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August 20, 2014

Just growing corn or are you on an "AgVenture"??

Close to harvest season in Belzone, Mississippi.

August 19, 2014

KENTLAND, IN (August 18, 2014) – In a two-day event held in Moline, Illinois, AgVenture, Inc. (AVI) held the last in a series of three intensive workshops for the 2014 Summer Interns and Trainees. Throughout the summer, the 2014 class members, comprised of seventeen summer interns and new employees, participated in the workshops to help them develop skills in communication, customer relationships and agronomics.

AVI Recruitment and Training Lead, Nevada Weitl said, “Each time we got together, you could see the growth in these individuals and in the group. These young professionals are incredibly eager to learn and proficient at putting the information to work.”

Weitl continued, “We saw significant growth in their communication and agronomy skills. Our in-field, on-site agronomy training gave our participants many useful tools and techniques to take back to their own Regional Seed Company (RSC) customers. At this last workshop, participants gave a presentation on some specific aspect of the summer experience they can use in the future. Their presentations showed confidence, personal and professional growth and a true willingness and commitment to help customers improve profitability.”

“I learned so much this summer,” said AgVenture of Eastern Kansas Summer Intern Leanne Milleret. “Learning and practicing networking and communication skills was very helpful. It allowed me to better understand how to listen, learn and share new ideas and different practices. I enjoyed learning about AgVenture’s strong network of independent seed companies and their approach to their customers, products and business. Beyond that, we all made life-long friends and will have this great, shared experience as we start our seed careers.”

Bryce Borkgren of AgVenture Pureline at Princeton, Illinois said, “Our field training really provided us with solid tools we have put to use this summer. I really appreciated the opportunity to focus on the agronomics, but then better understand the importance and relevance of communicating that with our customers.”

 

AVI Marketing Lead, Penny Taylor said, “With the support of AVI leadership team and our outstanding consulting experts, and incredible guidance and direction from their RSCs and mentors, these young professionals leaving our program are better equipped to serve agriculture. It feels great to know the future of the seed business will be influenced by these individuals. It is also very gratifying to know that two of the class members have accepted full time positions with their RSCs and will continue to have a positive impact on our own customers now and well into the future.”

The 2014 Intern and Trainee Class included participants from more than a dozen academic institutions nationwide and represented RSCs from across the country. AVI staff will be visiting college and university career fairs this fall to reach out to the prospective class of 2015. Contact AgVenture or your local RSC for more information on how to apply as an intern.
 

August 18, 2014

KENTLAND, IN (August 18, 2014) – AgVenture, Inc. continues to grow in scope, acres, reach and personnel. The nation’s largest network of independently owned and operated Regional Seed Companies (RSCs) has welcomed Frank Peterson to serve as Western Regional Business Development Manager. Peterson brings three decades of experience and expertise to RSCs from the Dakotas to the Gulf, and from the Rockies to the Mississippi River.

Dave Treinen, AgVenture, Inc. General Manager said, “Our RSC network is growing. We continue to gain more customers. We continue to earn 100 percent of our customers’ business. Our products and year-round professional seed support together have a positive and significant impact on their bottom line.”

Treinen added, “With our continued growth, we are pleased to welcome Frank to our leadership team. He is an important addition to our network, and is uniquely equipped to provide our RSCs with the guidance and direction that best allows them to do what they do best – help every grower realize greater profitability on every acre.

Peterson has most recently been a successful independent business owner and operator. He said, “Having personally experienced the demands and challenges of independent business ownership, I can relate to our RSC owners. They are a remarkable group of seedsmen and business professionals. Their commitment to their customers’ success comes first each and every time. They attract and build strong teams of employees who share their vision. The success and growth of these companies across the region is testament to the both the products and the people.”

Peterson worked for a decade in the corporate seed business with Novartis where he served in leadership, sales and business development roles. His early career was in the ag retail and fertilizer business, working in the western Cornbelt. He remains active in the family farm in South Dakota.

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Kentland, Indiana, AgVenture provides this growing network of independently owned and managed seed business owners with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.

August 14, 2014

KENTLAND, IN (August 14, 2014) – AgVenture, Inc. (AVI) has welcomed a new seed company to their nationwide network of independently owned and operated regional seed companies. Northwest Iowa Ag, LLC, of Moville, Iowa will provide AgVenture® brand corn, soybean and alfalfa seed products to farmers across the area, along with year-round professional seed support services.

Northwest Iowa Ag President, Larry Janssen said, “We are proud to join AgVenture’s distinguished network of independent seed companies. We provide customers with access to a deep product portfolio of the latest and seed genetic and technology combinations in the industry. With AVI’s support, we are building a strong team of dedicated, highly-trained seed professionals to work one-on-one with our customers throughout the year. We are confident in these seed products and the strategies and tactics that will help our customers reach new goals in yield and profitability on every acre.”

Five family members have joined together to establish the new business. Partners, in addition to Janssen, include Will Wollesen, Casey Willer, Gary Janssen and Dillon Janssen. The family has been farming in the area since 1982. Janssen said, “We have had great success with our AgVenture products and seed support. As our younger family members joined our farming operation in the past five years, we saw this as a great opportunity to extend the advantages to others in the area.”

AVI was founded in 1983 and provides its Regional Seed Companies with access seed sourced from multiple platforms, tested and proven to perform in local soils and agronomic environments. In addition, through AgVenture’s alliance with PROaccessSM, growers can access both some new and some familiar product choices.

Chuck Schneider, AVI Business Development Director commended the company principals for their eager approach to launching the new business. “Northwest Iowa Ag’s team members fully recognize the challenges of profitable crop production in this region. Beyond the exceptionally strong product lineup, they have made a commitment to providing customers with innovative grower-focused tools and techniques.”

Janssen explained, “Our Maximum Profit System™ is an innovative, systems-based approach to dramatically increasing yields, lowering cost per bushel and improving overall farm profitability. It brings together the best and latest converging technologies including seed genetics and traits, accuracy in seed placement, and year round support to help manage and sustain advancements. Additional programs such as AgVenture’s ProfiZone™ program allow us to optimize our recommendations to growers. It helps provide a specific understanding of seed, nutrient, environmental and management practices. Better input management can provide huge advantages in yield and profit.”

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Kentland, Indiana, AgVenture provides this growing network of independently owned and managed seed business owners with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.

August 13, 2014

KENTLAND, INDIANA/ROSCOE, SOUTH DAKOTA (August 13, 2014) — Kevin Scherr has joined the family business, AgVenture Scherr’s Seed. As an AgVenture Yield Specialist, he will provide year-round professional seed support to customers in north central South Dakota.

AgVenture Scherr’s Seed President Steve Scherr said, “I am very proud to officially welcome Kevin to our team. He really is an invaluable resource and support to the business, to our customers, and to our team members. Besides welcoming him as a professional, I’m proud to have my son joining our family business. He has grown up working in and around all that we do. He fully understands our commitment to our customers and their profitability.”

Kevin Scherr said, “This is the job for me. I’ve grown up learning the business and have always known this is what I wanted to do. Through the years, I’ve enjoyed participating in every aspect of our business; from seed treatments to inventory, from learning all about our hybrids and varieties to supporting customers in the field. I truly enjoy working with our customers and look forward to a long career helping them advance their goals.”

During the last several years, Steve Scherr says the Roscoe-based independently owned and operated Regional Seed Company has continued to experience tremendous growth across the Dakotas. He notes that as more customers select and plant the locally adapted seed, they are actively shifting more or all of their acres to the AgVenture® seed products.

“Our hybrids and varieties are really performing well. We have access to the latest and best seed genetics and technologies available in the seed industry. It’s a deep portfolio of products that are specifically adapted to our Dakota growing environments. Our team of AgVenture Yields Specialists works directly with our customers year-round to help them do all they can to maximize their profitability. Our Maximum Profit System™ is helping customers dramatically increase yields, lower cost per bushel and improve overall productivity. We are pleased to continue to expand our team to serve Dakota farmers,” Scherr said.

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Kentland, Indiana, AgVenture provides this growing network of independently owned and managed seed business owners with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.

August 12, 2014
By Travis Michl

I don't even know how many years we’ve been working with AgVenture, but it’s been a long time. But the reason we stay with them is simple. AgVenture has great service and great products.

The service they provide is very good and very proactive. They’re very aggressive on management, pushing yield, and the whole arena of taking yields higher and further.

AgVenture’s agronomists have been a very integral part with taking us to the next level in every aspect that we're doing — from pushing us harder to keeping an eye on things we never really watched before. It's a very strong relationship on the agronomy side.

And the AgVenture relationship is just very unique. I go to my AgVenture agronomist with everything. We talk at least once a month, if not every couple of weeks. We bounce ideas off each other. He comes here about three times during growing season. We scout crops, look at things, look at fertility. And in the off-season he's an integral part of fertility and planning. Along with my AYS, it’s another relationship and service they offer that is extremely helpful.

 

 

August 12, 2014
By Travis Michl

All in all, the season is going great. We probably have the best crop we’ve seen in 20 years — or we’ve got a good start anyways. For the first time in a while, we finally got everything planted and growing pretty good, and we didn’t get any big rain to slow things down. It's just been nice. It's been warm enough to keep corn growing, and there’s not too much water to drown it out.

Aside from good planting, another reason for our success is that we've been able to get everything done that needs to be done. And we haven't had a lot of stress. The little bit of dry weather we did have helped get everything rooted down. But herbicide application went on well. We got our residuals down in a timely manner. We got our post-herbicides all done. We got our corn fungicide down, and we have one round of fungicide left to put on the soybeans. Things are just clipping along really well.

We also finished a wheat cut a few weeks ago. That was a little disappointing due to heavy disease pressure. But we got some double crop beans put in after that, and they are off and growing good, which is odd. Usually it’s so dang dry that when you plant them, they don't come up until it rains, but we’ve had enough moisture this year that they took off on their own and they caught a nice rain here a few weekends ago. They're off to the best start in a long time as well.

Working With Matt

Matt has been helping me this year and we rely on him pretty heavily for several things. He’s helping me stage corn and get put on the aerial applicators list to make sure the application‘s done at the perfect time. He has been taking tissue samples on corn and soybeans. He also keeps tabs on the fertility, so we can plan for any micronutrient applications we want to do still. Or anything we need to put in with the fungicide with the airplane on the corn. If it’s lacking a little nitrogen, we know and have a pretty good idea that we need to put more on.

It’s funny, but there are a lot of times Matt is here walking my corn or beans and I don't even know he's here. Matt is really picking up and taking off for this being my first year and first growing season with him. He’s doing a good job.

What’s Next

We’re doing a lot of scouting and watching for bugs moving in now. It’s all hands on deck. We have frogeye leaf spot moving in from the south. It’s not here yet, but we found it in Hamilton and other counties just south of us, moving north.

Other than that, we are just clipping along. As long as we keep getting timely rains, we are looking at a great crop.

August 11, 2014
By Aaron Paus

Things around here have been interesting. There’s been a lot of rough weather, though luckily we’ve been very fortunate with rain. It seems like every time a cloud comes up, hail comes out of it. There have been a lot of tornadoes and a lot of high winds.

But with all of that, we have been doing pretty well. We’ve had a little green snap and hail damage but nothing severe. It could be a lot worse. The adjustors found yield-decreasing losses on virtually every field, but it's just part of it. Every bag of corn has potential for 500 bushels an acre, and every day you take bushels off because of bugs, weather, emergence, whatever.

But with water, we’re doing great. The water allocations this year were at 10½ acre inches, and we would have to pump water pretty hard to go over that now. So this year, water won't be a yield-limiting factor. In fact, we have wells in a different district that we haven’t even turned on yet. It's a good year if you can make it to the 4th of July without irrigating. And we made it way past that.

Corn Prices

One thing that does have me worried now are corn prices. Apparently there is a lot of corn in the country, because the price of corn is heading south pretty fast. It’s about half of what we were looking at just recently. Soybeans are falling also. It’s just looking sunny and rosy all over the place.

Discovery Group

But we’re just out there trying to make the most of it. Coming up soon, we’re hosting a Discovery Group session at my place. There’s supposed to be around 12 members in the group, and we’ll be discussing what everyone has going on for a research project.

We’re also doing a factory tour at the Reinke facility in Deshler. Then I allotted time to have an irrigation technology specialists come in and talk to the group individually about what Reinke is doing and what’s coming down the pipeline. We’ll have an open discussion about what's needed and what's out there.

We also have Melissa Pierce with CropMetrics to come in and talk about what we are doing with our soil probes. I think that’s something that for the group could be expanded on. I think there is an asset in knowing what is going on with a soil profile.

So there’s good and bad. We’ll see what the rest of the season has in store.

August 11, 2014

Submitted by Jeff Shaner, AgVenture's Product & Technology Mgr/Soybeans & Alfalfa Lead

This is the finest looking soybean field in the area (not an AgVenture customer that we know of).  The grower had poor seed placement at planting and I estimated up to 1/3 of his seed came up late or not at all.  Now we can see what happened to those late-emergers that are hiding under the canopy.

This farmer is going to harvest a wonderful crop due to pristine soil and weather conditions at this field.  But an AgVenture Yield Specialist following his planter last spring could have made the adjustments to turn those under-producing late emergers into fully contributing plants and put free extra $$ per acre in this farmer's pocket.

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