Potential Nitrate Toxicity from Drought-stressed Forages—Take Precautions

by Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist High nitrate levels in water-deficient forages are likely this late summer and fall in the drought-stressed parts of the Upper Midwest and west. In addition to the chance of nitrate accumulation in forages and corn slated for harvest, there is concern that some growers in the most severely affected […]

August 4, 2021 | Categories: , , , , Read More >>

Viking Corn & Soybeans – 2021 Update

by Mac Ehrhardt, President | Co-Owner Jake Hansen, Product Manager/Agronomist Note: Inventory is changing daily. Call now for latest inventory levels and to find the right seed for your ground: (800) 352-5247 One of the sure signs of Spring at the Seed House is phones ringing off the hook. Customers from across the country are […]

March 9, 2021 | Categories: , ,

Replant Considerations for Organic Corn

by Matt Leavitt, Organic Lead/Agronomist & Margaret Smith, PhD, Agronomist Organic farmers may face replant decisions this year. Tempting planting conditions in April were followed by cooler-than-average temperatures. Organic growers who planted early should evaluate their corn stands. Although stand evaluation is the same for organic farmers as for conventional farmers, the replant decision is […]

May 14, 2020 | Categories: , ,

When Should I Plant My Organic Corn?

by Matt Leavitt, Organic Lead/Agronomist & Margaret Smith, PhD, Forage Agronomist We’ve had more than a few calls in the past week about folks planting organic corn. The temptation is real: the calendar says spring, temperatures are favorable, the soil is drying, the neighbors are rolling, and the itch to get the planters in the […]

April 29, 2020 | Categories: ,

Organic Yield Trial Results – On Organic Farms

by Mac Ehrhardt, President, Co-Owner Organic farmers want to know how their corn hybrids and soybean varieties perform under organic conditions. Albert Lea Seed conducted replicated testing of organic corn and soybean seed on organic farms in Minnesota and Iowa. Yes, some universities are conducting organic yield trials on corn and/or soybeans, which is a […]

March 6, 2020 | Categories: , ,

Interseeding Cover Crops into Early-Season Corn

by Margaret Smith • Forage Agronomist & Bairet Eiter • Cover Crops Lead Interest in seeding a range of cover crop species into corn early in the growing season is increasing among both conventional and organic farmers. Why plant cover crops early rather that into maturing corn or after corn harvest? Bigger window (more growing season) […]

March 3, 2020 | Categories: ,

Corn Test Weight: Lighter than Average?

2019 Growing Conditions & Corn Test Weight Late planting and frost dates in the north likely had the greatest impact on corn test weights this year, but test weight is affected by a variety of factors. Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist Albert Lea Seed REASON #1: Delayed Planting Dates The 2019 crop year began with […]

October 17, 2019 | Categories: