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The calendar has once again turned to spring and we find ourselves putting the seeds of a new crop into the ground. The smell of freshly tilled soil fills the air as the planters roll across the fields dropping those seeds of optimism with pin point accuracy. As soon as those seeds come in contact with the soil, soil-born fungi are trying to attack that seed and keep you from achieving those dreams of higher yields.

Seed treatments have long been used to protect seeds from these soil-born fungi and to help protect your seed investment. Combating these seedling diseases becomes harder and more complicated each year due to the fact there are multiple fungi or multiple species of fungi in any given field. However, not all pathogens are fungi. We have some organisms that are oomycetes. Controlling both fungi and oomycete can be challenging for any seed treatment, especially when it takes the seed 3-4 weeks before the seedlings start to emerge.

Here at NuTech we like to say “We lead with seed!" One of the ways that we do that is by providing growers with a premium seed treatment such as Poncho 500/VOTiVO at no extra 

charge. This premium seed treatment has just gotten better for the 2017 planting season with the addition of Ethaboxam to our portfolio.

Ethaboxam is a new novel thiazole carboxamide fungicide that we are adding to our seed treatment.  This addition of Ethaboxam gives NuTech Seed multiple modes of action to better protect seed/seedlings from oomycete pathogens such as Pythium. By having multiple modes of action against Pythium, growers will experience better control of seedling diseases and help them achieve that early stand establishment they are looking for. Too many times, growers have learned the hard way that it takes multiple modes of action to help control most targeted pest.

Now you have one more tool in your toolbox to help you reach your dreams of higher yields. Rest assured that we will not stop there. We will continue to look for other promising seed treatments and to continue to provide more value to our growers.

® Poncho, VOTiVO and ILeVO are registered trademarks of Bayer. Poncho and Poncho/VOTiVO are not registered in all states. For additional product information call toll-free 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937) or visit our website at www.BayerCropScience.us.

What an Exciting Time to be Involved in Agriculture

Some might say…. how can you say such a thing with tight cash flow and low commodity prices relative to costs? I say, same old business, just different year. Yes, we have lower commodity prices, but we have raised record crop yields over the last 4 years and demand for our grain is as high as it has ever been. Look at all the technology we have today as well. Not only do we grow more bushels with better seed products, but we have equipment that will drive itself, monitors that measure yields on the go, and communication tools that provide information 24/7. I had the opportunity to see some interesting market research recently that showed that grower confidence in the future of Agriculture was at record high levels even though current outlook is negative to challenging. I couldn’t agree more with the future confidence. This is a hungry world and it will need high producing, savy farmers to feed it.

It is also a great time to be in the seed business, especially with NuTech Seed. Our business continues to move forward in positive direction due to our consistent outstanding Independent Trial performance in corn, our LibertyLink® soybean weed control options and sales success, and our people. Year after year, we just keep winning due to the quality of our products. More and more growers are seeing our results and asking to purchase our products or join our dealer network. Today’s best growers continue to focus on maximizing yield potential and managing costs/bushel, not cost per acre. And we can help. Combine our outstanding products with good programs and we have a tremendous value to offer growers. We also work diligently every day to develop mutually beneficial relationships, maintain a strong customer service orientation, and create a brand experience that is trustworthy and genuine. In uncertain times, people look for people they trust as business partners and we take that challenge seriously each and every day. There is still a lot of decisions to be made yet on the farm for the 2017 crop and I know we can help.

As always, thanks for your business and support of NuTech Seed. It is good to be us!

Hybrid Performance Can Help Lower Your Seed Cost

The current climate of low crop commodity prices is squeezing margins. As growers consider strategies to reduce cost, they often budget on cost per acre. This is a great start, but focusing only on cost per acre might cause producers to overlook the cost per bushel which is being raised. 

The most straightforward reason for calculating cost on a per-bushel (rather than per acre) basis is that the crop being produced will be priced in dollars per bushel. Some will raise the concern that production is uncertain. While that statement is true, no budget is going to perfectly predict the future. Instead budgeting make use of history and trends to make predictions about the future. Budgeting is based on forecast which are imperfect but are useful.

One of the quickest ways that growers can reduce their cost per bushel raised is to increase their overall yield per acre. The average US corn yield have increased from 127 bushel per acre in 1996 to over 173 bushels per acre in 2016. That is a 40 bushel per acre gain during the last 20 years. This is a direct result of newer technologies and extensive testing of the new hybrids which are commercially available. One way we test our products is in the F.I.R.S.T. trials each year. Seventy-six different companies entered hybrids into the F.I.R.S.T. trials this year, but none can tell the performance story that NuTech Seed can.

Year After Year - Win After Win

In the 2016 F.I.R.S.T. trials, 19 different NuTech Seed hybrids took the overall highest yield designation in 60 different trials. These 60 ‘wins’ were more than double that were experienced by our closest competitor in these same trials. More importantly, NuTech Seed hybrids achieved 280 ‘Top 5’ finishes and 471 ‘Top 10’ finishes respectively. These results are simply amazing and it all starts with superior genetics! Even more amazing is our performance in these trials during the last 3 years. Year after Year, Win after Win, NuTech Seed hybrids have shown the performance to help growers lower your cost per bushel.

NuTech Seed: The Seed Brand of Choice in 2017

I don’t know about you, but it seems like harvest just wrapped up and football bowl season is upon us. In all reality, planting season is rapidly approaching and it won’t be long before we have to dust off the lawnmowers as we start another growing season. That being said, growers are set to plant more NuTech Seed soybeans, sorghum and sunflowers than ever before.

2017 seems to be a year of indecision as we see a new soybean technology offered for weed control. Soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology (RR2X) have hit the ground running and are causing quite a stir in the field as growers decide which option is best for their farms. While RR2X is a solid alternative to troublesome weeds, NuTech Seed firmly believes the LibertyLink® strategy is a safer and more neighbor friendly alternative to glyphosate resistant weeds and improved yield potential. NuTech Seed has begun to transition part of the portfolio to RR2X and is looking at these products across all maturity zones. Our promise to you is a product must perform, regardless of technology, and we will not launch a product due to technology only.

LibertyLink, Planting, soybeans, weed control


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