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May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013 - Submitted by the AgVenture Product Team

Those who planted only to have unseasonal cool temperatures and/or flooding, ponding or crusting may find this table a good reference.

Contact your local Regional Seed Company or your AgVenture Yield Specialist for any questions you might have!

May 3, 2013

May 3, 2013 - Submitted by the AgVenture Agronomy Team

With a delay in the planting season in most of our areas, it’s important to keep your patience and stay the course for raising an exceptional corn and soybean crop.  It's all about EAR and POD count regardless of the calendar or " price per bushel".

The number # 1 priority is proper soil conditions.

Regardless of what the weather does, we need to do the right things.

  • Planter speed is critical – be sure to talk with your AYS to ensure you know the proper speed that will result in less unit bounce, more accurate depth control and better plant spacing.
  • Pay attention to fall or early spring applied Nitrogen in your area with high rainfall this spring.  Don't just guess - use the testing tools available and consult with your AYS.
  • We have to meet the corn’s needs at critical stages- V4/5, VT/grain fill.
  • Don't let a few units of needed nitrogen cost you 20 to 30 bushels at harvest.
  • Watch for soil compaction with NH3 application, applying 28% or 32% with chemicals or spring tillage is designed to set up the planter.

Remember, it’s how the crop is planted, not when the crop is planted that matters.

May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013 - Submitted by the AgVenture Agronomy Team

Traveling across I-80 from Des Moines to Chicago, things they are happening!

Some planting and tillage started and several farmers out burning off fields but what about that 'GREEN TRASH'??

A lot of cover on bean stubble fields that will be going back to corn. Some will be no till, minimum  etc... In other words they won't see much tillage or get a chance for the green trash to dry out before the planter hits them. This will want to bunch up in no till or if a finishing tool runs over it will want to "ball up" and "drag".

A couple of suggestions would be to hit it with a herbicide ahead of time to quickly "burn" and "dry" it out quicker. Another for less green trash areas, is vertical tillage, then plant and spray with a herbicide.

To get a higher yields, this will have to be dealt with…Contact your local AgVenture Regional Seed Company for specific issues.

April 26, 2013

What's happening down south in Mississippi?

April 26, 2013 - Submitted by John Polasini, AgVenture Mid-South's Yield Specialist

What I have learned thus far:

You can't predict the weather

You can't keep hogs from eating corn

Corn keeps pushing 6 weeks under ground

Our stands look pretty good

And we are going to be surprised by this crop.

I am sure most of you have begun seeing the flags in these corn fields. These are NEPS. Net Effective Plant Stands.

I am taking your seed to a plant and placing that plant to a ear count. The practice is not too difficult and I am really excited upon what I am seeing. The crop all seems to be averaging around 28,000 full ears with a few 1/2-3/4 ears which run our numbers up fairly well. I am making some predictions that make me quite happy. The lowest prediction I have taken will net out around 175ish. I have seen some 240ish. On average I think 195-210 is going to be a bench mark on most. Now, that being stated we still have a long way to go but the crop to support these accusations is evident in the field. Time will tell.

Bean planting is striding along and some of you have made the statement of shallower planted beans don't push as strong as some of the joint to joint in a half seed. I have never noticed but I urge you to look. The sandier soils and rainfall have made for shallow bean planting and we are seeing this type of emergence. I will challenge you to take notice as we all have more time to dig. Plant a few days and get a few rains. Ugh.

While planting the beans keep in mind point rows and address them. It will be easier for weed control if we mow our roads straight and not have the jagged ends and point rows. Food for thought. That's all for now as 11:35pm and no supper got this fat man down.

Call if you need me or I'll be there soon!


April 26, 2013

KENTLAND, IN (April 25, 2013) – AgVenture of Nebraska (AVN), based in Minden, Nebraska has welcomed Nick Maple to their team. Maple joins the company as an AgVenture Yield Specialist. He will provide growers across north central and northeastern Nebraska with access to AgVenture® brand seed products as well as with year-round professional agronomic support.
Most recently, Maple served as a seed sales professional and district sales manager for a regional seed company. Prior to that, he worked in management and agronomy production specialist roles for some of this area’s leading ag retailers.

AVN Partner, Dennis Kenyon said, “We are really pleased to bring Nick on board. His professional agronomic strengths will be a real benefit to our customers.” Kenyon added, “Nick is committed to helping our customers increase their profitability. He’ll be the guy they can trust to be out walking those fields, understanding conditions, sharing ideas and providing solid support.”

Maple said, “My experience in ag retail combined with my focus on seed really has prepared me well for this role with AVN. From the seed selection, soils and soil nutrients, site specific management, herbicides, pesticides, etc., I have focused on crops in the growing environments across this region for my entire career.”

AVN works directly with their customers throughout the year to help them get more profitability from every acre. Maple added, “I look forward to building a relationship with my customers. I want to put my extensive agronomy background to work for them, share my knowledge of how these products are working and help my customers have the advantage.”

Maple holds a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Nebraska Lincoln in Diversified Ag/Agronomy. Together with his wife, Makala, and their daughter Riley, they reside in Humphrey.

April 25, 2013

KENTLAND, IN (April 25, 2013) – AgVenture D&M has announced hiring Jarrod Woley of Paducah, Kentucky to serve Western Kentucky and Western Tennessee farmers as AgVenture Yield Specialist. Woley brings with him more than twenty years of professional experience in management, logistics, sales and service. He will provide farmers across the region with access to AgVenture® brand seed products, and with year-round professional support that helps customers realize more profit from every field.

For the past seven years, Woley worked for Whayne Supply Company, the regional Caterpillar equipment dealership where he served as agri specialist and district sales representative. He has also worked for United Parcel Service and with the Paducah & Louisville Railway.

AgVenture D&M owner, Mike Davis said, “We are very pleased to put Jarrod’s professional experience work in this region. Our products are specifically adapted and selected for this area’s growing environment. With access to cutting edge genetics and technologies, and with solid performance to back it up, we’re confident in Jarrod’s ability to help our customers reach new goals in yield and profitability.”

Woley said, “I really believe in this company and their dedication to their customers’ profitability. This is so much more than signing an order for seed. We work with each customer to help them define and set new goals for production, and then we support them with tools and techniques throughout the year that help them accomplish greater profitability. In working with farmers, trust, integrity and honesty are the qualities that matter. That’s what this company is about and I look forward to putting that to work for my customers.”

Jarrod and his wife, Christy, have two sons, Hunter and Mason. They reside in Paducah.

April 24, 2013

DuPont and Monsanto recently announced a series of technology licensing agreements that will expand the range of seed products they can offer farmers. The agreements include a multi-year, royalty-bearing license for Monsanto's next-generation soybean technologies in the United States and Canada. Through these agreements, DuPont Pioneer will be able to offer Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans as early as 2014, and Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ glyphosate and dicamba tolerant soybeans as early as 2015, pending regulatory approvals.

DuPont Pioneer also will receive regulatory data rights for the soybean and corn traits previously licensed from Monsanto, enabling it to create a wide array of stacked trait combinations using traits or genetics from DuPont Pioneer or others. Monsanto will receive access to certain DuPont Pioneer disease resistance and corn defoliation patents.


What does this mean for AgVenture?

The end of licensing disputes opens up a host of next-generation seed technologies to implement into an already robust lineup of traits. The two most high-profile technologies that will become available are Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans, coming in 2014, and Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ glyphosate and dicamba tolerant soybeans, pending regulatory approvals in 2015.

Contact your AYS to learn more about how you can put these new advancements to work for you.


(Information used in this blog post was sourced from a DuPont Pioneer press released, dated March 26, 2013. To read the full press release, visit

April 24, 2013

KENTLAND, IN / CLARKSDALE, MS (April 23, 2013) – Agriculture professional Randy Marsh has joined AgVenture Mid-South and will serve East Central Arkansas farmers as AgVenture Yield Specialist.
Marsh is the owner/operator of the Woodruff County family farm where he was born and raised, and that has been farmed by generations of his family since the mid 1800’s. He is a passionate advocate for agriculture and has served the ag industry at the local, state and national levels through Farm Bureau programs and leadership positions. He has been active in his community serving on the McCrory School Board.

An experienced ag market specialist, Marsh is a graduate of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Market Master’s program and has served in supportive and advisory roles for Fisrtgrain Rice Market Advisory Service and the Delta Rice Exchange.

AgVenture Mid-South CEO, Terry Dulaney said, “Randy is a solid professional with a great understanding of farming in this region of Arkansas. His experience and leadership in farming and marketing make him a real asset to our customers and to our team. We are very pleased to welcome him and we’re confident in his commitment to our customers’ success.”

Marsh said, “As I looked to retire from daily operations of farming, I was anxious to continue to be involved in helping others grow their farming operations. I appreciate the focus AgVenture brings to finding the best seed products for the given growing environment and helping farmers maximize profit on every acre.” Maximizing yield is crucial to maximizing profitability, and Marsh said AgVenture Mid-South fully understands the challenges and opportunities in growing crops. “It starts with the seed, but continues with tools and techniques that support our customers’ ability to have an edge, be ahead of the curve in supporting crop growth and development for maximum results.”

Marsh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Arkansas State University. He is proud to be married to his wife of 38 years, Janice. Together, they have two grown sons, both of whom have their Masters Degrees. They reside in McCrory, Arkansas.

April 22, 2013

What's happening in Southern Minnesota?

April 19, 2013 - Submitted by Jeff Giesman, AgVenture ProfiSeed Yield Specialist

Just another typical morining, wind is blowing 30 mph and it's 25°!!!

April 18, 2013

AgVenture Product Team - April 18, 2013

Several factors affect the choice of corn seeding depth. AgVenture recommends planting corn to a depth of 2 inches for optimum nodal root development. In loose soils, farmers may need to plant deeper than 2 inches to achieve a final two inch depth. But this year, dry soils are a concern for many farmers and adjusting planting depth may help that corn seed obtain the moisture necessary to germinate. Check your planter manual. Many planters allow seed depth to be adjusted to depths of 3-4 inches. Carefully check actual depth to ensure penetration of seed openers and accurate seed placement. Row cleaners can help improve accuracy. Additional down pressure may be required to achieve adequate seed-to-soil contact. Problems can arise where rainfall seals or crusts soils in deeply planted seedbeds.

Corn planted too shallow is less able to uptake water and nutrients through the roots. It can develop a condition called “rootless corn syndrome”. Plants will fall over due to the lack of nodal root development in dry soil. Where planted too shallow, corn seedlings may be exposed to herbicide residues, increasing the potential for herbicide injury. Irregular planting depth typically results in uneven emergence, non-uniform mesocotyl length and varying plant height. Ask your AgVenture Yield Specialist for our Product Technology Update: Effective Planting Depth and Uniform Spacing bulletin for more details.