Through the Voices Across the Plains program, Syngenta is profiling seven innovative wheat growers to provide a snapshot of their progressive management practices that can serve as a resource for wheat growers across the country. Voices Across the Plains is kicking off its second season and has proven valuable and exciting for the agricultural industry and growers nationwide.
"Last year, Voices Across the Plains was an extremely successful, interactive program that enabled wheat growers to share their stories and best practices," said Wendell Calhoun, Syngenta senior communications manager. "Wheat-growing conditions and production challenges differ greatly from state to state, and through Voices Across the Plains, farmers are able to provide a more local perspective. This unique program promotes sharing agricultural ideas and management solutions while supplying other cereal growers with ways to improve production."
Growers participating in the 2011 program include:
• Kirk Moser, Genesee, Idaho: Moser grows spring wheat, winter wheat and garbanzos on his shared family farm in the southern Palouse region of Washington and Idaho.
• Joe Pierce, Warren, Minn.: Pierce farms 6,000 acres of small grains, corn, soybean and sugar beets together with his father and uncle in Minnesota.
• Erik Olson, Bonners Ferry, Idaho: Olson is dedicated to his fourth-generation family farm, which raises winter wheat, barley, garbanzo beans, occasional alfalfa, and mustard and bluegrass for seed.
• Todd Stanley, Grygla, Minn.: Stanley and his wife, Debra, manage their third-generation farm in northwest Minnesota, practicing minimum and no-till across his 9,000 acres.
• Paul Anderson, Coleharbor, N.D.: Anderson and his parents grow spring wheat, winter wheat, oats, peas, lentils, pinto beans and corn. He's been an AgriPro seed associate for Syngenta Seeds, Inc., since 1998 and has built a seed conditioning facility on the farm.
• Brigham Cook, Ririe, Idaho: Cook and his father, Clyde, manage 4,000 acres of wheat and potatoes in southeastern Idaho.
• Mike Miller, Ritzville, Wash.: Miller independently operates his fourth-generation family farm that grows wheat, potatoes, bluegrass and garbanzos.
Syngenta is collaborating with various print, radio, interactive and online media to showcase how these Voices Across the Plains growers prepare for the planting season, determine which management methods and products to use, and when and how to harvest their crop. Monthly articles and bi-monthly radio interviews showcase how the growers' crops are progressing. Video clips from two of the participating growers allow viewers to experience changes in the field firsthand. All the information is compiled on the Syngenta Voices Across the Plains website.
"Syngenta strives to better understand and address the challenges of its customers in addition to providing top-quality products like Axial brand herbicides," Calhoun explained. "The growers participating in this effort offer unique insight and useful information for other growers in our key cereal-growing regions. Voices Across the Plains provides yet another valuable opportunity to effectively collaborate with customers in a way that is easy and effective for them."