Enlist E3 Opportunities

Co-Alliance is now proud to offer the fullest supply of Enlist E3 soybeans supplied by NK seeds.

Enlist E3 Soybeans have robust tolerance to applications of Enlist Duo herbicide – which contains new 2, 4 D choline and glyphosate – as well as glufosinate herbicides.

Soybeans without Enlist traits treated with Enlist Duo herbicide

Enlist soybeans treated with Enlist Duo herbicide

Enlist E3 soybeans allow for:

·         More weed control options in one convenient system
·         Enables 2, 4-D as an additional mode of herbicide
·         Ability to tank-mix Enlist One herbicide with qualified glufosinate herbicides

Soybeans without the Enlist trait treated with glufosinate herbicide
Enlist E3 soybeans treated with glufosinate herbicide

Enlist Weed Control System – Unrivaled Weed Control For

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Co-Alliance and Farmers Grain Partnership Invest $12.4 Million in Operation

COLUMBIA CITY, INDIANA (AUGUST 8, 2019) ­— After 16 months of construction, Alliance Feed, LLC, is in startup at its state-of-the-art feed mill in Columbia City, Indiana.

Alliance Feed, LLC is a joint venture between local Columbia City grain facility, Farmer’s Grain & Feed Co. and Co-Alliance, LLP a cooperative partnership headquartered in Avon, IN. “The completion of the Alliance Feed mill will help families in the community for generations. We’re excited to be working with the Shively family and Farmer’s Grain on this exciting new venture for area farmers,” said Co-Alliance CEO, Kevin Still.

The mill’s operation represents a potential diversification opportunity for area farmers. Alliance Feed is actively seeking local producers to manage wean-to-finish hog operations. “Adding a wean-to-finish hog barn to an existing operation is a great way for a farmer to diversify,” said Chris Kenyon, Director of Eastern Operations for Alliance Feed. “Not only does it add an extra source of income, it also optimizes fertilizer costs, and allows a younger generation of farmers to get their start and build a history.”

Alliance Feed’s strategic location will allow more partnering opportunities with both growers and producers. Regionally manufactured feed supports farmers on two levels: it gives grain farmers another market for their crop and gives livestock farmers a consistent, quality, and local source for their feed.


  • At capacity, Alliance Feed will utilize 6 million bushels of locally grown corn annually
  • About 13 people will be employed to handle daily mill operations, with an increased number during the busy harvest season
  • The Alliance Feed mill design is based on the Co-Alliance feed mill in Reynolds, Indiana. The mill in Reynolds currently produces 275,000 tons feeding over 800,000 pigs annually

The Alliance Feed mill design is based on the Co-Alliance feed mill in Reynolds, Indiana. The mill in Reynolds currently produces 275,000 tons feeding over 800,000 pigs annually

Additional Information can be found at www.alliancefeed.com.

Local industry leaders, community members, and other guests were invited to tour the facility at a grand opening celebration prior to the business opening last week.

“The support of the community has been important to us,” said Terry Shively, President of Farmer’s Grain. “Our family history is rooted in agriculture and we’re proud to soon produce livestock feed for local farmers from the grain they store at our facility.”

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Why isn’t Clethodium Fixing my Volunteer Corn ?

Sometimes chemistries don’t work well together. When one chemical prevents another from working as intended this is known as antagonism.  One of the more common instances of this occurring in 2019 is in the case of using clethodium with Dicamba and 2-4D to deal with volunteer corn in soybeans.

In biochemistry, antagonism is the inhibition of or interference with the action of one substance or organism by another. Simply put, clethodium can’t do its job when paired with certain chemistries

There are a variety of elements working against us when we attempt to control Volunteer Corn while spraying Dicamba:

  • TTI nozzels create larger droplets which decrease uniform coverage
  • DRAs in Dicamba load increase droplet size
  • An absence of AMS in Dicamba load due to regulations

Group 15 chemistries, like Warrant, have also been said to antagonize Clethodim.

3 Keys to Successful Applications:

  • Crop oil is an absolute must in mix with a Dicamba load. A heavier rate provides a better kill
  • Enlist nozzles and adjuvants have been shown to work better for clethodim
  • A spray volume of 20 GPA is ideal
  • Fusilade doesn’t have antagonism with clethodim and is a possible alternative.

Contact your Co-Alliance Agronomy team member if you’re experiencing frustrations with volunteer corn.

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Evaluating Disease Progression

2019 has been a tough year in some parts of the state, with many growers hesitant to invest any more in their crop. However protecting this year’s yield is still important, especially in fields that have experienced heavy rainfall. Late-planted corn can be susceptible to disease due to rapid growth.

Agronomists at Dekalb/Asgrow have had reports of Grey Leaf Spot across the state due to the weather. The presence of Grey Leaf can have a huge influence on yields already in a rough place.

Symptoms of Grey Leaf Spot begin as small, dark, t spots encircled by a thin, yellow radiance. The tissue within the “spot” begins to die as spot size increases into longer lesions. Initially brownish and yellow, the characteristic grey color that follows is due to the production of grey fungal spores (conidia) on the lesion surface. Mature corn grey leaf spot lesions have brown rectangular and vein limited shape.

There’s an easy process for monitoring Grey Leaf Spot and other disease progression, all it takes is a can of spray paint, the more eye catching the color the better, and a flag for marking.

Paint Marking Method

  • Be on the lookout for symptoms of Grey Leaf Spot when scouting fields.
  • When symptoms are sighted spray the infected area of the plant with spray paint.
  • Mark the crop row entrance with a flag.
  • Return to the marked spot within five days to check the progress of the disease. If the disease has spread past the painted area, note the duration of time passed and how far it has spread.

Contact your Co-Alliance Agronomy team member to discuss what steps you can take to prevent yield reduction to the disease.

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Will We Reach Maturity?

With the late planting season, many growers are rightly concerned about if their corn can reach maturity– most easily identified by a black layer forming at the tips of the kernel — before the pivotal first frost date.

However there is good news; studies from Purdue have found that for every day after May 1st, corn hybrids mature in 6.8 GDDs less per day.

Example: a hybrid rated at 2500 GDDs from planting to physiological maturity (kernel black layer) and planted on May 31 reaches physiological maturity in less than 2300 GDDs after planting (e.g., 2500 – (30 days x 6.8)).

While traditional GDU models are unable to take this ‘boosting’ ability into account, the DataOnTouch WeatherView App has the ability to forecast a prediction of GDD accumulation.

Using trend data from the past 20 years combined with Purdue research, WeatherView is able to forecast a predicted first frost date for your area and then chart the GDU your hybrid has gained since it’s plant date. Building on this data, Weatherview offers a prediction on whether or not your hybrid will accumulate enough GGDs to hit black layer before first frost.

How to view GDD predictions in DatatonTouch

  • Use your account to log into DataOnTouch and enter the WeatherView App
  • Select your field and weather station from the menus on the black bar on right side of the screen
  • Select the Trend Data option from the blue bar near the top of the screen
  • Select you Hybrid and Plant Date from the menus on the black bar the the right side of the screen
  • The line chart will populate based on the information you have selected. If your hybrid line meets the black layer on the chart before the marked first frost date, your hybrid is predicted to meet maturity.

For more information visit www.getdataontouch.com or contact your Co-Alliance Agronomy Team Member.   

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Reece Oil Company Joins Energy Division of Co-Alliance

Local Company will Continue Services as Branch of Cooperative Partnership

[Avon, IN, July 18, 2019] – Starting this month, Reece Oil Company Inc. will provide its signature local fuel service as part of the Energy Division of Co-Alliance, LLP.

Reece Oil has provided quality products, expertise, and personalized care to its fuel and oil customers in the areas of Brazil, Rockville, and Terre Haute since 1979.

On selecting Co-Alliance, LLP as a business partner, Reece Oil Company owner Monte Reece said, “Ultimately, we were drawn to Co-Alliance because of its unique cooperative roots and focus on personalized local service, while being large enough to offer competitive pricing. We were looking at many different companies and Co-Alliance is by far the best fit for us.”

Co-Alliance, LLP is a partnership of five established cooperatives with community roots extending back to the 1920s. Headquartered in Avon, Indiana, the partnership operates more than 50 locations across Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio in the areas of Petroleum Fuels and Propane Home Heat, Agronomy, Grain Marketing, and Swine and Animal Nutrition.

“Reece Oil Company Inc. is prime example of successful companies we search for when looking to expand,” says Co-Alliance VP of Energy, Todd Masten. “We consider the Reece family’s strong ties to the area invaluable and look forward to continuing their tradition of exceptional service to customers.”


About Co-Alliance, LLP: Co-Alliance, LLP is a 100% farmer-owned partnership of cooperative businesses. The company delivers agronomy, seed, animal health and nutrition, grain marketing services, power fuel and home heat energy products to local farms, businesses and families through branch outlets in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. www.co-alliance.com

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Your Variety has Implications on Plant Health and ROI

Each year, WinField United tests 240 hybrids across seed brands to determine response-to-fungicide (RTF) scores. Unlike most seed guides, which base disease ratings on visual observations, Answer Plot data is used to calculate the potential yield response of a fungicide application by hybrid. The trials are replicated more than 200 times to account for different growing conditions and geographies.

Data from WinField United Answer Plots:

Fungicide Cost: $30.00
Corn Price: $3.50

Low – 8.5 bu/ac $0.25
Mod – 16 bu/ac $26.00
High – 21 bu/ac $43.50

This shows that your variety matters when it comes to ROI on a fungicide application.  Below is RTF scores for popular varieties from Co-Alliance:





























Don’t see your hybrid above? Here’s a list of Dekalb, Mycogen, and NK scores.

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Protecting your Yield: Early Fungicide Application

A variety of university and industry research trials have shown that an early corn fungicide application around V5 can help optimize yields. Actual yield benefits can vary based on a number of factors including weather, rainfall, and yield potential of the corn hybrid, but models point to an increased chance of positive ROI from an early fungicide application regardless of planting date. If you planted on time, saturated soil conditions will likely mean higher early season disease pressure. If you planted late, applying a fungicide early could be the difference of developing a black layer or not.

The Disease Triangle

The disease triangle illustrates the three components needed for disease development: a susceptible host, a virulent pathogen and a favorable enviorment for disease development. Plant diseases can be prevented by eliminating any one of these components.

Of the two scenarios below, the scenario on the left has a variety with lower disease tolerance, weather that’s vulnerable for pathogens which results in a higher chance for disease.  The scenario on the right has conditions that is not favorable for disease.

Plant Disease Triangle Scenario Croplan 3611SS vs Croplan 390922

The Outlook

The above map shows a prediction for the severity of Grey Leaf Spot on corn using the past 5 years of weather data. As you can see, the wet spring has set the stage for an appearance of the disease across the state with a 100% certainty of at least 20% disease impact.

Other Insights


  • Modern corn hybrids have incredible yield potential even when planted late IF they are managed for that potential. Modern hybrids produce big yield if they are kept alive to produce that yield. 
  • Wet soil conditions exacerbate crown rot and stalk rots. This year’s crop is likely to suffer from these diseases. Fungicides promote stalk strength and help a plant mitigate some of the consequences of these diseases.
  • Late planted corn is likely to be exposed to greater foliar disease pressure early. Our moisture patterns will favor the development of foliar diseases earlier than a typical year in terms of crop stage.  Therefore a standard tassel application may occur after significant foliar infection has already occurred compromising yield potential.


  • Soybeans are supposed to have a tap root system. This years planting into suboptimal conditions is likely to result in very poor root health (more fibrous than tap root). This leads to increase stress and risk of greater flower and pod abortion.
  • Beans are behind physiologically. They will flower earlier with fewer trifoliates than most years.  This means fewer leaves – fewer photosynthetic factories – meaning protection is critical. To preserve yield potential we need to protect leaves with fungicides and insecticides or risk leaf loss and less ability to feed flowers/pods, etc…
  • Diseases like frogeye are already present in soybeans.  Favorable conditions could leave to an explosion of frogeye similar to what we experienced last year where it certainly reduced yields.

How can I protect my yield?

Knowledge is power. If you know your hybrids, we can create the contact your Co-Alliance team member to look at the data and determine the best crop protection plan for your fields.

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Co-Alliance, LLP Makes Investment in Indoor Farms of America, LLC

AVON, IN (August 08, 2017) – Co-Alliance, LLP announced today its investment for an ownership stake in Indoor Farms of America, LLC, a Nevada-based company specializing in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) innovation.


“Becoming a part owner of Indoor Farms of America represents our belief in its products and people,” said Co-Alliance CEO, Kevin Still. “We see the potential of integrating this world class indoor agriculture equipment into traditional farming operations as a way to diversify family farms, add a year-round income stream, and bring the next generation back to the farm.”


In addition to its investment in Indoor Farms of America, Co-Alliance purchased two “warehouse” style farms last week, marking an important milestone for the CEA company. “We have achieved the first stage of the plans to have indoor farming adopted by the very folks who have kept us fed in this country since its inception, and that is the traditional farmer,” said Indoor Farms of America CEO, Dave Martin.


Co-Alliance will pilot these indoor farms with traditional farmers, assessing the capability to diversify income, spread risks, and to supply local fresh produce all year round. Said John Graham, CFO of Co-Alliance, “We are evaluating the commercial application and income generating potential of the farms here in Indiana so when we introduce the technology to our member-growers on a larger scale, we have a turnkey, replicable, scalable complete production process in place.”


“When Dave and I developed the equipment, we embarked on a journey that started four years ago and continues with an intense focus on research and development. This is an affirmation of the purpose of the journey. We know our equipment produces outstanding results that make it more than viable in the indoor growing environment,” said Ron Evans, President of Indoor Farms of America.


Co-Alliance sees new opportunities for farmers to have a major impact on the “locally grown” food movement.

Per Kevin Still, CEO of Co-Alliance, “Co-Alliance is positioning itself and its farmer owners to be able to capitalize on the growing consumer demands for truly fresh, locally grown, and high quality products available to them from local farmers they know and trust, year round.  And to do so, we believe investing in Indoor Farms of America is the right way to go about it.”




Co-Alliance, LLP is a partnership of cooperatives with community roots established in the 1920s. Headquartered in Avon, Indiana, its 50 locations across Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio serve the areas of Energy, Agronomy, Grain Marketing, and Swine and Animal Nutrition. For more information, visit www.co-alliance.com.


Indoor Farms of America, LLC is leading indoor ag innovation. It has farms installed in countries surrounding the globe, and brings meaningful advancement to indoor agriculture, with a sole purpose to make it economically viable.  Indoor Farms of America is dedicated to creating a sustainable food supply for generations to come. The company designs and builds advanced indoor agriculture equipment using a proven, reliable aeroponics method as the foundation of the farm, allowing people to produce year-round. More information can be found at www.indoorfarmsamerica.com.

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Co-Alliance, LLP and Farmers Grain and Feed Company, Inc. Announce Intent of Joint Venture for a Feed Mill in Northeastern Indiana

AVON, IN (August 02, 2017) — Co-Alliance and Farmers Grain recently signed a Letter of Intent for a
joint venture to build a state-of-the-art feed mill at the Farmers Grain facility in Columbia City, Indiana.

The joint venture will allow Co-Alliance to expand its pork presence in the area and will give Farmers
Grain the opportunity to vertically integrate its grain into feed production. The new feed mill operation
will combine the swine and animal nutrition expertise of Co-Alliance and the local grain storage and
marketing capabilities of Farmers Grain to create new opportunities for area producers.

“Regionally manufactured feed supports farmers on two levels: it gives grain farmers another market for
their crop and gives livestock farmers a consistent, quality, and local source for their feed,” said Kevin
Still, CEO of Co-Alliance. “We’re looking forward to working with the Shively family and Farmers Grain
on this exciting new venture which we believe will help farming families in the community for

Terry Shively, President of Farmers Grain sees the venture as a natural next step for his
multigenerational business. “Our family history is rooted in agriculture. We are excited to diversify to
our grain operations by producing livestock feed for our local farmers from the grain they store at our

“We’re seeking to emulate the success of our mill at Reynolds,” said Co-Alliance Vice President of Swine
and Animal Nutrition, Dewey Bucher. “This new addition strategically locates our modern feed facilities
across Northern Indiana, allowing for more partnering opportunities with growers and processors.”


Co-Alliance, LLP is a partnership of cooperatives with community roots established in the 1920s.
Headquartered in Avon, Indiana, its 50 locations across Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio serve the areas of
Energy, Agronomy, Grain Marketing, and Swine and Animal Nutrition. For more information, visit

Farmers Grain & Feed Company is one of the oldest grain buying corporations in Northeastern Indiana
with beginnings in the early 1950s. Farmers Grain currently has six Grain Elevators in Eastern Indiana.

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