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October 17, 2013

A century since ground was first broken — 100 harvests and four generations later — brothers Wayne and J.D. Dulaney run a tight operation at Gen 4 Farms, Clarksdale, Miss. “My family came in as loggers in 1913 clearing the land and started farming as they cleared it,” says J.D.

On Oct. 8, harvesting in its 100th anniversary year, Gen 4 and the Dulaney crew were running combines and cutting beans.

“We had 2,400 acres of soybeans, all AgVenture varieties, and the cool summer really helped the crop. There’s definitely a difference in planting dates. We had a four-day planting period in April and those beans are phenomenal — 80 and 90 bushel yields. Then we planted a month later, maybe May 26, and those beans are still cutting well at about 65 bushels per acre,” says Wayne.

Wayne handles the agronomics and marketing on 3,800 acres, while J.D. runs the fieldwork and maintenance across the farm. “Wayne is actually a better mechanic than I am. I was always on the equipment doing the fieldwork and Wayne was the one doing all the fixing and keeping us going. Daddy needed someone to help with the maintenance side, and I was a lot better operator than Wayne — that’s kind of how it got split … I harvest, plant, run the sprayer and take care of day-to-day operations on the farm.”

J.D. thrives in his labor-intensive role: “This is the only place I’ve ever lived and the only place I’ve ever worked. It’s not been all peaches and cream — but it’s been exciting. I tell everybody I’ve got working for me, I don’t ask them to do anything I won’t do myself, haven’t done myself, or can’t do myself. I get a lot of respect by being that way from the guys. When it’s 100 degrees out here, hell, I’m the first one to walk the poly-lines or fix them. The nastier the job, the faster I get on it. It doesn’t bother me, the job has to get done.”

Ironically, despite soybean harvest, rice is by far J.D.’s crop of choice. J.D., 37, grew up walking rice levees and pulling aluminum irrigation pipe. Gen 4 has 900 acres of rice in 2013 and J.D. expects 1,400 acres in 2014. “A lot of people are going to be looking at rice this coming year. There are people I know that are going to be growing rice that haven’t grown rice in 15 years.”

• What is one of the biggest problems for J.D. in day-to-day operations?

Fuel costs. Gen 4 burns anywhere from seven to nine transport loads of fuel each year. With each irrigation well using approximately 100 gallons of diesel per day, the costs are always mounting.

• Hog problems at Gen 4?

Not consistently; coyotes are worse for the Dulaneys. “We don’t have any resident hogs; they move in and move out. Coyotes give us more of a problem than hogs. They bite holes in the polypipe and it doesn’t matter if it’s inflated or not.”

J.D. normally kills about 10 coyotes each year; and has already shot and killed three from the combine this harvest season. “I don’t think they are after water. I think they are looking for something to play with because we didn’t have as big a problem when the polypipe was blue. They like the white pipe more than anything else. Back when we were landforming we used to flag the fields and put a flag down every 100 feet so we’d have a point to survey from. We’d put down pink and white flags; the white flags would disappear two to three weeks before the pink ones. We’d find the flag 30 or 40 feet over with bite holes in it.”

• What’s the makeup of a good farmer?

“Someone who pays attention to detail and who is not scared to get out there and get with it. When it’s time to go, it’s time to go; the social aspect goes on the sideline. That’s where I see a lot of people getting in trouble and trying to ‘keep up with the Joneses.’ You’ve got to stay with it and work; plain and simple.”

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October 3, 2013

October 2, 2013 Submitted by Greg Finkel, Lead Yield Specialist - AgVenture Spangler, Wisconsin

95 Day Leafy Silage Corn, planted first week in June.

Yielding 30.5 tons per acre at 28,000 plants per acre.

If you have questions, please contact your local Regional Seed Company or leave us a comment here on our blog.

 

October 2, 2013

From AgVenture's Seeds for Success Agronomy Update, October 2013

AgVenture encourages growers to make the most of your crop. Harvesting early can help minimize harvest losses. This year, many producers who have implemented AgVenture recommendations on in-field management have noticed the positive difference in their early corn yields. Great kernel depth is reported to be contributing to some great yields across the region. The chart provided shows grain yield vs. kernel per bushel.

September 30, 2013

KENTLAND, INDIANA (September 25, 2013) — A unique, new independent seed company, AgVenture GroMor, LLC, has opened its doors. With a headquarters office and warehouse located west of Ames, Iowa, AgVenture GroMor will provide AgVenture® brand seed products and year-round professional seed support to growers across Central Iowa.

Patty Groepper, Regional Seed Company Owner and GroMor, LLC President said, “AgVenture GroMor is dedicated to our customers’ profitability. We are in business to be the leading agriculture crop solutions company in central Iowa, and the number one company with the farmers we serve. As an independently owned and operated business, we have both the tenacity and flexibility to achieve those goals.”

AgVenture GroMor’s Merlin Bowers serves as Chief Operational and Finance Manager. Bowers added, “This is a unique seed company. AgVenture GroMor strives to improve farmers’ lives by optimizing every acre with customized cropping plans, seed, and technology solutions to improve farm profits.” He added that their commitment to each customer’s profitability is delivered in both products and services. “We provide our customers with leading traits and seed genetics that are specifically selected and adapted to Central Iowa. Our team works with customers to develop and deliver cutting-edge crop planning. They follow through with in-season crop management advice to help maximize profits.”

Bowers explained, “Our process is purposefully a bottom up rather than a top down organization. We are proud to be an independent company with corporate partners as a support group. The value of the AgVenture nationwide network is really important to us. It gives us incomparable access to products that provide exceptional, consistent performance in Central Iowa. It allows us access to constant learning and effective management techniques for our products in the field. Our intention is to not only get to know our customer’s needs, but to help them set and reach new goals for their operation’s profitability.”

The AgVenture GroMor team currently consists of four seed professionals. Sales and Marketing Manager, Royce Rottinghaus says he is proud to lead a dedicated team that provides year-round and year-after-year focus to each customer. “Our AgVenture Yield Specialists are highly prepared and fully engaged in their customers’ success. They don’t give up on the crop. They follow through. They are in the fields and go the distance to assure every step is taken to help our customers achieve greater profitability.”

Key to their ability to deliver on that promise is the Maximum Profit System™ (MPS), an innovative, systems-based program that helps growers dramatically increase yields, lower cost per bushel and improve overall farm profitability. Bowers said, “MPS brings together the best and latest converging technologies, including seed genetics and traits. In addition to our strong, carefully selected and locally adapted product lineup, we bring our customers tools, ideas, and a professional support and resource team to aid in the many challenges that farming and Mother Nature bring to agriculture.”

Bowers said, “Farmers across Central Iowa have a huge opportunity to capture more profitability through growing higher yields, supporting their land’s needs, and fine-tuning their production practices. AgVenture GroMor is here to see that through, and make it a reality for our customers.”

September 25, 2013

KENTLAND, INDIANA (September 25, 2013) — Wehmeyer Seed Company has just completed an intensive expansion and renovation of their Mascoutah, Illinois facilities. Nearly doubling seed plant capacity to over 1,000,000 bushels, the wheat and soybean seed handling facilities are now among the nation’s most modern and technologically advanced.

Dale Wehmeyer is Owner of the independently owned and operated regional seed company. He said the investment in the facilities makes the company best prepared to provide a growing number of customers with seed handled with meticulous care, and with precise application and distribution of seed treatment products.

Wehmeyer said, “The plant was designed to handle the seed gently from start to finish. All the seed is transferred between equipment with vibrators and horizontal cup elevators. Our focus is to keep the product in a high quality condition from start to finish. The new air screen machine, color sorters, and gravity tables do a superb job of the cleaning process, and enhance the quality of the seed coming from our facility.”

He noted, “With the seed industry’s strong focus on precise seed count, the new Opti-Count scanner will please customers. It will automatically check seed size on a continuous basis to ensure proper packaging, labeling, and seed treatment application.” He added that as the industry changes from ounces per hundredweight to milligrams per seed treatment rates, the cutting-edge Gustafson seed treater connects with the scanner for exact treatment applications for any size seed. “It assures that we are never under applying, never over applying – but providing optimal protection at exact rates for the producer who is purchasing the seed.”

“We’ve always built our business around doing an honest, professional job,” Wehmeyer said. “We put a high quality seed product in the bag, and as a result, develop a special relationship with our customers. We have continued to grow. We realized it was time to expand our capacity, and the same time, update to state-of-the art equipment. Our updates and upgrades make our plant safer for our employees, and take the quality of our seed products to a higher level. Together, this allows us to grow for our customers’ benefit well into the future.”

The renovated facilities include a new Cimbria Delta air screen machine, Satake Evolution color sorters, 2 matched Oliver Maxi-Cap gravity tables, an LMC resort gravity table, Annex easy dump grain legs, Gustafson GLCPS seed treater, Opticount scanner, programmable samplers, sensor switches, touch-screen controls, and a host of system checks, monitors and shut-offs to assure accuracy throughout the entire seed handling process.

Wehmeyer Seed Company joined AgVenture’s nationwide network of independently owned and operated Regional Seed Companies in 2007. Wehmeyer said, “Joining AgVenture has contributed to our ability to grow and advance. We are able to access seed genetics and technologies that are specifically adapted to central and southern Illinois growing environments. Our AgVenture Yield Specialists work year-round in the field, and year-to-year to provide planning and production support. Together, those factors have greatly contributed to our growth and our customers’ profitability.”

AgVenture Business Development Manager, Chuck Schneider notes, “We are very proud to recognize Wehmeyer Seed Company’s progressive commitment to the precision and accuracy that directly impact their customers’ bottom line. This state-of-the-art transformation will benefit their customers for years to come.”

September 24, 2013

Submitted by Jerry Hartsock of Cutting Edge Consulting and Research, September 24, 2013

If you expect corn to field dry down to 15.5% moisture and then harvest, it is highly recommended to monitor/prioritize fields for harvest as some may become very frail or fragile by then.  Early wet conditions followed by dry late growing season conditions can lead to plants cannibalizing their lower stalks and roots to feed the ear.  Weak ear shanks also can be another symptom as well.

Digging up plants to examine root systems and doing the "BEND" test on 10-20 standing corn plants can yield much needed information on the condition of the plants integrity.  Pinching lower stalks can also give you insight on which fields may need to be harvested earliest.

Fields with better drainage, well fed and had foliar fungicide applied will tend to yield higher and be more structurally sound at harvest.  Fields following soybeans may also have better late season integrity than those continuous corn.

Keep in mind the HIGHEST yield occurs at a black layer (32-35% grain moisture).  As corn field drys we lose significant bushels/acre (20-30) due to phantom yield losses.  Combining high moisture corn at 25-30% delivers the highest yields and usually the highest returns on profit.  On farm drying can usually be completed by about 1/3 of the cost of taking corn to town and paying their drying/shrinkage charges.

Consider harvesting those fields first/early that are ear marked for corn again next year to get an advantage of residue breakdown via early tillage.  Vertical tillage immediately following the combine in September/October takes advantage of faster breakdown due to increased microbial activity.

Be safe and reap the joys of Harvest!

Jerry

For more information contact your local Regional Seed Company, or contact us at AgVenture@AgVenture.com.

 

September 20, 2013

Chris talks about his experiences with AgVenture.  For more information about internship opportunities with AgVenture visit www.agventure.com/contact-us/careers.

September 13, 2013

Blake talks about his internship with AgVenture.  For more information about internship opportunities with AgVenture visit www.agventure.com/contact-us/careers.

September 12, 2013

KENTLAND, INDIANA (September 9, 2013) Strong and steady growth has prompted AgVenture D&M to expand their sales force. Drew Hewitt of Urbana, Illinois has joined the company’s growing team and will serve customers across east central Illinois as their AgVenture Yield Specialist.

AgVenture D&M Sales Manager, Brian Maxwell reports, “Our customers appreciate the exceptional access we bring them – access to top-quality, locally adapted seed products, and year-round access to our team of crop production professionals. We are proud to expand our team of highly trained AgVenture Yield Specialists (AYS). Drew is highly motivated and very focused on being an essential resource to his customers. We’re confident that the passion and skills he brings to the job will directly support his customers’ efforts in improving profitability on every acre.”

Originally from Oakwood, Illinois, Hewitt most recently worked in agricultural retail sales. “I am ready to focus on my customers’ individual needs. AgVenture D&M doesn’t push products. They truly are an ally, a resource, a partner in helping every customer maximize their profitability potential. I am eager to focus on working with individual customers and putting our products and our programs to work in this area.”

Maxwell says a key element driving their growth and demand for new AYS personnel is the success of the Maximum Profit System™ (MPS), a systems-based approach to dramatically increasing yields, lowering cost per bushel and achieving higher profitability. “MPS is a phenomenal program. It provides tools and techniques to manage better, work with your crop right through harvest, and to improve profitability potential. We all know that you can’t do the same thing and expect different results. Managing with MPS is a long-term approach that is effective at reaching new goals.”

Preparation makes the team. Maxwell noted, “Our AYS team is constantly engage in education, intensive learning and practical methods that make them effective in supporting their customers. It has a profound and positive impact across our territory.” Hewitt added, “I already have a deep respect and appreciation for the support provided to us. AgVenture D&M wants to assure that we are ready to bring the best to the customer. This network of support makes it possible.”

Hewitt holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University in Plant and Soil Science. He and his wife, Jessica, reside at Urbana, Illinois.

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.

September 3, 2013

From AgVenture's Seeds for Success Agronomy Update, September 2013

Crop stress from drought, especially during pollination and ear maturation, may create ideal conditions for development of mycotoxins. Fumonisins, such as Fusarium ear rot appears as a white, pink or salmon colored mold on ears. Infected kernels are tan or brown with white streaks. Aflatoxin infection (Aspergillus flavus) can occur in standing corn, especially with temperatures in the 80-100 degree F range and relative humidity at or above 85 percent.

Look for greenish-yellow to yellowish-brown and felt-like powdery mold growth on or between kernels on the ear, especially on insect damaged kernels or ears. Aflatoxin levels are regulated by the FDA at 20 ppb in food and feed, and 0.5 ppb in milk. Use extreme caution in grain used for animal feed. Crop insurance adjustments may be possible if made before harvesting. See: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Grain/Topics/MycotoxinsintheGrainMarket.htm.

If you have questions, please contact your local AgVenture Regional Seed Company.  We will be happy to help you.

 

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