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Get to Know Matthew Paul, AgVenture’s new GM

Matthew Paul recently joined the AgVenture family, taking over the role of general manager. We sat down with him to talk about his background and what he’s looking forward to most about working with AgVenture.

Hey Matthew, welcome to the team! Before joining AgVenture, what was your career background? 

“Starting the Late Summer Pickup”

Around the Farm

We’ve just been doing work work, work, work lately. At this point, it’s just the late summer pickup, and we’re cleaning things up before fall starts. Of course we’re also taking care of the cows and getting the combine ready. We’re trying to sell about 40 head of cattle. Eat more beef, because we need the cattle market to go up.

Planting Temperatures

From Seeds for Success, Agronomy Update - April 2015

Planting time is the most critical time of the year for establishing your yield prospects to maximize profit. AgVenture urges growers to plant into an ideal seedbed – and that includes the temperature. Monitor and record soil temperature to plant into a seed bed at a minimum of 50 degrees F. At that level, emergence requires about 21 days to emergence. Soil temperatures of 70 degrees will allow emergence within as few as seven days.

Note soil temperature:

AgVenture D&M welcomes AgVenture Yield Specialist Colt Halloran

KENTLAND, IN (March 31, 2015) – AgVenture D&M, based at Kentland, Indiana has further fortified its team of dedicated seed professionals. Colt Halloran of Savoy, Illinois has joined the company and will be working one-on-one with farmers throughout east central Illinois as an AgVenture Yield Specialist.

Comeback Corn—Harvest is Beginning on Replant Crops

Today’s the day—we’re getting the combine ready to start cutting corn and beans. We just got our chopping done on about 50 acres of corn silage for our cattle, and we're ready to start harvesting the rest.

In my neighborhood, I'm probably a little bit behind some of these guys, but beans don't take very long to cut once you start going (if you don't have any trouble). You're taking such a wide swath, and there's just not near as much product compared to corn. There’s about a third less grain to haul to the bins, so our soybeans will be short, hopefully.

Halfway Through Harvest in Nebraska

September 20th was the day we started rolling on harvest, which is just a little later than usual. But we're getting close to being halfway done now, and we’re doing well. Our beans are wrapped up and we're working our way through the corn. And our yields are looking good so far. Our beans, for the most part are looking just a little better than anticipated.

“The Best Crop We’ve Seen”

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.

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