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Volunteer Cover Crops

November 12, 2021 - Dale Longwell, Seed Specialist & CCA I have noticed a lot of “cover crop” corn and soybeans in the harvested fields this year. I think the opportunity to get an early start on harvest and the warm wet period in October germinated the field loose…

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Reports From The Field: Fall 2021

October 7, 2021 - Kristin Lawson, Communications Coordinator Harvest time is here! Let’s see what’s happening in the fields… “Last week, a fair portion of farmers in my area got into soybeans while it was sunny. Between rainy spells, I’ve seen some trying to shell corn. I’ve ran some…

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Fall Armyworm at 50-Year Record Levels

September 16, 2021 - Mark Borden, Seed Specialist With recent events of extreme high moth catches all the way into Michigan and Northwestern Ohio, (300-600 moths per catch) and the devastation of many alfalfa fields in the last month, lets dive into this subject… The current outbreak appears to…

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Made To Order

August 31, 2021 - Brian Marlatt, President Made To Order – it’s the title of our catalog for the upcoming season, but also how the business is ran. Seed is our specialty, it’s what we do. Providing a wide menu of seed is our top priority at 1st Choice…

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1st Fun at 1st Choice Seeds

August 3, 2021 - Kristin Lawson, Communications Coordinator At 1st Choice Seeds, we are focused on serving our customers and providing them with seed that is 1st in Seed Quality. We sell hybrid seed corn, soybean seed, private label seed wheat, and cover crop seed. We are a business…

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Knee High by the Fourth of July?

June 29, 2021 - "Knee high by the fourth of July" is a popular phrase you might here with the holiday weekend ahead, but what does that phrase mean and where did it come from?

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Reports From The Field: Spring 2021

May 28, 2021 - Kristin Lawson, Communications Coordinator As we end the month of May, it’s rainy going into Memorial Day weekend. We’ve had warmer weather in Indiana for the last few weeks. Planting is well underway and many in our area are finished, besides the farms that started…

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Planting It Right, The First Time

April 13, 2021 - Dale Longwell, Certified Crop Advisor & Seed Specialist   With the early warm up the first week of April, I saw a few planters rolling… mostly soybeans, but some corn. South of the Ohio River, I feel it was appropriate to get started. I will…

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Are You Ready For Spring?

March 22, 2021 - Kristin Lawson, Communications Coordinator & Steve Miller, Seed Specialist With temperatures in the 60’s the last few days in Indiana, I can’t help but think about spring! The first day of spring was on Saturday, planting will begin soon. When thinking about spring, you might…

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eMerge Soybean Program

February 26, 2021 - Brian Marlatt The eMerge program is a collaboration with Consolidated Grain & Barge (CGB) for two food grade Non-GMO eMerge Varieties: FB e3782 C STS and FB e3776 C STS. The eMerge breeding program focuses on end use characteristics of the grain. These varieties have…

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Seed Selection 101

January 28, 2021 - Kristin Lawson, Communications Coordinator At 1st Choice Seeds, our product lineup provides seed options for your farm. Options are a result of us being an independent seed company. Instead of offering only one trait platform from only one germplasm pool like some national brands, we…

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What Do We Know About Enlist™ Soybeans?

December 17, 2020 - Kristin Lawson, Communications Coordinator The 1st Choice Seeds team had an opportunity to attend the Enlist™ Ahead webinar this week, hosted by Corteva Agriscience. During the webinar, our sales team learned more about spraying Enlist™ soybeans, tank mixing chemicals, controlling grasses, and other weed management…

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We Are Thankful

November 17, 2020 - Kristin Lawson, Communications Coordinator Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? As I look at the calendar, I realize that 2020 is almost over! Each year, around this time, people start thinking about their blessing and what they’re thankful for. When asked the question “What…

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Harvest Safety

October 16, 2020 - Steve Miller, Seed Specialist As harvest season is well underway, farmers are working very long hours gathering their crops. It seems that every year we hear of some farm tragedy or someone losing their life in a farm accident during this time. It is imperative…

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What are those Yellow Spots in my Soybean Field?

September 22, 2020 - Dale Longwell, Certified Crop Advisor & Seed Specialist “What are those yellow spots in my soybean fields?” That’s been the question I have been getting from farmers and salesmen alike this late summer. I started noticing these in the countryside about the first of August.…

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Runts vs. Weeds

August 10, 2020 - Mark Borden, Seed Specialist When performing “in field yield estimates” for producers, one key factor is ears per acre. Let’s visit a scenario… a farmer has set his planter to “drop” 32,000 seeds per acre. Traveling to multiple locations in their field. Measuring off 17’5”…

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What is Cold Storage?

July 24, 2020 - Blair Kramer, Production Lead Well, its that time of year again… returned seed and carry over seed corn are going into cold storage. Why do we put corn into cold storage? Protecting our investment… seed corn is just that. It’s an investment in the future…

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Let’s Get to the Root of the Matter

June 24, 2020 - Mark Borden, Seed Specialist When farmers ask the question, “Why are my plants emerging at different stages?” there will usually be four or more factors to consider. These factors include, but are not limited to: soil type, soil temp, soil moisture, and seeding depth. In…

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