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April 18, 2014

CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI/ KENTLAND, INDIANA (April 17, 2014) — Dulaney Seed, Inc. of Clarksdale, Mississippi has welcomed Drew Wilson as Product and Marketing Lead for AgVenture Mid-South. The growing company will provide leadership to the AgVenture Yield Specialist team members and will focus efforts on effective implementation of the high-level agronomic professionalism delivered to their customers.

Dulaney Seed’s Owner, Terry Dulaney said, “Drew is seed professional who brings exceptional integrity and continuity to our team and their ability to consistently provide exceptional service to our customers. We put a great deal of emphasis on our agronomic expertise. With his leadership, our AgVenture Yield Specialists will further hone their skills and advance our ability to integrate that professionalism into each sales engagement with our customers.”

Previously Wilson worked in sales and sales management positions with seed companies in the South and Mid-South. He said, “I am very pleased to be part of this impressive company. It is important to be part of a team that shares your values, morals and what you believe in. Our focus is on our customers and their profitability. The dedicated professionals at Dulaney Seed are fully committed. Our reward is in their high yields, productivity and profitability.

Wilson will lead a tri-state team of AgVenture Yield Specialists. He added, “We have an outstanding team of dedicated seed professionals working with customers. By honing in on seed product management, product placement and agronomy knowledge, we help our customers effectively implement strategies that have a positive impact on their bottom line.”

Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business from Mississippi State University. Together with his wife, Catherine, he resides in Batesville, Mississippi.                                                      

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.

April 16, 2014

From AgVenture's Seeds for Success Agronomy Update, April 2014

Soil fertility specialists note the crop actually benefits only 5-10 percent of the time from having the phosphorus banded with nitrogen. The rest of the time, nitrogen gives the full response. In most cases, 28-percent urea ammonium nitrate is equivalent or better than ammonium polyphosphate (APP) as a starter fertilizer. There are some situations where including phosphorous in starter fertilizer is beneficial:

  • Planting into cold, wet soils
  • No-till is practiced
  • Soil testing shows low phosphorous levels
  • Soils are irrigated or consistently high yielding

APP efficacy actually depends on soil temperature, tillage, soil phosphorous level, irrigation and yield potential. AgVenture strongly urges customers to plant into ideal soil conditions and into a well prepared seed bed. See: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2009a/090317CamberatoStarterfert.html.

April 9, 2014

KENTLAND, INDIANA (April 8, 2014) — Agrithm, LLC., formerly known as AgVenture Jackson Seeds at Byron Illinois is poised for growth. And according to Agrithm General Manager, Jeff Jackson, the company is delivering on their promise to customers. With new facilities, interactive educational programs, and with access to year-round support, their northern Illinois customers are actively learning new methods to advance yields and profitability on their acres.

Agrithm’s commitment to their customers is evident in their new facilities at the Byron warehouse location. General Manager, Jeff Jackson said, “With our 4,000 square foot addition, and other improvements, we now have ample space for professional meetings. We are dedicated to working directly with customers to assure they have the best, current and practical information on production practices that maximize profitability potential. Our classroom and outdoor show plots make an ideal learning environment.”

Last week, Agrithm held one of many customer education meetings at their new classroom onsite. More than 25 area farmers participated in a High Yield Soybean and Biologicals workshop. AgVenture Soybean Product Manager, Jeff Shaner presented an in-depth approach to dramatically increasing profitability of the soybean crop. Jackson said, “We were very pleased to have Jeff speak. He helped our customers take a refreshed look at raising soybeans, and treating soybeans like a crop from which you expect solid yields.”

Topics discussed included the importance of overall plant health from germination through maturity, and key factors, including nutrient management, that help feed the yield potential. Shaner commented, “When AgVenture has a get-together, people learn things from each other and we all are better for it. That is one of my favorite aspects of this job. The farmers working with Jeff and his team at Agrithm have become a great source of joy for me to interact with year after year. They are sharp and professional. It’s always a great experience to come to Byron.”

Doug Kremer, CEO of TerraMax worked with customers on the impact of biologicals. “Doug brought us some great concepts and actionable ideas on translating soil health into yield.”

Jackson added, “Our customers were very involved in these discussions. It is great to be able to bring this elite group of area producers together to brainstorm, ask questions, and directly engage with our AgVenture Yield Specialists and these supportive experts. The enthusiasm is contagious and we expect to see the impact that implementing these practices will make on our customer’s profitability.”

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.

April 7, 2014

KENTLAND, INDIANA (April 3, 2014) — AgVenture of Nebraska continues to grow. The independently owned and operated regional seed company has recently completed significant expansions. Additions and improvements include expanded warehouse space and new, state of the art equipment. AVN has also fortified their personnel, adding AgVenture Yield Specialist seed professionals, and new office and warehouse staff. Together, those factors have allowed AVN to reach more customers across the state and beyond.

AVN Seeds, LLC. Partner Dennis Kenyon said, “Many things have to align for positive, sustained growth in a business. For AVN, it starts with our commitment to our customers. That is the driving force behind our growth.” Kenyon added, “We are expanding in personnel, facilities and equipment to assure that our customers have what they need to grow their business profitability.”

At AVN facilities located at Minden and Sutton, Nebraska, the company has added an additional 17,500 square feet of warehouse space at each location. “We have also updated and upgraded our equipment, including the addition of new seed treatment equipment at each facility. Seed quality is very, very important. We have excellent seed and outstanding seed treatment products. Our new seed treatment equipment will help us be even more efficient, and more precise. Getting the exact treatment applied for seed size means our customers have seed that is ideally protected. Our employees are safe and our customers have excellence in seed treatment.”

Kenyon says they are pleased to have not only the infrastructure in place, but more importantly, the personnel to help get the jobs done right and on time for our customers. Kenyon said, “Our AgVenture Yield Specialist (AYS) team has grown by three, bringing us to a total of 16. These seed professionals are among the best in the country. They are highly educated on the latest production techniques and committed to working with their customers. As they help put the Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) to work in the field, our AYS team members are helping customers dramatically increase yield, lower cost per bushel and improve overall profitability.”

Not only has AVN grown in facilities. Through solid performance, dedicated in-field support and programs that help customers achieve higher yields and greater profitability, the company’s reach has extended across western Nebraska, northeast Colorado and northwest Kansas.

“We are ready to start this growing season,” said Kenyon, “We’re ready to work with our customers from now throughout the year to help them maximize their profitability on every acre. We are committed to seeing it through, and have the staff and facilities to help make it possible.”

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.

March 27, 2014

From AgVenture's Seeds for Success Agronomy Update, March 2014

Uniform emergence doesn’t just happen; it is the result of a symphony of efforts and meticulous planning.  Right down to the time that seedling breaks through the surface, a seedling that emerges even 4-6 hours after those next to it is likely to be slightly smaller all season. Where one in four seedlings is delayed in emergence by ten days, the overall field potential drops by 6 percent. Uneven planting depth and poor seed-to-soil contact are the primary reasons for uneven emergence. AgVenture strives for perfection at planting.

  • Wait – don’t get out in the field unless conditions are right. Working wet soils can cause compaction issues that contribute to problems the entire growing season and beyond.
  • Manage tillage – carefully monitor tillage depth and consistency
  • Downward pressure - seeding depth and consistent seed-to-soil contact are greatly influenced by planter down pressure. No matter what type of system you’re operating, manage down pressure to assure you have enough force to achieve the proper planting depth, but not so much that sidewalls compact.
  • Seedbed with adequate moisture – planting into soils at field capacity provides the seed an ideal environment for germination.
  • Mind the Residue – residue can impede uniform emergence. It causes variable soil moisture and temperature which can contribute to uneven emergence. Consider using row cleaners to optimize conditions for germination.
  • Depth and spacing – seed depth and seed spacing must be accurate to achieve an ideal plant stand. Work for perfect consistency.

If you have questions, please contact us at agventure@agventure.com or your local Regional Seed Company.

 

March 24, 2014

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 25, 2014. This will mark the 41st anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day is "Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed."

On March 25, 2014. The ACA will host major events in the nation’s capital including the Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon and the National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner. Additionally, the ACA will bring approximately 100 college students to Washington to deliver the message of Ag Day to the Hill.

These events honor National Agriculture Day and mark a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.

National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public's awareness of agriculture's role in modern society.

The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:

  • Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
  • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
  • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
  • Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.

In addition to the events in Washington, DC on March 25, the ACA will once again feature the Ag Day Essay Contest as well as the 2014 Ag Day Poster Art Contest.

Keep checking www.agday.org for more information on National Ag Day in 2014.

March 13, 2014

CLARKSDALE, MS/KENTLAND, INDIANA (March 12, 2013) — Mid-South farmers are well equipped to advance their soybean crop productivity and profitability, but getting that job done will require some extra effort. That was the message recently heard by dozens of customers of Dulaney Seed. At meetings held at the Brinkley Convention Center at Brinkley, Arkansas, and at the Delta Conservation Demonstration Center at Greenville, Mississippi, Dulaney Seed customers from across the Mid-South gathered, despite the weather, to focus on high-yield soybean production strategies.

Dulaney Seed owner, Terry Dulaney said, “We want to challenge our customers to raise the bar. Without a goal, you never improve. We know we have the seed, the technology, the science, and the right team to help our customers achieve the goal of growing 150 bushels of soybeans to the acre. It’s important that they have access to both the products and the information that can help them advance their yield goals and improve profitability.”

Wayne Dulaney, AgVenture Agronomy Team Lead said, “Our customers were very enthusiastic as they participated in these meetings. Those who have committed to our Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) program have already seen their yields improve dramatically in corn. At the same time, they have learned how new production techniques, combinations of technology, precision and timing directly contribute to higher yields and greater profitability. We are providing them with access to specific tools, information and professionals to help them do the same for the soybean crop. Through more intensive management, these farmers are getting the most out of the soybean crop’s genetic potential, and breaking barriers.”

Speaking to the group was Paul Bodenstine, (pictured at right) Certified Professional Agronomist and noted high-yield crop consultant from Ashland, Virginia. Bodenstine told the groups, “First you have to make productivity a priority. The prices farmers have received for commodities have continued to decline since 1900. However, growers today have the ability to improve yield far more than the average rates.” He added, “Many growers may think they know about soybeans because they’ve grown them for years, but we have to look at things differently. Physiologically, June 21st is the key date for soybeans because that’s when the days start getting shorter. We have to look at maximizing the potential of that soybean crop by outracing or outlasting that late summertime heat when the quality of life for the soybean declines.”

Wayne Dulaney said, “We are always pleased to see the enthusiasm at these meetings. We are dedicated to our customers’ profitability. We are committed to helping our customers not only set but achieve new yield goals – and we are here to provide them the tools and techniques to make it happen.”

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

February 27, 2014

KENTLAND, INDIANA (February 27, 2014) An intensive one-day workshop held at the Indiana Crop Improvement Association facilities near Stockwell, Indiana on February 25th drew a crowd of more than 50 AgVenture Regional Seed Company participants from across the country. The meeting gathered Regional Seed Company Owners, marketing managers and AgVenture Yield Specialists from ten states. Participants honed their skills and refined their understanding of the science involved in growing profitable crops.

AgVenture Business Development Manager, Chuck Schneider said, “This was an excellent program with everyone very engaged in our educational initiatives. We were very pleased with not only the topics presented, but with the deep level of meaningful discussion each of our participants brought to the table. They are focused and committed to bringing their customers the best information possible.”

Schneider explained that this specific type of Winter Profit Plot meeting was the first in a series of such meetings to come, providing RSCs and their teams with access to professionals, technology information and practical applications for agronomic information and practices. He said, “AVI is highly focused on providing outstanding technical support to our AgVenture Yield Specialists (AYS). These highly-focused seed professionals have the attention of their customers. We are committed to offering tools and training that respects that valuable relationship.”

The meeting featured presentations by members of Indiana Crop Improvement Association who provided an overview of their facilities and range of services, and talked specifically about seed quality testing aspects. AgVenture personnel supported the science of seed quality testing as it pertains directly to AgVenture’s high seed quality standards. ICIA presenters included ICIA CEO Alan Galbreth, COO, Joe Deford, Genetics Program Director, Emily Dierking, and Marketing Director, Liz Pestow. The ICIA also provide a tour of their facilities.

Dr. Bruce Erickson, Purdue University Agronomy Education Distance and Outreach Director presented an interactive session on crop growth and development fundamentals. Participants were posed with difficult simulated field scenarios and challenged to assess and advise based on the science and information provided
Schneider concluded, “Just as AgVenture has always had a strong commitment to high seed quality standards, we will continue to maintain only the highest standards in providing interactive learning opportunities for our AYS and RSC team members. Our commitment to their knowledge is a commitment to helping our customers gain more profitability from every field.”

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 regional seed companies 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.

February 24, 2014

KENTLAND, IN (February 24, 2014) – More than eighty area farmers have some innovative new ideas to consider while planting crops this spring. Illinois and Indiana customers of AgVenture D&M recently gathered in Springfield, Illinois at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel to participate in the company’s Winter Conference, “The Lincoln Experience”.

The meeting provided AgVenture D&M customers with an opportunity to learn about the latest in information and operational tactics that directly drive yields to new levels. Jerry Hartsock, Cutting Edge Consulting of Geneso, Illinois spoke about planning for planting and following through with specific tactics that have direct implication toward protecting and improving yield potential. Allendale, Inc. Commodity Broker, Bill Biedermann provided insightful perspectives on crop prices, stocks and potential marketing scenarios for the crop year ahead. In addition, participants were welcomed to experience the Lincoln Museum and share in learning about the region’s history, growth and development.

AgVenture D&M Owner and General Manager, Mike Davis said, “This was a great opportunity to get together and focus on the business that makes us profitable. Our customers are dedicated agriculture professionals, and some of the best farmers in the business. We are committed to their continued growth and profitability. During the meeting, we focused on our seed products, and careful and deliberate management at planting time. The fellowship throughout the meeting allowed us all to ask questions, learn together and support our mutual goals.”

Davis added, “We remain committed to our customers’ profitability. Throughout the year, we work to provide learning opportunities for our customers. Our AgVenture Yield Specialists, together with some of the seed industry’s leading experts in agronomy, help us offer customers tools and operational strategies that effectively help them achieve dramatically higher yields, lower cost per bushel and improve overall profitability.”

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.

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February 21, 2014

DES MOINES, IA – Over the past 50 years, more than 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported in the U.S. with a fatality rate of 62 percent. In 2010, at least 26 U.S. workers were killed in grain engulfments – the highest number on record. The most tragic fact of all: grain engulfments are highly preventable.

Timed to bring safety awareness to the dangers of grain bins prior to planting season in much of the country, the annual Grain Bin Safety Week will begin in 2014 and will highlight a different component each of the seven days:

  •  Sun. Feb. 23: Grain management
  •  Mon., Feb. 24: Bin hazard identification
  •  Tues., Feb. 25: Bin and equipment design, including safety equipment
  •  Wed., Feb. 26: Bin entry
  •  Thurs., Feb. 27: Working safely in a bin
  •  Fri., Feb. 28: Extraction/rescue
  •  Sat., Mar. 1: Confined spaces beyond the bin

Highlights of the Week
FFA Event – Staying Safe on the Farm
On Mon., Feb. 24, Nationwide Agribusiness is hosting an all-day event at the FFA Enrichment Center (adjoining the Des Moines Area Community College), Ankeny, Iowa. On-site activities include:

  •  Featured speaker: Bill Chizek, safety director, Heartland Co-op, West Des Moines, IA
  •  Grain bin entrapment simulator
  •  Manure pit simulator
  •  Implement and driver safety
  •  Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) safe-handling procedures
  •  Grain dust explosion demonstration
  •  Auger safety demonstration

#AgChat on Twitter
Nationwide Agribusiness, along with our partners Farm Safety for Just Kids and NECAS, will host #AgChat on Twitter 7-9 p.m. CT, Tues., Feb 25. This moderated, online conversation will look at grain bin safety from different angles and generate insight from folks involved in the business of growing food, fuel, feed and fiber. Anyone with a Twitter account can participate. Go to Twubs.com/agchat to tweet during the chat. The site automatically enters the #agchat hashtag in every tweet and allows users to participate in real time.

Webinar – Grain Bin Safety
On Wed, Feb 25, Nationwide Agribusiness will host a free, live webinar on grain bin safety that’s open to everyone. Farmers and commercial grain handlers will gain valuable insight into the risks and hazards of grain bins, safe-work procedures, OSHA standards and more. Space is limited so reserve your spot now at http://nwagcompanyevents.fugent.com/home/events.asp.

Win Safety Equipment for your Local Fire Department
Nationwide Agribusiness and NECAS have partnered to provide grain entrapment rescue training and a bin rescue tube (valued at $2,600) to one nominated fire department or emergency rescue squad. The contest runs from Dec 15, 2013 to April 30, 2014. Completed nominations can be emailed to or mailed to: NECAS, Grain Bin Safety Contest, 8342 NICC Dr., Peosta, IA 52068. Official rules will be available online at .
After January 1, please visit (GrainBinSafetyWeek.com.) for more information, tools for the media and information to help people get the word out as well as participate.

 

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