18 Aug 17

Pennsylvania Farmer Dane Hooper Looks to Doebler’s For Expertise

Dane Hooper of Centre Hall, Penn., is that rare breed of farmer with no background in agriculture. “I went to school at Penn State. I’m an engineer by education,” says Dane. “I work in the healthcare industry.” Dane and his father purchased the farm in 2001. They operate it as a partnership, with Dane overseeing everything, while he and his wife live in the home they built on the farm. “It was a lifestyle choice,” he says. “It was the right setting for us to build a home, close to State College, just outside of town.” “It was a little…

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11 Aug 17

Why Choose Doebler’s? Longest Says it’s 50% the Seed, 50% the Dealer

Not too far outside of Richmond, Virginia, resides Tommy Longest, Jr. of T O Longest & Sons. Born and raised on the farm, Tommy primarily grows corn and soybeans in both King and Queen County and Essex County. “I’ve been a full time farmer since graduating high school in 1972,” Tommy says. “It’s always been what I wanted to do. My dad passed away in ’82, and I have been running our operation ever since.” Tommy’s relationship with Doebler’s began years ago when dealer, Carter Borden approached him. “Carter approached me 15 years ago and asked if I would like…

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03 Aug 17

Doebler’s Dealer Summit Focuses on Prospecting for the Future

The fourth annual Doebler’s Dealer Summit kicked off the 2018 sales season and unveiled several new soybean and corn products. This record gathering of more than 160 Doebler’s dealers and personnel, including 12 new dealers, built on the previous three summits’ emphasis on growth with the theme, “Prospecting for the Future,” looking at the importance of prospecting in the sales process. “We also spent time looking at ways to better service customers and how dealers can take advantage of the programs we have and grow their business,” John McClelland, Doebler’s Sales and Marketing Director, says. New, best-in-class, soybean and seed…

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28 Jul 17

Becoming a Doebler’s Dealer: A Journey of Relationships and Loyalty to Agriculture

Barry Geib grew up on a livestock, tobacco and crop farm in Lancaster County, Penn. In the 1970s, his father began purchasing Doebler’s. They also planted several varieties of corn for Doebler’s test plots each year thanks to a strong relationship with former Doebler’s Dealer, Norm Zeiger. “We certainly enjoyed our relationship with Norm,” Barry says. “He was very reputable, a man of his word, and we enjoyed the product we were getting from him which continues to do well today.” The transition into becoming a Doebler’s dealer for Barry was a natural progression of the family’s relationship with the…

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28 Jul 17

Chronicles of a crop detective: Scouting

As the planting ends, the detective work begins when it comes to determining the status of the crop in the ground. It comes down to a decision to let it be or start over. Any number of things can cause producers to make the ultimate decision: keep a crop in the field or tear it out. That decision, according to Doebler’s District Sales Manager David Warner, needs to be based on ear and stand counts. It’s a matter of good detective work. “If you’re out doing a stand count and your stand looks off, it’s time to put your detective hat…

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21 Jul 17

Loyal Customers Expand as Dealers in New York

Twin brothers, Craig and Kyle Smith, diversified their dairy and cropping operation at the turn of 2017 to become Doebler’s dealers after success with the product in recent years. Currently, the Smith brothers milk 65 cows and have 75 heifers near Ava, N.Y., with conservative plans to maintain a yearly profit that provides for their families. A few years ago when the markets made a downward turn and yields were low, the Smith brothers needed to find a better solution for their crops. Utilizing seeds from a national Midwest-based company was no longer offering the yields they needed to get…

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13 Jul 17

Top Four Reasons to Order Seed Early

Since 2013, farmers have faced a sharp decline in commodity prices, and during these tough economic times, producers are looking for ways to make savvy financial decisions. While the 2018 planting season may seem like a long way down the road, Kevin Nies, Area Sales Manager for John Deere Financial, says obtaining flexible financing sooner rather than later to secure seed for next year’s harvest could be immensely beneficial. Here are four reasons why.   Cash Savings  “As we go into the fifth year of tough prices, the grower demand for financing has increased,” said Nies. “Because of that, growers…

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26 Jun 17

Doebler’s Corn, Soybeans, and Alfalfa a Key Part of the Growing Success of Pine Hollow Farms

Steve Evanick and his brother John own Pine Hollow Farms near Cortland, New York. They grew up on the farm with their parents, milking 40 cows and raising corn, soybeans and alfalfa. When they took over the farm, the brothers shared a goal of expanding their dairy herd, which now numbers several hundred Holstein cows. They also grow more than 500 acres of corn (harvested for grain and silage), soybeans and alfalfa, and have an ongoing, successful working relationship with Doebler’s. “We’ve grown Doebler’s for seven years now,” Steve says. “We did corn test plots with Doebler’s last year. We…

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19 Jun 17

Best Practices When Spraying for Weeds and Insects

It’s usually not a question of whether to spray or not to spray, according to Josh Bechdel, an agronomy salesman with Doebler’s dealer Webbs Super-Gro Products in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. “You spray to optimize yield potential,” Josh says. “You spend a lot of money on seed, fertility and weed management. Knowing what weeds you have prior to planting is crucial, particularly when it comes to glyphosate-resistant marestail [for example].” Timing of Application One of the most common noxious weed that ails Pennsylvania corn farmers today is marestail. Marestail starts to emerge in late March and can continue to emerge through…

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09 Jun 17

Doebler’s Intern Is Helping Dealers and Customers Tell the Doebler’s Story

Summer internships can involve a wide range of opportunities. For one Doebler’s intern, this summer means getting to know the dealers and customers and helping them tell their stories through video. Ellie Chandler will be a senior at Penn State this fall, completing her agribusiness major along with a minor in Spanish. She didn’t grow up on a farm, but lived on the edge of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, in southern Chester County. Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World. “I grew up right on the edge of where town meets cornfield, so it was a little…

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08 Jun 17

Scouting and Stand Count to Help with Replanting Decisions

As the planting ends, the detective work begins when it comes to the status of the crop in the ground. It comes down to a decision to let it be or start over. Any number of things can cause producers to make the ultimate decision: keep a crop in the field or tear it out. That decision, according to Doebler’s District Sales Manager David Warner, needs to be based on stand counts. It’s a matter of good detective work. “If you’re out doing a stand count and your stand looks off, it’s time to put your detective hat on and…

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23 May 17

Key Factors for Corn Emergence and Fertility

Successful corn emergence is a combination of three key factors – environment, genetics and seed quality. Success is greatly dependent on uniformity in temperature and moisture over the first 24 hours that the seed is in the ground. According to Dr. Ron Heiniger, Professor of Crop Science and Cropping Systems, North Carolina State University, even emergence is an important element of corn success. He says there is some advantage to quickness in emergence, but that’s not as critical as uniformity. “Hybrid vigor certainly makes for successful emergence,” Heiniger says, “but the other factor is uniformity in temperature and moisture over…

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18 May 17

The Herr Family: Farmers and Doebler’s Dealers in Amish Country

Eric Herr, his wife Melissa and Eric’s father Donald are the fourth and fifth generation to operate their farm near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. And for the last 12 years, they have been Doebler’s dealers in Lancaster and York counties. “We were approached by our then current Doebler’s seed dealer who was considering retiring,” Eric says. “We were asked if we’d be interested in taking that over. After some discussion, we did, and have grown the business from there. Being a Doebler’s dealer is just kind of a natural extension of the farming that we do.” Eric and Melissa purchased the farm…

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16 May 17

Research Looks at Ways to Increase Double Cropping Yields

The Mid-Atlantic Double Cropping Project, which includes all of Doebler’s territory, is in its third and final year. The project’s goal is to “to increase yield and profitability of double-crop small grain-soybean systems.” States involved include: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina. Extension specialists in each of those states took the primary lead. Dr. David Holshouser, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech University, and one of the leaders of the study. Part of the research includes determining the most effective varieties to meet the goal and then work with customers to ensure success. “Doebler’s is one of…

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03 May 17

Eckel Farms’ Growing Relationship with Doebler’s

Keith Eckel lives in the same farmhouse near Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, that his father Fred bought in 1949. Fred Eckel started the farm with 44 acres, eight cows and 300 chickens. Keith began farming with his father and brother in 1970. Today, Eckel Farms, Inc., grows about 1,300 acres of corn, 150 acres of tomatoes, 40 acres of sweet corn and 40 acres of pumpkins. Eckel Farms has been growing corn using Doebler’s seeds for the last ten years, thanks to Doebler’s Regional Advantage and Keith Eckel’s relationship with his dealer. “I’m always interested in alternatives in the marketplace, and…

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28 Apr 17

Doebler’s Advancing New Seed Treatments for 2017 and 2018 Seasons

Seed is one of the largest investments that row crop farmers make each year and their success hinges on it thriving through the growing season and producing at harvest. It’s critical that farmers find a way to maximize their investment by protecting the seed from various environmental factors and provide pest control. Having the proper plant protection during the early, critical stages of growth can have the greatest impact on overall yield potential down the road. That’s where the ever-evolving science of seed treatments comes into play. New advancements in this industry are allowing farmers to protect their largest investment…

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07 Apr 17

Georgetti Farm and Doebler’s: A 45 Year Relationship

Farming has been a way of life for Shawn Georgetti since he was a year old. His father began the Georgetti family farm near Avella, Pennsylvania. Once the land was cleared and the ground prepared, Shawn’s father planted his first crop of Doebler’s corn in 1972. Four years later he added a dairy operation, milking 40 head of Holstein cows. As he grew up, Shawn helped his father with the crops and dairy operation. All that changed in 1989. “We were in the barn milking,” Shawn says, “and he said he wanted to go spray one last cornfield before it…

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31 Mar 17

Tips for Early Corn Planting: “Do it right the first time”

Now that it’s officially spring, the itch to get in the field is growing. The early bird may get the worm, but the early planter has to get a lot of things right to get the best results. David Warner is a Doebler’s district sales manager for south central Pennsylvania and north central Maryland. He says there are five areas growers should be aware of before making early planting plans. VARIETY SELECTION AND POPULATIONS Selecting varieties with better ratings on early emergence is a matter of doing the right research with the right person. “Work with your dealer and the…

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24 Mar 17

Curtis Martin – Farmer and Doebler’s Dealer

Curtis Martin has been a Doebler’s dealer for 10 years now. He also farms near Savannah, New York, in the Finger Lakes region, south of Lake Ontario. The variety of landscapes in the region mirrors the variety of farmers that are his customers. “I serve a wide variety of farms, from certified organic to some very large farms,” Curtis says. “I have farmers who buy two or three bags of organic corn, and I have farmers who buy a trailer load.” Keeping It Simple Even though there is a wide variety of farmers to serve, he believes in a simple,…

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17 Mar 17

Key Advice for Planting Equipment Preparation

Andrew Kern, a Doebler’s District Sales Manager, grew up on a farm, spent five years on the family farm and farming on his own, and put in eight years in the farm equipment industry. He started with Doebler’s last June in the Delmarva Peninsula, which is made up of the eastern shore of Maryland, all of Delaware and the southern half of New Jersey. It’s a unique territory. “We have a wide variation of soils and a variation of climates, here on the Delmarva,” Andrew says. “We run in everything from beach sand to heavy clay to some of the…

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