La Crosse Seed Continues Focus on Soil and Water Conservation
La Crosse Seed is doing its part to lead communication to ag retailers across the country on the importance of soil and water conservation through the use of quality seed and sound agronomics. Dedication to delivering its message to ag professionals nationwide has La Crosse Seed in the midst of many initiatives and sustainability efforts, both public and private. A few of these include:
- Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) Business Council Executive Team
- American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Cover Crop Working Group Chair
- Soil Health Partnership field support• ADM / Unilever Sustainable Soy Continuous Improvement Program
- Numerous Regional Conservation Partnership Program Sponsorships (i.e., Saginaw Bay Watershed, Middle Cedar Partnership Project, Michigan State University Extension’s Aerial Application of Cover Crops Study, and more)
The investment that goes along with these efforts is worth it. For instance, the company’s involvement with ASTA has helped it gain further credibility and support from partners within the ag community, and provides a seat at the table to discuss important seed industry issues, both domestic and abroad.
“From cover crops and pollinators to turf and forage, the seed industry has worlds of opportunity, but still faces challenges,” said Scott Wohltman, cover crop lead for La Crosse Seed. “Our work with ASTA gives our customers confidence they’re connected with a leader who shares their commitment to producing better crops for a better quality of life.”
As an ASTA member, La Crosse Seed understands the importance of, and advocates for, clean, quality seed. With industry questions arising regarding quality and cleanliness, the company recently launched a communication initiative to educate customers on its Secure Sourced & Supplied Seed Process, which outlines the deliberate practices and checkpoints it verifies to ensure consistently high seed quality standards.
Recent momentum in conservation seed has also led to an expanding footprint. Prior to 2012, La Crosse Seed focused in the upper Midwest, with sales and distribution dedicated primarily to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. After bringing on experienced seedsmen from surrounding states about five years ago, the company now has distribution into over 30 states from as far West as Montana to the Eastern seaboard. Recent additions include sales staff covering the Mid-South as well as a business development lead focusing on New England and the Mid-Atlantic.
“We’ve worked hard to become a leader in the small seed industry with a focus on promoting the role our seeds play in sustainability applications, and we’re excited to continue that momentum,” said Dan Foor, La Crosse Seed CEO.
La Crosse Seed believes in delivering sound, practical recommendations to its dealers. By focusing on seed that some ag professionals may not be as familiar with, the company takes pride in its ability to answer questions ranging from what to plant and how to plant it, to cost share inquiries and marketing support.
“As interest in small seed expands, it’s important that we’re ready to help in any way we can,” said Wohltman.
The company is focused on delivering not only its service promise, but also quality products through its Soil First and Cover Crop Solutions cover crop seed brands, and its Natives First native grass and wildflower seed brand. Over the last few years it has brought new brands and products to the market, including:
- LINK Cover Crop Inoculant
- Cover Crop Solutions (brand ownership assumed in 2016)
- Natives First Native Grasses and Wildflowers
- ColdSnap Annual Ryegrass
In addition to new conservation brands, La Crosse Seed has also introduced new products under its Forage First forage portfolio, including:
- Forage First Alfalfas (conventional, leafhopper and Roundup Ready varieties)
- Forage First FF 9615 Red Clover
- Summer Select Summer Annuals
- CrosseCoat Premium Seed Coating Platform
As the company continues to grow, it will continue to expand its footprint along with new product offerings. “It is an exciting time for our industry and the organization,” said Foor.
More information on La Crosse Seed and its products can be found at www.lacrosseseed.com.