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Results From 184-Acre, Farmer-Owned Research Plot Now Available

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Landus Cooperative recommends SDS seed treatments, early-season fungicide applications, as result of multi-year testing
FARNHAMVILLE, IA (Feb. 15, 2017) –Iowa’s largest farmer-owned cooperative today released results from its 184-acre Research Plot in a 30-page guide.
“The breadth and scope of these field trials move us well beyond ‘test-plot’ status,” explained Director of Agronomy and plot leader, Todd Claussen. “This results book defines our recommendations for managing Sudden Death Syndrome with seed treatments, pairing fungicide with insecticides in early-season applications, and adjusting your planting depth for maximum emergence and yield opportunity.”
Four years of data from the Research Plot focus on the return on investment (ROI) for each management practice highlighted. Each of the nineteen projects includes methodology, resulting yields, and an estimated ROI.
“If we cannot demonstrate, evaluate and ground-truth crop production inputs and recommendations, we are just selling stuff,” added Claussen. “As a farmer-owned cooperative, we have made a strong investment in this Research Plot site in order to offer best-practice management strategies and leading agronomic insight for our members and customers.”
Among the recommendations included in the results book available from any Landus Cooperative Field Sales Agronomist are:
• Adjusting seeding rates based on planting date may offer a 2.5-fold ROI
• SDS soybean seed treatments showing a nearly 6-fold ROI
• Benefits for combined fungicide/insecticide application vs. standalone applications
• Opportunities to improve corn yield based on the no-cost adjustments made in seed planting depth
The Research Plot results books are available at no charge to all Landus Cooperative members and customers and are free to view online here.
A series of video presentations from the cooperative’s annual showcase event can also be found online.
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Landus Cooperative is a farmer-owned agricultural cooperative, headquartered in Ames, Iowa, that has a global reach and a local touch with more than 700 full-time employees at locations in nearly 70 communities in Iowa and Minnesota and approximately 7,000 member-owners.
Landus Cooperative is one of North America’s largest grain storage companies and has shuttle-loading access on all seven, major Iowa rail lines. The diversified farmer-owned cooperative offers precision agronomy services with more than 50 agronomists on staff; a proprietary, member-owned brand of soybeans; expert grain marketing services; as well as corn and soybean processing including a facility in Ralston, Iowa which manufacturers SoyPlus®, a high bypass protein soybean meal for dairy herds across the globe.