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1st Choice Seeds is Growing!

April 12, 2022 - Brian Marlatt, President 1st Choice Seeds is growing and we’re looking to add another Seed Specialist to our team this summer! We’re an independent and employee-owned seed company, searching for an experienced seed salesman. If you’re looking for a company culture that is the opposite…

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2022: A Year of Challenges & Changes

March 1, 2022 - Mark Borden, Seed Specialist Every year we are challenged by change in weather, disease, insect pressure, markets and so on. If there isn’t (at least) one or two unforeseen surprises, things would not be normal. Historic input costs are forcing change in crop rotation and…

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Wheat Evaluation

February 22, 2022 - Dale Longwell, Seed Specialist & CCA We are seeing some 50 degree days and things are looking toward spring! Now that the snow has melted, and we still have some frozen ground, it is a perfect opportunity to evaluate your wheat stands. With the wheat…

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Employee-Owned & Operated

February 1, 2022 - Amy Marlatt, Secretary/Treasurer In 2017 as Mark and Joyce Denzler were planning for their retirement, discussions began for an employee-owned 1st Choice Seeds.  Mark and Joyce Denzler saw the value in creating a pathway to ownership for their employees to continue the work of 1st…

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Giving Back with 1st Fruits

December 13, 2021 - 1st Fruits is a tradition that we’ve had at 1st Choice Seeds for several years now. It’s our way of giving back!

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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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