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Last year was a banner year. Soybeans. Corn. Conditions didn’t seem to favor one more than the other – it was all good. So why then did one of Eggert County’s top producers fall alarmingly short of his yield goal? If it can happen to Gerald Fitzgerald it can happen to anyone. Unless his brother Darrell can figure out what happened, who’s to say it won’t? Use the information on this website – from the latest weekly podcast, to character descriptions and especially case files, to solve The Great Yield Mystery.
I evoked “Svelge Noen Kameler “ or swallow the camel on Carl Dinglehiem. His resistance to share his soil test results leads me to believe there could be something wrong with them.
While investigating CropNutrition.com last week, I learned that boron can have a significant impact on soybeans. I thought I saw some of the boron-deficiency symptoms mentioned in this “Importance of Boron in Plant Grown” article in a few fields last year, like abnormal coloring on some of the leaves. This could be it. With an honest answer from Carl, I could solve this Great Yield Mystery.
I was specific in asking Carl my one “Svelge Noen Kameler “ question: “In your soil test last year, did the soil have a Boron deficiency?”
I still can’t believe that wasn’t it. It must have been something similar, something Carl doesn’t want to tell me, but what?
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has a chart on their website that was helpful in knowing what nutrients are needed in soybean production, and at what rates a lack of that nutrient becomes critical. If boron wasn’t the problem for Carl, what was it? More importantly, what was Gerald missing last year?
This is my last case file. I’m going over everything again, and then that’s it.
If anyone finds something I may have missed that can help solve The Great Yield Mystery, he or she is encouraged to go to The CropNutrition.com Facebook Page to let me know what happened. I might even part with a Yeti cooler for the correct answer.
As long as anyone can remember, Gerald Fitzgerald has set the bar for successful farming in this community.
Gerald’s success reached legendary status in 2014 with the highest corn yield anyone can remember on his best field. Folks wondered if he was about to do the same when he turned that field from corn to soybeans in 2015.
But Gerald isn’t walking as tall this year as he was last. An open seat sits at the coffee shop each morning where local acre-owners compare notes, and one can only wonder if this local farm star will ever re-claim his previous perch atop the county yield statistics.
Gerald may have been the quarterback of the Eggert East football team, but it was Darrell who played left tackle and made sure his brother’s blind side was protected.
Some things never change. While he no longer dons the pads to protect his brother, Darrell is as brotherly as any brother might be. That includes paying careful attention to his successful operation and making sure Gerald gets the right advice from the right people.
So when he saw his brother’s shoulders slump around harvest time, Darrell took action.