Francesville, IN: As a first-generation farmer, Ben Stoller may not have decades of family knowledge to lean on for advice on overcoming a cold, wet spring or beating back soybean cyst nematodes (SCN). Instead, he relies on the guidance and support of his Golden Harvest® Seed Advisors™.
It was Brian and Phil Huber, a father-son Seed Advisor team in Stoller’s area, who helped identify the hybrids and varieties with the highest likelihood of success in his fields. Now, 5 years after he first tried Golden Harvest Corn and NK® Soybeans, Stoller is a loyalist.
“The products are good and reasonably priced, so I started using a little more each year,” he said. “Today, I plant 100% Golden Harvest Corn and NK Soybeans.”
His decision has been validated during both easy and tough seasons.
“I was a little concerned with the corn early on this year because it was a cold, wet spring, and the crop crusted over,” he said. “But I’m impressed – Golden Harvest hybrid G07F23 brand came through with a nice stand, and I saw yields over 200 bu/A. The moisture rate was under 20% for everything, so it was a blessing to not spend as much time drying.”
On the soybean front, having his NK Soybean S39-C4 brand protected by Clariva® Complete Beans seed treatment, a combination of separately registered products including CruiserMaxx® Beans with Vibrance insecticide/fungicide seed treatment, has helped him overcome the threats of sudden death syndrome and SCN.
“The seed treatments have such good disease packages, so my NK Soybeans stayed healthy and green all year,” Stoller said. “I had my best beans ever this year.”
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