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Calf X 18% Starter Feed

Calf X 18% Starter combines research based technologies in a palatable texturized calf starter to enhance rumen development, immune system response and performance.

  • Cleaned whole shell corn is used in the starter to reduce fines, improve palatability, and enhance rumen health.
    • Young calves through chewing do an exceptional job of processing and utilizing whole corn.
    • The slower digestion of whole corn has been shown in research to lead to a healthier rumen by maintaining a higher rumen pH than steamed flaked corn.
  • Essential fatty acid profile provided through NeoTec improves rumen development and calf performance.
    • Average daily gains and feed efficiency improved by 10% with NeoTec
    • Scouring reduced by 20%
  • Refined functional carbohydrates in Celmanax help raise healthier calves
    • Decrease medical costs and mortality by binding harmful pathogens, like Salmonella or E. coli, helping to prevent crypto attachment and reducing recovery time.
    • Improve calf health so they can better withstand challenges, including those caused by mycotoxins
  • Improved bioavailability of trace minerals to enhance calf health through improved immune function
    • Availa Plus contains a unique combination of complexed zinc, manganese, copper and cobalt, plus potassium iodide.
    • Sel-Plex organic selenium is an essential trace mineral for maintenance of health, growth, fertility, muscular and neuromuscular function.
  • Bovatec effectively controls coccidiosis and increases rate of weight gain and feed efficiency.
  • High quality protein sources based on sufficient essential amino acids to optimize growth and development of young calves.
  • Unique flavor application method is used to improve feed consumption and encourage starter intake and performance.
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Forage Solutions Corn Silage WS 500T

This brand of Inoculant is available in two different Levels of Crop Specific (Corn Silage ) Lactic Acid Producing Bacteria (Homofermentative type):  150,000 cfu/gram of corn silage and 100,000cfu/gram of corn silage.

Why Inoculate with Landmark’s Forage SOLUTIONS

  • Crop Specific – the right bacteria for the right crop
  • Applies high levels and multiple strains of bacteria
  • Contain enzymes that improve starch and fiber digestibility
  • WS inoculants contain a buffering agent to maintain optimal inoculant solution pH
  • WS inoculants contain a chlorine neutralizer for high chlorine water
  • Our quality assurance program ensures the guaranteed level of bacteria are applied to each crop

These Crop Specific Bacteria improve forage and silage fermentation when applied to corn silage:

  • Improves Dry Matter Recovery
  • Improves Fiber Digestibility
  • Improves Milk Production
  • Improves Fermentation
  • Highest Return on Investment / Lowest cost/treated ton
  • Requires forage BMP’s (Best Management Practices)

Discuss your goals, harvesting conditions and storage management practices to ensure the right Inoculant for your farm with your Landmark representative.

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Calf Starter Intake Drives Rumen Development

The primary factor determining ruminal development is dry feed intake. To promote early rumen development and allow early weaning, the key factor is early consumption of a diet to promote growth of the ruminal epithelium and ruminal motility. Because grains provide nonstructural carbohydrates that are fermented to propionate and butyrate, they are a good choice to ensure early rumen development. On the other hand, the structural carbohydrates in forages tend to be fermented to a greater extent to acetate, which is less stimulatory to ruminal development.

Many feed manufacturers use steam-flaked corn, which is considered highly digestible and palatable to young calves. Many consider it the “gold standard” for calf starters and an indication of a high quality product. Others use rolled corn, which is less expensive than steam-flaked. There has been a lot of interest to know which type of corn is optimal to promote early and aggressive intake and to allow the calf to be weaned at an early age. Which method of processing is best for calves? Which promotes intake and rumen development? In the October 2004 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science, Lesmeister and Heinrichs reported on a study where four different methods of corn processing were compared in calf starters.

The results, as can be seen in table 1, calves fed whole and dry rolled corn grew faster during the last two weeks of the study (wk 5-6). This increased growth was due to greater starter intake. Calves fed roasted or steam-flaked corn generally ate less starter during the last two weeks and therefore grew slower. Feed efficiency of calves fed whole or dry rolled corn were also greater compared to other calves.

Calves are good feed processors, they chew their feed well. The grain processing method does not influence calf performance. In addition calves fed whole corn had significantly higher rumen pH, a benefit of starch from whole shell corn being available for metabolism over a longer period of time and less acidotic to the calves.

Posted in Animal Nutrition, Blog

Landmark Lessons

Did you know calves are great whole corn grain processors? Terry Zimdars for our Animal Nutrition team does! Listen as he talks with the Fabulous Farm Babe about how feeding a starter with whole corn helps with gut development, making a better dairy cow later, all with a cost saving from less feed processing.


Part 1 of 2: Some of the greatest challenges of the 2017 crop season highlighted HERE by Adam VandenPlas and the Fabulous Farm Babe.  Listen as decision tools such as Nitrogen modeling and imagery are discussed that can help with in-crop adjustments.

Part 2 of 2:  Tools discussed this week are fungicide and tissue sampling.  Fungicide helps with overall plant health has curative properties.  In soybeans, it keeps the plant healthier longer which in turn catches sunlight and increases yield.  Listen HERE for the whole conversation.


Doug and his team work hard to source feed components that meet expectations of the high demand dairy rations of today. Formulations based on modeling for ingredients help to guide value opportunities that Landmark shares with producers.  The new Fall River Commodity facility will increase our ability to take advantage of value opportunities with rail originated commodities coming online late this summer. For more click HERE.


Chris Kafer, one of our Dairy Nutritionists, talks about how last year’s crop may be affecting this year’s feed. Learn how you can monitor and manage your forage supplies through TMR stabilizers, forage testing and watching the weather’s effect on your feed.


Plant 2017 has made for a long spring. The crop is in varied stages and it will be a challenge to give it every benefit possible.  Listen as Jacob Miller talks about the benefits of making sure your crop has the proper nutrients at the right time, especially going into the V5 stage of corn where rounds are set.


Propane autogas is the cleaner and easier alternative fuel. Roger Hildreth discusses the many benefits of propane autogas especially in fleet vehicles such as buses. Listen here for more.


What role does information technology serve on your farm? Don Schlising focuses in on information technology consulting services on the farm to review IT-related issues such as hardware, software, phones and security. Listen here for the whole story.


No minimum, no maximum- the Price Builder tool allows you to price your grain above the market. Katie Demrow talks through the different scenarios that can help improve the profit on your farm. Listen here for the whole story.


With tight margins across the dairy sector, knowing your feed cost is important; but knowing what your income is in relation to your feed cost is POWERFUL. Ted Koehler from our animal nutrition team discusses how measuring your costs against yourself and other similar farms can help you to monitor your improvement. Highlights include: a solution focused approach to dairies, knowing your costs and your output (milk) and good forages really do pay. Click here for more!


Keeping your finger on what your crops need is tricky enough, now throw in weather events and new seed varieties and you have got yourself FARMING! Jim Doolittle from our agronomy and YieldEDGE team talks with the Fabulous Farm Babe about how adding technology tools like Winfield United’s R7 and Climate Corp’s FieldView can add value to your farm by helping you make data driven decisions on everything from whether a field is fit for equipment to how much nitrogen to apply. Learn more here!


When it comes to variability, nothing affect a cow more than her feed.  Find out how Terry Zimdars and the Animal Nutritionists at Landmark are ensuring consistent forages for your farm.



Whether you are a rural home owner, farmer or a commercial business Stewart Anhalt and the team at Landmark want to be your provider of solutions.  Energy prices are down and that offers a great opportunity for taking advantage of great contacting options for this fall and into 2019.  Listen as Stewart and Pam chat about the importance of premium products in the high tech equipment on farms and treating your fuel as an investment.


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Still have grain in the bins from last fall?  Not sure what your opportunities are this late in the game?  Melisa Schmidt talks here with the Fabulous Farm Babe about the services that Landmark provides and the number of various contracts Landmark can offer to give a variety of methods that mitigate risk and maximize your profitability. Also learn what you can do to make sure your stored grain stays in condition.






Listen as Lucas Oliver, Ruminant Specialist, discusses how a special partnership is showing dairy managers how to utilize data from rigorous testing to manage feeding TMR especially in area of consistency and Physically Effective Fiber.  For more info contact your Landmark Animal Nutritionist who understands that information is as important as the product in managing feed efficiency on the farm.


Rosy and JeremyFrustrated with making sure you find and retain good employees on your farm- and all the paperwork that goes with?  Listen here as Jeremy Henkels, EVP of Human Resources and Shared Services of Landmark works with producers in all aspects of the hiring and recruitment.  Verity Business Solutions consulting and Landmark Services Cooperative can assist in ALL aspects of employees including ensuring proper legal documents, handbooks, recruiting candidate and initial phone screens.   If you would like to know more, contact Jeremy at




Brandon Ihm, Energy Manager, discusses how Landmark can add value though contracting and long term planning to make sure that you are ready for the winter months.  Having all propane tanks full heading into the heating season takes a lot of stress off the propane infrastructure and better prepares everyone in the event of another historically cold winter. Listen HERE.



With 1st crop well in the books, and 2nd crop underway, listen as Ted Koehler discusses the importance of feed quality. Highlights include: NDF, low lignin alfalfa and insight from the self proclaimed forage nerd.



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When it comes to safety on your farm, there is always more to it than meets the eye. Matt Solymossy, Safety Manager here at Landmark and Verity Business Solutions Safety Consultant, is your resource for all of your farm safety needs. Listen as he talks about common violations he sees in the industry and why getting up to date on safety requirements is essential for the well-being of your employees, your family, and your operation.


In farming, as in all things, communication is key. Listen here as agronomist Kyle Stull gives a scouting update and talks about how the Landmark team uses tools and technology to communicate information for faster, more informed decisions.


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Doug Cropp talks about these simple tips in this Landmark Lesson to keep you in your “comfort zone” when marketing your grain: Know your cost of production, set a price target, use tools to protect your production like open offers that work for you day or night.


You know what they say about weather in Wisconsin: If you don’t like it, wait a few minutes, it’s sure to change.  Here at Landmark we have a team of specialists that are here to help cope with Mother Nature’s swings and keep you comfortable and healthy in your home. Listen as Tom Krausse discusses preventive maintenance and the importance of air quality for your family.





Curious about variable rate, data privacy and 4R management practices?  At Landmark, we are enthusiastic about the combination of technology and “best management practices” way of thinking. Listen here as Nelson Graham along with Pam Jahnke talk about the “4R’s” best management practices approach for all areas of agronomy inputs, using the Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place and how this relates to variable rate technology.



Doug Cropp talks about how having grain marketing tools in place help you take advantage of the market and tips for storing grain going into summer.

The Landmark Lesson featuring Doug can be heard here.


Mycotoxin,  vomitoxin and potassium oh, my!  Hear how reviewing diets and teaming up with a nutrition expert like Chris Kafer can help keep dairy cows healthy.

Starting out our 2016 Landmark Lesson is Wendy Meyer talking about financial solutions and how keeping communication lines open will be critical for financial support this year.

This Landmark Lesson interview can be heard here.

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In our latest Landmark Lesson Agronomy Territory Account Manager, Mike Hopke, discusses the current field conditions and the importance of fungicide application.

The Landmark Lesson interview can be heard here.

Our 2015 Landmark Lessons began with Paul Henn, Agronomy Area Sales Lead, sharing a crop and field update as well as discussing the importance of tissue sampling!

The Landmark Lesson interview can be heard here.

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Scouting for Soybean Aphids

It’s time to scout for soybean aphids. Understanding the soybean growth stages and beneficial insects will help when checking for this pest. While recommended thresholds are still 250/plant it’s nearly impossible to check and count this many while scouting a field. The easiest way to scout aphids is to check five random spots in a field and either check a few plants and count one leaf estimating the aphids per plant based on that leaf or if you see them colonizing the stem that is right at threshold. Some agronomists will tell you that once you get to a threshold of 250/plant, that it is too late. This established threshold is based on allowing seven days to spray after this. With the aphids doubling every 2-3 days that can potentially be around 1,000/plant. Aphids love temperatures around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit and will reduce reproduction above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep all of this in mind when deciding to make an application.

The common theory is that spraying a blanket application will kill beneficials like lacewing and lady beetles causing a potential for flare ups after spraying. This can happen if you use an insecticide that has very little residual like Lorsban or some pyrethroids, but is less likely if you use a combined product like Hero or Leverage with two modes of action.

The final factor to consider is soybean growth stages, especially in 2017 where we will likely see soybeans go through stages later than normal. Aphids will do damage to soybeans up to the R5.5 growth stage which is a soybean filling half the pod on one of the top four nodes. A lesser known factor is also the white dwarf stage that soybean aphids can go through around R5.  This stage is still an unknown. The thought process is there’s a trigger in the aphids once the plant sugar levels drop, making them convert to this stage where they reduce injury and reproduction. Once you see white dwarf aphids this is the trigger to stop scouting and spraying for them. This is a signal of rapid population decline and reduction in damage.

As of yet, we have not seen significant populations of aphids in soybeans but there is a long way to go before we are out of the woods.

Posted in Agronomy, Blog

Propane 101: 3 Tips to Make You a Smarter Propane User

Propane is an essential service that many rural families rely on. So essential that if it were to suddenly disappear, cold showers, cold homes and raw food are just a few of the immediate repercussions. Check out these tips to make sure that you never have to face these unnecessary hardships.

  1. Have an idea of how much propane is in your tank. When you drive to work in the morning do you assume that there is enough gasoline in your car? We are typically able to keep a close eye on the amount of gasoline in our vehicles thanks to a clear display that lights up every time the vehicle turns on. Propane is a little more out of sight and out of mind. Be sure to lift up the metal hood of the tank and take a look at where the needle is pointing. If the needle is anywhere between 20 and 30 percent, give your supplier a call to place an order. Finding out you are out of propane by waking up to a cold house is not pleasant, and may lead to extra cost for an emergency delivery to your tank.
  2. Know the signs of a propane leak. Propane gas is odorless. Thankfully, the propane delivered to your tank has a small amount of ethyl mercaptan added to it. Ethyl mercaptan is a harmless compound that gives off the smell of rotten eggs or onions. This is to alert you of a propane leak. If you believe you have a propane leak in your house, immediately extinguish any ignition source, do not operate any electrical switches, and get out of the house. Once you have everyone outside, turn the valve on the outside tank shut. Use a cell phone or a neighbors phone to then call your supplier to dispatch a technician. Do not reenter until told the area is safe by a trained service technician or the fire department.
  3. Manage your propane costs. Summer is a great time to have your propane tank filled. You will benefit from a lower price per gallon, and you will be prepared for the winter with a nearly full tank. For the heating season, inquire about locking in a price and quantity. Since propane is a commodity, prices tend to fluctuate and have had the tendency to spike when demand picks up and supply decreases in the winter. Reduce your financial risk and enjoy the peace of mind by knowing exactly how much you need to budget for your home heat needs.

For any further questions, to place an order, or to contract propane call Landmark Services Cooperative’s Energy Division at 800-236-3276.

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Cooling Cows with Positive-Pressure Ventilation

Traditional holding area designs are dependent on natural ventilation to bring fresh air into the cow pen. This system can be compromised by restrictions in air movement due to adjacent buildings, attached utility rooms or even the lack of air movement on still days. These limitations can cause a buildup of humidity and heat in the holding pen. Traditional large circulating fans can create velocity but does not guarantee proper ventilation.

A high producing cow will exhale 4 gallons of water and produce 5000 BTU daily. Heat per square foot in the holding area will range between 375-525 BTU. As a cow’s body temperature increases, cows will stand for longer periods when they return to the free stalls in order to dissipate their body heat. The decrease in lying time leads to lower dry matter intakes, decreased production and increased lameness. Limited perspiration by cows requires wetting of the skin, along with the movement of air to increase the benefits of evaporative cooling.

Utilizing tubes that stretch across the entire holding area disperses fresh air from outside the building in places where natural ventilation isn’t able to reach the cows. Properly designed systems will combine the right fan, tube diameter, and a multitude of correctly sized holes to direct 400 CFM to the backs of all the cows throughout the holding area. The result is more effective cooling of the cows with less fans and energy consumption than have traditionally been used.

The School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, has developed the Positive-Pressure Tube Calculator© to help design a customized ventilation system. Landmark Services Cooperative does have trained staff that can assist your farm.

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