I think spring might really be ready to make a full-time appearance soon and the question to ask yourself is are we ready? There are so many new things that have been introduced in the agricultural arena that it is almost impossible to keep up with the new trends. Social media has made it easy to get information, expert advice from numerous sources around the world, planting trends, yield projections, etc., yet one of the most important things hasn’t changed and that’s a connection with an informed and progressive Ag representative. I like to think that WS Ag can provide all of that for our customers.
Alternative fuel options such as E10 and E85 has seen a great demand and in 2016 alone the ethanol demand saw production of 15.3 billion gallons. This will continue to be on the rise in the future due to exports, the environment, higher gas consumption and with lower oil prices, gas consumption will continue to climb. It’s not going away, it’s going to continue to grow. At a recent summit review, there was a presentation on what the successful farmer needs to be in tune with. The progressive farmers are in tune with the newest trends, work on communication to help work with others, solve problems and focus on managing margins. They aren’t afraid to explore new ideas and are willing to think outside the box and explore different points of view. One constant however is to recognize the power of networking and developing close relationships with your suppliers and reps. Even when you do all you can that is humanly possible to be ready for the growing season, your biggest friend is Mother Nature. Next in line is your partnership with WS Ag Center and our experienced staff. We are prepared to help you in any way we can by communicating new trends, marketing strategies, price forecasting, projected crop input costs, informed agronomists, the latest equipment and technology and so much more. We already know that the future for this season is an increase in soybean production and a slight drop in corn acres. We can help maximize your acres and production plus be your partner for a fantastic growing season keeping your costs in mind and helping you produce a bumper crop. Call on us any time, ask questions, pick our brains, we’re here for you. Just let us know what we can do to help you make this season better. Let’s work together. Farm incomes may have dropped, but there is always a bright spot which sees falling prices on fertilizer and energy prices, as well as increased yields.