Producers gather to hear about technology?s impact on corn and soybeans

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Passersby on U.S. Highway 56 may have wondered about the long line of pickup trucks on both shoulders of the roadway about a mile east of Hillsboro last Tuesday evening.

Around 80 area farmers had gathered to observe test plots and learn about cutting-edge technology for growing corn and soybeans.

The event was the first ?Fall Field Day? sponsored by Coopera?tive Grain & Supply on the 40-acre plot the business has developed over the past several months.

Representatives from four seed companies were on hand to explain the impact of genetics and application technology on the rows of corn and grain growing on the site.

All four companies?Mon?santo, Stine Seed Co., Cropland Genetics and Phillips Seed?market their seed through CG&S, according to Kevin Suderman, the cooperative?s crop specialist and event organizer.

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?The plots we have out there have a lot of new technology that is available to the producer,? Suderman said. ?We tried to showcase a lot of that in this plot?corn and beans both.?

Suderman said he had been hoping for a turnout of around 100, but was pleased with the response he got. A rain of around 1.5 inches the night before limited transportation options on the site itself, but organizers weren?t complaining.

?The rain helped us out significantly,? Suderman said. ?If it hadn?t been raining, there would have been a number of guys there who wouldn?t have come because they probably would have been able to cut corn.?

A free meal of barbecued brats and hamburgers didn?t hurt, either.

?No one turns down free food,? Suderman said.

He felt the event met the marketing intent CG&S had when it decided to develop the test plot.

?It?s a project that is going to be developing over time,? he said. ?We wanted to get an area where we could showcase things that are available for products and services that we provide. This was an opportunity for us to do that.?

The plot had hosted a smaller event for wheat plots earlier this season, but last week?s event was first ?the big hurrah,? according to Suderman.

?From what I could tell, it went over very well,? he said. ?I got a lot of questions on it since then. It seems we have a lot of producers who are very interested and have a lot of questions about what?s going on out there in the industry these days.

?I think this is a real opportunity from our standpoint to provide people with the information they need to make good decisions for their farming operation.?

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