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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.

Tags: D&M, Hartsock, Profit
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.

 

February 18, 2014

Agricultural education is crucial to meeting the demands of feeding the world, and one man, Earl Passwaters, understood that. He played a vital role in supporting young farmers and enabling them to become valuable members of the agricultural community.

The Earl H. Passwaters Agricultural Scholarship is now accepting applicants for 2014. If you know a deserving student looking to return to the farm after college, please encourage them to apply for this $1,000 endowed scholarship.

Earl H. Passwaters

Earl Passwaters enjoyed a successful, 26-year career as a salesman for Pioneer. He began as a family farmer in Delaware and had a passion for his family, agriculture and supporting young farmers. When Earl settled in to retirement, he discovered AgVenture and made the decision to form his own Regional Seed Company (RSC), East Coast Seed.

Through the customer-focused AgVenture approach, Earl found something he’d always been missing in his work: the ability to develop meaningful relationships with his clients. During this time, Earl worked with his clients’ children, as they were coming home to the family farm. Earl enjoyed connecting with them through his love of technology.

Earl passed away suddenly in 2011, but his belief in the value of education, and its role in staying on top of technology in agriculture, lives on through the Earl H. Passwaters Scholarship.

About the Scholarship

In 2013, the first annual Earl H. Passwaters Scholarship was awarded to Clayton Robison, an animal science student from Winfield, Iowa. The scholarship is founded on the continuation of Earl’s philosophy of “paying it forward,” and benefits one student pursuing an agricultural degree who has plans to live on a working farm. Applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate community involvement and submit an essay about why they chose a career in agriculture and the benefits of having a degree in the agriculture field.

Interested applicants may contact their AgVenture Regional Seed Company or the Newton County Community Foundation in Rensselaer, Indiana for more information. This year’s application deadline is March 14, 2014.

Get Involved

If, like Earl, you are passionate about supporting our young farmers, please consider a tax-deductible donation to the endowment fund.  Mail your check to:

Jasper Foundation, Inc.
C/O Earl Passwaters Scholarship
PO Box 295
Rensselaer, IN 47978

If you have any questions, please email farmscholarship@gmail.com Facebook, visit the MPS in Action Blog or Twitter.

February 14, 2014

KENTLAND, INDIANA (February 14, 2014) — An intensive crop profitability workshop was recently held in in Decatur, Indiana for customers of AgVenture McKillip Seeds. The program, called AgVenture University, featured Jerry Hartsock, Cutting Edge Consulting and Research of Geneso, Illinois. Hartsock, along with AgVenture McKillip Seeds personnel worked closely with the 30 attendees to define crop planting and management issues, and refine solutions that lead to greater profitability on every acre.

Participants were invited by AgVenture Yield Specialist Chad Ealing of Roanoke, Indiana. McKillip Seeds Sales and Marketing Manager, Mitch Snyder said, “This was a very successful meeting. Chad really is committed to supporting his customers. He determined a strong interest from his customers and delivered the expertise to them. It exemplifies how we are not just paying lip-service to our dedication to each customer’s profitability.”

Snyder explained how the company makes their Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) a priority. MPS is a systems-based approach to dramatically increasing yield, lowering cost per bushel and improving profitability. “In the workshop, we focused on how these MPS practices begin at planting and continue throughout the growing season. Our customers are breaking yield barriers, and that is worth making the time to learn more.”

The workshop keynote presenter, Jerry Hartsock focused on the limiting factors of growing a corn crop. He highlighted soil health, nitrogen management, herbicide safety, fungicide use and early harvest practices.

Ealing said, “Product life-cycles are very short as compared to five to ten years ago. Our customers have new technologies, new equipment and new methods available to them. We are committed to our customers’ profitability. That means we want to work with them throughout the year to help provide the latest information and practical application of tools that help them achieve higher yields, lower cost per bushel and greater profitability per acre. These workshops allow us to work together to focus those tactics.”

McKillip Seeds, the locally owned and operated regional seed company, has been in business based in Wabash, Indiana since 1934. This event is one of many they hold throughout the year to support their customers.

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 10, 2014

We were so happy to present a $500 donation to our local food pantry at Covenant Federated Church.

Peg Rhanor and her committee continuously work to serve those in need. We appreciate all their hard work. This week they were able to help 73 local families, a total of 264 people!!

If you are looking to support and make a donation, please remember your local food pantries!!

January 27, 2014

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

Newly released research shows that there is a positive shift emerging in the adoption of precision technologies that measure and manage field variability such as grid/zone soil sampling, remote sensing, and variable rate technology. Results from the 2013 Purdue University/CropLife Precision Agriculture Services Dealership Survey indicate increases in both adoption rates and projected growth in use of these precision tools. Precision Ag continues to become more useful to farmers across the country because it helps them:


* Place inputs exactly how, where and when needed – for optimal efficiency and improved cost management

* Establish an optimal crop environment – for higher yields and greater returns

* Optimize responses over space and time – for lower risks and greater financial stability

But there is very little value in data collection unless it drives a decision. Many technologies are helping us access greater volumes of information, but recent independent research shows that many farmers find it challenging to interpret data and apply results. You’re not alone. Talk with your AgVenture Yield Specialist.  They are there to help you find the answers, make a plan and execute it to achieve greater profitability on every acre. For more information on the Precision Ag Services Survey, see: www.agecon.purdue.edu/cab/ArticlesDatabase/articles/2013PrecisionAgSurvey.pdf.

 

January 2, 2014

KENTLAND, INDIANA (December 27, 2013) — Row crop farmers interested in improving yields and profitability braved the elements last week to attend the second annual East Coast Seed Ag Expo held December 10th at Dover Downs, Hotel and Casino at Dover, Delaware. East Coast Seed’s General Manager, Mark Davis said, “We were very pleased to have such great attendance in enthusiastic participation in our event. Nearly 150 producers from several surrounding states made their way through ice, sleet and snow to participate.”

The Expo event featured both indoor and outdoor vendor exhibits. More than 22 companies were present to share the latest in crop production techniques and innovations. Davis said, “It is very rewarding to get a group of customers together to share ideas, make connections and plan for progress for the crop year ahead.”

Attendees to the Expo learned more about AgVenture, Inc. with presentations from General Manager Dave Treinen and Business Development Director, Chuck Schneider. Intensive presentations were made by company and university experts on Palmer Amaranth management, seed treatments, soil health and seed traits. Certification credits were available to qualified professionals in attendance.

The following evening, the company held a second event in Pennsylvania at the Bird-In-Hand Family Restaurant. Customers were welcomed in for a meal and to meet and visit with AgVenture and East Coast Seed personnel.

Davis said, “We are so pleased to welcome so many great customers to each of these events. The Expo and this dinner each illustrate our mission. We are dedicated to our customers’ profitability. That means we make the time to bring them the best access to our AgVenture® brand seed products. These are locally adapted and specifically selected hybrids and varieties that are bred to perform in our growing environments. We provide year-round professional support, and our AgVenture Yield Specialists are in your fields not just at planting time, but throughout the growing season. We are committed to helping our customers set and achieve new yield goals and provide them the tools and techniques to make it happen.”
 

December 30, 2013

KENTLAND, INDIANA (December 27, 2013) — AgVenture East Coast Seed has continued to grow, and has now welcomed Chris Breeding of Greenwood, Delaware to their team to serve the region’s crop producers as an AgVenture Yield Specialist. Breeding will work directly with East Coast Seed customers, providing them with access to AgVenture® brand seed products and year-round professional seed support.

AgVenture East Coast Seed General Manager, Mark Davis said, “Chris is a solid agricultural professional. He has several years of experience in production agriculture and has a very strong background in soil health and soil management. Those skills will most definitely be of value to our customers.”

Davis said Breeding comes to them with some special qualifications. “Chris knows us from the inside out. At first, he started growing seed for us. As we have grown to know more about one another, we decided it was a great match. His skills and his shared passion for partnering with farmers to help them advance their goals will definitely benefit our customers.”

“I have great respect for East Coast Seed,” Breeding said. “It is truly unique to find a company that is so dedicated to their customer’s yields and profitability. We may be growing the same crops, but with improved techniques, tools and the right combinations of seed genetics and technologies, we have a huge opportunity to advance profitability. This is the team that can do it. Above all, I’d say the entire East Coast Seed team is trustworthy. I look forward to putting my experience to work, helping our customers improve their profitability on every acre.”

Breeding’s work history has a strong focus on practical production and soil fertilization and nutrient management. Most recently, Breeding worked for firm involved in fertilizer management and byproduct recycling. For five years, he worked for the Kent County Conservation District where he focused on writing nutrient management plans as a certified nutrient consultant. He was deeply involved in cost share programs, cover crops, equipment, and soil health and soil enhancements. For more than 7 years out of college, Breeding managed multiple operations at a fresh market fruit and vegetable farm near Houston, DE. He had broad experiences focusing on early crop establishment, greenhouse production, bedding and transplanting of vegetable crops, management of a registered Angus herd and interface with customers.
Chris is a graduate of Delaware Valley College where he studied crop production/horticulture.

Both Chris and his wife, Karen, are dedicated to agriculture. Karen is an ag teacher. The couple resides in Greenwood, Delaware.

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