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BRANDT is proud to present the 2015 results from our Illinois Research and Development farms in Pleasant Plains and Lexington. This marks the eleventh year at

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Pleasant Plains and the fourth year at Lexington.

BRANDT Total Acre® Corn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

On both research farms, the BRANDT team examines

Hybrid Performance Trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

farming practices and products in a real-world farm set-

Nitrogen Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

ting. Over the course of the past 11 years over 10,000 trials have been conducted. As a retailer, BRANDT is not limited by product specific research. Rather, we look for the best combinations of seed

Starter Performance Trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Strobilurin Fungicide on Corn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Stress Mitigation & Stimulants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

genetics, plant nutrition and crop protection products. Our

Population Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

research is also focused on practices such as row width,

Allelopathic Effects of Cover Crops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

plant density, tillage, cover crops and nutrient placement. The results from these trials have been implemented by our BRANDT locations to assist our customers in maximiz-

Evolution of Best Management Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 BRANDT Total Acre® Soybeans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

ing production and profitability. In 2016, we will expand

Variety Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

our research to deal with transient nutrient deficiencies

Strobilurin Fungicide on Soybeans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

and allelopathy. You must have good “local information” to create good “local strategies.” New products and practices emerge every year from industry companies. BRANDT will continue

Seed Treatment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Stress Mitigation & Stimulants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Soybean Plant Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

to monitor and validate these products and practices to

Cover Crops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

reduce grower risk and improve ROI.

Pipeline Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Ed Corrigan, Technical Agronomist Dan Froelich, Technical Agronomist Jack Hardwick, Technical Agronomist

2014 Trial Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 2014 Grower Observations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

2015 was a challenging year, especially when compared to 2014. As you can see in the map (left), most of our market area saw 200+% above normal rainfall in June. This played a major factor in plant health, compaction, nutrient distribution, germination and even in some cases just trying to finish planting. As your BRANDT trusted advisor, we like a challenge. And, we like to help you mitigate these challenges in your operation. That is our job.

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