Jim Schwartz

Jim Schwartz

Jim is the nutrient education lead for 360 Yield Center. As a graduate of Purdue University, Jim brings more than 30 years of experience in the seed business, including many lead agronomy roles.

A to Z of Crop Nutrients: Iron (Fe) and Molybdenum (Mo)

In a way, Iron and Molybdenum act quite differently in relation to the soil.  Molybdenum (Mo) becomes more available as the pH levels in your soil increase, while Iron (Fe) is quite the opposite and becomes more available at lower pH levels.  These two micronutrients are a great example of… Read More

A to Z of Crop Nutrients – Thinking Small

Because primary and secondary nutrients are required by the plant in larger amounts, they’re often a limiting factor in crop production. However, the combination of higher intensity soil sampling with data anlysis and mapping programs allow us to have a much deeper understanding of how and when to rectify fertility… Read More

A to Z of Crop Nutrients – The Basics

This is the first of a series of blogs focused on crop nutrients. The first part of the series will deal with the actual nutrients themselves and then we will dive into concepts such as CEC, pH, liming, soil structure and other concepts. There are seventeen known chemical elements that… Read More

Warm, Wet Conditions Affect Pre-Plant N Application

While we all enjoy the warm fall weather, these warm temperatures in conjunction with a delayed soybean harvest create some issues for growers intending to apply fall anhydrous. Most growers understand the importance of waiting until soil temperatures have dropped below 50 degrees in order to dramatically slow the conversion… Read More

3 Things to Consider Before Applying Fall Anhydrous

Many growers will head to the field this fall to apply anhydrous, in the interest of spreading the workload and saving money on input. Here are 3 things to consider before applying anhydrous this fall: 1. The weather next year – You’re probably asking yourself, “who in the world knows… Read More

The N Factor: No More Crystal Ball

Although harvest and tillage are in full swing in many areas, preparation for the 2017 planting season is top-of-mind for many growers.  Things like seed purchases, equipment plans, herbicide programs and fertility decisions are made well before the crop is dried. The fertility decision is a critical process that requires… Read More

A New Perspective on Plant Health

A few interesting developments have occurred over the past 12 months that are changing the way we manage particular issues in the Midwest. An open letter from several university entomology departments in the Great Lakes region discusses concerns regarding the Cry1F protein (Herculex 1, TC1507) as it relates to control… Read More

Wet or Dry, N Placement Matters

During the 2015 season many growers experienced wet to excessively wet conditions. This led to extensive loss of nitrogen due to denitrification and/or leaching in many fields.  Growers that were able to apply supplemental N last year often reaped very large rewards for additional midseason N applications.  Fast forward to… Read More

Increase Row-to-Row Accuracy with 360 EQUI-FLOW

We manage resources in an attempt to grow corn as efficiently as possible. New technology has given us new ways to evaluate efficiency. For example, we’ve become accustom to looking at row-by-row as-applied maps for our planters. We know the position of every seed. But some of our most important… Read More