For Phil McCutchan, Marketing Manager for AgriGold, the three days at the Farm Progress Show provides the opportunity to talk with customers about everything from the weather to what’s happening in the seed industry. McCutchan tells Brownfields’ Dave Russell that AgriGold places an emphasis on genetic diversity, making sure the grower is doing what’s necessary to spread the risk.
On the final day of the 2011 Farm Progress Show at Decatur, Illinois there they were, Garry Niemeyer representing corn farmers, Richard Childress representing NASCAR and Tom Buis, representing Growth Energy and ethanol, standing side-by-side. Brownfield’s Dave Russell talked with all three about the partnership and how it benefits ethanol use in the U.S.
As attendees of the Farm Progress Show walked around Progress City, one stop is always Morton Buildings’ building. Brian Haraf, Marketing Manager with Morton Buildings tells Brownfield’s Meghan Grebner, both potential new customers and current Morton Buildings owners alike want to know what’s new when it comes to buildings.
2011 has proven to be one of the more challenging years on record for growers. As Tim Greene, Vice President of Burrus Hybrids tells Brownfield’s Meghan Grebner, weather (the wet weather in the spring combined with the hot and dry temperatures during the growing season) left some concerns for growers as we enter harvest season. Greene says looking at this year’s crop can help us plan for next year.
For Jim Blome, Bayer CropScience’s new CEO the Farm Progress Show was a chance to show growers the technologies available for their tool belt. Blome tells Brownfield’s Meghan Grebner it’s about utilizing those technologies to protect their investment and protect their yield.
The weather proved to be challenging for most folks across the Corn Belt this year. One of the problems that resulted from the challenging weather was nutrient loss. John Meece, the Illinois Regional Account Manager with SFP says using a product like Avail with your phosphorus can help to maximize its efficiency and the return on investment for the grower.
For John Deere’s David Getterman having an opportunity to roll out the new 9R and 9RT series tractors at the 2011 Farm Progress Show is quite a thrill, especially to see customer reaction. Getterman tells Brownfield’s Dave Russell styling and the efficiency manager are features that are getting a lot of attention.
Dale Kuhn, damage prevention manager for JULIE, Inc. has a saying, “you call 9-1-1 to report a disaster, you call 8-1-1 to prevent a disaster.” Kuhn says it’s really that simple, by calling 8-1-1 you not only prevent excavation safety, but you also prevent damage to those facilities that are buried. And right now is a good time for that reminder, especially with a lot of field tiling underway.
Farm Progress Show was a good venue for representatives of the American Soybean Association to communicate with soybean farmers. Steve Wellman from Syracuse, Nebraska, First Vice President of ASA sat down with Cyndi Young at Farm Progress Show to talk about some of the policy issues that the association is working on. Among those issues is the heightened regulatory process that limits the ability for farmers to utilize the tools that could be available to them.
Rabo AgriFinance has seen amazing growth in recent years. Bob Fulling, Regional Vice President, talked with Brownfield at Farm Progress Show about the many offerings Rabo AgriFinance has for farmers of any size.