even with the absence of livestock, has evolved into a full-time winter job as much as during the crop season. 

I was asked the other day if there was something that I would not do again on my farm. That was such an easy question after the nightmare I experienced last year with Italian ryegrass. We have been battling resistant weeds for a while now (Palmer and Mares Tail) but believe it or not, Italian ryegrass makes Palmer seem like little child.

Italian ryegrass growing in Arkansas
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Last fall we didn’t apply a residual herbicide for control of rye. We have been getting by with Clethodim during late winter burndown. We noticed every year the rye became a bigger problem. After three tillage trips and an expensive salvage herbicide treatment, and $40 an acre in cost, we now have a mandatory late-fall herbicide application for control of that particular weed species as with all our other resistant weeds.


Kevin and his wife, Cindy, own and operate Matthews Family Farms of North Carolina, Inc., Precision Nutrient Management, Inc., and Deep Creek Grain, Inc. in East Bend and Yadkinville.

The soybeans are in the bin, and we are very pleased with our farm average this season. Our desiccation program has allowed us to speed up soybean harvest by four weeks. In our area, the goal is always to finish soybeans by Thanksgiving, but goodness it’s nice having them in the bin already.

Our wheat is up with an excellent stand. Hopefully we will catch some dry weather and be able to get a little fertilizer out soon. Our cover crops are still being sown, water ways are being reseeded, and ditch banks are being mowed.

Kevin Matthews' combine and grain cart in a North Carolina corn field in November
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We are just a few days from finishing up our corn. At this rate, we might get a few days of deer hunting in this year.

We are reviewing all the data from this year, but the research we have done so far is showing that Teva’s C-CAT, Agrotech USA’s Nutricharge, Total-Phos from Concept Agritek, and Nachur’s Finish Line have all earned their place as part of our standard practices on every acre moving forward. Getting excited to finish compiling data from our XtremeAg trials to share with members and partners.

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