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Ryan Reimers’ Farm

As a precision sales agronomist with years of experience working on his own farm, Ryan is no stranger to the importance of crop nutrition management.

Ryan is a fifth-generation farmer on land that has been part of his family since 1898. Though he and his brother, Tyler, started farming a few acres on their own in the last five years, they had worked alongside their dad, Roger, and uncle, sharing equipment and labor since they were kids, just old enough to drive heavy farm equipment.

For Ryan, there are many reasons why he chose to farm. He values the tradition and family aspect it provides. He also enjoys getting his hands dirty and spending time outside. Every year brings new challenges and successes, which keeps life interesting.

Overhead View

In addition to his day job at an independent crop consulting company, Ryan manages the day-to-day operations of his family’s 1,500-acre farm, including planting, hauling seed, spraying, operating grain carts and more.

Ryan and his family have been implementing a straight rotation of corn and soybeans for the last 28 years due to the market demand in their area, whether the crop will be used as protein for a variety of animal feed in Western Iowa, or for a local ethanol plant.

Ryan’s Field

Made in Iowa

By the Numbers

65 Bu/Ac
AVERAGE SOYBEAN YIELD 2021

80
ACRES IN TEST FIELD

15″
SOYBEAN ROW SPACING

130k
SOYBEAN POPULATION

70+ Bu/Ac
TEST FIELD YIELD GOAL

Years of experience in the agriculture industry has taught Ryan that sulfur nutrition plays an important role in proper soybean development, including protein production and photosynthesis. He puts sulfur on his soybeans and corn, and in his crop consulting work, he has seen the use of sulfur on soybeans trending over the last five years. In his area, sulfur is typically applied ahead of soybean planting and foliar topdress application in season.

On the 80-acre test field, Ryan hopes to achieve a yield of 70 bu/ac or more. He would like to see an increase of 3-5 bu/ac compared to last year’s yield of 65 bu/ac by incorporating supplemental nutrition into his management plan. The test field will include row spacing of 15 inches and population of 130,000 per acre.

Meet Ryan and His Family

Farming is both a hobby and a way to make a living, but any free time Ryan has is spent with his family.

Free Time is for Family Time

Most of the time, Ryan works with his dad, brother, and uncle on the farm, but other members of the family will help pitch in during the busiest times of the season.

When Ryan isn’t working, he and his wife, Clarissa, enjoy spending time with their two-year old son, Otto, and stay busy while trying to keep him out of trouble. When they can spend some time off the farm, Ryan and Clarissa enjoy going out to eat, catching a movie, and attending just about any game at Iowa State. While Ryan does not have as much free time as he did before Otto’s arrival, he also gets involved in his church community as much as possible.

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