Mark Spraying

(Mark) I am Mark Pettijohn, here again at Saline County on the farm. The Custom Crew you’ve probably seen, Brian and Lee Rimmer from Kent and Galva, they’re doing their thing. You’ve probably also met Justin Conrad, he’s planting double crop milo as we speak. My forte, my big niche on the farm, is to not only price and gather and have the chemicals shipped in cost effectively and timely when I need them, but I run the sprayer exclusively. It’s a 120 foot boom, a 4940 John Deere, and seems like I run the wheels off of it. I’ve mentioned before that our big advantage we feel is the Custom Harvesters because it allows us to keep the sprayer and the planters rolling and do a lot of double cropping and a lot of cover cropping, which we’ve proven has benefited us over the years. So, in the last few days I’ve been running Sharpen exclusively and left the 2-4-D at home in the shed and bumped up my Glyphosate. So the cost per acre is probably three or four dollars per acre more in chemicals. But how expensive is it to have to redo things. I don’t like having to redo things. But I probably redid approximately 500 acres here when it’s all said and done. I just fill the sprayer with 900 gallons of water, in an effort to kill some weeds that previously did not die with about 28 ounces of 5.5 pounds Glyphosate and 10 ounces of 2-4-D. That was less than two weeks ago, so we had many pigweeds escape, some velvet weeds and some cover crop that we had there last year. So now what I’ve added here is AMS, of course, and then I added 30 ounces per acre of the same Glyphosate. So, a little more per acre. Plus I added one ounce of Sharpen and then methylated seed oil, to hopefully go fix what has been a commonly occurring problem. I thought it was just me with this problem, but I have heard in the last week, for some reason 2,4-D is not even killing all weeds this year. I just came from a field in the last two hours where I had sprayed it with that same 27 ounce Glyphosate rate, same 10 ounce 2,4-D rate. And it was strange because the pigweeds were ankle high when I sprayed it, and there was some bindweed laying out there and when I went back today the bindweed was mostly dead, and the pigweeds were now knee high. So, that’s an example of some of what I do here is fail. And that was definitely a failure.

(Dwight) Dwight Faulkner with Tallgrass Commodities. During the last year we’ve seen a great run-up in the cattle prices, starting the end of fall last year and going through this winter market. We deal in all kinds of feed byproducts throughout the midwest and west coast areas. And with the higher price of cattle people are willing to spend a little bit more for feed. The good thing is most of these feed byproducts dropped off in value which I think will help in each person’s operations and we at Tallgrass are just glad to have the opportunity to do our part to help service the livestock industry. Again, with some of these feed byproducts dropping off in price, I think there’s some great opportunities through the summer and moving into fall for people to lock those in, especially with cattle prices where they are. The cost of gain should be low enough, we believe there’s going to be some good opportunities for livestock industry to make some money. Our biggest thing is we do all of our trucks. We move about 750,000 tons of product throughout the year. To find sufficient trucks to do that… we don’t own our own trucks, so we hire that all out. With some of the regulations coming down on that industry, it’s stressed that industry a little bit on the financial side. We believe we’ve been able to keep those trucks on the road more, give them an opportunity to make some money. So in the good times and the bad times we’re there to help them kind of even out their cash flows. We want them to be there for us just like we’re there for them. To get ahold of us, you can find us on the web at www.tallgrass.us or call our 800 number at 855-494-8484. Look forward to the opportunity of serving you.

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