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Prevent Plant? Maintain Soil Health with These Useful Tips

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in News

When fields are open during late spring/summer, whether part of a planned system or created by unfortunate weather, it’s critical to keep soils covered, taking advantage of the longer seeding window and maintaining soil health benefits.

Keep these items in mind if prevent plant is a possibility within your operation:

 

1. DO SOMETHING. Leaving ground fallow greatly increases risk of erosion and improves the likelihood of leaching nitrates, sulfates and other nutrients that could be used by the following year’s crop. Bare ground also encourages risk of “Fallow Syndrome” the following year. Fallow Syndrome occurs when there’s no plant growth in an area for an extended period. Populations of “good fungi”, called active mycorrhizae, are reduced because they need actively growing roots to survive. These fungi depend on host plants to complete their life cycle. Adding a grass (ryegrass, oats, etc.) or legume such as peas or hairy vetch are extremely beneficial and will better support the good fungi in the soil.

2. DETERMINE YOUR GOALS. There are many “cover crop” options available to use. The crop rotation goals of the producer should help steer the decision. Normally, crop harvest can often limit the time we have available to plant a cover crop, but because our planting window is now early, just about everything can be considered. Again, this should depend on what the producer wants to accomplish with the cover crop planting.

3. UNDERSTAND THE GUIDELINES. If taking the full prevented plant option, haying or grazing is not allowed until after Nov. 1 (or other dates in the Midwest, depending on state or region). Check with your state or county FSA office for further info on grazing restrictions with this program.

 

4. THINK ABOUT HERBICIDE RESTRICTIONS. Consider herbicides already applied on acres not yet planted. In many cases, cover crops and other non-traditional crops will not be listed on the herbicide label. Many universities are doing more work on this topic to determine what options farmers have in the case of “prevent plant” or other cropping systems that offer quick seeding windows. If a cover crop is being planted for erosion control and won’t be harvested, the grower then assumes the risk if that cover crop doesn’t appear on the herbicide label. However, if that cover crop will be harvested as forage, either mechanically or by livestock, then rotational restrictions on the label must be followed. For more information on herbicide rotational restrictions, refer to FAQ #5 in the Soil First® Management Guide.
 

5. USE MIXES. Cover crop mixes allow for diversity and opportunity to spread out risk. Mixes also allow for reduced weather risks, help break pest cycles and prevent erosion that some monoculture species are vulnerable to. Added benefits include nitrogen fixing and improved soil health as well.

Access Prevent Plant Info Sheet Here
As always, double check your plans with your crop insurance agent to ensure compliance. For late planting dates and other information for your state, see below:

For more info on insurance programs, including early and final planting dates by county and state, visit: http://bit.ly/2nrxecb

Summer Select™ Hybrid Pearl Millet Addresses Summer Annual Challenges

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in News

LA CROSSE, WI (May 18, 2017) – A new pest continues to spread its way to fields in many areas of the U.S. The sugarcane aphid, which attacks forage sorghum, grain sorghum and sorghum-sudangrass, causes yield loss, uneven or lack of head emergence, poor grain set, increased lodging and more.

Feeding sugarcane aphids remove nutrients used for plant health and grain yield. This, along with secondary diseases, causes sorghum leaves to die. Without proper hybrid selection and scouting practices, this pest can cause up to 100 percent yield loss. In addition, it leaves behind a shiny, sticky honeydew that creates a mess on hands and equipment.

Summer annual breeders are working to develop plants with resistance to this insect. While some grain hybrids now have sugarcane aphid tolerance, limited options exist for sorghum-type forage.

To address this, La Crosse Seed has partnered with top breeders to acquire what it believes to be the best products for forage and grain producers to combat sugarcane aphids and other challenges.

One such product is the Summer Select™ Hercules BMR BD Pearl Millet. Released in 2016, the response to this multi-cut summer annual “has been very positive,” per Chris McCracken, director of business development at La Crosse Seed.
After numerous trials and side-by-side comparisons with sorghum-sudangrass, Hercules BMR BD has not only demonstrated similar yields, but has also displayed sugarcane aphid resistance plus higher digestibility and energy.
For producers looking to maximize productivity while also reducing cost, this improved summer annual has a lower seed cost than sorghum-sudangrass. “Today, Hercules represents average seed cost savings of $12 per acre,” said McCracken. “It is a fantastic alternative for producers in need of economical, efficient forage.”

Additional advantages to the hybrid pearl millet include:

  • Faster emergence and regrowth.
  • Brachytic dwarf structure for improved standability and management.
  • Dry stalk technology for improved drying time.
  • Flexibility to handle a larger range of soil types than sorghum-sudangrass.
  • No prussic acid concerns.

The company also recently released four new grain sorghum hybrids under its Summer Select summer annual portfolio; two of which exhibit natural tolerance to sugarcane aphid.

More information on Summer Select products can be found at www.summer-select.com.

About La Crosse Seed

La Crosse Seed has paired an unmatched portfolio of high quality forage, cover crop and turf seed with knowledgeable and experienced sales and support staff since 1947. Please call (800) 356-7333 or visit www.lacrosseseed.com to learn more about its products and services or to find a regional sales manager.

Forage First® Brand Participates in New Alfalfa Checkoff Program

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in News

Forage First® Brand Participates in New Alfalfa Checkoff Program

LA CROSSE, WI (February 14, 2017) – La Crosse Seed’s Forage First® brand is a participant in the new National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative Checkoff.

The program, launched in January, offers an opportunity for U.S. alfalfa growers purchasing eligible Forage First alfalfa products or other participating brands to make a commitment of $1 per bag to public research supporting the industry.

100 percent of checkoff funds will be spent on public research into alfalfa seed and alfalfa forage systems including research into yield improvement, water conservation, development of new storage and harvest systems, creation of new uses and more.

“As a forage leader for 70 years, we have always been committed to research and innovation, and we look forward to continuing that effort through this program,” said Dan Foor, CEO at La Crosse Seed.

La Crosse Seed will facilitate payment of the checkoff for purchases of participating alfalfa seed. Eligible Forage First alfalfa products include FF 4319.A2 RR, FF 42.A2 and FF 42.LH. Growers purchasing these products from La Crosse Seed’s dealer network are supporting the check-off through their purchase.

Growers interested in learning more about the program can contact La Crosse Seed for information and to find a local Forage First dealer. More information on Forage First products can be found at www.foragefirst.com.

More information on the alfalfa checkoff program can be found at www.alfalfa.org.

About La Crosse Seed

La Crosse Seed has paired an unmatched portfolio of high quality forage, cover crop and turf seed with knowledgeable and experienced sales and support staff since 1947. Please call (800) 356-7333 or visit www.lacrosseseed.com to learn more about its products and services or to find a regional sales manager.

CDL Driver – Sioux Falls, SD

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in News

Location:  Sioux Falls, SD

Employee Type:  Full-Time Employee

Industry:  Wholesale/Distribution

Manages Others: No

Job Type: CDL Driver/Warehouse Worker

Travel: 90% Driving

Description

A growing wholesaler/distributor of seed is recruiting a driver to support to its team in Sioux Falls, SD.  The candidate will transport products form distribution center to customer locations, conduct pre/post trip inspections, load/unload products from delivery vehicle to desired customer location and other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate is a problem solver who can work effectively, efficiently and independently in a deadline-driven, dynamic, team environment.  Candidate works with a sense of urgency and utilizes a proactive approach without relying on follow-up from others.  Candidate resolves problems with minimal direction and consistently seeks process improvement.  Candidate is flexible and committed to work long hours and contribute to growing the business.

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Provide quality service to customers using clear communication skills.
  • Be knowledgeable regarding all company products and services.
  • Inspect loaded truck for accuracy of order, compliance with weight restrictions, and proper securing of load.
  • Perform DOT-required pre-trip and post-trip inspections.
  • Maintain accurate records for submission to Fleet Office.
  • Ensure safety of vehicle; report all mechanical problems promptly to office.
  • Ensure safety and proper performance of helpers on company property, job site and in transit;
  • Address property-damage or personal injury occurrences immediately, including calling for medical attention, as needed.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.
  • Must have CDL.
  • Pick all orders (Verify Sales Order information including Lot Numbers – Make changes as needed)
  • Load Outgoing Company Vehicles for Delivery
  • Build & Wrap Pallets for LTL Deliveries
  • Load and unload trucks
  • Assist Customers at time of pick up – load customer vehicles
  • Mix Special orders as needed
  • Package & Ship UPS & Speedee Orders
  • Maintain clean warehouse – Sweep/Organize/Etc
  • Drive Van to make deliveries as needed
  • Fork Lift Driving Required
  • Ability to lift 65 pounds

Requirements

  • Requires CDL, Class A preferred
  • Excellent verbal, written, listening and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, prioritization skills with attention to detail;
  • Ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential information;
  • 2+ years of similar experience;
  • Knowledge of grass and experience mixing a plus;

For consideration submit resume with cover letter and SALARY/HOURLY REQUIREMENTS.

Sioux Falls Location

2810 W. 3rd St. Suite 1
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

(605) 338-9639 – Local
(877) 338-9639 – Toll Free

Fax: (605) 338-9691

La Crosse Seed Launches Specialized Cover Crop Inoculant

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in News

LINK™ Inoculant Brings an Economical Solution to Soil Health

LA CROSSE, WI (May 26, 2016) – La Crosse Seed and its Soil First® family of cover crop products recently launched a new inoculant tailored to cover crops. LINK™ Cover Crop Inoculant was created to inoculate any legume cover crop mix in one easy product and is included with Soil First legume mix orders of 500 pounds or more.

“We are excited to offer LINK to the cover crop industry,” said Scott Wohltman, cover crop lead at La Crosse Seed. “This will help producers maximize the benefits of their cover crop for greater return on investment”.

While inoculating legume cover crops is crucial for maximum growth and nitrogen fixation, cost and convenience are a challenge as multiple products are often needed. To solve this, LINK includes all rhizobia strains needed to inoculate any legume cover crop mix in one package. The inoculant is also effective for custom mixes and forage mixes including legumes.

“LINK will help take the guesswork and challenge out of inoculating cover crops,” added Wohltman.

Application is also simple. LINK is a dry product that can be applied directly to seed or at the planter and is applied to the entire cover crop mix. Applying to the entire mix allows non-legume seed to help carry inoculant into the soil for greater nodulation and nitrogen fixation of legumes. Each package treats 500 pounds of seed, convenient for both 50-pound and 2,000-pound bulk bags.

The new inoculant will be available for cover crop orders this summer.

About La Crosse Seed
La Crosse Seed has paired an unmatched portfolio of high quality forage, turf and cover crop seed with knowledgeable and experienced sales and support staff since 1947. Please call (800) 356-7333 to learn more about its products and services or to find a regional sales manager.

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Summer Select™ Summer Annuals Bring Elite Genetics to Producers

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in News

Summer SelectLA CROSSE, WI (April 19, 2016) – In its effort to continually deliver innovative forage seed options to its customers, La Crosse Seed has launched the Summer SelectTM family of summer annual products. The company has partnered with top breeders to acquire what it believes to be the best genetics and most versatile summer annual portfolio available to the U.S. producer. The new lineup features products with advantages including greater digestibility, disease resistance and more.

 

Many varieties within the Summer Select portfolio include the BMR6 brown mid-rib trait, which denotes improved digestibility and higher energy forage. Also within the lineup are varieties that include the brachytic dwarf trait, which assures greater leaf-to-stem ratio and improved standability.

 

“As a trusted resource, it is important we consistently evaluate available genetics and arm our dealers and producers with tools needed to succeed,” said Chris McCracken, director of business development at La Crosse Seed.

 

An increasingly popular option within the Summer Select family is the BMR pearl millet (PM Hercules BMR BD), a multi-cut summer annual with many advantages including:

 

  • Faster emergence and regrowth.
  • Brachytic dwarf structure for improved standability and management.
  • Dry stalk technology for improved drying time.
  • Flexibility to handle a larger range of soil types than sorghum-sudangrass.
  • No prussic acid or sugarcane aphid concerns.

 

“It is the feeling of many forage specialists that the latest genetics of the BMR pearl millet will replace many acres of sorghum-sudangrass,” said McCracken.

 

In addition to pearl millet, other available species through La Crosse Seed’s Summer Select portfolio include forage sorghum, sorghum-sudangrass and teff grass.

 

More information on Summer Select products can be found at the Summer Select Website.

 

About La Crosse Seed

La Crosse Seed has paired an unmatched portfolio of high quality forage, turf and cover crop seed with knowledgeable and experienced sales and support staff since 1947. Please call (800) 328-1909 to learn more about its products and services or to find a Regional Sales Manager.

La Crosse Seed Adds New Marketing Supervisor, Ben Addington

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in News

La Crosse, WI

March 11, 2016:

 

In an effort to continue leading the forage, cover crop and turf markets it services, La Crosse Seed has added Ben Addington as its Marketing Supervisor. Ben has over 10 years of marketing and sales experience, and most recently was an Account Manager with Metre, an advertising agency based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a degree in Public Relations. Ben is based out of the La Crosse office where he will direct the company’s marketing efforts to better serve the company’s agricultural and turf customers.

 

“We are very excited about the addition of Ben. He will be a tremendous asset, not only to the La Crosse Seed team, but to our customers as well,” says Dan Foor, Chief Executive Officer for La Crosse Seed. “Ben’s education and experience will help elevate our premium forage, turf and cover crop brands, and will help enhance communication with our customers,” he adds.

 

“One of my passions is creating amazing customer experiences, and La Crosse Seed’s culture is totally aligned with that passion,” Ben concluded.

 

For more information, or to contact Ben Addington, please call (608) 433-7199 or email baddington@laxseed.com.

 

ABOUT LA CROSSE SEED

La Crosse Seed has been pairing an unmatched portfolio of high quality forage, turf, and cover crop seeds with knowledgeable and experienced sales and support staff since 1947. Please call the company’s headquarters in La Crosse at (800) 328-1909 to learn more about its products and services or to find your Regional Sales Manager.

La Crosse Seed Announces New Western Cover Crop Lead, Bert Strayer

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in News

Bert Strayer

La Crosse, WI (February 23, 2016) – La Crosse Seed, a wholesale supplier of premium forage, cover crop and turf seeds is pleased to announce that Bert Strayer will assume the newly created role of Western Cover Crop Lead. Bert has been a Regional Sales Manager for La Crosse Seed managing Iowa territories for the past sixteen years and his seed industry experience spans three decades. Prior to La Crosse Seed, Bert served as Sales and Marketing Manager for Strayer Seed Farms from 1986 to 1996 and then AgriBioTech from 1997 to 2000. Bert graduated from Iowa State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business with emphasis in management and agronomy.

“Bert currently offers our retail customers and growers in the Northeastern Iowa area tremendous cover crop support and advice. His level of expertise and passion for cover crops is what made him an excellent fit to help lead the cover crop movement across the Western United States.,” says Patrick Reed, National Sales Director for La Crosse Seed.

“For the past several years the advancement of sustainability, soil health and water quality has been a very important initiative at La Crosse Seed,” says Dan Foor, Chief Executive Officer for La Crosse Seed. “We feel strongly that continuing to add expert resources while providing premium cover crop seed through the Soil First™ brand are two keys to helping farmers adopt these practices on more of their acres,” he adds.

Bert will lead the company’s cover crop efforts for all states west of the Mississippi while Scott Wohltman, current Cover Crop Lead, will focus on cover crop support for those states east of the Mississippi. His current sales territory will continue to be supported by three of La Crosse Seed’s Regional Sales Managers.

For more information, or to contact Bert Strayer, please call (319) 240-0561 or email bstrayer@laxseed.com.

ABOUT LA CROSSE SEED

La Crosse Seed has been pairing an unmatched portfolio of high quality forage, turf, and cover crop seeds with knowledgeable and experienced sales and support staff since 1947. Please call the company’s headquarters in La Crosse at (800) 356-7333 to learn more about its products and services or to find your Regional Sales Manager.

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La Crosse Seed Recognized for Cover Crop Leadership by Receiving an Iowa Water Quality Initiative Award

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in News

On February 10, 2016 La Crosse Seed was nominated and selected by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to receive a Water Quality Initiative award at the Agribusiness Association of Iowa’s Annual Showcase and conference.

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey presents La Crosse Seed team members with a Water Quality Initiative Award
(Pictured left to right: Bill Eatock, Tim Gioffredi, Bert Strayer, Scott Wohltman, Bill Northey)

This award was presented to La Crosse Seed to recognize their leadership in the cover crop industry not only in Iowa but across the other states it serves as well. Specifically noted was La Crosse Seed’s efforts to advance the sustainability movement in Iowa through cover crop education and support through its Soil First™ brand. Cover crops are a crucial component of improving water quality throughout Iowa, and La Crosse Seed has been a leader in the effort to promote the benefits cover crops, and participates as an active partner in various opportunities, such as the ADM-Unilever Sustainable Soy Program Continuous Improvement Program.

“La Crosse Seed is honored to be recognized as an agricultural leader in Iowa. It is such a privilege to be acknowledged while surrounded by so many of our ag retail customers that have helped to make this possible by advancing sustainability practices and exploring the benefits of cover crops,” notes Scott Wohltman, Cover Crop Lead for La Crosse Seed.  We are very excited about the future of soil health and we aim to further our commitment to Iowa by continuing to help ensure cover crop success through Soil First™ products, education and support,” he adds.

 

ABOUT LA CROSSE SEED

La Crosse Seed has been pairing an unmatched portfolio of high quality forage, turf, and cover crop seeds with knowledgeable and experienced sales and support staff since 1947. Please call the company at (800) 356-7333 to learn more about its products and services or to find your Regional Sales Manager.

 

La Crosse Seed Adds Southern Regional Sales Manager, Richie Coleman

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in News

La Crosse, WI
November 10, 2015:

 

La Crosse Seed has expanded its geographic footprint by adding Richie Coleman as a Regional Sales Manager. Richie will assist customers with their forage, turf and cover crop seed needs across the South-Central and Southeast United States.

Richie graduated from Mississippi Valley State University in 2005. His professional experience includes previous positions as a Seed Technician, Forage and Wildlife Seed Specialist and a Seed Sales Representative. His particular areas of expertise are forage and wildlife seed.

Patrick Reed, National Sales Director states, “I am very excited to have Richie join our team. His experience, in terms of both seed knowledge and the Southern geography, will be a huge asset for his customers throughout his territory.”

Richie comments, “I am grateful to join such an influential and professional team and have the opportunity to grow our area of influence. I look forward to using my strengths as a resource for both the customers in my region and the La Crosse Seed team as well.”

La Crosse Seed has been pairing an unmatched portfolio of high quality seed varieties with knowledgeable and experienced sales and support staff since 1947. Currently, the organization has seven locations and twenty sales professionals across its service area. Please call the company’s headquarters in La Crosse at (800) 328-1909 or check out www.laxseed.com to learn more about its products, services or find a Regional Sales Manager in your area.

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