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May 5, 2014

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

Southern Edition

Bigger corn yields require more nitrogen (N) and more N at the right time and place. If you are expecting bigger yields, you had better be planning on feeding the crop sufficient N to maximize yield potential. Let’s say a producer had always applied about 70/lbs N per acre and those fields regularly yielded 100-150 bushel per acre. But with only that much “food” for the crop, that is as high a yield as he can reach.  If he is expecting greater yields, he needs to adjust the N applied to maximize yield potential. Consider thinking about necessary additional N needed to reach your yield goal in terms of percentage rather than pounds. It helps illustrate the additional need to feed the crop. (graphic, Iowa State University)

May 1, 2014

Research and grower observations have shown that response to soybean seed treatments depends on early growing season conditions. Early planting, reduced/no-till practices, compacted soils and cool, wet weather conditions increase seedling disease and insect risks due to slower emergence and early plant development. Soybean seed treatments are often used to reduce these risks.

There are several potential advantages to treating soybean seed:

·         Improved seedling emergence and stand establishment

·         Enhanced early plant vigor and root development

·         Reduced feeding of over-wintering bean leaf beetles

·         Suppressed soybean aphid early in the season

·         Managing the risk of replant

·         Helping to maximize yield potential

Contact your AgVenture or your local Regional Seed Company to discuss our excellent Soybean seed treatment.

April 29, 2014

ESSEX, MISSOURI/KENTLAND, INDIANA (April 28, 2014) — Mayberry Seed Co. last week hosted an intensive two-day workshop for AgVenture Yield Specialists and interns from six states. Matt Mayberry, Vice President of Mayberry Seed Co. said, “This was a demanding, practical, and focused set of sessions that provided each participant with a set of fine-tuned tools to put to work on their customer’s farms.”

Mayberry noted that the participants focused on some of the core tenets of the Maximum Profit System™ (MPS), an innovative approach to helping growers dramatically increase yields, lower cost per bushel and advance profitability. He added, “MPS provides growers with an innovative set of tools and techniques to apply in their field operations. It is critical that each AYS has the latest information available to them. It assures that we provide our customers the right seed products for the environment, and the competent, year-round support needed to achieve those goals.”

Leading agronomy technical sessions was Jerry Hartsock of Cutting Edge Consulting and Research, Geneseo, Illinois. Hartsock conducted sessions on planting perfection, both from the classroom and from directly at the planter. “Planting with impeccable standards results in improved yields and healthy crops. But it requires planning, precision, measurement, accuracy and tenacity. Our AgVenture Yield Specialists and Interns reviewed the tactics that help each of our customers improve profitability. Planting is such a crucial time for the entire year ahead. Adjustments in planting speed even just one to two miles per hour can impact yield by twenty bushels per acre. Our people are highly trained and ready to be effective in the field.”

Workshop participants also focused on germination, seed purity, fertility and early season management of emerging crops. Hartsock added, “By carefully combining exceptional seed quality with superior crop management through MPS, we have a definite and positive impact in the field. Proper management of those young plant stands allows them to best meet their maximum profit potential.”

AgVenture, Inc. Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Jim Groepper said, “This is just one of dozens of educational programs our team members participate in throughout the year. We don’t just talk about being ready to support our customers in the field. We are committed to providing them with prepared professionals who can help them achieve higher goals in yields and profitability. Keeping our team members sharp and up to date on the latest tools, technologies and tactics allows us to deliver on that promise.”

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 farmer realize more profit from every field.

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April 28, 2014

KENTLAND, INDIANA (April 25, 2014) — Success in the field has resulted in further growth for AgVenture of Nebraska (AVN). The independently owned and operated regional seed company, based at Minden, NE has welcomed a new hire, Jennah (Raffaeli) Henninger, to serve customers as AVN Account Specialist.
AVN Partner, Ryan Gannon said, “It is exciting and rewarding to see this company grow. The success is a direct result of the combination of our products and our committed support to each customer throughout the year. It is an approach that is proving itself in profitability for our customers in Nebraska, north central Kansas and in eastern Colorado.

Henninger’s new role will involve direct support services to customers. Gannon said, “We want to assure that each customer has the dedicated support they need. Jennah has extensive, practical experience and knowledge of what it takes to manage proficiently in farming. She knows the region and the producers, the production practices and what it takes to get things done well. We’re very pleased to have her working with our customers.”

Henninger, a Colorado native, has a wealth of experience as an ag business owner and operator. She has spent the past several years as owner, operator, sales manager and operations management of irrigation and grain management systems. She said, “AVN is a remarkable group of people dedicated to working with their customers to improve their profitability. I am so pleased to work with them. Their passion for their customers is true and the results prove their success in delivering to each customer. I look forward to amplifying that unique AVN customer relationship.”

She added, “This company stands behind their customers and is directly accountable to make sure it happens. Each AVN employee is involved, hard-working, and committed to their customers’ success. That is something very worthwhile and rare in today’s business environment. I am very proud to work equally hard for each of our customers.”

Gannon concluded, “Jennah truly understands the nature of our large farms and what it takes to manage them effectively. She knows the business right down to the finest details. Our customers need efficiency. Jennah will help deliver at the highest level, making our products and our AYS support work harder for every customer.”
Henninger has two sons. She and her husband live at Grand Island and farm nearby.

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 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.

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