Steven Albracht

Hart, Texas

bio

  • crop 5,400 acres of corn, sorghum, wheat, cotton and triticale
  • acclaimWinner of 11 National Yield Titles
  • words of wisdom"Sorghum can be a finicky crop. You've got to pay attention to what you do."

    "This year, we're going to treat the seed. We're going to take every bit of stress off this plant we can take off."

Steven's latest milestone

Steven Albracht Update – Harvest Stage
Steven harvested his Sorghum Shootout milo on October 8. The field was still standing perfectly, showcasing the impeccable plant health he achieved this year, and conditions were ideal for cutting.
His Shootout field average yield was 205 bu/A, test weight was 60-61 lb/bu with 13.3-13.7 percent moisture. “I was happy with the way the season went, and we were able to increase test weight and boost plant health like we wanted to. But I had higher hopes for the final yield numbers.” It was estimated that 30 percent of Steven’s sorghum was eaten by birds before harvest. “There looked to be 250 bu/A of sorghum standing in the field, easily. But those birds came in and took a good chunk of it before we could get it out of the field.” Steven felt there was value both in the new products and the more intensive management he tried on his milo this year; he plans to shoot for 250 bu/A again next year.



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Steven's scorecard

  • Planting

      DATE

    • 5/31/2016
    • Seed Brand/Hybrid used

    • Pioneer® 84G62 & 84P72
    • Plant Population

    • 105,000
    • Seed depth

    • 3/4 - 1 in.
    • Soil conditions at planting

    • Moist
    • Tillage system used

    • Ripped twice; ran a finishing plow
    • Dryland or Irrigated

    • Irrigated, Pivot
    • Seed treatment/in-furrow products

    • 2 oz. Stoller Stimulate™ & 4 oz. Bio-Forge®
    • Herbicide program

    • 3 pints Bicep Lite II Magnum® spiked with Sharpen® herbicides
    • Was a soil test done?

    • Yes
    • Fertilizer applied prior to planting?

    • Manure in fall
    • Row Spacing

    • 30 in.
  • Emergence

      Date of emergence

    • 06/06/16
    • Rainfall to date/relevant growing conditions

    • Irrigated .80" on 6/18, .90" on 6/20.
    • Condition of the plants?

    • very good/V4 - 06/23
    • Stand count

    • 97,000
  • 5–6 Leaf Stage

      Bio-stimulants

    • Applied 4 oz Bio-Forge(R) & one quart X-Tra Power(TM) 6/25 (V4/V5 plant stage)

      Applied 8 oz Stoller ReZist(TM) and 8 oz Bio-Forge(R) mixed with 1 gal molasses on 7/1 (plants at V9/V10)
    • Rainfall/relevant growing conditions

    • Irrigated 0.08 on 6/25, a quarter on 6/28, 0.09 on 6/29, and an inch and a half on 7/1
  • Heading Stage

      Fungicide application

    • N/A
    • Fertilizer

    • Applied a quarter of NDemand® Entourage K 11-0-16 on 7/19

      NDemand applied every 2 days after heading.
    • Bio-stimulants

    • Applied 4 oz X-Cyte, 1 oz N-Large and 1 gal molasses on 7/19

      8 oz X-Cyte, 3 oz Headline and 1 gal sugar applied 8/10
    • Date to reach 50% flowering

    • August 1, 2016
    • Rainfall/relevant growing conditions

    • Irrigated:

      2.0" 7/11

      2.25" 7/25

      2.0" 7/19

      2.0" 7/21 (heading)

      2.0" 7/24

      1.8" 7/28

      1.0" 7/30
    • Comments

    • "Plant looks phenomenal. Would be real nice to get a rain. No rain since planting! Plan to irrigate for the next 10 days."
  • Harvest Stage

    • Check back soon for harvest scorecard updates.