Working With a New AYS On Cropping Plans

Mother nature ain’t letting us go to the fields, but that’s par for the course at this time. Right now it’s raining and cold at 34°, and everything’s wet and it’s supposed to get down to the 20s the next couple of nights. So we’re staying busy working on equipment in the shop. We’re also getting some seed corn delivered soon, so we’re working at a nice pace. We started calving this week, and we usually get along pretty good there. We don’t normally (knock on wood) have too many problems, so that should run smoothly.

Working with New AYS

Matt is no longer my AgVenture Yield Specialist. He’s working in a little different area for AgVenture D&M, so now I’m dealing with Mike Davis and Brian Maxwell — number one and number two at D&M. I’ve been working with them pretty well since last fall when we started this year’s cropping plan. They’re learning through me, and I’m learning more about what goes into their decision making process as owners on variety selection and things they look for, so it’s a good fit. I’ve known Mike Davis for a long time. And then Brian Maxwell started a couple years ago at AgVenture, and I’ve known him since he started. So we’ve got a history. It’s a really good relationship.

They’ve got me starting on 2–3 new hybrids that they think will be a pretty good fit for me. And they’re also informing on what we’re doing with the strip till and precision fertilizer placement. We’re going to try some new things this year that are their ideas, and expand on some other things that I’ve been doing previously.

Getting the Best Products

One of the big advantages of working with the bosses is they knew the hybrids even before they became commercial, when they were still in testing and proving in the selection process. And these guys have more experience with them than some of the AYSs do. They test out these varieties and prove them, and when it comes down to it, Mike Davis and the rest of the group are the ones that decide why varieties go forth as an AgVenture variety.

This time of year, we’re seeing each other at least once every other week — about every 10–14 days. They’ve been coming by my place, just going over plans and what varieties we’re going to place where. We’re making arrangements for getting seed delivered here in April. Our roads are posted from February 1 to April 20 with a load limit of 10 tons. So as soon as that gets lifted, we’ll have our seed.