Yearly Archives: 2009

Pioneer Hi-Bred Chairman To Retire

DuPont vice president and Pioneer Hi-Bred chairman Dean C. Oestreich has elected to retire effective Dec. 31. Oestreich was named chairman in November 2007 and has been instrumental in developing long-term business and growth strategy for Pioneer. He plans to remain active in business following his retirement, working with Pioneer and others to further increase

SmartStax Corn Receives Key Import Approvals

Two more key regulatory milestones have been reached for the 2010 commercial launch of SmartStax, the corn industry’s eagerly anticipated seed trait combination. U.S. and Canadian corn farmers are now two steps closer to being able to plant the most comprehensive insect and weed control product in the industry, allowing them to significantly reduce their

Dow Expands Biotech Endorsement Program

The Biotech Endorsement (BE) program for hybrids with Herculex XTRA Insect Protection — including those stacked with Roundup Ready Corn 2 technology — has been expanded to include Colorado and irrigated acres in all previously approved states. Growers who plant qualifying hybrids may be eligible for reduced crop insurance premiums next season. These new guidelines

Syngenta Biotechnology Celebrates 25 Years Of Innovation

Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc., (SBI), celebrates its 25th anniversary as a world-class facility for crop genetics research and discovery. SBI, located in Research Triangle Park, NC, opened its doors in 1984 and since then has expanded into nearly 200,000 square feet of laboratories, offices, and greenhouses. The facility serves as the key North American location for

Retailers: Dealing With A Credit Crunch

As the nation’s financial system ground to a halt in 2008, most banks and lending institutions were still willing to extend credit to the ag market due to record commodity prices and increased yields. But according to Dave Sparks, regional manager for the commercial agribusiness group for CoBank, that was so last year. • CropLife

Building Strong Staffs

The changing input market has prompted some CropLife 100 dealers to examine their personnel placement, particularly in top spots. “This last year, we’ve tried to designate some specific individuals as the lead people in business areas,” says Tim McArdle, executive vice president and COO at Brandt Consolidated, Springfield, IL. For instance, because seed sales have

CropLife 100 On Buying Big Equipment

Many dealers in the CropLife 100 purchased big rigs this year, according to our annual survey. Here’s a sampling of the strategic approach to big iron purchase decisions: Van Horn Inc., Illinois (No. 37 on CropLife 100): “If I don’t buy four or five new rigs every year, the fleet gets old and I’m paying

AGCO Honors 2009 Operator Of The Year

With nearly 20 years of experience in the custom application of fertilizer and crop protection products, Tod Borge is the “go to man” at South Dakota Wheat Growers in Bath, SD, a locally owned agronomy and grain cooperative with more than 20 retail locations in North and South Dakota. Borge’s professionalism and dedication to a

Different Takes On Product Tracking

Opinions on tracking inputs through the distribution chain are varied among our CropLife 100 retailers. How far the tracking goes seems to be a key issue, and some dealers see the move as a possible threat. “We’re not too keen on it,” says Roger Oliver, president of Van Horn Inc., Cerro Gordo, IL. “Manufacturers want

Industry Leaders Share Views On The State Of The Industry

Before the annual Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) meeting, CropLife magazine gathered seven key ag retail representatives for its first ever State of the Industry Roundtable discussion. The discussion was inspired by the inaugural State of the Industry Report that was included in the CropLife’s December 2009 edition. The meeting participants sought to expand upon the