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October 19, 2015

From AgVenture's Seeds for Success Agronomy Update, October 2015

Keep Workers Safe while Handling Grain

Grain entrapments typically happen when a farm worker enters a bin or silo to break up clumps of out-of-condition grain during loading or unloading. Entrapments have increased more than 183 percent from 2001-2010. Nationwide, there were 38 documented entrapments resulting in 17 deaths in 2014, compared with 33 entrapments and 13 deaths in 2013. Whether you have hired help without experience in handling grain, or have seasoned employees, friends and family members helping out, it is always a good idea to refresh safety tips with workers. The Grain Handling Safety Coalition provides resources for training workers to help prevent and reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities of those working in the grain industry. The website provides helpful tips on how to talk with workers about safety and provides useful online resources and links: http://grainsafety.org.

October 12, 2015

ESSEX, MISSOURI/KENTLAND, INDIANA (October 9, 2015)—For forty-five years, Mayberry Seed Co. of Essex Missouri has provided their customers with top-quality seed products and year-round professional seed support. The company continues to grow as their ever-expanding customer base achieves higher yields and improved profitability year after year.

Recently, Mayberry Seed added to their elite staff of AgVenture Yield Specialists (AYS) as they welcomed Elliot Maschmann of Oran, Missouri. Maschmann will work one-on-one and year round with his customers, providing them with cutting-edge AgVenture seed genetics and technologies along with professional seed support.

Mayberry Seed Co. Vice President, Matt Mayberry said, “Elliot is a great addition to Mayberry Seed Co. His practical experience combined with his scientific background will provide our customers with relevant and essential support. Elliot is very thorough, and while attending to details at hand, he anticipates how each decision impacts crop profitability down the road. Like all of our AgVenture Yield Specialists, he is dedicated to helping customers dramatically increase yields, lower costs per bushel and improve overall profitably.”

Maschmann has served as a crop consultant for the past several years. During that time, he worked in farm fields across northeast Arkansas and into the Missouri Bootheel where he helped his clients manage crop health, insect and disease pressures, crop fertility, and production management issues. He has also worked in the seed industry as a seed sales professional.

Mayberry said, “It is imperative that we provide our customers with the best seed support professionals in the business. Over the course of nearly five decades, we’ve worked together with our customers to help them select the best seed products locally adapted to our unique growing environments and production management techniques. Our AYS team members are constantly training to assure each customer has the most cutting-edge tools and techniques available to them. We are committed to their success. Seeing the results of the hard teamwork pay off at the scales this harvest is very satisfying for our customers and for us.”

Maschmann holds a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Southeast Missouri State University, and a Master’s of Science in soil fertility from University of Arkansas. Originally from Cape Girardeau, Maschmann and his wife, Sara live and work on the family farm at Oran, Missouri. They have a young daughter.

Mayberry concluded, “Over the years, we’ve continued to grow and reach customers in the Missouri Bootheel, southern Illinois and northeast Arkansas. We are committed to helping our customers to reach their goals, improve their profitability while providing the world with ample food supplies.”

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 and varieties 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.

October 7, 2015

MASCOUTAH, ILLINOIS/KENTLAND, INDIANA (October 7, 2015) Strong product performance and improved profitability continue to register for customers of Mascoutah, Illinois-based Wehmeyer Seed Company. And as the combines roll and results come in, Wehmeyer Seed’s Sales & Marketing Director, Matt Wehmeyer said, “Our customers are telling us our corn and soybean performance is exceptional. Local product selection is delivering high yields to our customers. This is creating multiple growth opportunities for our business.” The independently owned and operated regional seed company has fortified their team, adding Dan Tiedemann of Belleville, Illinois to serve customers as an AgVenture Yield Specialist and District Sales Manager.

Tiedemann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in plant and soil sciences from Southern Illinois University. He also pursued graduate work in weed science at SIU. Born and raised in the Shiloh/O’Fallon area, he is actively involved in the family farm.

For the past five years, Tiedemann was a dedicated seed research specialist. As part of a team conducting corn and soybean research plots across eastern Missouri, and central and southern Illinois, he established, monitored, and evaluated research plots for final advancement to commercial sales. “My experience farming and in research testing has given me a really sharp focus on product lines and performance. Wehmeyer Seed brings their customers products that are uniquely adapted to a very specific growing environment. They don’t have to sell what works across multiple states. They identify and offer seed products that are out-yielding and out-performing many larger competitor numbers. That is an important advantage to farmers in this area.”

Wehmeyer said, “Dan has a strong passion for the practical and the science-based approach to raising higher yielding crops. His experience and product knowledge will definitely contribute to his customers’ profitability and our team as a whole.”

Tiedemann said, “I am very excited about this opportunity. I look forward to putting to work my product knowledge, my weed science background, and my farming experiencing along with all that Wehmeyer Seed brings to the table. Ultimately, that will help my customers achieve higher yields and improved profitability.”
Tiedemann and his wife Angela reside in the Belleville area.

Wehmeyer Seed distributes AgVenture® brand corn, soybeans, milo and alfalfa seed, and AgriMAXX® wheat seed. Wehmeyer said, “We’ve been serving area farmers for twenty years. Our customers know next year’s crop depends on the quality of the soybeans and wheat we produce. We focus on high quality seed production managed and handled in our state-of-the art seed processing facilities. Our customers deserve the seed products and the service it takes to get the job done right.”

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 and varieties 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.

October 6, 2015
By Jackson Webb

Jackson Webb and his AgVenture Yield Specialist, Wayne Dulaney, have farmed together for nearly a decade. To Jackson, Wayne isn’t just a seed salesman — he’s part of the team. Together, they farm high yielding corn and soybeans on Jackson’s 7th generation farm in the Mississippi Delta. See why Jackson continues to work with AgVenture year after year — and how they continue to raise the bar.

 

Some say it. We do it.

October 1, 2015

KENTLAND, INDIANA (September 28, 2015) — AgVenture, Inc. of Kentland and McKillip Seeds of Wabash, Indiana were recognized in front of Purdue University football fans at Ross Ade stadium on Saturday, September 19th, 2015. The two companies, along with Indiana Pork Producers, were key sponsors for Purdue’s first annual Celebrate Agriculture Day. Purdue’s College of Agriculture launched Celebrate Agriculture Day as an opportunity to highlight some of the university’s leading agriculture programs, welcome students and alumni, and acknowledge the vital role Indiana’s farmers and agricultural companies play in helping feed a growing world.

At a media time out in the game, Purdue College of Agriculture Dean Dr. Jay Akridge presented the game ball to Mitch Snyder of McKillip Seeds and to the Indiana Pork Producers representative. Mitch Snyder, Sales and Marketing Manager for McKillip Seeds said, “We really appreciated being part of this first of its kind event. Our family-owned seed company has been serving Indiana farmers for more than 80 years. Taking a moment to acknowledge and celebrate all that agriculture provides was an honor. It takes research and science, economics and management, etc., and all of those discipline working together to continue to be effective producers. We were proud to participate.”

Prior to the Purdue football game vs. Virginia Tech, AgVenture staff, friends and families joined together for a generous table of food featuring tailgate favorites of grilled brats and pork barbeque along with all the trimmings.

AgVenture, Inc. Business Development Director Chuck Schneider said, “It was a great fall football Saturday and an ideal environment to share our pride in our brand and all it stands for. AgVenture is committed to helping farmers improve profitability, providing them with the best, locally adapted seed products, and the year-round professional seed support to make that happen. We enjoyed celebrating together with our families and friends. It was a privilege to share our name and our story with all those in attendance.”

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 and varieties 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 28, 2015

KENTLAND, IN (September 25, 2015) – Gray’s Seed of Fairland, Indiana has welcomed Raymond Modglin of Reelsville as an independent AgVenture Yield Specialist. Modglin will provide customers across central and south central Indiana with access to AgVenture® brand seed products as well as with year-round professional seed support.

Gray’s Seed General Manager Warren McDonald said, “We are very pleased to have Raymond join our team. His practical experience combined with his knowledge of the soils and growing environments across this area will be a great asset to our customers as they select and place their seed products for maximum profitability. Raymond brings integrity to every interaction he has with customers. He is a dedicated professional who has already become a trusted resource as he delivers our AgVenture products and year-round services to every farm.”

Modglin, a native of North Salem, Indiana has been farming since 1987. He currently farms in Hendricks, Putnam, Parke, Clay, Owen and Vigo counties where he raises corn, soybeans and hay crops, and cattle and hogs. “I am very pleased to be part of Gray’s Seed. Our seed product lineup is uniquely selected and locally adapted to our farms and production systems. On my own farm, I’ve seen how the seed and the support work together to advance profitability. I look forward to delivering those results to more farms across the area.”

The company’s Maximum Profit System™ (MPS) is a unique approach to dramatically increasing yield, lowering cost per bushel and advancing profitability on every acre. McDonald said, “MPS offers customers the tools and techniques that help them achieve higher yield goals. Throughout the year, we work with customers in their fields to monitor, measure, and assess crop health and progress toward those goals.” He added, “Combined with our AgVenture Security™ Seed Treatment Packages, we have the hybrids, the protection, and the support available to help our customers achieve new yield goals. With Raymond on board, we can help more customers maximize profitability on every acre.”

Raymond and his wife, Angela, have three daughters. Chelsea is currently attending University of Evansville. Amanda is currently attending University of Kentucky. Jessica, a senior at South Putnam High School has been accepted to Western Kentucky University. Raymond and Angela are very proud of their family and their heritage, and that their children are to coming back to manage and operate the farm. They are active in the community and in their local church.

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 and varieties 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 18, 2015
By Travis Michl

We got harvest underway last week, and we’re getting into our corn. We always try to start the day after Labor Day — come hell or high water — which we did this year. We still have a couple hundred acres to go, but our yields are all over the board. Some is really good, some not so good.

We had water damage this summer and ended up replanting 150 acres of corn and 500 acres of beans. But those crops are looking good now. We plant late-maturing beans here versus everybody else, so they’re still green — not even turning yet. But we’ve had four inches of rain over the last couple of weeks, and that should really help them. It was wet all the way through July, but then we ended up in a pretty good dry spell there in August. It didn’t rain at all, and we don’t irrigate, so we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature. And now it starts raining again in September.

But with all the rain, our beans are looking really good. I think we’re going to have a good bean crop. We’ll shell corn for a couple more weeks until beans are ready, then we’ll switch to beans and go back to finishing corn at the end of October.

Working on the Cropping Plan

Colt, my AgVenture Yield Specialist was here today. He stopped by and brought lunch, and we went out and rode the combine. He’s been here a lot lately — the week before harvest and last week a time or two. We’ve been working on the cropping plan for a couple weeks now, and the way I look at it, 2015 is over. We just have to gather it up. Harvest is the start of the 2016 crop year, and everything we do from now on is about next year’s crop.

We’ve had ideas for the varieties we’ll plant next year. Some I planted this year, and I’m keeping an eye on them through harvest. We’ll start looking at how things performed and what worked and what didn’t. So that will help us narrow down the varieties for next year.

2015 Successes

One success this year was definitely flying on the urea at tassle or right at pre-tassle. We flew on another 50 units in the airplane, and we’re pretty certain that between the urea and the fungicide, that brought us an extra 50 bushels. We had some fields that did get it and some that didn’t right beside each other, and there’s a big difference. Yield, moisture, everything. Right down the line.

We’ve also held pretty much everything in check in terms of diseases. There was a lot of northern corn leaf blight and gray leaf spot in the area, but of course we sprayed fungicide, and we’re not finding too much yet. Not even anthracnose. We’ve been looking, trying to find it. If we did have any anthracnose, we’d be harvesting that first. That’s part of what Colt’s been looking for — looking at the conditions and trying to get a harvest plan. We may not be cut and done, but we sure have been busy.

September 18, 2015
By Jeff Morse

Around the Farm

We’ve just been doing work work, work, work lately. At this point, it’s just the late summer pickup, and we’re cleaning things up before fall starts. Of course we’re also taking care of the cows and getting the combine ready. We’re trying to sell about 40 head of cattle. Eat more beef, because we need the cattle market to go up.

We also finally reshingled and resided the house from the storm from last year. The garage roof needed to be replaced as well, so we did that. So that was a big project, but kind of an odd one.

But our next project on the farm is chopping corn for silage. That’s what we’re shooting for next. We can harvest silage when it’s still green, but that corn will be black layered next week, so we’re ready to go. It’s quite the process; it’s a lot of material you have to go through, but it produces a lot of cow feed. I don’t know how many tons to the acre we’re going to average, but I’ve heard reports of one guy getting 25 tons to the acre of silage. So that’s really good.

Preparing for Harvest

I’m not sure when we’ll get around to harvest, but we’ll probably know better once we start chopping. We’re still really green. We’ve got a lot of guys around us who sprayed one application of fungicide; they’re green in the middle and dying on top and bottom now. But between Denny and my son, they both said we should spray again. This year we sprayed early and then maybe the third week in August. But I’m just looking across my field right now, and we’re totally green.

Overall our corn is looking pretty good here. We did some preliminary yield checks, and it’s scary good. It’s so scary good that I don’t even want to repeat what the guys are telling me — it’ll jinx us for sure. There will still be wet spots and spots that don’t produce as well that’ll bring our yield down, but overall it looks to be really good. But then, there’s a lot of good-looking corn around the whole country.

The beans are also looking good. But beans have to be one of the hardest things ever. I’ve been on beans on different years, and even at harvest time, I’ve thought, “Boy, these beans are going to yield great — they’re 4-foot tall with pods all up and down them.” And combines go out and you see it’s a lie. Then I’ve come to another field and think it’ll put up a miserable yield, and we’ll end up with 52-bushel to the acre. Beans are like that though.

Keeping a Healthy Crop with AgVenture

In our area, we’ve had some neighbors who bought from the competition, and they’ve said, “Oh, we don’t have to spray our fields because ours are disease resistant.” Well, today those fields are totally brown. And you ask them why, and they say their corn’s matured, but one look in their field, and you’ll see Northern Corn Blight, Gray Leaf Spot, Rust — the works. And they’ll say, “Well that happened after we matured.” Yeah, okay, sure. Should have gone with a better product.

September 17, 2015
By Jackson Webb

Harvest began in mid-August in the Delta, and Jackson Webb is well into his crop. Here are some scenes from the fields.

     

September 3, 2015

MASCOUTAH, ILLINOIS/KENTLAND, INDIANA (August 31, 2015) Strong demand for top-performing seed products and year-round professional agronomic support are driving continued growth for AgVenture-Wehmeyer Seed Company. The independently owned and operated regional seed company has continued to expand their reach into Missouri with the recent addition of Regional Distribution Partner (RDP), Nick Deimeke of Mexico, Missouri.

AgVenture-Wehmeyer Seed Sales & Marketing Manager, Matt Wehmeyer said, “We are very pleased to welcome Nick to our company. He is a very knowledgeable agronomy professional with more than ten years of practical experience working directly with customers. He knows the AgVenture product lineup very well and fully understands the genetics and technologies best suited to the local area. As an RDP, he’ll support customers with a comprehensive approach to improving profitability on every acre.”

Born and raised on the family grain and livestock farm at Mexico, Missouri, Deimeke obtained his professional applicator license before earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwest Missouri State University in agronomy. He spent time in ag retail before working as an AgVenture Yield Specialist. In addition to farming, he operates a custom application business. He said, “I am deeply aware of the AgVenture seed products. Starting with outstanding seed quality, we provide hybrids and varieties specifically adapted for our local soils and growing environments. On our own farm, the AgVenture corn and soybean seed performs very well, giving us the high yields we look for.”

Deimeke said one specific advantage he looks forward to delivering to his customers is the Maximum Profit System™. “It is a systems-based approach to dramatically increasing yields, lowering cost per bushel and improving overall profitability. We work directly with customers throughout the year helping them implement the best decisions - from seed selection and placement, to tillage and production management options, to crop nutrition and protection. As technology rapidly changes, it’s important that we provide our customers the latest integrated solutions to achieve their goals and improve profitability.”

Wehmeyer added, “Adding Nick to our growing team punctuates our commitment to extending our reach in Missouri. We’re confident in the locally adapted products, and the service and results they’ll receive with his support.”

Deimeke and his wife, Amanda, have been married for ten years and have two children. They are active in the community in which they live and farm.
Wehmeyer Seed Company, based in Mascoutah, Illinois, has served area farmers for twenty years. The independently owned and operated regional seed company focuses on high quality seed production managed and handled in their state-of-the art seed processing facilities. They distribute AgVenture® brand corn, soybeans, milo and alfalfa seed, and AgriMAXX® wheat seed.

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.

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