Southern Ag Services provides contract research services on the major agronomic crops grown in Mississippi and the adjacent states of the Mid-South. It is our intent to provide timely input product assessments to support product development and agricultural consultant crop production recommendations.
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Soil Fertility Management

Give your soil what it needs when it needs it. With an accurate soil sample, we can determine the most beneficial and profitable rates within a custom seeding prescription. We’ll compare your harvest data with your seeding prescriptions for profitability and return on investment. 

Soil Sampling

Southern Ag started soil sampling when we saw there was a need to have a non- biased third party provide the service for our client base. We offers multiple options when it comes to soil sampling:

  • Grid Soil Samples Traditionally 2.5, 5, 10-acre grids • Sample points are pre-determined • Recommendations based solely on soil test levels and does not consider other factors (i.e. soil structure, yield, etc) • Interpolation between soil points • Generally done on a 3-year rotation.
  • Zone Sampling with EM Technology – Compaction, water holding capacity, and texture at 8 inch increments up to 3 feet. Zones are created with EM data along with other data layers such as historical yield. Recommendations are made based on Target nutrient levels, which optimizes nutrient level and profitability. Generally, EM one time unless dirt is moved and sample every year. 
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Planting Prescriptions

Southern Ag utilizes new technology such as variable rate planters to help growers become more profitable.  Seed costs are one of the most expensive inputs a grower has in a season.  Therefore, we are diligent about maximizing not only variety/hybrid selection, but also the allocation of this input across a farm.  If we have access to accurate yield, soil, and EM data, we can create zones in which to variable rate seed maximizing yield and profit.  To verify our zones, we place replicated side by side comparisons of various rates in certain zones.  These comparisons allow us to not only verify which rate is most profitable for that particular zone, but also run an analysis of profitability of variable rating vs flat rating seed.  The past 3 years we have seen an average increase of $20/ac profit by variable rate planting vs flat rate in corn and soybeans.  This analysis takes into account seed cost and commodity price along with the results from the side by side comparisons.  As planter technology continues to advance, dual variety/hybrid planting will become more popular.  We have worked with growers on corn multi hybrid planting in and out of pivots so far.  However, we see this being a huge opportunity to not only variable rate seed, but to better place varieties/hybrids.

Southern Ag Services provides contract research services on the major agronomic crops grown in Mississippi and the adjacent states of the Mid-South. It is our intent to provide timely input product assessments to support product development and agricultural consultant crop production recommendations.

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Yield Data Analysis

By collecting your yield data our team can customize a profit map for each one of your fields. This allows us to identify areas of improvement and factors that can lead to larger profits. Consider the yield data from each field an autopsy to determine what went right, what went wrong, and how to be better in the future!  Over the past year, Southern Ag Consulting has been migrating into the agricultural electronics industry.  Now with a full line-up of precision ag electronics,  Southern Ag is offering a fully integrated yield monitoring program that takes the farmer from combine to profits including: service/installation, calibration, processing, and agronomic interpretation.  The program begins with the installation of an Ag Leader® yield monitor to collect valuable and necessary data from the field.  Ag Leader® provides the most widely-used grain yield monitoring technology in the world.  Create and view yield and moisture maps while harvesting and instantly observe how field conditions affect yield.

Irrigation Management

Southern Ag uses the latest technology to help our customers with irrigation management. The use of volumetric soil moisture data allows us to be more profitable on the farm. With this technology we are able to advise our customers on when to irrigate based on when we KNOW the plant needs water verses when we think it needs water. This technology not only allows us to make in season decisions about crop management but also allows us to evaluate our decisions after the fact. We use yield data to help us understand if the decisions we made in season were correct or not. This allows us to continually move forward.By using this technology, we are able to maximize water use efficiency and increase yield. Decreased input cost and increased yield equals maximized profits.

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Equipment

Southern Ag is a full sales and service dealer for Ag Leader equipment. Ag Leader started the precision ag world when they created the first yield monitor in 1992. Since then Ag Leader has created a full product line consisting of Guidance Systems, Dry and Liquid Rate Controllers, Yield Monitors, and Planter Controls. Guidance system can range from WAAS signal to RTK depending on the need. Planter options consist of simple population monitors to electric drives and hydraulic down force with the capability to plant 12 MPH.  Ag Leader has a great aftermarket option for farmers with a mixed fleet, because they are color blind. This means a guy with a Case tractor can use a John Deere planter without the need of multiple screens. Ag Leader also has a cloud service where all of your data will merge together in one platform.   Southern Ag uses the data to collect from the systems sold and other OEM systems to prove the value to the farmer. This allows us to identify areas of improvement and factors that can lead to larger profits.