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Weather Conditions and Yields Surprise WI Grower

November 9, 2016

Greenville, WI: Harold Ellenbacher hoped 2016 would offer a dry growing season – but as soon as the summer hit, so did the rain. More than 6 inches of rain fell in June alone.

“A lot of people’s crops flooded out,” Ellenbacher said. “Everyone thought that it was going to be a drought year, but Mother Nature proved us wrong.”

Despite the heavy moisture, NK® Soybeans S20-T6 and S17-B3 brands offered a bright spot. In at least one field, the varieties got down to 14 percent moisture even with all the rain.

With the strong standability and plant health that he saw this year, Ellenbacher noted, “It seems like the beans, year after year, are pretty consistent.”

The performance of his NK Soybeans was a relief for the busy farmer, who in addition to growing row crops, also manages cattle.

“We keep growing NK because we’re sold on the varieties and the company,” he said. “The service and the technologies help keep us around, too.”


Harold Ellenbacher recounts his rainy, yet productive growing season with NK retailer Zac Soltvedt, NK sales rep John Crispin and the Harvest Chasers.

All photos are the property of Syngenta or used with permission.

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