Popcorn Farmer Combats Current Farming Challenges

Dan Hilger

Daniel Hilger at the Nebraska State Fair

An Interview with Nebraska Farmer Dan Hilger

By Jael Batty

Popcorn grower Dan Hilger fights weeds, erosion, flooding, and low commodity prices with an innovative approach that improves his soil health.

The Nebraska farmer applies Huma Gro® products (biostimulants) to his soil to increase soil organic matter. Organic matter stimulates soil biology to break down nutrients and minerals for plant uptake. This keeps Hilger’s crops healthy enough that they naturally resist disease and insect pressure.

In addition to using biostimulants, the popcorn grower has been protecting his crops and the environment by practicing minimum tillage and growing rye cover crops.

In the following interview, we discuss the Nebraska farmer’s innovative approach and the influence that has led him to his current farm methods. Continue reading.

The Huma Gro Farmer Podcast: Episode 1 – All Things Strawberry (Part 1)

By Jael Batty

Welcome to The Huma Gro Farmer podcast, in which we discuss crop nutrition and crop protection with experts in the field. Your host, Larry Cooper interviews agronomists, certified crop advisors, and Huma Gro distributors and customers about proven Huma Gro® programs and strategies for growing premium, high yield crops.

In Episode 1, we discuss All Things Strawberry from pre-plant to transplant with our strawberry brain trust: Huma Gro® Senior Director of U.S. Domestic Sales Doug Greer, Eastern Sales Manager and Agronomist Barrett Smith, Florida Regional Agronomist Jason Garcia, and special guests Certified Crop Advisor and Pest Control Advisor for WRT Ag in California Silvano DeLuna, and President of the strawberry dynasty Fancy Farms in Plant City, Florida Dustin Grooms.

See show notes.

Promax® Efficacy in Controlling Strawberry Pathogens

Plant Sciences, Inc., conducted an independent study to test the efficacy of Promax® for inhibiting mycelial growth of 8 fungal strawberry pathogens through in vitro bio-assay. The following 8 fungi and fungal-like pathogens were tested:

Botrytis cinera
Colletotrichum acutatum
Cylindrocarpon destructans
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. fragariae
Macrophomina phaseolina
Phytophthora ramorum
Rhizoctonia solani
Verticillium dahlia

After 1 week of incubation, all 8 pathogens tested were completely inhibited from mycelial growth in media amended with 2% Promax® (see photos, pages 2 and 3). After 2 weeks, 7 of the 8 pathogens were still 100% inhibited. Verticillium dahlia began to grow a little after 2 weeks; the mean percentage inhibition of V. dahliae was 94% after 2 weeks (Figure 1).

Read the full report:
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Saying Goodbye to Soil Fumigants

An Effective and Responsible Approach

A New White Paper from Huma Gro®

While the routine use of pre-plant soil fumigants has become standard practice for many growers over the years, problems with product availability, safety restrictions, ecological concerns, and soil sustainability have begun to call the practice into question. Growers are now faced with a dilemma: Fumigation has been an easy solution to many causes of decreased crop yields, but what options are available that are as effective to protect yield yet still responsible when it comes to health, safety, and environmental impact?

This article highlights sustainable alternatives to soil fumigation, including the combination use of two specific Huma Gro® products, Promax® and Zap®, that provide effective nematicide/fungicide actions while building a vigorous soil biology for the natural improvement of soil health and fertility.

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For more information on Promax®, go to https://humagro.com/PCC317

Case Studies

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Case studies are a great way to learn about our crop fertility product uses and effectiveness from other people who have tested them. HUMA GRO® has been testing its products since it was established in 1973.  Now there is a list of recent field trials and 3rd-party research available on the case studies page found on the resources tab.  This page will be updated as new research becomes available throughout the year.

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