Today marks eight months since starting full-time with Masters Choice as Plant Breeder. Sitting here in the San Juan Airport, recapping what seems to be a quick instance in paradise before my flight back to the cold, I realize how much I have been blessed with Masters Choice. Over these last eight months, I’ve traveled the Midwest, met with dealers and customers, attended World Dairy Expo, and conducted pollinations on four separate occasions. This trip to Puerto Rico tops the list off nicely.
Accompanying me on this trip was Kyle Vosburgh, our Research Assistant. Over our time here on the island, …
Our research and development team is busy this winter. Michael Lake recently finished pollinating our winter crop in the greenhouse. The crop looks beautiful. One of the newest projects for us is taking place in the greenhouse this winter. We started AP testing some of our proprietary inbreds. This will help us to be certain that our parent seed is 100 percent GMO free. This is critical for our customers that are aiming for Non-GMO premiums. With the overwhelming majority of corn pollen that's flying across the country each summer carrying some form of genetically modified trait, producing conventional seed …
Early this Fall I had the privilege to meet Joe Funk, editor of the esteemed Seed Today magazine. I was humbled that Joe had interest in writing a piece about Masters Choice for his publication. It was great to show him our facilities and discuss Masters Choice, and our unique position in the marketplace, but it was even better to spend the day getting to know Joe, whose knowledge of the seed industry is second to none. After months of anticipation our story is now available in print. I encourage you to pick up the printed copy of Seed Today. …
Over the past three years Masters Choice has proven consistent dominance in the World Forage Analysis Superbowl, at Madison, Wisconsin's World Dairy Expo. 2016 proved no different, with MC samples making up 7 of the "Top 10" samples. That runs our grand total of Top 10 finishers, over the last three years, to 15. Other achievements include winning the Grand Champion (Standard Corn Silage Division) two of the last three years, winning the Quality Counts Award (top Kd rate) two of the last three years (including 2016 with a Kd of 7.71, beating all standard corn silages and BMRs alike), …
New Product Offering: MicroMaster Organic Seed Treatment
By: Kyle Vosburgh
Over the years at Masters Choice we have strived to bring you the very best hybrids designed for a specific end use. We have continuously tried our very best to offer one of the best organic lineups in the marketplace. This past year we have solidified that by bringing forward many mainstay hybrids now offered organically. We also have brought forward our brand new OMRI approved organic seed treatment, MicroMaster. Traditionally organic seed has only been offered to customers untreated. This leaves organic seed susceptible to many early season issues that can …
"Lab Report Refresher" by: Mark Kirk
“Well its all Greek to me!” as our pastor reminded us Sunday this statement conveys the idea of the difficulty to interpret something written in a whole ‘nother language. Ever feel that way about a silage analysis from a forage lab? With all the abbreviations and numbers, what is it really telling us? Let’s sort it out.
Most feed tests are separated into 5 major categories: proteins, fiber, carbohydrates, minerals, and calculations. Within those categories there are several measurements and calculations and some times there is more than one number for a particular line analysis. Which …
Nursery Thoughts, By: Cullen Johnson
A few days ago, I completed the second major step of my work in the nursery, pollinations. The first big hurtle was planting, which was severely delayed because of the overabundance of precipitation we acquired early this spring. Because of this, the nursery was later than usual for pollinations to begin. In a normal year, I should have been finished with pollinations by the end of the third week of July; nevertheless, the work got done and with tremendous success.
After spending nearly three weeks in the heat of July and August trudging through a corn field, …
Continuous Corn Effects and Management in Corn Silage
By: Cullen Johnson
Like any good businessman, beef and dairy producers are looking for “the best bang for their buck.” Corn silage is an option these beef/dairymen have to do just that. Overall, feed use of corn silage for beef and dairy has been continually rising, as it provides more tons per acre and thus, increasing profit when fed. According to the U.S. Census of Agriculture, in 2012, 7.2 million acres were grown for corn silage, up 18% from 2007. As we all know, we aren’t making any more land; therefore, to keep up …
By: Aaron Wright, Masters Choice Marketing Associate
As many of you know, Masters Choice has moved our headquarters to a new building with much more space to expand into. We are working as hard as ever, with more people than ever, to get the job done.
Aside from the new headquarters, we have expanded our Pulaski conditioning facility and warehouse more quickly than we’d ever thought. We have added a new warehouse this year, as well as put the finishing touches on a second conditioning line.
Southern Illinois Plant Manager, Heston Hase says, “The addition of a second conditioning line here at the …
By: Kyle Vosburgh
Within life we are continuously entering and exiting seasons. Agriculture is no different in that regard. We patiently wait all winter for the spring crop to go in; we eagerly check our ground as the first stands set in. It seems like an eternity from planting day until the first signs of harvest set in. Throughout the growing season we learn a lot about, not only our farms, but also about the crops we grow. These seasons are a wonderful reminder as to why we love agriculture so much.
While many people are taking a deep breath after harvest; …