KENTLAND, IN (February 27, 2015) – AgVenture Regional Seed Companies from across the Western Cornbelt gathered in Des Moines Iowa this week to hone their skills. More than 40 participants representing eight seed companies were part of this Winter Profit Plot workshop, one in a series of AgVenture’s high-impact educational conferences held prior to planting the 2015 crop.
AgVenture Business Development Manager, Frank Peterson said, “This group of seed professionals worked very well together to sharpen their early season and planting seed production skills. With input from great speakers and lively engagement from these leaders in their own companies, we had a very productive set of sessions focusing on the latest data, the science of seed, and the practicality of profitable crop production.”
Seed quality and germination was an important topic discussed. Representatives from AgVenture, Inc. and Indiana Crop Improvement Association presented data exposing AgVenture’s leadership in warm and cold seed germination percentages. Peterson said, “Beyond having the right genetics and technologies working for you, we go the extra step and scrutinize seed to perform at the highest caliber of germination percentages. We worked through our new seed treatment offerings, including protecting from insects and diseases, as well as providing nutrients/biological support to seedlings.”
The workshop content ranged from the most current, research-based studies on seed germination, seed treatments and seedling vigor, to fine-tuning planting practices to maximize profitability. Experts from within and outside the company engaged in lively discussions and inventive ideation on early season crop production practices, sharing the best of their experiences and results.
Peterson called the workshop a great success. “Our RSC owners and their staffs are dedicated to continued education, learning together and challenging one another for the purpose of supporting their customers’ success.”
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.