TORRINGTON – Meyer Seeds hosted the public for its field day on Wednesday. The event showcased some of the new types of seeds Meyer had and other companies who work closely with them.
Linda Meyer said she was excited for the event after last year’s which was hampered by hot weather and the pandemic. This year, a cool breeze and cloudy skies was welcomed at the Meyer farm.
Founder Brett Meyer talked to most of the guests about the new seeds he is selling this year from Pioneer.
Along with representatives of Pioneer, there was also a stand for Conklin which distributes fertilizer and other products.
The Meyer’s son, Garrett, was also at the event with his company, Precision Planting. Garrett sells attachments to help farmers upgrade their machines and maximize productivity.
Aqua Spy was another vendor at the event and one Brett urged all the guests to invest in its product. Aqua Spy’s technology such as the soil probe helps farmers to monitor soil moisture and keep them up to date on how their plants are doing.
“We need to know how accurately we can water our crops,” Brett said. “If you have a sprinkler and you don’t have a soil probe, you should think about getting one.”
Brett also mentioned fertilizer prices are going up and sunflowers may be a good option for next year. Kevin Swanson and Kent Wollert of Colorado Mills have been harvesting sunflowers for oil and have seen the prices continue to rise. Wollert said it is currently up to $29.25.
Chase Sauder from Pioneer talked to the guests about root worms in the fields and ways they are trying to confront the problem.
Sauder said one of the issues is the past winter was not cold enough to kill any rootworms.
“You could have over 1,000 larvae attacking the plant,” Sauder said.
Sauder said in the future all seeds will be treated with a higher rate of insecticide.
“It’s another mode of action to help fight those pests off,” Sauder said.
Territory Manager for Pioneer, Casey Jagers, also spoke about some of the company’s new hybrid products. Jagers said the new lineup is yielding very well.
Brett took some time to talk about carbon credit as a way to help his customers get the most of their production.
“At our seed agency I want to do more than just sell seed,” Brett said. “I’m trying to bring new technologies out here.
Dan Hilton with Corteva, an agricultural and chemical seed company, elaborated further on carbon credit and drone deploy.
“There is a lot of buzz about carbon, but I want to let you know that Corteva has come to the plate, and we have a solid offering for carbon,” Hilton said.
All farmers who have been looking for additional soil health practices are eligible for Corteva’s program according to Hilton. Corteva is trying to sequester carbon to offset carbon emissions. Hilton said cover crops and all types of reducing tillage are eligible soil health practices for carbon credit.
Hilton also talked about Granular Insights, which combines all of Corteva’s programs into one platform.
Corteva is also collaborating with DroneDeploy for farmers to see how their crops are doing and images can be stitched together to create a map of the field.
“We can fly a field in about 15 minutes, get 100 times more data points than one human can check, and get a very accurate count,” Hilton said.
Brett ended the presentations with information on his test plot where the event was held. Brett has been testing different fertilizers in order to inform everyone on what works best. With the help of his son Garrett, Brett has also used three different applications on the crops as well.
“These are just things we are trying to do for you guys to answer some questions,” Brett said.
After the presentations, the day was capped off with a home-cooked meal for the guests.