Max Elder Community Lamb Barbecue

In honor of Max Elder, there will be a community lamb barbecue from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Methodist Church in Shedd. Come one, come all!

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Look Closer

With the wet spring we have been experiencing in the Willamette Valley so far we tend to look at our production fields and blame their appearance and lack of vigor on the weather.  Upon further inspection, you may find some added stresses and common pests.  One such pest showing up more often this spring is the  persistant Crane Fly.
European cranefly (Tipula paludosa) and Marsh cranefly (Tipula oleracea)
Mature larvae are 1 to 1.5 inches long, legless, and earthy gray. The body is cylindrical, squishy, but very tough and resilient (the larvae are called “leatherjackets”)
The larvae of these two pest species feed on many plant species, including grasses, clovers, mint crops, root vegetables, and probably even decaying matter. As larvae mature, they come to the soil surface at night and feed above ground on crowns of grasses. They have been seen to clip stems of peppermint.
The European cranefly, (T. paludosa) , deposits eggs randomly on moist soil, grasses, clovers, and cover crops by dropping them in flight or when walking over these areas. An adult female produces 300 to 400 eggs, which hatch in 11 to 15 days. Larvae enter the soil and feed on humus, vegetable waste that is decomposing, and crowns or roots of plants through late April and early May. Young larvae tend to remain in the soil day and night and are highly resistant to cold. In spring, the larger larvae come to the soil surface at night and feed on aerial parts of plants. Larvae pupate in the soil (late June, July, early August). Adults emerge in late August and September. (Tipula paludosa)
Controls available for use in many of our seed crops include Lorsban, and Baythroid/Tombstone.
Ask your CPS fieldman to scout the areas you might consider potential problems.

Information provided by Oregon State University Extension 

Aerial Imagery Spring 2012

Bob Schroeder
CPS Tangent

"Remote Sensing is defined as the acquisition of information about an object without being in physical contact with it" (Elachi 1987)  For Agriculture and for our uses at Tangent CPS, this involves aerial imagery collected from airplane flights over our Willamette Valley.  Over several years we have collected many layers of information from yield monitors, soil samples, soil electroconductivity mapping, soil type maps, weed maps, etc.  The use of aerial imagery has provided a very useful real time tool for identifying field variability and tools to treat it.  Being able to identify good, medium, and poor growth areas in our crops this time of year from a birds eye view allow us to treat the fields with a better site specific program.  Over the next two months we will be lining up many acres of grass seed and grain crops to customize products and rates for applications.  One of the greatest usage's is in the applications of growth regulators and fungicides because of the variability of crop growth and density.  If you have fields to schedule for capture on our next flights, contact your field man and he will make arrangements to capture, process and deliver to you your photos and application maps.  In addition, we have a library available of pictures from the first floods this winter along the Willamette River from Eugene to Albany showing the high water marks of the fields along the river.  

Ag Leader Technololgy Training April 17th

Jason Bennett
Tangent CPS

Agleader is hosting a training/learning session at Linn Benton Tractor April 17th, below is information about the up and coming meeting.  The write up was provided by Sean Ealy who is the Territory Manager at Ag Leader Technology. 

Data from precision ag has immense value for making management decisions. These management decisions must be based on real-life questions you have about improving your operation, driven by your collected data. The data you collect has tremendous value beyond the benefits you see in the cab. So how do you begin the process of getting more answers from  you precision ag data?  How can adapting new technology benefit you when it comes to yield and financial decisions? How can you take what you already have and improve on it? Come join us in this discussion, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, CPS and Linn Benton Tractor. Learn how SMS software and our precision products can help take you from where you are now to where you want to be.

Tuesday April 17th
9am – 11:30am
31873 SR-34 Tangent, OR

Lunch provided, as well as individual training if desired

Let you CPS fieldman know if you are interested in attending or email

Commodity Prices

Josh Nelson
CPS Tangent

Commodity price changes. The table below shows trends between Nitrogen, Diesel and Wheat prices from 1993-2012. 

World economies, power struggles in developing countries and natural disasters have made for very uncertain times. No surprise to anyone, commodity prices are volatile. Inputs, such as, Nitrogen and Diesel continue their upward movement. Unfortunately Wheat prices have fallen off of their high from 2011 to approximately $6.95/bushel. As of April 2012 prices for these three commodities are are Nitrogen at $0.66/unit, Diesel $4.14/gal and Wheat $6.95/bu.

Why are Nitrogen prices continuing to climb with Natural Gas at 10 year lows?

Explanation; corn is projected to be the largest planted acreage since 1937, 95.9 million acres.  There is a huge amount of demand on the supply chain right now. There is a bottle neck caused by weather and logistics. The Midwest distributors held off on filling and taking positions throughout the winter because of what they’ve seen happen to them in the past, as well as listening to the drum beat of how the market was going to soften going into spring instead of firming. 

There will continue to be many questions and concerns moving into the harvest season of 2012, however, as with any turbulent markets there are opportunities as well. Carefully consider crop rotations, no-till versus conventional planting, bailing straw versus chopping, soil testing, nutrient management, etc. Ask your CPS fieldman about nutrient removal when bailing; it is important to understand the true value of your straw. Develop cost effective strategies to managing nutrient deficiencies with Nature’s Supreme, Lime and Variable Rate applications. Sign up for commodity reports from Tangent CPS website, USDA Grain Reports, Pendleton Grain Growers, etc. Keeping yourself informed will help you find and take advantage of these opportunities.

Snow Pictures

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Here's a few snow pictures from all of the guys here at Tangent of our record setting late snow event March 21-22. (Click photos to enlarge.)

Do you have any snow pictures you want to share?

Corn, Corn and, more Corn

Joe Moade
CPS Tangent

Recently our fertilizer buyer Larry Talmage passed on this information from the publication Green Markets.

March 30, 2012

USDA reports huge increase in corn acres
USDA released its Prospective Plantings report on March 30, declaring that U.S. corn growers intend to plant 95.9 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2012, up 4 percent from last year and 9 percent higher than in 2010. If realized, USDA said this will represent the highest planted acreage in the U.S. since 1937, when an estimated 97.2 million acres were planted. 
 With the increase in Corn acres comes higher fertilizer demand (Soybeans are less fertilizer intensive).  With that said Larry has indicated to us that mid term this will drive up the price of N fertilizer.

Ag Appreciation Breakfast

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Happy April Fool's Day!

It's time again for the annual Ag Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Albany Chamber of Commerce. The event, called Eggs and Issues, will be at the Linn County Fairgrounds Tuesday, April 3rd from 7-9am. Your Tangent Crew has sponsored and helped serve breakfast at this event for many years and we'll be there again this year. The guest speaker this year is Bill Boggess, professor and executive dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. Admission is $7.50 which includes a full breakfast of eggs, sausage, French toast, coffee, and juice served up by your Tangent Fieldmen.

Here's a funny picture for you this April Fools: