Central Valley Ag

About Central Valley Ag

Brief Summary: Local Cooperative providing services and products to assist our patrons in Agronomy, Feed, Grain, and Energy.

About Us: At Central Valley Ag, we take our mission seriously. Every single day we aspire to provide innovative solutions that yield a profit for you, our customers. The agricultural world is changing all around us, and we must look toward the future to continue to provide the best agronomy, energy, feed and grain products and services. CVA remains committed to being a leader in the cooperative world, and will continue to keep a financially strong balance sheet to ensure long-term success for our employees and customers.

We look forward to serving you, and future generations at our locations across Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa.

Employee Benefits: Central Valley Ag is committed to providing an environment that is safe for employees and customers while fostering personal growth and development. We remain dedicated to our employee’s sense of well-being by providing an extensive suite of benefits.
Our Benefits Package includes:
A Choice of Health Coverages
Dental
Vision
Paid Time Off, Holidays and a Personal Holiday
Pension Plan
401(k) w/ Company Match
Life insurance
Short and Long Term Disability
Annual Uniform Allowance
Employee Assistance Program

Company Overview: Our Mission
Embracing the Cooperative Spirit to deliver value to our members

Our Vision
To be a world-class cooperative ensuring the long-term success of our employees and customers.

Job Opportunities: Opportunities are always Changing. We have a list of Full time positions at; http://www.cvacoop.com/careers/ Also looking for part-time and seasonal candidates in the Sioux City Area

Number Of Employees: 800

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With the cooler temps slowing down outside activity and the holiday season upon us, I can honestly say my body condition score has probably increased in the past month. Thus, if our human scores are rising, our livestock scores probably are as well.  Specifically, I want to talk about your cows' body condition scores as we head into winter.

As a horse owner I have spent a lot of time body condition scoring my horse, but this time of year I feel it is essential to do the same with my cows. Most cows have the 2018 calf crop weaned and are now only eating for themselves or themselves + the calf inside them. Cold temperatures require a cow to use more energy and in return, can take a toll on body condition especially in younger cows. Thin cows, which are usually a body condition score of 4 or less, can produce less colostrum and have weaker calves. This leaves room for health challenges within a herd.

Ninety days prior to calving is the last opportunity to put weight on thin cows for a reasonable cost. Trying to catch a thin cow up after this time has increased costs and can be difficult. Depending on how comfortable a producer feels with body condition scoring, a number system of 1-9 can be used. 1 would represent a thin cow, 5 is ideal, and 9 would be obese. On a 1st calf heifer that hasn't reached her mature body, I recommend a body condition score of 6 as its better when going through calving and rebreeding. To make our 85-day rebreeding timeframe, these younger cows need some extra nutrients. If the number system is not what a producer prefers, cows can also be put into groups of thin, moderate and fat. While observing cows keep in mind that factors such a hair, whether its wetness or the different genetics, may off-set condition. If in doubt have a friend or veterinarian who doesn't see your cows on a daily basis help score or call your CVA feed sales specialist and our team would be happy to help body condition score your cows.

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One of our most yield limiting nutrients in Midwestern crops is phosphorus, which is why it is one of the most common nutrients we focus on when we test soils.  When we use grid or zone-based soil sampling to assess our variability, phosphorus is one of the nutrients we focus on the most.  

At Central Valley Ag (CVA), we really like to see the soil test P in the 20-30 ppm range.  When we fall below that range, we tend to see more yield reductions we can associate to phosphorus deficiency. For our soils that are already in that range we focus mainly on replacing the nutrients removed in crop harvest. For corn, we normally plan on each bushel removing around 0.4 pounds of P2O5 per bushel.   For soybeans, that number grows to around 0.8 pounds per bushel we harvest.  

Because both yield and past fertilizer practices have varied tremendously over the years, we see a lot of opportunity to gain both yield and reduce fertilizer costs by matching our application rates of phosphorus fertilizer to match the needs of specific field areas.  

Besides application rate, we also like to talk to growers about products, placement, and timing. Placing some phosphorus close to the roots of small plants early in the growing season is generally a good practice to increase early plant growth and health. Product depends a lot on a grower’s system. If a grower is set up to work with liquid, 10-34-0 is a great way to band larger amounts of P fertilizer.  If broadcast dry fertilizer fits their system, either Micro Essentials SZ or MAP is going to be the preferred product.  

Talk to your CVA Field Sales Agronomist for more information on how we can become more efficient in our phosphorus application.  

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Everyone knows that staying profitable in farming can be a challenge. The producer must constantly look at their inputs and make the decisions on what expenses help them stay in the black and which expenses are not pulling their weight. I get the question on occasion, “Why should I pay a little extra for Cenex Fieldmaster diesel fuel and Cenex premium diesel engine oils when I can buy Brand X diesel and oil down the street for a few pennies in savings?"

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