AgVenture McKillip Seeds education forum draws record numbers of area producers

KENTLAND, INDIANA (April 1, 2015) — Intense, focused, and highly-pertinent were words used by some of the 80 farmers participating in McKillip Seeds AgVenture University program last week at Wabash, Indiana as they described the value of information presented in the event. “Our customers are sharp, dedicated ag professionals who are committed to raising profitable crops,” said Sales and Marketing Manager Mitch Snyder. “It’s our goal to provide them with cutting-edge information and resources to allow them to maximize yields and profit.”

The AgVenture University program featured keynote speaker Paul Bodenstine, one of the country’s top agronomy consultants focused on implementing high yield crop production strategies for crops. Snyder said, “Paul brought our customers unique insights on new strategies to manage soybeans for high yields. He emphasized that we need to identify and remove yield limiting factors that will allow our growers to reach higher yields. Customers gained new insights on maximizing profit from planting through harvest.”

Snyder continued, “In a year where soybean acres are likely to be up, and every kernel of corn counts, we’re pleased that our customers are taking advantage of putting our seed genetics to work in the best possible environment through precise planting, stand evaluation, safe and early weed control and various other production strategies, such as reading the plant and identifying and removing yield barriers.”

Seed treatment updates were also discussed. McKillip Seed has recently added to their seed treatment capabilities with new, state-of-the-art seed treatment equipment. Snyder noted, “Recent advancements in seed protection and nutrient science, we have significant new seed treatment options available for our customers. Customers were very eager to learn about how these options directly impact their ability to lower cost per bushel, dramatically increase yield and maximize their profits.”

Beyond the seed, the AgVenture University program featured a presentation introducing customers to Profit-Trac Agronomic Services. Aeric Younge from Profit-Trac explained to the group, “Profit-Trac is an innovative system that uses electric conductivity testing, soil sampling, data analysis, hybrid placement, variable rate prescriptions and data storage to help users get the most out of their acres. Customized to each producer and their fields, this approach helps refine and define specifically what the crop needs most and where for optimal production.”

Snyder concluded, “These tools, techniques and production strategies combine to make every acre count. That’s how profitably advances. That’s our goal for every customer.” The company plans to offer additional educational forums throughout the year.

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.