Oats: Dr. Hesser Interviews Freddie And His 133 bushels Oat Crop which had a 38.8 test weight. These Heavy nutrious Oats were gobbled up by the local horse owners for animal feed.! Whenever your test weight is high - in other words, it doesn't take as many bushels to fill a truck because you've got more weight per bushel - if you fill it up like normal, you are going to be overweight. So, you've got more weight per bushel and that increases your weight overall. When you put on a load, it'll cause you to be overweight. Then the man can write you a ticket. [Laughter] You don't want that.

Transciption of Interview!

Hesser-Freddie-133-Bushel-Oats June 14, 2008

Dr. Hesser: Freddie, I must say, I've really enjoyed the time here at your farm and watching you do the harvest, especially the oats. Your oat crop is just absolutely marvelous. Tell me a little bit about it.

Freddie: They're some of the best oats I've ever cut. I've cut oats all my life and what's amazing is that they're making these high yields and they're standing up. In the past when I've cut oats, they would blow down and I'd have to get under them and I'd lose so many to get them. But these are still standing and they've got the thickest stalks that I've ever seen on oats. I've never seen straws that look like.

Dr. Hesser: I haven't either.

Freddie: I'm telling you, it's just amazing. This field here has about 16 acres in it and I've got a 9600 John Deere combine with a bin extension on it, and I wasn't expecting not to get all the way around the field. I didn't even get around the 16 acres with the bin extension before the whistle blew and told me I was full. [Laughter] I had to get the truck to come and empty it. So I've never had that kind of yield before.

Dr. Hesser: Yeah. What do you think it's yielding?

Freddie: It's over 100. I'd say 110-120 bushels, and I've never had that kind of yield.

Dr. Hesser: What were your yields before on a good year?

Freddie: Well, I have seen 100-bushel yields but I've never seen 115-120, and we're having that this time. It's just amazing. What gets me is there are very few down. We might have a little spot the size of an automobile or something that the wind twisted down, and we had some bad winds here about three or four weeks ago. It happened at night and I told my wife, "There goes all the oats." The next morning when I got up, I couldn't believe they were all still standing. So, it's amazing. There has to be something in this Soysoap that's causing a whole lot stronger stalk. That's what I'm seeing with it.

Dr. Hesser: Excellent. Excellent. What do your neighbors think about it?

Freddie: They're looking very hard at it. They're raising wheat and barley and they've sprayed it on them, and they're seeing a big difference in the yields on that. In other words, it's really a coming thing.

Dr. Hesser: What do you think your neighbors are going to do next year?

Freddie: I think they're really going at it this year. They tried it on this Winter Wheat and it seems to be that they're just going wide open and putting it on beans, corn, and everything this time.

Dr. Hesser: Everything?

Freddie: Yeah. They're really thrilled with what they're seeing on this wheat. Everyone who put it on the Winter Wheat is just amazed at what it's done. There are a few of them that have cut, and they're amazed at the yields. It's ripening a little earlier than what it normally does, so they're thrilled with that because they're going to get a double crop. It's amazing.

Dr. Hesser: One of the farmers was telling me that he hasn't had as many pest problems after using this. Have you experienced that?

Freddie: I have. I've experienced that with my oats. I didn't have the bugs that I normally have, and I didn't use any spray at all on them except the Soysoap. So, that's going to be a plus.

Dr. Hesser: At least one or two fellas said they were going to use it on tobacco, or at least try it on tobacco.

Freddie: That's what they're telling me. I don't raise any tobacco but my cousins do. They say they're going to try it. I can't believe that it's picking up this fast because I wasn't expecting a lot of use of it until 2009.

Dr. Hesser: Well, you were the only person to use it last year. Based on that, you got 8-10 people using it this year.

Freddie: There are 10-12 using it.

Dr. Hesser: 10 or 12?

Freddie: Yeah.

Dr. Hesser: Next year it's really going to go.

Freddie: Yes. I think it will.

Dr. Hesser: Amazing!

Freddie: It is amazing.

Don Wilshe: Freddie, last night we had a conversation with a gentleman who'd had that 64 test weight on his wheat, and he said he had to be really careful about filling his trucks up now because he was concerned… What was he saying?

Freddie: Whenever your test weight is high - in other words, it doesn't take as many bushels to fill a truck because you've got more weight per bushel - if you fill it up like normal, you are going to be overweight. So, you've got more weight per bushel and that increases your weight overall. When you put on a load, it'll cause you to be overweight.

Don Wilshe: And then what happens?

Freddie: Then the man writes you a ticket. [Laughter] You don't want that.

Don Wilshe: These overweight beans, do you think they more than likely have a higher protein in them or certainly something is adding that weight, right?

Freddie: Something is adding it to it. We've raised beans in the past and last year our beans, the test weight was up on them. We were going as high as 58 pounds. Normally, we are in the 54-55 range. Last year, we saw a significant increase and went to 57-1/2 to 58 pounds where we had used this soap. That was one spraying. I'm going to double-spray this year and see if it increases. I'm wanting a 60 pound test weight on beans, or better. That will mean a lot more bushels in the end because we raise about 1500-1600 acres. So, if we get that much of an increase, that's going to be a lot of bushels and a lot more money in the end.

Dr. Hesser: Sure! How big are the beans when you spray them?

Freddie: Normally, about four inches high. Now, we're going to spray some a little bit lower than that this time, the first time, then we're going to come back.We use the Roundup with the Roundup Ready beans and we spray over the top after they cover the ground. We're going to spray it a second time and put our Roundup in. Last year we just used it with Roundup at about four to six inches high.

Dr. Hesser: So this time you're going to do it maybe at about three inches high and then two or three weeks later spray it with the Roundup?

Freddie: Right. I think we're going to see a significant increase by doing that.

Dr. Hesser: I bet you will.

Don Wilshe: Freddie, are you going to get some test weight on your oats this year, also?

Freddie: Yes.

Don Wilshe: So, you're hopeful. You've been getting three to four more pounds because of the soap on beans and wheat. Now the question is, what's the test weight going to be on your oats?

Freddie: I had one of the neighbors come when I was cutting and wanted to look at the oats because he has cattle and he was wanting some to feed. He looked at the oats and he said, "Well, I'd sure like to buy some of them. Those look like Western Oats." He picked them up and felt them and said, "Those are heavy, pretty oats." I'm going to check on them and see what the test weight is running on them. I'll see if it ain't higher than what normal oat weight is, and see if I ain't got a higher test weight.

Don Wilshe: Well, thank you both for some great information. We'll be talking to you; I'm sure, in the near future. We're looking forward to those harvests on your corn and soybeans there, Freddie.

Don Wilshe: Freddie reported after this video that he got two fields of about 100 acres total. One field yielded 111 bushels acre and the other 133 bushels per acre. Test weight was very good and the report shows a 38.8 test weight.

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