Crop Damage

Growing Season 2016

Let’s just say it’s been one heck of a growing season here in Minnesota. Farmers and their fields have endured strong storms, heavy rain and frequent drowned outs. It’s definitely been a challenge.

AgVenture Drone

We’ve been keeping an eye on Agventure Customer’s fields using our drone. This give us a birds-eye view of the condition of the entire field, not just the end rows.  This picture was taken from our drone of a local corn field that received some damage after a storm earlier this summer.

Damaged Corn Field

Crop Insurance

We understand the importance of crop insurance…and the 2017 growing season will be no different. We know that farmers don’t normally start thinking about crop insurance this time of year. But we want to “plant the seed” and give you a bit of info to consider.

Our Team Can Help You:

  • Understand the role of crop insurance and how it should tie into your marketing strategy.
  • Pick a policy based on what is best for your operation, not simply based on the cheapest cost.
  • Understand that crop insurance can be used for much more than just catastrophic yield loss

More information on Crop Insurance

Happy Harvest

As the growing season comes to an end, we wish you all a profitable and safe harvest season. From planting and crop insurance, to growing and harvest…we are always here to help. Please give our team a call if you need more information 320-523-2252.

Develop a Cropping Plan – Because You Can’t Control the Weather!

The most important element to produce a great corn crop is weather, BUT….we cannot control the weather.

Cropping Plan

Every year we deal with the conditions we are given.  That’s why a well-developed cropping plan is so important to minimize the damage from the more than one-thousand variables that affect our crop every year.

Consult the Specialists

Cropping Plan 2016We are the cropping plan specialists and can develop a plan complete with contingencies for your operation.

We’re AgVenture Pinnacle of Olivia.

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What’s Your Crop Risk Management Strategy? Crop Insurance Deadline is March 15, 2015

Is your crop risk management strategy working for you? Are you losing sleep over the unforeseeable or uncontrollable circumstances? Do you have a plan in place that gives you confidence that no matter what Mother Nature creates, you are positioned to grow and thrive?

Risk Management Package

Here at Corn Capital Innovations in Olivia our team is working with you to provide the best sleep insurance possible. We help develop a risk management package that:

We understand your farming operation is much more than just making a living but rather an opportunity to pass on a legacy to future generations to come.

Crop Insurance

Now’s the time to determine your crop insurance needs, before the March 15th deadline.  Each year brings different variables and that means a fresh look needs to be taken at how you are protecting your crop.

crop insuranceCrop Protection Options:

  • Revenue Protection
  • Production Protection
  • Named Peril Insurance, more than just hail coverage it can include fire, lightning, vandalism etc.
  • Add endorsements to cover additional perils.

Crop insurance decisions should be and must be more than just determining your risk tolerance.  Instead your decision should include your financial position, yield history and your upcoming marketing strategy.

Develop a Strategy

Learn more about Corn Capital Innovations and how we can help develop a risk management strategy for your operation. We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to review every policy and base the coverage on your farm operation and specific needs.

Don’t forget the deadline is March 15th, contact us today at (320) 523-2252. We can get you the protection needed and give you sleep insurance in 2015.

Is your risk management strategy working for you? Or are you looking for some sleep insurance?

Controllable Factors of Farming

As the growing season continues, we have started to see some weather events that may have affected the success of our stands through: drought, excessive rainfall, hail, or wind damage.  These events are bound to happen every summer but are completely unpredictable as to where they will occur, when they will occur and to what extent.  Damage from weather can be extremely frustrating, but it also brings out the importance of the factors we can control in farming.

These important controllable factors are connected to the decisions made in the months prior to the growing season as well as throughout the growing season.  One of the most important influences of a stand is the speed and depth at which the crop was planted.  Stands planted too fast can cause an increased amount of skips and delayed emergences, which will drive down the plant per thousand count.  The depth at which the seed is planted can also cause problems if it does not meet the proper depth.  Tillage practices can play a big part in the success-fulness of the stands.  Delayed emergences can become more prevalent if tillage practices are not effectively executed.  Residue such as root balls and chopped stalks from previous growing seasons can affect root growth if left in the seed trench.  Improper care for the ground may also leave tight sidewalls along the seed trench, which inhibits the seeds ability to grow strong and healthy roots.

Although unpredictable weather may seem extremely frustrating and a hindrance to success, we must continue to keep our focus on the things we can control.  If we spent all of our life worrying about freak accidents that could potentially kill us, we would go nowhere in life.  The same can be said about farming.  Instead of focusing on the damage Mother Nature can produce, we should focus on the positive things we have done, and the things we can improve on in our journey to becoming the best growers we can be.

Reed Nelson

My Crop is Lost, What Do I Do?

If this is your field, what are the emotions going through your mind right now?

Storm Damage is both financially and emotionally stressful and we understand that; it is our job to help farmers like you plan for the best and worst scenarios.  We encourage every farmer to protect yields at all costs.

We can’t undo what Mother Nature has already done.  You have to do everything you can to get this crop processed, harvested and not to let this year’s crop influence next year’s crop.  You have to do everything in your capabilities by the end of this year to be set up for the coming year.

“Never give up on a crop unless it is damaged below the thresholds where putting additional dollars into the crop will not surpass expected crop revenues.”  says Steve O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer and Owner at Corn Capital Innovations

Is this a disaster? Yes, it’s terrible but we can plan for these types of events!  If you are asking yourself, “why me”?  You have to realize that it happens to someone every year, everywhere, in different places.   If not you this year or last year, maybe it will happen next year.  Or maybe you have already been through it?

The time to review your risk management plan is not after the damage is done!  You can’t predict the future, so be prepared!  We would like to work with you now to set up your plan for the future.

There is a popular adage often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the father of time management, “Failing to plan is planning to fail,”

Being prepared is to make ready (Mind Set)

To put together various elements (Crop Insurance)

The condition of being prepared (Risk Management)

Not only is there volatility in weather but there is also volatility in the markets.   Corn Capital Innovations can help you with both.  Do you have a question about the risk management options available and how they can benefit you?  Leave a comment below, or contact us today.