Seed

Seed


02 May 2022

by Brad Roberts

As farmers hit the fields during planting season, it’s a busy time for growers across the country. And while it’s easy to get wrapped up in making sure all of your crops get planted, it’s also a good time to start thinking about all of the data that’s associated with planting.  Are you utilizing your planting data to your advantage? We’ll walk you through some of the benefits of uploading your planting data when you become a member of FBN®. Here’s a snapshot of some of the unlocked features you’ll be able to access as an member.  Customized planting reports Once you upload some of your planting data, you’ll receive a summary of what was planted at your operation on a field-by-field level based on your data . You’ll also find additional available information on seeding rates and weather conditions during planting. Finally, you’ll receive a planting map for each of your fields.  This is a quick and easy way to view key planting information. All of your planting data is carefully organized in a way that will enable you to review what took place at an operation level and for each field. This is a great resource to access throughout the season when you need to recall where things were planted and the environment in which they were planted. It’s also helpful for future seasons when you’ll want to revisit what you did year after year.  In season yield prediction You’ll also gain access to an in-season yield prediction report starting in June that can be accessed via the mobile application. The full report can be found at fbn.com>reports within your account. As well, you can see field by field predictions within the mobile app. The mobile app can be downloaded via the or .  This report will refresh every few weeks.  Interested in gaining insights as to what your field yield potential is? The uses your planting data and historical field data, satellite imagery, weather details, and more to give you a future look as to what your yield might be.  If field boundaries haven’t been loaded, the planting files will create them. This will provide you with access to features that you’ll want to check frequently such as: Weather (precip, soil moisture, soil temp, wind speed) Satellite Imagery Soil Properties and Soil Type maps Field terrain and elevation Planting data is vital to load into your account because when it’s time for harvest and uploading your harvest data, this will match the two different data layers. The first will show products planted and where and how they’re planted. The second will show your yield results for that product. This will provide you with further insights. Without planting data, you won’t truly be able to understand how your products performed. Analysis tools Seed This will display an easy to follow list of products planted, the rate they were planted, yield information and ROI details like cost/a and cost/bu (if other invoices have been uploaded). Planting This tool provides an analysis of how your planting actions may have affected yield, yield by seeding rate, planter speed, crop rotation and tillage practice.  Performance This will give you a robust analysis of the products you planted, field actions taken like crop rotation, seeding rate, tillage, weather, planting dates and overall harvest information.  How to upload planting data There are many ways to enter data into your account. You can store all of your planting files from your planting monitor onto a USB thumb drive and then simply upload them from your computer to your account. If you utilize John Deere or CNH software, you can easily stream your data into the account by quickly initiating an integration between the two systems. Watch this video to learn more: If you’re a Climate FieldView user, you can export your planting data by logging into , select Data and then Data Manager.  Select the field, click on Actions and choose Export DAT Files.   You can then either upload those files yourself at FBN.com or simply email to You can also manually add a planting layer with just a few quick pieces of information. Learn more about how to add a planting layer by .  Additional resources If you ever need help uploading data into your account or have other questions, please email and our team of Data Specialists will be happy to assist you.  To access and learn more about these there are various levels of contributing data to ensure your account is ready to Power Up Your Farm. Become a member today and join a global network of farmers — 36,000+ strong and growing — who are already taking advantage of the opportunity to reduce their cost of production and maximize the value of their crops. 


04 Apr 2022

by Brad Roberts

Have you ever thought about contributing and sharing data with your fellow farmers? Imagine being part of a network of like-minded farmers who contribute and share data with one another. is dedicated to helping farmers maximize their profit potential with a data and technology platform.  But what does that really mean? It means that farmers in our network gain access to insights from a global farmer community to make confident decisions that will impact your bottom line.  So how does it work? And how do you get started?  Here are 4 reasons that you should consider adding invoices and seed labels to your account. 1. Contribute directly from your phone Adding seed invoices, chemical invoices and seed labels into your account is easy. All you have to do is snap a pic of your invoice or label with your phone and upload it directly to your account via the mobile app.  2. Unlocks value for you When you submit chemical invoices, you’ll get access to chemical price transparency. When you submit seed invoices, you’ll get access to seed price transparency.  When you submit seed labels, you’ll receive a personalized report on other brands selling your varieties and b) access to "Same Variety As" feature in Seed Finder. Now, you’ll get valuable insights into what you’re paying vs. what your neighbors are paying for both chemicals and seeds.  You’ll also have access to analyze your ROI right from your account with digital tools that will help identify your cost per acre and cost per bushel.  Looking for a tool that will provide information on seed price transparency or find seed products that are labeled as something different? The Seed Finder tool gives you access to seed price, performance and one of the largest agronomic information databases in agriculture. All of this information is powered by millions of acres of real farm data.  Become an FBN member today Learn more about how to use the Seed Finder tool when you contribute data to the network: The will not only help you identify the possible yield output of products that have been uploaded into our network but also will showcase the potential revenue opportunities of each product, specific to your fields.  3. Centralize your operation data While many farmers are storing data on thumb drives, spreadsheets, notebooks, many are still leaving data unused within their equipment monitors.  Uploading and contributing data to offers a great opportunity to collect and centralize your farm’s data. From there it can be put to good use by tracking and formatting your data with the reports and tools found in your account.  4. It’s free Joining is free and becoming a member has a lot of benefits. As an member you’ll have access to some of the industry’s most powerful data analysis tools, reports and insights.  As one of the industries only crowdsourced, farmer-driven, networks of data, we strive to bring you resources that add a layer of information to the decisions you make.   To access and learn more about these there are various levels of contributing data to ensure your account is ready to Power Up Your Farm. What are you waiting for? today and join a global network of farmers — 36,000+ strong and growing — who are already taking advantage of the opportunity to reduce their cost of production and maximize the value of their crops. 


21 Jan 2022

by Mark Wilson

Four years ago, Warner Seeds decided to partner with FBN® to expand their distribution. Warner Seeds has been in business since 1965 and partnering with has allowed them to get more boots on the ground to start spreading the word about their portfolio. History of Warner Seeds Warner Seeds has developed new top performing sorghum products for the last 55 years as an independently owned business. Being proudly independent has provided them with the flexibility to better serve farmers and ranchers. But their primary focus has never wavered and continues to be on keeping the quality of their products and the service they provide at the highest level.  And while the agricultural environment is ever-changing, research is an important and vital part of their business. They are constantly developing newer and better hybrids for growers and are excited about the new grain and forage sorghums that will be released in the near future.  Partnering with The partnership with has allowed them to take their product nationwide. Warner Seeds has been represented in states and areas where there was previously not an opportunity..  There are only about 6 companies that produce and breed all of the sorghum varieties that are in market today. Expanding to new regions “Warner Seeds is well known in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma but nationwide recognition is a different story. To actually get sorghum placed in a lot of areas that haven't grown sorghum in the past has been huge. The price of sorghum as a commodity created a lot of opportunity for Warner Seeds and helped us get into new growing areas,” said Rusty Smallwood, Sales Manager at Warner Seeds.  “I've been hearing some really good success stories of guys that planted our products in those areas, they did really well and farmers are interested in trying a little bit more this year. We're very encouraged and hope the growth is going to continue exponentially over the next few years.” Warner Seeds has a full lineup of hybrids that perform from the tip of South Texas into the Midwest, to west on the upslope of the mountains in Colorado and as far north as South Dakota. Looking to the future As for the future, Smallwood is excited about what’s in the pipeline. There are a lot of new products being released to market as older hybrids are replaced. “Forage sorghum? We have some of the best in the industry. We have some of the highest yielding sugarcane aphid tolerant silage sorghum products out there. We also have sugarcane aphid tolerance in our hay and grazing products as well. Sorghum Sudangrass covers a wide geographic area from South Dakota, down into Texas through the mid south and up the East Coast into Pennsylvania and New York.” Smallwood says he works closely with reps on a daily basis to talk about product placement and product recommendations to help growers.  "We’re here to sell seed to the farmer and to make sure they get the best deals and the best product. We want to continue to expand our relationship with and get more farmers to experience Warner Seeds great lineup." In 2021, Warner Seeds hosted 6 uniform strip trials across Kansas’ primary sorghum producing areas. The results were very positive; the Warner Seeds outperformed major competitors in most scenarios. We were able to capture such valuable information in such a diverse, robust manner that absolutely confirmed that Warner Seeds grain sorghum can provide a great option for most farmers’ sorghum production needs. Our sales teams would be happy to share trial results and discuss product placement. We’re looking forward to expansion and is helping us look at many states where we haven’t sold as much in the past. Learn more For complete information about the Warner Seeds Sorghum lineup reach out to your   Account Executive or Community Builder. Product information can be found at  https://www.fbn.com/direct/seed .


16 Sept 2021

by Mark Wilson

When we launched the F2F Genetics Network® in 2018, our goal was to focus on helping growers maximize their profit potential. By offering transparent, no-zone prices on our high-performing seed, we were able to give farmers a better return on investment.  In just 3 years, over 2700 farmer-members have planted hundreds of thousands of acres of corn, soybeans, sorghum, and alfalfa purchased from the . We’re excited to give our members the confidence to grow products that not only perform well but help grow their bottom line. And that only happens because of the data-backed, farm-tested insights that the FBN® Network provides.  Sprouting a new business When we entered the seed market, it was refreshing for many farmers who had been dealing with established seed companies. Especially because was  offering transparent, data-driven information from a network of independent breeders who were able to drive down the cost of seed.  Unique offerings and the ability to improve product performance sets the apart from the crowd. Breathing fresh air into an industry that had a lot of established players meant people were optimistic about our portfolio. Some of the early concerns we heard from growers was that seed was expensive and the prices weren’t transparent. Many growers weren’t sure how the products they purchased were going to perform and whether the prices they were paying for traits was worth the value. “You know, we’re still new but farmers are getting exposed to and the quality of our products. They’re seeing a transformation and the journey that we’ve been on, where we started and how we continue to always be focused on ROI per acre in order to maximize profit but without sacrificing performance. Growers are starting to see how we’re adding more value and that’s the key to helping farmers be successful.”  German Muttoni,  Director of Seed Category Management Growers were also expressing discontent with the current seed offerings on the market. Choosing which seed to purchase is one of the most important decisions farmers make — especially when it comes to price. “One of the things we’ve seen is that seed prices have jumped dramatically over the past few decades. As a percentage of revenue, seed prices are a significant cost to growers. While crop protection and fertilizer prices have gone up significantly, seed prices have surged higher and higher. Because of that surge, we wanted the to really benefit growers and give a better return on investment to our member farmers. It was a refreshing way for growers to maximize their profitability from a new player in the market,” said Matthew Meisner, ® ’s VP of R&D and Data Science.   “We are still conscious of what farmers are paying and we’re trying to provide products that are of value or have economical cost but are also high quality. For that reason, we’ve got a tight portfolio that is very targeted towards products that perform,” says Brad Roberts, ’s Senior Product Marketing Manager of Seed and Digital Technology. One of the biggest changes we’ve seen year over year in the business is performance.  “We’re definitely seeing better performance this year. Things look a lot different then previous years and we’re looking as good as anybody else out there in the field. No, we’re not going to be 20 bushels above everybody else but we’re being competitive and bringing the ROI,” said Steve Sick, s Breeding Project Lead. We continue to invest in digital phenotyping and genomic selection and ensure that we’re using the latest technologies to accelerate the genetic need as quickly as we can. Become an member today The power of data As our network of farmer members continues to grow, so do the data-driven insights that only can provide. “We get to learn directly from our farmers, what’s working and what’s not working. We learn together and that’s something really special. It’s a game changer. The data that comes through our farmer network really helps farmers to be more profitable and learn more about their operation,” says Muttoni “Leveraging data from our network has always been part of our mission. This data helps growers decide what’s best for their operations. Being able to understand performance, environment, economic, and weather variables only serve to help growers. Getting even more rigorous about optimizing seed placement based on real world farmer data is invaluable for our members,” says Meisner. When farmers contribute data to FBN, all farmers in the network benefit. With precision data, farmers are able to review yield performance, seed performance, and optimal seed placement. Ultimately, that data helps farmers make better decisions for their operation. Where we’re headed As we move forward, we’re excited to focus on our breeding program and expand into new regions. At the same time, we’re continuing to collaborate with independent breeders and help smaller breeders get their products to market.  “We’re assembling brand new genetics and we’re offering a platform for breeder network members to combine their genetics. Our focus is either working with people they don’t know or with internal genetics to produce hybrids that would have never ever been found or utilized before, just through the platform. It’s a really unique model in the industry. We’re bringing a lot of genetic diversity into the mix. Companies that have never worked together before have completely different breeding targets that they work toward. We’re bringing them together and it’s providing a unique set of germplasm with the different technologies that we offer,” said Sick. Looking to the future, we’re working to ensure that we’ll be able to offer major corn and GM traits that have patents expiring soon.  Focus your farm on greater ROI At Farmers Business Network®, we’re committed to putting Farmers First® and powering the prosperity of family farmers. Want quality genetics at a fair price? Take a closer look at the F2F Genetics Network seed portfolio.


30 Aug 2021

by FBN Network

When it comes to being a member of Farmers Business Network ® , there are some definite advantages. All you have to do is ask any one of our 25,000+ members and they’ll tell you why FBN ®  has changed the way they do business on their farm. But since you’re here, we’ll give you the short-list of what you’re missing by not buying your inputs through FBN Direct ® . One of the ways we are different from everyone else is that we offer our members the ability to go online and shop for the crop inputs they need. Right now, you can go online to FBN.com and find herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, seed , livestock pharmaceuticals and feed — if you’re growing it or raising it, there’s no better place to be. Now that you’ve found what you need and made your purchase, you can arrange to have it delivered right to your farm when you need it. No need to get in the truck, drive to town and pick it up. We make sure you keep working.  You can finance your input purchases and not pay a penny in interest all season long**. Just think what you could do with the money you save!  We really shook up the ag industry when we introduced price transparency . Now our members can see market averages, quotes, and invoiced prices on hundreds of inputs so you have the best information when you buy, allowing you to save no matter who you buy from. Browse the competitively-priced product selection at FBN Direct and you’ll see we sell both brand-name and generics. Often, they have the same active ingredient but the generic is priced lower than the branded product. You get comparable performance but at a better value. Best of all, you can put all of these benefits to work for you today when you join over 25,000 farmer members in the U.S., Canada and Australia and it won’t cost you a penny.  Now’s the time to check out what you’ve been missing. Become an member today and start shopping at . 


30 Oct 2020

by Brian Paff

When it comes time to buy inputs for the following crop year, you need to decide how you’re going to pay for your seed and crop protection products.  Do you pay for everything in cash? Finance your purchase now and pay in full after next year’s harvest? Hold off till closer to planting/seeding season hoping you’ll have more flexibility once you’ve marketed a greater share of your grain? There’s a lot that goes into the decision-making process, but developing a strategy and finding the right payment option for your farm operation can make a big difference. When does it make sense to finance your input purchases? There are very real benefits to financing your seed and crop protection input purchases, particularly in the initial weeks and months following harvest.  For one, many seed and chemical companies offer incentives for buying inputs early. So even if you don’t have the capital to pay in cash now, the total discount you can potentially get for purchasing in the fall might outweigh the interest you’ll end up paying post-harvest. Financing your input purchases in the fall can also free up important cash flow for other needs you might face on your operation throughout the year.  Paying in cash when you’re able feels good, no doubt about it. But having capital in hand can be vitally important if and when you need to spend money on a custom application, equipment maintenance or other in-season demands you run into for your operation. You do have to weigh the overall cost of financing your purchase, though.  Let’s say you book a $40,000 seed and chemical order on November 15 of this year and finance the purchase with a 5% interest rate. If you’re not able to pay in full until the end of the following year, you’d end up owing a little over $2,250 in interest when all is said and done. * Amount owed assuming purchase is paid in full on 12/31/21 with a 5% total interest rate. See what 0% financing on inputs can do for your farm At Farmers Business Network ® , we want to make sure you can take advantage of pre-season savings and still have that financial flexibility throughout the crop year. Our special 0% input financing offer can make a huge impact on your farm’s bottom line. Once you’ve been approved for 0% input financing, you’ll be ready to buy the inputs you need from FBN Direct ® for the upcoming season and not have to worry about payments until the end of the 2021 crop year.  "Having 0% financing is huge on my farm. Bottom line? More money in my pocket, because it seems like our margins are getting tighter year after year."* - David Z., Alberta And it gets even better: Reach our 0% Club threshold (total spend of $35,000 in the U.S., $50,000 in Canada) prior to March 31, 2021, and you’ll enjoy 0% financing on inputs through all season long.  That means you won’t have to pay interest on chemicals to control unforeseen weed escapes post-emergence or that last-minute fungicide purchase until after harvest. And that gives you even more flexibility to manage your operation throughout the growing season. Apply for 0% input financing through Get ready to purchase inputs for the upcoming crop year today. Apply for 0% financing with  and enjoy the flexibility and savings potential this can deliver to your operation.


16 Oct 2020

by FBN Network

When it comes time to buy farm inputs, financing your purchase(s) can free up much-needed cash flow for other important activities on your operation.  That’s why we want to make sure you’re able to apply for input financing with With an approved credit application, you’ll be ready to take advantage of deals and potential savings available through FBN Direct® throughout the season. Plus you can utilize our 0% financing offer on all input purchases made through March 31, 2021, with no payments due until January 1, 2022. And now we’re offering a special promotion for all new and returning credit applicants in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec): If you submit a qualifying application for input financing with Farmers Business Network between September 1 and October 31, 2020, you’ll be automatically entered to win one of two Traeger® Ironwood 650 Pellet Grills — a $1200 value (see official rules below). Apply now for your chance to win a Traeger® grill Apply for input financing by October 31 and you’ll be entered into our 2020 Financing Application Grill Sweepstakes. Winners will be notified by November 13, 2020. U.S. Farmers Farmers in the U.S. can apply for credit directly through  Finance. First-time users should fill out a new application , but if you’ve received input financing through in the past you can simply renew your financing . Canadian Farmers In Canada, farmers need to apply for financing through Farm Credit Canada and select as their retailer. 2020 Financing Application Grill Sweepstakes – Official Rules Please read these rules before entering this Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. 2020 Financing Application Grill Sweepstakes (the “ ”). You agree that, by submitting an entry, you will be bound by these Official Rules and you acknowledge that you satisfy all Sweepstakes eligibility requirements.  . If you are an individual legal resident of Canada (excluding Quebec) or the United States, residing in the continental United States, and are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry, you are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. Employees of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., Farmer’s Business Network Canada, Inc., FBN Inputs, LLC, FBN CM LLC, Yorkton Distributors (1976) Ltd., FBN BR LLC, or their affiliates (“ ”) and their spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren (“ ”), and Sponsor’s affiliates, advisors or advertising/promotion agencies (and their immediate family members), and their respective agents, officers, and directors, and all individuals, including, but not limited to, consultants, independent contractors, so-called “temporary employees,” former employees and interns (and their immediate family members) who have, within the past six months, performed services for Sponsor are not eligible to enter or win the Sweepstakes. You may enter the Sweepstakes from September 1st at 12:01 AM EST through October 31st at 11:59 PM EST (the “ ”) by fully completing the financing application on this linked DocuSign page . Anyone who has previously submitted information through the financing application for the 2021 crop year before this announcement was made will automatically be entered to win. You must complete the application in its entirety, including providing a valid email address and phone number, in order to be registered to enter to win. No entries will be accepted after the entry deadline.  Entries may not be acknowledged. Incomplete entries or invalid e-mail addresses or phone numbers contained in the entry shall render the entry null and void. . Sponsor may be running similar sweepstakes at the same time as this Sweepstakes. By entering this Sweepstakes, you will not be eligible to receive any prize awarded in any other sweepstakes unless you enter each sweepstakes separately. . We will award the following Prizes as follows:  One (1) Traeger Timberline 850- Pellet Grill (Approximate Retail Value of $1,699.99) or a prize of equal or lesser value. To be considered, your Financing Application (“entry”) must be received by 11:59PM EST on October 31st 2020. A random drawing will be held, using all entries received during the Sweepstakes period, within two weeks of the end of the Sweepstakes period. You need not be present to win.  Sponsor or its designee will notify each potential winner by email, and each potential winner will be required to execute a Winner’s Declaration and Release Agreement, send or show Sponsor a copy of a valid, government-issued form of identification, and consent to and satisfactorily pass a background check, if deemed necessary by Sponsor. As required under Canadian law, any selected winners who are legal residents of Canada must also pass a skill testing question (e.g. a three-part mathematical test) devised by Sponsor. 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14 Sept 2020

by Steve Sick

As we look into our development pipeline each year, our primary goal at is to deliver high-performing genetics, affordable traits and technology and a commitment to help you lower production costs and maximize your potential return on investment. When we launched our first seed lineup in 2018 we placed a lot of focus on bringing quality conventional corn hybrids to the market and helping farmers understand the potential value of conventional premiums and reduced seed costs to support their bottom lines.  But we know that in agriculture, it takes different cropping plans and systems to help every farm be successful. That’s why it is so exciting that our 2021 seed lineup includes more options than ever before , giving you increased access to a diverse range of quality hybrids at the right prices. #Plant21: seed corn Trying to figure out which hybrids to plant in 2021? Here are a few highlights from our seed corn lineup: Conventional Corn Our robust hybrid lineup continues to feature high-performing conventional corn products — 20 unique seed varieties ranging in maturity from 78 to 116 days — that help you focus on your bottom line. For years, farmers have been pressured to spend more on traits they might not need in order to chase high yields—no matter the cost. Our conventional hybrids are developed for performance and come with a more attractive price tag, making it easier for the numbers to work for your operation.  Traited Corn Sometimes traits offer you the flexibility you need to effectively manage pressure on your farm. In this year’s portfolio, we are proud to distribute more than two dozen quality Master Farmer™ hybrids traited to help address a variety of needs you might have.  We’re also completing trials on hybrids carrying a now off-patent trait for glyphosate tolerance (GT). This is among the first off-patent GT traits on the market, and it shows our continued commitment to bringing great value products while lowering your farm’s cost of production.  Our GT corn products will also be particularly useful in states where structured refuge is required, meaning you won’t have to pay higher prices to meet refuge requirements.  Organic Corn For an increasing number of you, transitioning acres to grow organic row crops is attractive from a sustainability perspective and makes sense financially, as well. This year we’re distributing Blue River® Organic Seed in our corn lineup, allowing us to better support farmers who have transitioned to organic production or are in the process of transitioning.  You can order Blue River® Organic Seed through your current dealer/distributor or place an order directly through .  Focus your farm on greater ROI At , we’re committed to putting and powering the prosperity of family farmers. Download our F2F Genetics Network 2021 seed guides and get ready to work alongside our knowledgeable team and maximize your profit potential today.  "Farmers Business Network" is a registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. The sprout logo, "FBN" and “F2F Genetics Network” are trademarks of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. “Master Farmer” is a trademark of Masters Choice. “Blue River” is a trademark of Blue River Organic Seeds, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. F2F Genetics Network branded seed products and other seed products are offered by FBN Inputs, LLC and are available only in states where FBN Inputs, LLC is licensed. Terms & Conditions are subject to change at any time and without notice. See sales order form for additional terms and conditions. All sales are subject to entrance into a Master Distribution Agreement, where applicable, and the terms and conditions set forth therein.


08 Sept 2020

by FBN Network

#Plant21 may be a little ways out, but the time to make seed purchasing decisions is already here. With the recent rollout of the 2021 seed portfolio , we thought it might be a good idea to see what our team had to say about our newest offerings. A closer look at the portfolio We talked to team members from across the seed business to get their thoughts, including: , National Seed Sales Manager; , Breeding Project Lead;  , District Sales Manager - Seed; and , District Sales Manager - Seed What are some of the big highlights for the 2021 seed portfolio? I think the biggest highlight is definitely our potential launch of the first post-patent glyphosate tolerant (GT) corn hybrids on the market (pending results from in-season plot trials). There’s opportunity for these in many areas, but we are excited to see what they can do, especially in the markets where structured refuge is a major concern. Becoming a distributor of Paloma™ Enlist E3™ soybeans is a big deal. We know that this is an up-and-coming platform for farmers, especially in light of the concerns around dicamba use. It’s a tremendous opportunity for members to take advantage of a really robust portfolio. We are proud that we can bring this to the table; it’s a launch I’m happy about. We’ll continue to focus on giving the growers the products they need, through our expanding corn and soybean lines but also through our partnership with Warner Seeds. Their versatile portfolio of sorghum and sudangrass products helps farmers maximize their opportunity on every acre, even when weather or planting delays make that seem difficult. Bringing GT corn at a price growers can afford is a game changer. For so long, they’ve been charged an arm and a leg for every trait. We’ve got several hybrids coming onto the market mid-season with this trait, and the ones I’ve seen have had insane emergence.  Paloma™ Enlist E3™ beans is one of the biggest breakthroughs we could have gotten. We’ve looked at about a dozen varieties and they look unbelievably good. We also have an excellent supply. Another really big opportunity comes with the addition of Blue River® Organic Seed, and the inclusion of their product line in our portfolio launch. In the current ag climate, many growers are looking into transitioning to organic to take advantage of higher premiums, and having these organics alongside the conventional and traited products available gives them easy access to the products they need. Are there any products that are just really standing out? We have a 113-day conventional that just continues to look good, and a 104-day that yields consistently well. In the GT hybrids, our 106-day, as well as those in the 117 to 120-day range, will be major players for us. And the Paloma™ Enlist E3™ beans we are distributing look good and will help us to continue to partner with growers to get the most out of their acres.  You know, we’re seeing some early products, in the 77- to 90-day maturity range, that are looking really good up north, but they have a pretty significant footprint. We’ve got some outstanding mid-maturity products in the 112- to 113-day range that will allow for some southern movement we haven’t had in the past, and will give us increased diversity for a variety of acres.  We have a 108-day hybrid that is as steady as any I’ve ever seen. There’s a 113-day hybrid with an impressive outright leaf structure - at knee-high it’s pretty much closing the row. It cuts those concerns about weed control in conventionals to a minimum, because weeds stop getting sunlight early. I’ve got a 104-day that yields like a 112. The old standbys look great, but the new stuff—you can really see why they advanced it.  The new products in the portfolio look really exciting. Last year was a wet year, an uncharacteristic year, if you will. And we were a pretty new seed brand, with a new portfolio that we were still learning to position. So some things didn’t perform like we hoped last year. But growers understood, and the majority decided to give another shot this year. And those same products from last year are truly performing. We’re showing that there’s a lot to be excited about.    The new products are currently in on-farm trials. What are farmers saying about them? All the new products, including our GT corn, are on farms across the country right now. I have one grower in particular who can’t wait to buy on a larger scale, because her small supply of the new seed had the best vigor, it came out of the ground first—she's a great grower and it is looking to be her best corn this year. Growers are elated with how these products look—and they look phenomenal. We’ve just started a month-long series of field days, because we think it’s important for growers to really see and feel the products. That way they can get comfortable with the portfolio and know what to expect when it’s time to make seed purchases for next year.  What are you personally most excited about in this year’s lineup? The Paloma™ Enlist E3™ soybeans look really good. Our GT corn hybrids look great. They’re all at the top end of a really robust pipeline. We’ve got a lot of exciting things coming—this year looks good, but we’ve got some really promising launches coming in the future. That pipeline just keeps getting fuller. I’m most excited about bringing affordable GT corn to growers and making good on our off-patent promise. I’m also excited about our supply of top-notch conventional corn. And being able to sell Enlist E3® soybeans—my job was great before, but it’s amazing with all that potential.  The GT corn hybrids are hands down what I’m most excited about. And the Paloma™ Enlist E3™ varieties are also going to be a major player for us this year. With a recent increased interest in the potential of grain sorghum in the market, it is nice to have Warner Seeds’ sorghum products available to our members who are interested in taking advantage of those opportunities.   One of the things I realized early into my time at is that our membership is like a fraternity. They work together and they truly want to see be successful in changing the direction of the ag industry. With their support, we can continue to grow and help more farmers. They provide great feedback about our seed and its positioning. So I’m most excited about getting these products in front of more members, showing them how we are pushing the industry and letting them reap the rewards of our partnership. Focus your farm on greater ROI At ® , we’re committed to putting ® and powering the prosperity of family farmers. Download our 2021 seed guide and get ready to work alongside our knowledgeable team and maximize your profit potential today.  Conversation edited for brevity and clarity. The sprout logo, "FBN" and "Farmers Business Network" are registered service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. “F2F Genetics Network” is a trademark of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. “Master Farmer” is a trademark of Masters Choice. “Warner” is a trademark of Warner Seeds, LLC. “Blue River” is a trademark of Blue River Organic Seeds, LLC. “Paloma” is a trademark of M.S. Technologies, L.L.C. Enlist E3™ is a trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. F2F Genetics Network branded seed products and other seed products are offered by FBN Inputs, LLC and are available only in states where FBN Inputs, LLC is licensed. Terms & Conditions are subject to change at any time and without notice. See sales order form for additional terms and conditions. All sales are subject to entrance into a Master Distribution Agreement, where applicable, and the terms and conditions set forth therein.


02 Sept 2020

by Mitch Thompson

My name is Mitch Thompson, and I’m from Southeast Minnesota.  My dad and I own and operate Thompson Family Dairy, where we milk 300 cows, raise all our own replacements and grow all our own feed. In my spare time (HA!), I also own and operate Thompson Family Harvesting, LLC. We do custom farming—everything from manure hauling and tillage to planting, harvesting and anything else that needs to be done on the dairy and beef operations we work with. Last year, I started seeing information about seed from TM . My seed costs were getting incredibly high—it seemed like more and more every year—and it didn’t feel like I was getting enough benefit for what I was paying. I wanted to see how this cost-effective seed would work for my operation.  So, I decided to shake things up. I decided to try the conventional corn on 25 percent of my acres. I did a little more research and decided to increase to 50 percent. I ended this season with 100 percent of my corn from . So far, I’m very impressed. We plant our corn for silage, in 15-inch rows at a population of about 38,000 seeds/acre. It’s filled out well and it’s incredibly tall—I’m 6’1” and the ears are above my head. I’d say we’re looking at 14- to 15-foot tall corn. It makes me feel short!  The main ears on each stalk are 16-18 kernels around and 36-38 rows long. Even the smaller secondary ears are 12-14 kernels around and 24 rows long. The corn looks very healthy, so I’m hopefully optimistic that my tonnage and quality will be great. We are on very fertile ground and we get a few windstorms, so I’m always watching to see how the corn stands up in season. So far this year, my corn hasn’t had any wind damage. Knock on wood! We aren’t chopping corn yet, but compared to what I’ve planted in the past, I think we are going to be up on tonnage. I have a harvest lab on my John Deere 8800i so we’ll know the full story once we get in the field. It’s been a busy year. We’ve had some construction projects going on at the dairy, so I’ve really just focused on the seed part of my membership and taken glances at the chem pricing opportunities—but I’m excited to dive into some of the other things has to offer as we start planning for next year. Focus your farm on greater ROI At Farmers Business Network℠ , we’re committed to putting Farmers First® and powering the prosperity of family farmers. Download our 2021 seed guide and get ready to work alongside our knowledgeable team and maximize your profit potential today. The sprout logo, "FBN" and "Farmers Business Network" are registered service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. “F2F Genetics Network” is a trademark of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. “Master Farmer” is a trademark of Masters Choice. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. F2F Genetics Network branded seed products and other seed products are offered by FBN Inputs, LLC and are available only in states where FBN Inputs, LLC is licensed. Terms & Conditions are subject to change at any time and without notice. See sales order form for additional terms and conditions. All sales are subject to entrance into a Master Distribution Agreement, where applicable, and the terms and conditions set forth therein.