The King’s Agriseeds Team hit the road early Monday morning to travel to New Enterprise in Cumberland County to start the first of their two week long series of educational forage meetings.
South Central PA “Ridge and Valley” topography.
They met at the old Replogle School community center in New Enterprise, PA for the first meeting
Replogle School community center.
Display setup at the meeting.
The King’s AgriSeeds team began with a presentation from Dave Wilson on crop rotations and explaining how to fit various rotations into your eco-zone. This included eco-zone differences and the effect on rotation and cropping systems and increasing forage productivity with rotations.
Guest Speaker Mike Velde, Alforex: Master of Science (M.S.), Agronomy, Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mike has many years’ experience previously as an alfalfa breeder for Dairyland Seed.
Veldespoke about Alfalfa and the Genetic Improvements in Alfalfa. His insight and experience was very useful to growers as he explained the features of the new varieties that King’s now has in their inventory. Mike emphasized the value of a shorter rotation (2 to 3 years) and also appropriate seeding rates to maximize yield. Mike explained the benefits of growing alfalfa in the rotation and the nitrogen credits for corn that improve yields, after a shorter rotation (2 to 3 years) with a dense stand of alfalfa, vs. leaving it in the 4th or 5th year.
David Hunsberger and Tracy Neff co-presented on the characteristics of corn, including variety selection and benefits of the floury starch component of corn hybrids that King’s carries.
The Group enjoyed fellowship and a nice lunch (dinner to some) served by the community center personnel.
Tim Jacobson – Advanta US, has more than 30 years of agricultural experience in agronomy, product development, research and sales. His previous work has included positions with companies such as Syngenta, Resource Seeds, Inc., Horizon Ag Products, and Crop Care Services. Tim has also worked as an educator and researcher at California State University – Fresno. Most recently he served as a district sales manager for Sorghum Partners. Tim earned a Master of Science degree in plant science from California State University – Fresno and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural soil science from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.
After lunch Tim Jacobson gave a presentation to the group concerning the King’s line up of Alta Seeds Sorghum-Sudangrass products and Forage Sorghums, and how to fit these products into a rotation while increasing farm forage productivity.
Tim Jacobson, Advanta US, presenting to the group.
Tim Fritz and Tracy Neff finished up with a presentation about King’s Agriseeds product selection and testing and the steps involved in bringing new genetics to our customers.
After the meeting the King’s team and guest speakers spent time answering questions from farmers and discussing cropping systems concerns in central and south central PA.
Mike Velde, Alforex talking to a farmer about alfalfa questions and concerns.