Welcoming the Warm Weather

Good morning.  Well we have finally been getting some good heat around the area that has really moved the crops along towards maturity.  After experiencing a much cooler then average July mother nature has cranked up the thermostat the last couple weeks.  Looking at accumulated GDUs from a planting date of May 10th we are now about 15 ahead of the five year average.  The heat has been welcome for many growers in the area, but many of them would welcome a good rain more.  In my travels over the past couple of weeks you can certainly separate out which areas had caught a rain in the past month and those that hadn’t.  Moving through the lakes country of Minnesota there are many, many fields that just flat out aren’t going to produce anything this year, except maybe in the low areas.  Many fields of corn and soybeans are past permanet wilting point so any more moisture just won’t do anything.  As you move north of Fargo through the Grandin area things are ok, but it doesn’t take long to find some fields of corn that are starting to fire up from drought stress.  A good shot of rain through that area will help grain fill and increase test weights on crops there.  South of our office through the Herman, MN area things look very good.  Crops are progressing nicely, and many growers will see very good yields though that area.  They were lucky enough down there to receive a couple extra shots of moisture that many other areas didn’t get.  All in all, things look ok considering the tough conditions this year on top of the late planting dates.

Well, it’s also that time of year again for growers to get out and see what seed companies have to offer at their local county plots.  This past week we have attended county plot tours in Sargent, Ransom, Richland, and Douglas Counties.  The turnouts for these tours have been surprisingly good considering the temperatures have been in the middle 90s.  Our corn and soybean products look exceptional in all the plots and I am expecting them to finish towards the top.  If you are looking to get out and see some of our products we will have representatives at the following plot days.

Griggs County Sept 17th @ 5 pm, Steele County Sept. 18th at 5 pm, Barnes County Sept. 17th at 5:45 pm, Clay/Wilkin Counties Sept. 9th at 11 am, Norman County Sept. 11th at 5 pm, Swift County Sept. 5th at 5:30 pm, Pope County Sept. 3rd at 5pm.

Also, for those folks in the area around Campbell/Tintah we will be having our annual plot day at the Mark Keller farm Wednesday Sept. 4th starting with a social hour at 5 pm, followed by plot tours of our corn and soybeans, finishing up with a great meal.  This is a great oppurtunity to come out and see our current products and what else we have coming down the pipeline.  For more information or directions feel free to contact our office at 1-888-786-7333.

Finally, as we transition our brand form Seeds 2000 into Nuseed we will be hosting a brand kickoff event on Sept. 9th at Big Iron at the Red River Valley fairgrounds in West Fargo.  This event will be an oppurtunity for our customers to learn what is changing with the brand transition and what oppurtunities there are with Nuseed. We will be having Mick Kjar broadcasting live from the event, exceptional BBQ provided by Spitfire Grill, and of course ICE COLD BEER.  Follow the signs to the East Horse Barn from 4:30 to 7:30 on the fair grounds to join us for what is going to be a fun filled night.