KENTLAND, INDIANA (March 2, 2016) — “We definitely have an exceptional group of innovative producers assembled,” said AgVenture Pinnacle Ames General Manager, Jim Groepper, commenting on the Company’s recent AgVenture University program. The meeting was held at the warehouse in Ames, Iowa and drew sixty participants to this, the second in a series of producer-centric learning workshops.
Groepper continued, “Our meetings provide inspiring, insightful concepts. This group of committed, professional producers is really embracing the tools and techniques necessary to drive yields and profitability to the next level.”
With three keynote speakers and engaging discussions, the participants from central and eastern Iowa focused on 3 topics. “Given the ag economy row crop producers are facing, we wanted to equip them with specific tools they need to optimize every operation and every input to maximize profitability. In some cases, that means doing some things differently than they have, or trying something uniquely suited to their operation.”
Beginning with nutrient management, Robert Corzatt of Harvest Max Partners, Monmouth, Illinois, gave growers specific ideas and innovative concepts to make the most out of their crop nutrient inputs. Cutting one ingredient in the mix does not always best benefit the outcome. By taking a balanced approach to optimizing all nutrient inputs and optimizing timing of applications, Groepper said growers left with some outstanding, actionable tools toward balancing what happens in the soil and how it feeds the crop for maximum benefit.
Brandon King, owner of BK Acres, Inc., is a producer and precision planting expert from Boone, Iowa. He provided a comprehensive listing of tips to optimize planters prior to planting season. With the equipment he brought in, participants gained some exceptional insights on planter management, down pressure considerations, row cleaners and additional tips to assure planting depth, spacing, speed, etc. all contribute to ideal stands.
Zebin Zhao provided an in-depth presentation on the 4R Nutrient Stewardship approach to developing sustainable agricultural systems. “It was a great way to inform our grower base and engage together in the discussion around this important initiative,” said Groepper.
AgVenture Pinnacle Ames is committed to providing their customers with access to the latest seed genetics and technologies locally selected and adapted to their growing environment. Groepper said, “Our seed quality standards are the highest in the industry. We provide our clients with year-round professional seed support and the tools and additional crop inputs necessary to maximize profit on every acre. We were very pleased with the synergies generated at this program. It was a dynamic and proactive dialogue among the group. We look forward to putting our seed and our methods to work for each customer.”
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 and varieties 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.