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August 30, 2013

 

KENTLAND, INDIANA (August 30, 2013) — AgVenture D&M continues to grow. The company has today announced hiring Matt Davis of New Berlin, Illinois to serve area farmers as an AgVenture Yield Specialist. Davis will provide production and profitability support to growers in West Central Illinois.

AgVenture D&M Sales and Marketing Manager, Brian Maxwell said, “Matt brings our customers a strong, practical understanding of profitability as it impacts a customer’s operation. He has a strong background in serving farm customers. His professional experience and strong work ethic will serve our customers well.”

For the past five years, Davis has worked as a financial representative providing insurance and financial planning support to customers. For nearly nine years prior to that, he worked in retail management.

Davis said, “Working with farmers and helping them improve their profitability is core to who I am and what I do. I am very pleased to work for AgVenture D&M. They have the ultimate combination of top-quality seed products, outstanding in-field, year-round professional seed support and custom-developed programs and strategies for each customer. I’m proud to work for my customers and with a company that is 100% dedicated to each customer’s profitability.”

Maxwell noted, “Our Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) is a systems-based approach to helping customers dramatically improve yield, lower cost per bushel and greatly improve overall profitability on every acre. With specific and timely practical production tools and techniques and year-round support, we work together with our customers to help them get the most out of their seed purchase. MPS has already had a very positive impact on many Western Illinois farms. With Matt’s support, we look for more customers to advance toward, reach and even surpass the 300-bushel per acre goal.”

Davis is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Ag Science and an Agronomy emphasis. He is a native of Smithshire, Illinois. Currently, he resides in New Berlin with his wife and three young children.

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.
 

August 26, 2013

KENTLAND, INDIANA (August 22, 2013) — Wabash, Indiana-based AgVenture McKillip Seeds has hired Chad Ealing of Roanoke, Indiana to serve farmers across east central Indiana and western Ohio as an AgVenture Yield Specialist.
AgVenture McKillip Seeds Sales and Marketing Manager, Mitch Snyder said, “We’re a very pleased to bring Chad on as an AgVenture Yield Specialist. Actually, our family business, McKillip Seeds was a customer of Chad’s in his previous role. His experience during his 13 year career has been built on service, education and competent delivery of products and services to his customers. He brings integrity and a hard work ethic to the table. We look for him to be a solid asset to every customer – helping them achieve greater profitability on every acre.”

Ealing has worked together with many area farmers over the past four years with another regional family owned and operated business. He worked out of Fort Wayne for a truck and rail scale business. Prior to that, he spent nearly ten years working in various roles advancing his sales and proficiency skills.

He said, “AgVenture McKillip Seeds is a perfect fit for me – allowing me to work closely and throughout the year with my customers. Maximizing yield has so many components. I look forward to putting our Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) to work for my customers.” MPS is an intensive, systems-based approach to dramatically increasing yield, lowering cost per bushel and helping growers maximize yield on every acre. “MPS provides our customers with practical tools and unique approaches to managing the crop for maximum performance.”
Ealing concluded, “I see the passion this family business has for their customers and for doing things right. I am committed to bringing value to McKillip Seeds and to every customer.”

Ealing grew up near Ossian, Indiana and attended Norwell High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business management from University of Phoenix. He currently resides at Roanoke, Indiana with his wife, Brooke, and their young son.

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.

August 20, 2013

Submitted by Robert Corzatt of Harvest Max Partners, August 19, 2013

We spent the day with with one of our growers digging several root pits to see how root systems were doing with the very dry weather in SD. Very interesting what we found... Overall we found very good moisture at 24 to 30 inch depth.  The issue was tight soils along with higher magnesium levels really caused issues. As you can see in this picture, soils were very compacted making it difficult for roots to penetrate.


AgVenture Scherr's Seed team evaluating root systems below ground as well as the effects of different effects of tillage and soil amendments like ag lime on overall soil structure.

August 19, 2013

KENTLAND, INDIANA (August 15, 2013) — Noted crop consultant, columnist and internationally recognized weed scientist Dr. Ford Baldwin will address Indiana farmers attending McKillip Seeds’ upcoming field day to be held Friday, August 23rd at the facilities northwest of Wabash, Indiana. Customers of this family owned and operated regional seed company will participate in a variety of educational programs and plot tours during this annual event.

McKillip Seeds President, Mike McKillip said, “We are pleased to welcome our customers to this Field Day and educational event. We are providing three specific sessions. We’ll focus one session on the latest in corn production and new hybrids, one on profitable soybean strategies and a third session on our Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) and weed strategies.”

He added, “MPS is an intensive, systems-based approach to dramatically increasing yield, lowering cost per bushel and maximizing profitability on every acre. This year, we’ve brought in an expert to help us learn more about integrating key weed management strategies into our MPS plans. The object is to stay ahead of the weeds that compete with our crops and reduce yields. It’s become a challenging and time-consuming task to stay ahead of weeds, especially some of those newer to the scene such as Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp. We want our customers to be best prepared to make effective decisions in weed management.”

McKillip Seeds Sales and Marketing Manager, Mitch Snyder said, “Our customers will be encouraged to interact with the AgVenture Yield Specialists and product team members on hand to discuss crop progress, harvest options and planting plans for this fall and next spring. Private Applicator Recertification Program credits will be made available to qualified attendees for a small fee.”

Activities begin at 8 am and continue through the day. Plot tours, drawings and prizes, additional recreational activities and a meal will also be available as the event continues throughout the day.

Mike McKillip concluded, “AgVenture McKillip Seeds has been in business since 1934. This annual Field Day is part of the fabric of our community of customers – many of whom have been with us for several generations, and many others who are new to us. Every one of our customers is important. We continue to work hard to provide them with access to our AgVenture products, our dedicated team of seed professionals, and our commitment to help each customer improve profitability on every acre.”

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.

August 13, 2013

KENTLAND, INDIANA (August 12, 2013) — Kentland, Indiana-based AgVenture D&M will celebrate AgVenture’s thirty year anniversary at their Field Day to be held August 23rd at the offices and warehouse located on the west edge of Kentland. The locally owned and independently operated regional seed company has grown from an innovative idea to an exceptional seed resource for farmers across northwest Indiana, central and southern Illinois, and Kentucky and Tennessee.

AgVenture D&M Owner, Mike Davis said, “It gives us great pleasure to celebrate this anniversary with our customers. Really, this landmark is about them. We are and remain committed to our customer’s success. We do that one field at a time, with close attention to the seed products selected for a specific growing environment. We support our customers in managing the crop throughout the growing season with the latest tools and techniques that help advance profitability on every acre.”

Davis brings unique perspective to the 30 year anniversary celebration. He was one of the original founders of AgVenture, Inc., also based in Kentland. Davis said, “It is an exciting point to look back at the early days when we came up with the concept – forming the nation’s largest network of independently owned and operated regional seed companies, and leading the charge by establishing AgVenture D&M as the flagship entity.”

Since the early days, AgVenture D&M has continued to grow. Davis attributes their success to commitment. “Our customers count on having access to the latest seed genetics and technologies that are selected specifically to perform locally. Better planning, high quality standards, and effective follow-through make advancements in yields possible. That’s our commitment. We’ll keep delivering on those tenets for the next thirty years and beyond. We look forward to celebrating together.”

The Field Day will feature plot tours north of the offices and warehouse located at 402 Wilson St., Kentland, Indiana. AgVenture Yield Specialists will share educational resources and plot information with participants. Jerry Hartsock of Cutting Edge Consulting and Research Services, Geneseo, Illinois will make a presentation to customers on the latest agronomic tools and techniques that are positively impacting yields across the region. A steak dinner will be provided.

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.
 

August 12, 2013

JEFFERSON, WISCONSIN/KENTLAND, INDIANA (August 9, 2013) — Nearly 150 area farmers are expected to participate in AgVenture Spangler Seed’s Centennial Field Day to be held at the home office in Jefferson, Wisconsin on August 15th. This locally owned and independently operated regional seed company will be celebrating 100 years of progress in the seed business. Present to lead the festivities will be second and third generation Spangler family members, John Spangler, President of AgVenture Spangler Seed and Jeff Spangler, Vice President of the operation.

John Spangler said, “We are a family owned and operated business that for a century has contributed to the improved yields, profitability and progress of Wisconsin’s farm families. I am proud to share and celebrate this important milestone with our customers, without whom this would not be possible. We are committed to our customer’s success today and into the future.”

Jeff Spangler credits the company’s close relationships to their customers and knowledge of the Wisconsin growing environments to their longevity and success. “We put our knowledge of local soils, growing conditions and agronomic practices to work for our customers throughout the year and year after year. Our close association with our growers and knowledge of their fields allows us to provide a unique level of professional support to each operation.”

Festivities begin at 3pm for invited guests. AgVenture Spangler Director of Customer Relations, Matthew Eske said, “Our customers will participate in educational plot tours and updates from AgVenture Yield Specialists. In addition, the program will include a presentation from Dr. Tim Maloney from Agri-Tech Consulting, Whitewater, Wisconsin. Dr. Maloney will present an insightful presentation on the rapid changes the agriculture industry has faced and what the future may hold.”

A pig roast, music, entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

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.

August 6, 2013

CLARKSDALE, MS / KENTLAND, IN (August 5, 2013) – Intensive learning, focused discussions and a firm enthusiasm for maximizing corn and soybean yields were the results experienced by nearly 150 Mid-South farmers attending AgVenture Mid-South Summer Profit Workshop held recently in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The fourth annual event engaged growers from Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas in fellowship, education and field tours.

AgVenture Mid-South Owner, Terry Dulaney said, “This was a very special event for us. It brought together a great group of some of the region’s leading corn and soybean producers. We all had the opportunity to bring some focus to our seed products, and to how through applying the latest production and management techniques throughout the year, these customers are dramatically improving yield and profitability.”

Attendees heard from AgVenture Yield Specialist and consulting agronomists about the latest production maximization techniques. Workshop breakout groups allowed customers to interact and ask specific questions on the topics presented including Plant Nutrition and Fertility, Maximum Yield Corn and Maximum Yield Soybean production.

Charlie Robinette, AgVenture Mid-South General Manager said. “We had many customers comment on the value of the agronomic information shared. They appreciated the opportunity to hear about these tools and techniques, and then to see results in action in the plots and in their own fields. We work hard to unite effective science and practical production techniques on every farm. Putting those principles to work advances every customer’s profitability potential.”

Many of the event’s attendees participate in AgVenture Mid-South’s Maximum Profit System™ and ProfiZone™ programs. Robinette said, “These customers have committed to a year-round, systems-based approach to dramatically improving yield, lowering cost per bushel and advancing overall profitability. Their results are impressive. We’ve had several break the 300 bushel per acre corn barrier last year, and more approaching that milestone this year. They do a great job of using these tools and techniques, and we committed to their continued success.”

The event also allowed the group to mark an important milestone, 100 years of Delta Agriculture for the Dulaney Family. Terry Dulaney noted, “I’m proud to have members of the third and fourth generations of our family farm here celebrating with you all. 2013 marks 100 years since Temple (TW) and Sim Dulaney settled in this area and started a century of dedicated service to Mid-South Agriculture and its people. We will continue to bring our customers quality, trust and relationships that help them succeed.”

August 2, 2013

From AgVenture's Agronomy Updates, August 2013

Those extra steps and planting time are paying off. Around the country, AgVenture Yield Specialists and Product and Technology team members report that crops are thriving where growers took the time to plant carefully and methodically this spring. AgVenture’s Louis Sutton said, “Those nit-picky details can be frustrating at planting when we are geared to quickly get the seed in the ground. But this year has provided some outstanding examples of how AgVenture’s planting tools and techniques can optimize the crop’s potential to thrive in most any environment.”

With crops across the country experiencing the gamut of conditions - from drought, to ideal, to cool and damp conditions, Sutton notes that even plant spacing, planting depth and seed placement work together to provide each seed with more consistent access to sunlight and soil nutrients. “Even stands promote ideal silking and pollination environments. You can see a remarkable difference in these fields. Carefully planted fields are faring better even where growing conditions are challenging. It’s gratifying to see the results thus far as we approach harvest.”

July 29, 2013

Submitted by John Polasini of AgVenture Mid-South, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Hello, hello!

I would assume everyone has heard rumors of corn harvest. It's not a rumor as a select few have begun in my area. (Louisiana to Clevaland, MS  and Mahgee, AR to Indianola, MS). The moisture has ranged from 42 to 29. Yes sir. Needless to say the propane is lit. I don't recommend anything above 28. I can get you in touch with people trying higher. You make the call.

Corn:

I am seeing some worms near the end of ears. It's late summer. Gonna happen I am seeing some fields where we ran out of nitrogen. Hence, me pleading my case of back loading some applications.

The most asked question:  why did we not fill the entire ear?  STRESS. My opinion is stress. I have a few isolated farmers that used two shots of a fungicide and the ears filled to the tip. One application was applied at V-4 to V-6 and we applied another during tassle. Pretty neat deal. Last year it did not show results like this year so I didn't push the issue. I failed. I became a Money Saver instead of your Money Maker. It will not happen too often but I wish I coulda, woulda, shoulda!  DANG!

The milk is spent, move on. I still suspect a decent harvest.

Beans:

Starting to pick up numbers of insects. Hot spots of stink bugs and boll worms. I haven't seen that many loopers. I do recommend a fungicide!  I do, I do!  The weather is humid, hot, water running and the crop is AWESOME!  Spray the thing!  I also recommend trying a blend of foliar fertilizer 3-18-18. I can only recommend trying this. You will not be disappointed. Give me a call and I will explain.

The next couple of weeks I will be seeing you at harvest. I want to evaluate our bushels per acre. I have a plan to determine some things and make us more bushels next fall. I am super excited about the challenge as it will be educational and fun. Yes, I am starting to put together the famous snack bags and one other treat as harvest is on us and I can say!!!!  "YOU DID IT!!!!"

The past week was fun, I traveled a lot of area and see corn days away from black layer in my sleep!

I appreciate your business and thanks for allowing me to work with you on your farms.  As this is and gone be;

What's left of John...

July 22, 2013

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