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Efficiency is key in 2022

XtremeAg’s Chad Henderson and Lee Lubbers are finalizing preparation for planting and making changes to nutrient programs due to high input costs. 

CHAD HENDERSON – MADISON, ALABAMA

Chad Henderson is part of a fifth-generation farming operation in Madison, Alabama. Henderson Farms operates over 8,000 acres of dryland and irrigated corn, dryland soybeans, wheat, and dryland and irrigated double-crop soybeans. When not farming, Chad can be found carrying on another proud family tradition as a drag racer for Henderson Racing.

We are five weeks away from our earliest planting and we are finishing up adjustments and maintenance on our planting equipment to make sure it’s ready to hit the field next month. We are also finalizing our nutrient programs as product availability and pricing changes on a daily basis. We are also changing some things in our program as a result of the data we received from the trials we conducted last season.

We are doing a lot of homework looking into stress mitigation products in order to help counter the high fertilizer prices. If we reduce stress on the plants, then they utilize the fertilizer we give them in a much more efficient manner. We are also looking at programs with additives to help us to cut back on the amount of fertilizer we are using. We are exploring phosphorus additives and nitrogen stabilizers. With today’s prices we must be as efficient as possible with our inputs.  

LEE LUBBERS – GREGORY, SOUTH DAKOTA

Lee Lubbers of Gregory, South Dakota, grew up in the farming tradition, and remembers well using leftover scholarship money as the down payment for his first tractor and rent for 200 acres. Today, he farms more than 17,000 acres of dryland soybeans, corn, and wheat. Lubbers says one of the most important things to him is to always be learning and challenging himself to build an operation and a legacy that the next generation can be proud of.

Since early December we have had a few light snows but nothing major for moisture. It’s very dry. It is not often that fires are a risk in February, but that is the case this year as everything is as dry as could be right now. We hope some moisture shows up by springtime.

Lee Lubbers' planter sitting in the machine shed
Photo credit: XtremeAg

We are moving some grain on contracts this week. It’s been a long time since we’ve had $4 road fuel. It seems like everything is just costing more across the board, and we’re still dealing with spot shortages, parts, and repairs. As we wait for parts, we are juggling multiple projects in the shops such as finishing up our new tender trailer. We are just waiting for a part on a truck. It’s serviced, polished, and ready to roll but for one special idler on the motor. Our new planter is about ready to be picked up. The row cleaners were ordered last June and should be at the dealership in a week or so. Other planters that were ordered just a few minutes after ours have already been pushed back to March and April. It’s certainly making for an interesting and challenging year so far. But that’s farming. 

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