In my new role, I’m excited to explore how precision farming impacts yield. On both our planter and in our combine, we’re able to track each seed almost to the seed level — and people don't think of it that way, but that'’s the way we'’re looking at it. There’s so much potential to grow smarter by getting the exact right seed for your fields and nurturing it in the right way so that it reaches its full potential.
Heath Hill farms 750 acres of corn and soybeans in the heart of the Corn Belt: Ellsworth, Iowa. He works with his father on the century farm that's been in their family since 1909. Everything on his operation is precision grown with the help of Josh Seeman, AgVenture® Pinnacle™, his partner for the past three years. Heath trusts in AgVenture to provide great quality seed and support his operation all season long, leading to higher yields and lower cost per bushel.
I recently announced a new opportunity with AgVenture that I’m very excited about. We're going to be utilizing our farm a lot more for testing, consulting and yield checks using AgVenture hybrids and management practices. We can afford to do new things because we have a small footprint — with 750 acres, we can handle a lot of testing and fine-tuning to get that true net effect.
This year, there were several factors that greatly influenced our harvest start date. We’re in a wind tunnel in our area, and over the last 3-4 years, we've had a much higher likelihood of corn going down, so our belief is ‘get it when it's standing.’
Heath Hill farms 750 acres on the Southeast corner of Hamilton County in Iowa. We met up with him to hear how he and his AgVenture Yield Specialist are focusing on the details to increase yield across his operation. Watch the video to hear his story.
I am 46 years old and the third-generation farmer on a century farm in Iowa that’s been in our family since 1909. I have a wife, Lesli, and a 16-year-old son. I farm with my father Craig on about 750 acres, and everything is precision farmed. We plant about 75% corn and 25% soybeans, though this year we will be almost two-thirds corn and one-third soybeans. Our dirt’s a little too black for a 50/50 rotation with corn and soybeans, so we usually do a two-year or three-year corn to every year soybeans.