Updates From the Field

It was great to see you all at our grower meetings! It has been TOO long since we've been able to get together. We hope you got some good information to help get ready for the spring planting season. Even though there is still snow on the ground warmer days are coming soon!



Mark, Jake and Siôn have been harvesting test plots locally, and Pioneer shares data with us for corn silage, grain corn and soybean plots from across the New York and New England region. You can easily check out these plot results on our website at https://www.ochsconsultingllc.com/trials. Take a look as you consider your seed purchase for the coming planting season.











Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Seldom does an agricultural product come on the market that can immediately make a difference in multiple ways. We are seeing this with Pivot Bio PROVEN 40 and its impact on nitrogen use in corn. Pivot Bio PROVEN 40 is a product composed of microbes that form a symbiotic relationship with the corn plant, taking nitrogen from the air to create ammonia that the plant needs. Because the nitrogen is being fixed by microbes attached to the corn roots, the N is delivered to the plant every day and is less prone to loss over the course of the season. PROVEN 40 has the potential to reduce your commercial N fertilizer use and its associated costs, as well as make a positive impact on the environment.


To understand more about how Pivot Bio PROVEN 40 works, check out this video explaining the science behind the product or review the PROVEN 40 Grower Handbook. And in this video you can hear from growers who have tried Pivot Bio PROVEN 40.


Ochs Consulting is now a sales agency for Pivot Bio. We are seeing excellent results in this year’s local field trials. In a wet year like this one, holding onto N can be critical as the photos below illustrate. The corn on the left was planted with Pivot Bio PROVEN 40 as well as Xyway, a new brand of fungicide from FMC. The corn in the center photo had neither treatment. The field image on the right shows crop health differences where the blue area was treated with PROVEN 40 and Xyway and the lighter green area was not.


For more information on how you can introduce PROVEN 40 on your farm, please contact Jake Persoon, Mark Ochs or Siôn Williams.