18 May 18

Doebler’s Welcomes 2018 Summer Intern

The future of the agriculture industry depends on the innovation, passion and hard work of the upcoming generation. Doebler’s summer intern, Matt Wagner, is a shining example of the up and coming ag leaders the industry has to look forward to. Wagner grew up near Orrtanna, Pennsylvania, on a beef and hay operation. He’s currently attending Penn State University and pursuing a degree in Agricultural Science with minors in Agronomy and Leadership Development. At Penn State, Wagner is involved on campus with Agronomy Club and Block & Bridle, and he lives and works at the Penn State Beef & Sheep…

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15 May 18

Growing Feed for Dairies: Maximize Your Yield Potential

U.S. dairy producers have suffered low milk prices for several months. As the growing season begins, dairy producers are faced with tough decisions when it comes to growing feed for their animals. In particular, how can it be done profitably? “It takes more than just running iron through your field to have a successful crop year,” says Terry McClelland with McClelland’s Agronomics, Lowville, New York. He shared some insights on strategies dairy producers can use to maximize their efforts to get higher yields. His advice: know the capabilities of your land, especially when it comes to drainage, soil pH and…

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09 May 18

Common Spring Pests & Plant Diseases: Part 1

As many growers are itching to get in the field for planting, another worry is also on the horizon: will pests impact that crop, and if so, how bad will it be? Jordan Bassler, agronomist with Doebler’s, says that scouting your fields early and often is one of the best remedies for finding pest problems in your fields and having a shot at mitigating any crop damage. When scouting your fields, there are several bad pests to be looking for: Black cutworms Armyworms Seedcorn Maggot Flies Slugs Wireworms Let’s dig a little deeper into what growers should be looking for…

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03 May 18

Get Ready for Silage Season

The U.S. dairy industry is struggling right now and dairy producers in the Northeast are no exception. Carrying on every day includes providing feed for the cows, and for many dairymen, silage is the answer. “It’s a tough situation to be in, for sure,” says John Boston, territory manager for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, for the Delmarva region. “It’s a tough year for dairy.” For those dairymen who are hanging in there despite low prices and uncertainty in the market, Boston offers some tips on choosing the best products for use on silage. “What’s going to be best…

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25 Apr 18

Twenty-First Century Farming: All About Diversification

Today’s agriculture industry is dynamic and markets are fickle—leaving you and your business vulnerable to those swings in pricing. The best way to insulate yourself and your business from those market shifts is diversification. Chris Weaver, Finksburg, Maryland, is a sixth-generation farmer in partnership with his father, Richard, mother, Lila, his wife, Megan, and their two young children, Mackenzie and Charlie. Their operation has experienced tremendous success from diversification, including corn and soybeans and a beef cattle feedlot in addition to being a Doebler’s dealer. “This is our first full season in production for Doebler’s,” Weaver says. Weaver says he…

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18 Apr 18

Plan Your Spring Product Lineup

According to the calendar, spring is here. But for many parts of the U.S., the weather is still not quite ready to let spring in. Even so, farmers are gearing up for planting season. What products should farmers be utilizing right now? John Boston, territory manager for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, for the Delmarva region, shares his insights on what products corn producers should have in your lineup right now: Resicore® herbicide—Ideal for corn protection, Resicore herbicide is the latest on the market and is designed for use either pre-emergence or post-emergence. “Nobody else has a product like…

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09 Apr 18

In it together

It’s no secret that 2018 has kicked off with extra volatile commodity markets paired with equally temperamental weather as the calendars flip to spring. As a result, growers have delayed their seed decisions alongside with their plant dates. “We're seeing a lot of late decision making going on in the eastern U.S. due to the lower milk prices for the dairymen, as well as lower commodity prices on corn and beans,” Doebler’s General Manager Sheldon Bender says. While this purchasing trend seems to be different than in recent years, Sheldon says that Doebler’s dealers aren’t backing down from the challenge…

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03 Apr 18

Thinking Spring: Planning Tips for Planting

It’s going to be another busy spring planting season, and any spring planting is going to require some thoughtful planning.  It starts with the soil Jordan Bassler, Doebler’s field agronomist, says it starts with soil conditions that revolve around optimal moisture and temperature conditions. “Whenever you're planting, you don't want the ground or the soil to be so wet that the soil is sticking to the closing wheels. That's kind of always been my telltale sign of whether or not it’s too wet to be planting,” Bassler says. “As far as optimum weather conditions, soil temp needs to be at…

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28 Mar 18

Top Three Questions to Ask Your Crop Insurance Agent Today

More than 290 million acres of American farmland are protected through the Federal crop insurance program. It’s the cornerstone of U.S. farm policy. And it’s a key component of the tremendous success of our nation’s agricultural economy. For farmers, crop insurance is a critical risk management tool. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have the best coverage available. Because crop insurance gets very complicated very quickly, we visited with Cameron Silveus, VP of Silveus Insurance Group in Warsaw, Indiana, to find out what farmers need to know now. Silveus is the nation’s largest independent crop insurance agency, with…

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22 Mar 18

Is No-Till Right For Your Operation?

With spring planting around the corner, it’s a good time to think about agronomy practices. Doebler’s Field Agronomist Jordan Bassler believes farmers should weigh the benefits of reduced tillage to see whether it fits their land, cropping and management needs.  Throughout the article, Jordan gives readers his insight on this complex matter. Benefits of no-till Reduce soil erosion - Keeping soil in place is especially important on hilly land, where soil can wash away easily. Improve soil health - As crop residue decays, the organic matter and microbial activity makes nutrients available to plants. Increase level of beneficial insects -…

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02 Feb 18

Prepare Now For the 2018 Growing Season

Are you ready for the upcoming growing season? Take advantage of the opportunity to thoroughly plan your crop program, according to Pennsylvania-based Christopher Kline, territory manager with the agricultural division of DuPont. Crop Protection While many growers have already locked in their seed selection, they can start looking at weed and pest control now. “It’s important to evaluate the weeds in your fields,” says Chris. “For example, if you’re managing marestail and you didn’t do a fall burndown, you should consider an early spring burndown to clean up some of those winter annuals.” Chris also encourages growers to look at…

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28 Dec 17

Doebler’s Earns its Place on Marks Farm

When Doebler’s says Marks Farms is a big customer, we mean BIG. That’s because Marks Farm, located outside Lowville, New York, in Lewis County, is a 10,200-head dairy farm. “We have approximately 4,600 to 4,800 mature cows, says Andrew Place, one of the seven operating partners. “We keep another 5,200 young stock on the farm.” The farm has grown exponentially; in 1985, when it was purchased from Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Marks, the farm had 350 cows. According to the Mark Farms website, each day the operation uses 800,000 pounds of feed and produces 340,000 pounds of milk. To help…

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15 Dec 17

Doebler’s Thanks Customers and Dealers for a Great 2017

Despite a variety of weather anomalies across the Doebler’s footprint, 2017 has been an excellent year for the majority of Doebler’s customers. Doebler’s General Manager Sheldon Bender says, “2017 has been a tremendous year for Doebler's, for our dealers and our customers.” “We had a late spring in most of the eastern U.S., but we also had warm weather in late fall, which was much needed. Growers are very thankful for finally wrapping up one of the latest harvests ever in the eastern U.S.” Sheldon notes that Doebler’s corn hybrids and soybean varieties performed exceptionally well in 2017. “In the…

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14 Dec 17

A Growing Challenge: Soybean Cyst Nematode Management

It’s a microscopic parasite that enters plants, feeds on vascular tissue and leaves cysts attached to roots filled with up to 400 eggs. Not only can it cause tremendous yield loss, but once it’s taken up residency in a field, it can stay for as long as 20 years, reproducing up to five times a year. Sound like a creature from a horror story? That’s soybean cyst nematode (SCN), and it’s one of the biggest threats to soybean production in the U.S. According to Lindsey Thiessen, assistant professor and extension specialist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., SCN…

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05 Dec 17

Friend First, Dealer Second

Doebler’s dealer, Carter Borden of Gloucester County, Virginia, is knocking on the door of his 24th year with the company. To say he has learned a thing or two about being a partner with his customers would be an understatement. “I’m a people’s person,” Carter says. “[I] found out early on you just don’t want to show up at seed-selling time. All of my customers have become friends of mine and I visit them several times a year.” His wife, Margie serves as Carter’s assistant both with seed orders and with maintaining relationships. The dynamic duo has long hosted a…

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22 Nov 17

Doebler’s FIT Program Yields Outstanding Results

As the 2017 growing season draws to a close, Doebler’s is reviewing results of FIT Program Trials and Challenges throughout our footprint. An acronym for Field In Transition, the FIT Program was launched in 2016 and has grown by almost 50 percent in just one year. The purpose of the program is to test Doebler’s seed products versus competitors on actual farms. “We feel strongly that we need to show localized, on-farm product performance data,” says Doebler’s Marketing Manager Pam Dincher. “It supports our goals to provide every grower with a regional advantage.” The program consists of two parts. “FIT…

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17 Nov 17

Doebler’s Dealer Andy Fry Values Personal Touch

Andy Fry, who farms near Middleport, New York, has been a Doebler’s dealer since 2011. Over the years, he’s found that Doebler’s is unique in a variety of respects. “I wouldn’t be a dealer for any other company,” Andy says. “It’s a family-oriented business. Most of the dealers are farmer-dealers and that gives us a personal touch that customers like.” “I can tell a grower that I’m using a certain hybrid in a field right now or I’m going to grow another particular hybrid next year,” he says. “It helps me relate to my customers and it can help them…

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10 Nov 17

Meet Doebler’s Dealer: Tyler Bill

Tyler Bill, a Doebler’s dealer in Monroeville, New Jersey, is that rare breed—a first generation farmer. Growing up in Monroeville, a rural farming community, Tyler was exposed to agriculture. In high school he was involved in FFA and began working on farms. Tyler studied agriculture business at Cumberland County College in Vineland, New Jersey, and in 2012 finished his four-year degree in business management at Wilmington University in Delaware. “I [have] worked at one farm in particular, named Dusty Lane Farms, for about ten years now,” Tyler says. “Now they’re not only my employer, but [also] a Doebler’s customer.” Tyler…

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10 Nov 17

Strong Harvest Underway in Doebler’s Footprint

Growers are busy harvesting in Doebler’s territory, bringing in excellent yields so far. While it’s a little early for a full reckoning, it’s looking like a good year for soybean and corn yields throughout the eastern U.S., according to Doebler’s General Manager Sheldon Bender. “Harvest is generally a little behind this year in the Doebler’s footprint,” says Sheldon. “In New York and Pennsylvania, corn silage is 95 percent complete but corn grain is just 10 to 20 percent complete. Soybeans in that area are at 40 to 50 percent.” In the Delmarva, on the other hand, completion is almost reversed,…

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27 Oct 17

Doebler’s Dealer Profile: Don and Ginger Fair

Did fate play a hand in bringing together Don Fair and Doebler’s? Don owns Donald Fair Nutritional Consulting, Inc., in Bedford, Penn., with his wife, Ginger. He knew about Doebler’s because his father was a Doebler’s dealer in Lancaster County. Don had also kept an eye on Doebler’s as a competitor to AgWay, his employer for quite a few years prior to his current business endeavor. In 2005, Don accompanied his father to Ag Progress Days at Pennsylvania State University. He ran into a former colleague who had become a Doebler’s district sales manager at the time. “He needed a…

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