Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs Now

We’ve enjoyed all the benefits our gardens have offered us this summer, lots of veggies, flowers, and our plants have bloomed with color and life. With fall upon us, it’s your last chance to think ahead and plan for spring.  To prepare, plant your spring bulbs now and come early springtime, you’ll reap the benefits of a beautiful garden once again!

When To Plant

Depending on where you live, starting in late September to October – when the soil has cooled, is the best time to plant your spring bulbs. Planting during this time will give the bulbs enough time to root before the ground freezes in preparation for their late spring to early summer bloom! Bulbs, such as daffodils, act as perennials and will show up year after year!

In the south, where it is warmer during these months, you may need to pre-cool some bulbs before planting them. Make sure to check with your bulb supplier to see if the bulbs have been pre-cooled, or you may need to do this process yourself.

Note: To pre-cool your bulb, simply let them rest in a drawer of your refrigerator by themselves – anywhere from 8 to 14 weeks.

Where To Plant

When planting your bulbs, there are some characteristics that you should pay attention to before planting them in the ground. Site location and preparation are essential to successful growth and flower production for years to come. Bulbs need a lot of sunlight and good drainage. Be sure to select a planting site with at least 6-hours of direct sunlight and good drainage to ensure healthy root development and prevent the roots from rotting.

How To Plant

First, educate yourself on the bulb’s size, color, and bloom time. This is important if you want a full garden that compliments its surroundings. Keep in mind the plant’s size – plant taller bulbs in the back and the shorter ones towards the front. Staggering your bulbs in this way will ensure a full spring and summer garden.

Next, determine how deep to plant each bulb. If the bulb is planted too deep, it may bloom late or not at all. If too shallow, the bulb may be exposed too soon and damaged by cold temperatures. Bulbs are usually planted two to three times deeper than their size. If unsure, you can always check the recommended planting directions found on the packaging. 

When planting, loosen the soil beforehand and add organic material; this will help drainage and add nutrients to your bulbs. Healthy bulbs are usually firm to the touch and should be planted with the pointier side up. After finding the correct depth, cover with soil and at least 2-3 inches of mulch. Newly planted bulbs should have plenty of water to settle in!

PRO TIP: A bulb that is two inches long should be planted at least 5-6 inches deep.

Use Bountiful Harvest® Before You Plant

Be sure and treat your bulbs with Bountiful Harvest® to give them that extra boost they need. The added macro- and micro-nutrients, along with vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and complex carbohydrates, are sure to make an impact. We’re proud of our 100% natural, environmentally safe prebiotic treatment for your plants. Go ahead and treat your bulbs with Bountiful Harvest® before you place them in the soil, for improved germination as well as outstanding plant growth and development. Even your houseplants and front lawn can benefit from this incredible formulation!

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The Cost of Efficiency – Does It Cost More?

The number one question producers ask when learning a new feed or product is, “What does it cost?” And almost always, units will be given in terms of dollars per weight, whether in tons, pounds, or bushels. While this number can ultimately get you to what you are looking for, there may be a better way to think about it, depending on your final goals.

Here are a couple of other ways to look at it. 

  • Dollars per unit of weight 
  • Dollars per head per day
  • Feed cost of gain (FCOG)

Dollars per unit of weight

This is the most common way to evaluate feed prices and can vary depending on feedstuffs. For example, corn is measured in bushels, feed-in tons, and additives are usually measured in pounds due to their low inclusion rates. One problem with this determinant of cost is that it’s not very comparable. If you were to convert corn from bushels to tons, it likely would cost much less on a per ton basis than a blended feed would, but it tells you nothing about the nutrients you need or what kind of performance you may get out of it.

Dollars per head per day

This is an easy way for producers to know how much they spend per day on feed costs and is especially useful in maintenance animals, such as cows and bulls. 

Let’s say Product A costs $250/ton, and Product B costs $300/ton. It’s easy to assume Product A will cost you less in the long run. But before making that decision, think to yourself, “What are the feeding rates of these products?” Imagine the $250/ton product requires feeding 10 lbs./head/day, and the $300/ton product requires feeding 5 lbs./head/day.

Product A: 

  • $250 ÷ 2,000 lbs. = $0.125/ lbs. 
    • $0.125 × 10 = $1.25/head/day

Product B:

  • $300 ÷ 2,000 lbs. = $0.15/ lbs.
    • $0.15 × 5 = $0.75/head/day

We can see that it is ultimately the lesser expensive product because we can use less of Product B.

Feed Cost of Gain

Feed cost of gain (FCOG) is a measurement of how much feed was required to increase gain by one pound. This measurement is a measurement of cost and savings and is also used to measure performance efficiency. FCOG is most important in growing animals such as calves and yearlings. 

Let’s use the same product examples used above, with Product A costing $250/ton, feeding 10 lbs./head/day, and expecting 2.2 lbs. in average daily gain. We expect 1.9 lbs. on average daily gain from Product B when fed at a rate of 5 lbs./head/day, and it costs $300/ton. 

Product A: 

  • $250 ÷ 2,000 lbs. = $0.125/ lbs. 
    • $0.125 × 10 = $1.25/head/day
      • $1.25 ÷ 2.2 lbs. in average daily gain = $0.57 per lb. of gain

Product B:

  • $300 ÷ 2,000 lbs. = $0.15/ lbs.
    • $0.15 × 5 = $0.75/head/day
      • $0.75 ÷ 1.9 lbs. on average daily gain = $0.39 per lb. of gain

In this example, even though you are gaining less per day, your overall feed cost per pound of gain is less. 

Feed products will vary in cost as the market changes, but it’s always important to look at the numbers from multiple angles. At first glance, Product A appeared to be the cheaper option, but by breaking it down in measurements comparable to the goal at hand, we can determine which product is best suited to achieve your goals. 

AgriGro Cares About Efficiency

Producer efficiency is one of the key drivers for the development of AgriGro’s products. NutriZyme® improves efficiency through improved digestion, leading to increased gain, greater weaning weights, and higher milk production. 

Improve your efficiency and stretch your dollar with the help of AgriGro. 

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Creating a Better World

 The Added Value You Gain That Makes All Your Hard Work Payoff

Turf maintenance and home lawn care is something we cannot take for granted. We have realized how much our health can be enhanced from the greenery around us. Having a home lawn and garden is not only nice to look at but is healthy as well. It gives us a sense of tranquility and order in a troubled world. Many take it for granted, not realizing that our plants and turf grass’s combined value far exceed any time or cost we invest in maintaining them. We were created for life in a green world, and we can’t live without it.

However, nature doesn’t merely make beautiful lawns on its own. If you have a lawn, I’m sure you have worked through some grass care problems. You are not alone. Having a beautiful green lawn will always be a work in progress and is a planned process from start to finish.

Take a look below at a few important facts about lawn grasses. You will see that all your hard work, whether you are in the professional turf maintenance industry or simply an avid home lawn care enthusiast, is an important part of creating a better world. 

 Did you know:

  1. An area of grass measuring 5000 sq. ft. in size produces as much oxygen as two 100 ft trees. That is roughly the size of an average front yard. An area of grass 650 sq. ft. in size can provide the daily oxygen needs for one adult. In the process of gas exchange, lawn grasses absorb large quantities of carbon dioxide from the air each day.
  2. Grass has an air conditioning effect on the environment. Roadways and sidewalks can heat up significantly higher than the surrounding air temperature while the adjacent grass will be cooler by at least 25 to 50 percent. A major complaint about artificial turf is that it absorbs heat. The temperature on these fields will often be 25 percent hotter than the air temperature in the stands. As a result, players have played in heat well into the 100s. Injuries also increase on artificial turf. Many stadiums have removed synthetic turf and replaced it with grass—the result: cooler fields, happier players, and fewer injuries.
  3. Performing good turf maintenance practices benefits us in many ways. A good covering of grass helps protect soil from erosion by holding it together through a complex network of roots. A good stand of grass slows water flow, giving it time to be absorbed and helping to recharge the water table. It also shades the soil and slows evaporation. (check out this Sports Field Maintenance article discussing the high demand on sports field managers)
  4. Lawn grass is a big part of nature’s air and water filtration system. Every year, enormous quantities of dust, pollution, and harmful gases are trapped and filtered out by grass blades and roots.
  5. A well-cared-for lawn can greatly increase a home’s value. This is a well-documented observation; manicured lawns add a sense of increased value to the property.
  6. Plants also add a sense of peace in a fast-paced world. Many have found relaxation in garden and lawn care. Experiments on the calming effect of plants were done on Russian Cosmonauts while in space. An area was built for green plants to be grown onboard the space station. Scientists notice that the Cosmonauts showed reduced stress, and their center of social activity always occurred near the plants. In inpatient care studies, hospital patients who were allowed to see and touch live plants felt better, healed faster, and went home sooner.
  7. Thick lawns and pastures are less conducive to weed growth. Poor grass care leads to problems. Many weeds are considered invasive, can attract problem insects, and are hard to control once established. Allowing invasive weeds to dominate harms the environment and is costly to remove.

Transforming grass into a beautiful landscape that is not only sustainable but healthy for you and your family, takes purposeful planning.   Often efforts can go against or deplete the healthy environment your working so hard to create. 

Looking for ways to use less fertilizer and other chemical inputs is important.

AgriGro® works to add life by working with nature and makes it possible to create a gorgeous landscape through our effective fertility program that is a cut above the rest.

Russ James
AgriGro Turf Specialist

Call today for a free soil analysis to determine exactly what your lawn needs. 

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How Does Stress Affect Your Bottom Dollar?

In a world where certain agricultural decisions are made based on public perception, stress has been a highly discussed and researched topic. As more research is done, we shed light on potential stressors and how much they can affect performance as an industry.

Any number of factors can cause stress, and each species, breed, and individual animal will respond differently. A common stressor in cattle is caused by weather conditions and temperatures, otherwise known as heat stress or cold stress. Cattle have a narrow thermoneutral zone, meaning there is little wiggle room between what cattle perceive as too hot or too cold. Cattle begin heat stress at 77° F and cold stress at 32° F in dry, non-windy conditions. Once outside of the thermoneutral zone, cattle expend energy to maintain temperature as best they can. This energy expense could have otherwise been used for production, and therefore is a costly stressor. 

Animal handling is another common stressor—cattle like routine. Therefore, stress is caused when they are taken out of their usual environment and handled by humans. Handling cattle can be necessary to treat illnesses, provide vaccines, castration, implement animal IDs such as ear tags, etc. While this may be routine practice for the producer, cattle quickly get stressed from the event. As prey animals, cattle like to be able to see in front of them and don’t like sharp corners because they can’t see around them. Based on this knowledge, the industry has completely revolutionized chute systems to be more suited to bovine behavior.

What does stress do?

Stress can negatively affect several systems within the body. For example, stress decreases immune function, production, reproduction & fertility, lack of body condition maintenance, and the list goes on.

How does stress affect production?

After a day of working cattle, you may notice they go off feed for a day or two. When stressed, cattle go into “fight or flight” mode, and with cattle being prey animals, they naturally lean towards flight. In this mode, energy and blood are directed towards vital functions and organs. The stomach is not one of these, so decreased rumination is observed in stressed animals. Reduced rumination leads to decreased intake, leading to increased susceptibility for illness and a lack of gain. (Learn more about Ruminant Nutrition Here)

Hormonal changes occur during times of stress, as well. Stress causes oxytocin release to decline, lowering milk production. Adrenocorticotropin is released from the brain in times of high stress and causes immune suppression. Cortisol and lactic acid can lead to altered flavor and toughness of meat products. 

Death loss, poor quality meat, and decreased production of both meat and milk are factors of stress that will directly impact your bottom dollar and, therefore, should be taken under significant consideration.

What can AgriGro do?

AgriGro offers NutriZyme®, an all-natural feed & water additive. While we can’t eliminate stress, we can help to prevent and combat its affects. NutriZyme® combats stress by increasing appetite and enhancing healthy gut bacteria to boost digestion. Additionally, immune responses are augmented to keep animals healthy during times of high stress.

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Residue Management for A Successful Spring


Arguably one of the most valuable inputs for the success of next year’s crop is what’s left in the field right after harvest. When crop residue is recycled correctly and decomposed, it will supply significant fertilizer value that can have an impact on nutrient needs in the coming spring. However, when residue is ignored, it can lead to some major setbacks for the following season, including nutrients becoming tied up, and an increase in insect and disease pressure that can ultimately lead to stunted plant development, and lower yields.

Leftover crop residue is an ideal habitat for insects and potential diseases to hide throughout the winter and create problems at the first sign of spring. IgniteS2® works by stimulating an explosion of microbial life in the soil, which in turn, will significantly speed up the decomposition rate of the crop residue, leaving nowhere for insects and pathogens to hide during the colder months and allowing soils to warm up faster in the spring.

Along with improving the decomposition rate of this year’s crop stubble, IgniteS2® will break down insoluble nutrients and put them to work for next spring’s crop.  It will build humus levels, contribute to better water filtration, and has proven the ability to clean up any leftover chemical residues and their yield diminishing effects. Studies have shown that the equivalent of 80% of applied Nitrogen on corn typically remains immobilized in crop residues and will transpire into the atmosphere if not properly broken down. This is an untapped source of high-quality plant nutrition just waiting to be used! Can you afford to lose 80% of fertilizer that you have already paid for?

How to Manage Residue for Profit

  1. The first step that should be taken is to shatter or at least crimp the stalk with the combine. Shattering stalks and spreading them evenly with your combine helps jumpstart the biological process during mild early fall temperatures and will continue breaking down until the soil is frozen.
  2. Apply 16-32 oz/acre of IgniteS2® as soon as possible after harvest to speed stalk digestion. Soil organisms will first consume sugars and amino acids in the stalk, and then move to starches, proteins, and cellulose.
  3. Mix residue into the aerobic zone of the soil. If you have a no-till environment, make sure to shred residue and spread evenly over the soil with 16-32oz/acre of IgniteS2® Under no-till circumstances, fungi typically do more of the digestive work. One visible clue to active biological breakdown is the webs of actinomycetes colonizing the residue.

Benefits of IgniteS2® On Crop Residue:

  • Will significantly speed up the decomposition of crop residue
  • Supply tremendous fertilizer value for the following crop
  • Builds humus and organic matter
  • Will build the aerobic zone
  • Cleans up chemical residues and diminishes their negative effects
  • Reduces disease and insect pressure in the spring

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