20 Oct 17

Often Overlooked, Always Critical: Grain Drying & Handling

Farmers invest in land, seed, soil treatments, inputs, equipment, technology and more in order to improve their capabilities. However, according to Dan Zippay, branch manager of Custom Agri Systems in Beloit, Ohio, on-farm storage and drying systems are often the last upgrade farmers make. “Farmers get extra ground. They get a bigger combine. What happens when their drying system's outdated, and they have this big combine sitting out in the field waiting?” he says. “It’s inefficient,” Dan continues. “We only have a certain amount of time in the fall to get everything done. Farmers make improvements so they can fill…

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11 Oct 17

Doebler’s Rises to the Challenge for Grower Fred Herr

Although Fred Herr of Willow Street, Penn., farms a small number of acres, he has high expectations—and increasingly high yields. “We own 40 acres and depending on the year, may rent another 30 to 40 acres,” says Fred. He grows corn, beans, wheat and grass hay. Previously in auto repair, Fred and his wife, Carol, purchased the farm more than 20 years ago from his grandfather’s estate. “I was born and raised here but I did not farm.”  Fred’s parents didn’t farm either but the farm has been in the family since the 1700s. Although Fred’s children don’t farm with…

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29 Sep 17

Choosing Tillage Practices To Meet Farming Goals

When it comes to tillage preferences, every farmer is different. A wide spectrum of tillage options allows farmers to use different practices on different fields during different years. According to Zach Larson, field and forage crops educator for Pennsylvania State University Extension in Blair County, Penn., around 70 percent of growers in Pennsylvania use no-till. He’s generally a proponent of no-till, as well. However, he believes farmers should use tillage as a tool to achieve their goals when necessary. The benefits of no-till Most farmers are familiar with the advantages of no-till. “I do like no-till a lot,” says Larson.…

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29 Sep 17

Regional Advantage and Personal Service

Grower Tom Stoneback farms with his brother, Jim, at Stoneback Farms in Quakertown, Penn. The brothers work with Doebler’s DSM John Wysolmerski, whom Tom has known for some time. John’s territory is eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey. “John’s from this area. He knows our soils,” says Tom. “He chooses seed—and he’s really good at it. If he recommends something, we’ll try it.” Tom also appreciates the personal service John delivers. “He calls us and he stops in,” Tom says. “He’ll walk the fields and check on the crops. That means a lot to us.” Tom and Jim grew up…

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15 Sep 17

Best Practices for Handling Silage

When it comes to silage, growing the crop is the easy part. Great care must be taken in the handling and storage of silage. Isaac Mayer, North American sales manager for Ecosyl Products, Inc., visited with us about best practices for dealing with silage. Controlling Moisture “Harvesting the crops when they’re at the proper moisture is probably the most critical and important control factor that a farmer has control over,” says Mayer. “The maturity or quality may not be exactly where we wanted, but achieving the proper moisture will allow the crop to ferment properly and more efficiently.” Mayer recommends…

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14 Sep 17

Intergenerational Doebler’s Dealership

Farms aren’t the only ag businesss passed from one generation to the next. In Worthington, Penn., Sean Woodside is part of an intergenerational Doebler’s dealership. Although Sean did not grow up on a farm, his wife comes from a farming family. Her father, Craig McKee, grew up on a dairy farm in Worthington that had been in the family since the late 1800’s. Craig purchased a nearby farm in the early 1960’s. That’s when he began working with Doebler’s. “My father-in-law delivered feed to dairymen around Butler and Armstrong counties,” says Sean. “He was able to meet a lot of…

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06 Sep 17

Easy-to-Remember Safety Measures at Harvest

Harvest. It happens every year, yet every year accidents and injuries happen, too. Dr. Michael Pate, Nationwide Insurance associate professor of agricultural safety and health with Pennsylvania State University's department of agricultural and biological engineering, offers easy-to-remember guidelines all farmers should follow. An ounce of prevention… However you measure prevention, it’s worth many times its weight in cures. Many accidents are preventable with proper safety awareness. “One of the things that sometimes gets overlooked is taking the opportunity to get organized,” says Pate. “Inspect those pieces of equipment and practice preventative maintenance,” he says. “Check for equipment that’s worn out…

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06 Sep 17

Dale Wilson and Doebler’s: A Successful Long-Term Partnership

Wilson Family Farm owner Dale Wilson grows about 500 acres of corn and soybeans on his farm in Kinsman, Ohio, tucked into the northeast corner of the state, not far from Pennsylvania. A standout grower, Dale and Doebler’s go way back. “Originally I planted Doebler’s in the early ‘80s,” says Dale. That’s when Dale won a corn club award in a five-acre high yield contest for new growers with 134 bushels per acre. Dale began working again with Doebler’s about five years ago. He appreciates the high-yielding hybrids and varieties offered by Doebler’s. And he’s had consistent performance with proven…

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22 Aug 17

Meeting the Eastern Soybean Grower’s Needs

While soybean growers across the nation have similar yield goals in mind year after year, capitalizing on the regional differences in growing conditions sets Doebler’s soybean products and herbicide resistant traits apart from other available options. “Doebler’s can offer a variety of herbicide technologies ranging from Glyphosate tolerant to soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology,” Scott Plagman, senior technical analyst at PROaccess says. “They also offer a conventional soybean with more options in the pipeline to meet the growers’ needs.” While soybeans are a more recent addition to the Doebler’s product lineup, there’s no shortage of options for growers.…

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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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