Agronomy Services

Individualized solutions to help you farm more efficiently, more sustainably and more profitably.

Croplan test plot


Heritage Agronomy

Someday, in the not-too-distant future, precision farming will simply be called farming. The power of technology gives farmers who embrace it a distinct advantage over those who don’t—especially in years like we’ve seen recently with razor-thin margins. If you’re over-applying crop nutrients, for example, you’re wasting money and threatening our water resources.

Heritage Cooperative® has developed key relationships with a number of technology providers. Our goal is to help your operation leverage the technology available to improve each acre. From getting started on basic soil sampling and soil fertility programs, to aerial imagery, predictive crop health and everything in between, we can help. 

Heritage Cooperative has assembled a team of agronomists and precision specialists who understand them and will help you make the most of the technology on your farm by connecting it with your agronomic practices. All you have to do is ask.

Farmer checking wheat plant

Agronomy Services

The Agronomy division at Heritage Cooperative is dedicated to offering quality products, services and recommendations necessary for our customers to produce grain and forage crops as profitably as possible. The department is divided into four groups:

Crop Nutrients
Crop Protection
Crop Advantage

Within these groups, our team of agronomists and technology experts can provide the following:

  • Custom fertilizer and chemical application
  • Soil sampling
  • Yield mapping
  • Precision farming services and advice
  • Hybrid selection
  • Insect and disease identification
  • Seed treatment products and recommendations
  • Plant tissue sampling


As an agricultural cooperative, we believe we have a responsibility to our member-owners to help them do the right thing on every acre of land they farm. We know, managing nutrients rates and timing of application is of ongoing importance. And it’s not simply an environmental issue; it’s an economic issue as well. Applying crop nutrients that won’t be taken up by crops due to soil or drainage issues, low plant populations or other factors is simply a waste of money.

Fortunately, there are technologies and programs (including financial assistance) available to every farmer today that simply didn’t exist even 10 years ago. Heritage Cooperative is a proud partner with two national organizations that are leading the way toward a more sustainable agriculture: The Fertilizer Institute, which promotes 4R Nutrient Stewardship, and Land O’Lakes, which has developed a comprehensive farm-to-table sustainability initiative for the entire industry, called Truterra (formerly known as SUSTAIN).

To learn more about these important partnerships, click on the links below. 

spraying bean plant


Providing convenient credit for financing your crop inputs
Finance rates as low as 0%

Combining technology, experience and knowledge to manage and simplify decisions, improve efficiency, protect our environment and increase profit on each acre.

Crop Advantage is Heritage Cooperative's premier Agronomy program.  We recognize that each acre is different and each farmer has different management goals to meet his or her needs.  That is why we offer customized solutions to match each operations practices to optimize each season. Heritage combines the knowledge of our experienced Agronomy team along with the dedicated team of Crop Advantage consultants. Together they utilize a number of technology tools to help you manage each acre to it best capability.

Geo-referenced soil sampling combined with seasonal operation data layers such as yield maps, allows your trusted Heritage Advisor to help you make the best decisions.  In addition we offer multiple precision tools to provide insights on placing the correct seed and fertility on the right soils.  Then use these tools to put the right amount of nutrients on the crop for maximum yield potential and profitability.  

Features Include

  • Geo Referenced Soil Sampling
  • Field-by-Field Recommendations
  • Variable Rate Applications
  • Field Observation
  • Harvest Data Processing
  • Field-by-Field Record Keeping
  • Information
  • Crop Advantage Team

Offering Three Packages

Data Package
This package is for for those that are looking for advanced data analysis and specific recommendations in the areas of soil, cultural, product and/or weather. Our analysis of the selected attributes are tied into insights provided on fertility, seeding and nitrogen. We’ll provide a comprehensive data analysis summary report, and management services for your yield data and maintenance of your Climate Fieldview, AgStudio and monitor setup in any of your equipment.

Plus Package
With the Plus package you pay an annual rate per acres for soil sampling and receive variable rate seeding and nitrogen recommendations, a subscription to Climate Fieldview Plus, and the Climate FieldView Drive. We’ll also provide management services for your yield data and maintenance of your Climate Fieldview, AgStudio and monitor setup in any of your equipment.
Soil Sample Package
Our basic package includes a geo-referenced soil sample summary report of your acres with recommendations for site-specific fertilizer and lime as well as harvest data processing. We will run this for you for up to 4 years with upfront payment made per acres sampled.

Crop Nutrients

Heritage Cooperative can access both domestic and export markets by barge and rail. We know your operation requires a consistent product supply during our compressed seasons, Heritage Cooperative has the facilities and transportation ability to ensure your supply.

We've invested heavily in storage facilities and handling equipment to ensure safe, timely and efficient nutrient delivery and custom application options to our member-owners. Whether you fall apply, spring apply, no-till, strip-till, side-dress nitrogen at planting, split your nitrogen applications, or anything else, our team can supply the macro and micro nutrients you need, when you need them.

Crop Protection

Heritage Agronomy offers a complete line of crop protection products from all of the major manufacturers, including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, growth regulators and spray adjuvants. Products are generally available in multiple package sizes, including bulk and mini-bulk. We also offer custom application equipment and licensed applicators qualified and trained to precisely apply these products. 

seed treatments
unloading treated seed

The Right Seed for the Job

Heritage Cooperative offers corn hybrids and soybean varieties from DeKalb and Asgrow, Croplan brand from Winfield and our own Shur Grow brand. It’s important to remember that the best seed for your farm may not be the most expensive seed, which is often stacked with traits you may or may not need.
With years of data from our own test plots, as well as yearly trials at The Ohio State University, our agronomists can help you choose the best corn, soybean and wheat genetics for the soils you farm, the disease and insect pressures you face as well as your level of risk tolerance.

Croplan test plot

Shur Grow Seed is Heritage Cooperative’s own proprietary brand of seed, recently celebrating more than 50 years of serving farmers in Ohio. The Shur Grow seed line includes hybrid seed corn, soybean varieties and wheat varieties that are tested and selected specifically for west-central Ohio. For a more complete history of Shur Grow Seeds, click below.



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