As we enter into the New Year, and as I’m out and about throughout the country, one of the biggest things I hear as a growing concern is about all the mergers taking place in agriculture right now. I believe there’s a growing apprehension among producers and suppliers that the landscape taking shape in the seed industry may not have their best interest at heart. The agriculture industry, not unlike many other industries, has started to experience the pains that come along with extensive mergers and acquisitions. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not “demonizing” these mergers and/or the companies in …
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 …
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, …
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 …
Double Cropping Winter Triticale and MC MasterGraze corn
Dairy farms that are able to use a 12-month double-cropping strategy can maximize the return on their forage production investment. Milk producers are always looking for new ways to increase forage production on their own land. In most situations a dairy operator can produce his own feed for a lot less than he can buy it, and control nutrient management plans more effectively.
One proven way to increase forage production while promoting nutrient uptake on home acreage is double-cropping. This often involves spring-planted silage corn followed by late summer-planted winter triticale, which is harvested as silage or hay the following spring before …
During the 2014 and 2015 growing seasons, I have had the privilege of working with a great group of
plot cooperators across the U.S. and Canada. It’s a lot of fun when plot cooperators are calling you to
find out when you will be making new crosses available commercially. In 2014 and 2015 there were 2
hybrids that were standouts in virtually every plot. These 2 hybrids are now available commercially. I
received numerous phone calls from around the country about how well these hybrids were performing.
After a strong performance in the advancement plots in 2014 and 2015, I was very pleased to see …