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Changes? There are always changes.

For the last few years we have been working on expanding our variable rate offerings and services.  We have come a long way on this project and are now doing all the VRN done in house from soil test to application, and are able to do the same with variable rate seeding. We will also be able to offer in-season satellite imagery of your fields. If you are interested in variable rate work it does have a planning phase and you will need to contact us and visit about your needs.  Prices for zone based VRN have gone down sharply from three years ago.

We have now have TWO multi-bin terragators for VRN work plus a single bin VRN machine.

All of us employees at Ashby Equity Association are very aware that our prosperity depends on our customers satisfaction. Thank you for your business and loyalty for the year we have just finished, and we will work diligently to maintain your trust and business.  

The next big project is to leap forward on 'technology'.  By this we do not mean incremental increases in VRN, VRS, or slight improvements on equipment technologies, but are adding more computer based services and offerings which play into the hands of the farmers directly.  Climate is one of these, another is Agri-Edge.  We are looking at Land'O'Lakes Sustain also and plan on increasing other types of tech boost for our customers.  James Hustad has been appointed Technology Lead for the Co-op.  If you know of anything we should be looking into or have questions please contact James.  All this takes time and will work much better with customer input.


From the Agronomy Center
Station, Napa parts and service update. 

 Each day our staff at the Ashby Equity strives to meet our customers' expectations for gas, fuels, parts and service. For a small community we have a lot happening in Ashby. The people are great, and we are thankful we can serve you. The Napa parts line is a good business model that offers a wide range of parts, hand tools, power tools, shop equipment, tire supplies, safety items and a whole lot more. Each quarter the Napa "Real Deals" sales flyer comes out with a boat load of specials. This is a great place to do shopping.  We don't have some of the items in the store, but we can order them and have them the next day. Gift wrapping may be a challenge! Stop in and take a look. 
E-15 Gasoline:

The Ashby Equity has recently upgraded our pumps to offer our customers a new ethanol blend of E-15 (15% ethanol, 85% gasoline).  E-15 is approved to be used in cars, light trucks and SUV's for model years 2001 and newer.  It offers a higher octane gasoline with a lower cost to the customer.  We will continue to have E-85 and the other ethanol blends as well as regular 87 octane gas and premium non-oxy gasoline.  We will keep you posted on this new product at the Equity.
Thank You Veterans:

We are grateful every day for those who serve, or have served our country in the military.  A special day is set aside each year on November 11 so we can ensure our veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made and are making in their lives to keep our country free.  We honor all of America's veterans for their loyal and dedicated service.  May God bless all of you.
Agronomy:

​Top quality products, service and sales are what our agronomy team is geared up to offer our customers. Stop in and talke to Travis, James, Aaron, Taylor or Doug about all your agronomy needs.
Energy:

​The heating season is upon us! With this change of seasons also comes the renewed concern of propane safety. If you smell propane gas, leave the building and immediately call us from a phone outside the area where the propane may be leaking. If you were not on our scheduled delivery system make sure you are keeping an eye on your tank level. If you do run out of propane, a system leak test must be done prior to relighting the furnace or appliances. If this occurs after hours an extra fee will be assessed for delivery. We also encourage those customers on scheduled delivery to once in a while check your tank level if possible. Our system works very well, however, there could be circumstances that may cause an increase in consumption which we would not be aware of. We do have an on call system (218)-747-2219 for energy after hour service or emergencies. 

This fall has been a wild ride.  From too much rain to too much cold weather early, and a challenged harvest will make preparation for next year challenging.  We have done our best and kept up with the work this fall but it looks like spring 2018 will be challenging also.  Planning and preparation that can go on this winter will need to such as planning and booking inputs, planning field applications, and making decisions early so work next spring can to as seamlessly for all of us as possible.

Another thing to watch is crop inputs for 2018.  Urea and NH3 have been on an uphill drive for a couple months now, with current replacement pricing much higher than August pricing.  Those who purchased early definately have the best deal for the coming year.  DAP, MESZ, and Potash will soon be priced for spring 2018.  We have changed from NPSZ to MESZ because of some dust issues we noticed last fall.

Corn yields have been for the most part excellent, and soybeans acceptable or better, depending on how much were underwater at harvest or drought damaged in July-August.     

Another change happening in the industry we have been watching is the offerings of Roundup Xtend beans, Liberty beans, and hopefully we will be able to offer Enlist beans for next season.  The Enlist technology offers a real ray of hope since it uses 2,4-D instead of dicamba for weed control with glyphosate.  Liberty results have been as good or better than hoped with no yield loss to Xtend or RR plus good or better weed control.  We will again have an excellent supply of Liberty beans to give our customers that option.

Please call or visit you favorite agronomist with questions.  We are all spending time in the country now, and what we need most is opinions on how you will be progressing so we can plan adequately.