Custom Application Education & Exploration

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Earlier this week we hosted nineteen high school students who have expressed an interest in the work that Harvest Land does. These students had all attended our Career Days which we hosted in November 2019. Following the event, they indicated that they were interested in more information regarding Custom Application.

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As we build relationships with students across our region and explain our Co-op and the careers that we offer, it is important that we give them the opportunity to dive deeper into what that entails exactly. It’s easy for us to say, “Here is a TerraGator. You could be a Custom Applicator and operate this someday,” but for a student that has never had the opportunity to operate a machine of that size, that can sometimes seem unrealistic or leave them feeling that they wouldn’t be qualified.

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Our goal of these workshops was to give students the opportunity to actually sit behind the wheel and operate those large pieces of equipment, to try their hand at our Applicator Simulator and to provide the steps that they could take that would lead from graduation to a successful career.

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As a Co-op, successful Custom Applicators are absolutely pivotal for our business’ success.

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Shenandoah (7), Upper Valley Career Center (6), Miami Valley Career Technology Center (1), Hamilton Southeastern (1) and Monroe Central (4) all brought students to the custom application exploration event.

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The event included stations that covered a number of topics, including:

  • Soil Sampling – Operation of RTV and collection of a soil sample
  • TerraGator Operation (and education regarding equipment as well)
  • TerraGator Operation (and education regarding equipment as well)
  • Classroom Session – Custom Application 101
  • Applicator Simulator

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Brandon Lanman, Applicator, visits with a student

Our YieldPro team was instrumental in putting this event on. They organized stations and hosted the site for the day. Harvest Land had applicators join us from various ag centers to teach at the stations, giving the students a true look at the position from those to experience it daily.  Joining us were Brandon Lanman and Duane Brooks (Wayne County Ag) as well as Gaar Holp and Michael Bennet (Central Ohio Ag).

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Duane Brooks prepared a table with an actual look at potash, MAP, and urea as well as scaled equipment and educational manuals.

Danielle Baumer, HR Support at Harvest Land, organized the event. “We truly enjoyed engaging with each and every student that joined us for the Custom Applicator Workshop. We appreciate the time that they’ve taken to learn more about the opportunities that present themselves within our Cooperative and look forward to working with them again, whether it be at future workshops, Career Days, or within internships or employment. If these students are any indication of our future, the future is bright.”

We’re excited to host such students who have a sincere interest in what we do. Thank you to all teachers who made the day out of school possible for these students.

To learn more about this position within Harvest Land, watch this!

 

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805 Years of Service

Like so many businesses today, we have a list of positions open for hire.  While we eagerly look for the best and brightest to join our team, we remain tremendously appreciative of and thankful for those who have dedicated years of service to our team.

In 2019 we had several employees celebrate service milestones with our cooperative. In fact, if you total the years of service (in 5-year increments), these individuals contribute a total of 805 years of service in 2019. We’re proud that Harvest Land provides a place for these folks to utilize their talents and dedicate their time outside of the home.

That being said, we offer a sincere Thank You to each person listed below. These photos were taken at our annual Christmas party, and some may not have been present.

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Gina Felton, Richmond Grain, 5 years of service

Miles Arthur, Hagerstown, 5 years of service

David Vansickle, North Crops, 5 years of service

Ryan O’Neal, Rushville, 5 years of service

Theresa Townsend, YieldPro, 5 years of service

Gary Bouse, Limberlost, 5 years of service

Mark Murphy, Covington/Lena, 5 years of service

Jason DeBoo, Energy Sales, 5 years of service

Tracy Soper, IT Dept., 5 years of service

Cody Sorrell, College Corner, 5 years of service

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Tammie Fox, Richmond Credit, 10 years of service

David Fisher, Randolph Ag, 10 years of service

David Sweet, East Crops, 10 years of service

Curt Naylor, YieldPro, 10 years of service

Brian Henderson, Ohio Liq. Fuels, 10 years of service

Mark Mendenhall, Ohio LP, 10 years of service

Mark Miller, IT Dept., 10 years of service

Karla Jones, Millville Grain, 10 years of service

Andrew Pokorny, Millville Grain, 10 years of service

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Charlie Sellers, Indiana Liq. Fuels, 15 years of service

Juan Gomez-Rangel, Central Crops, 15 years of service

Bob Higginbotham, North Crops, 15 years of service

Eric Whitenack, Limberlost, 15 years of service

Adam Culy, Central OH Ag, 15 years of service

Buck Combs, College Corner, 15 years of service

Davey Norris, College Corner, 15 years of service

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Kathy Fuchs, Central Crops, 20 years of service

Gary Davis, Transportation, 20 years of service

Tim Deardorff, Energy Sales, 20 years of service

Allen Wampler, Kalmbach Feeds, 20 years of service

Tim Wicker, Seven Mile, 20 years of service

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Roger Boyd, North Crops, 25 years of service

Les Milner, North Crops, 25 years of service

Jeff Ott, Central OH Ag, 25 years of service

Butch Shiebla, Hagerstown, 30 years of service

Don Orschell, Pershing, 30 years of service

Tim Hendricks, North Crops, 30 years of service

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Vickie Ramsey, Richmond Office, 35 years of service

Bob Temple, Indiana Liq. Fuels, 35 years of service

Teresa Fisk, Central Crops, 35 years of service

Rusty Keller, Randolph Ag, 35 years of service

Royce Cook, East Crops, 35 years of service

Trena Bertsch, Kalmbach, 35 years of service

John Ott, Central OH Ag, 40 years of service

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Steve Middendorf, Richmond, 45 years of service

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One Way We’re Working to Be Environmentally Responsible

Our ag centers were recently recognized by Winfield United for their dedication and efforts to eliminate landfill waste and respect the land by recycling agricultural plastic. delaro jug

What is agricultural plastic? 

It is the containers that hold crop protection products such as Bayer’s Delaro.

The jugs are then triple rinsed by the Harvest Land ag center and Winfield United provides large recycling bags where the plastic is placed.

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Winfield picks up the waste, and then works with another company to send the plastic through a grinding process to create crash barrels and highway cones. 

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^^ We helped make those!
Congratulations to the top three ag centers for their work in recycling this waste:
Lynn: 1015 lbs. 
Winchester: 725 lbs.
Hagerstown: 508 lbs.
We’re proud to continue to find ways to
sustain the environment, the land, and the family farm.

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2020 Election Results

Three farmer-members were elected to Harvest Land’s Board of Directors through a member election, and those results were announced earlier this week at our annual meeting. Only one of the three is a returning board member, while the other two replace retiring directors, Steve Hill and Lloyd Lee.

 

District 1: Doug Brumfield

1_Doug Brumfield_DirDoug is 55 years old and resides in the Winchester, Indiana area.  Doug and his wife,
Judy, have two children, Ben and Rachel.  Doug has been farming for 25 years and farms 1,100 acres. Doug attended Union City Community High School and Purdue University,
graduating with a degree in Agriculture Economics.  Doug is a graduate of CountryMark Management training and has 13 years grain merchandising experience.

 

District 2: Adam Schwering

SchweringAdam is 35 years old and has resided at his rural Rushville, Indiana address for eleven years.  Adam and his wife, Jenna, have a daughter (7) and son (2).  Adam has been farming for 15 years and farms 1,800 acres. He also operates a wean to finish barn in partnership with his brother. Adam graduated from Rushville Consolidated High School and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, majoring in Farm Management. We are excited to welcome Adam to the Board and look forward to the insight he’ll provide as a young farmer.

 

District 3: Tom MyersTom Myers

Tom is 56 years old and has resided at his rural Miami County address for 36 years. He
and his wife, Alice, have two sons and one daughter, all of which are married, and also three grandchildren. Tom has been farming for 39 years and farms in Concord and Newton Townships of Miami County. Tom is a new addition to the board and we’re so pleased that he will represent such a strong part of our trade territory.

 

 

Harvest Land is very fortunate to have such outstanding farmer-members serve on our Board, representing all areas of our territory. We look forward to 2020 and the advancements we can make with such leadership.

 

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Spring Soil Sampling

Is it possible to transition your fall soil sampling to the spring? Of course! And there are many advantages in doing so, including:

  • Avoid the fall rush
  • Receive information back in plenty of time to work with YieldPro specialist throughout the summer to make a sound plan moving forward
  • Consistent soil conditions in the spring, compared to following a dry summer
  • And more!

Tune in to hear agronomist Steve Dlugosz and YieldPro Specialist Roger Boyd discuss the merits of spring soil sampling.

 

 

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Last Call: Annual Meeting Tickets, Election

By now you’ve hopefully read through our 2019 Annual Report which was delivered to our farmer-owners in December. The book catalogs the fiscal year, fall 2018 to summer 2019…what a year to write about!

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Also in the Annual Report packet were biographies and voting ballets for each of our three districts. This is a big election year with two long-serving Directors retiring off the board.

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Pictured L-R is Tom Tucker, Chairman of the Board, retiring Director Steve Hill and Scott Logue, CEO.
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Pictured L-R is Tom Tucker, Chairman of the Board, retiring Director Lloyd Lee and Scott Logue, CEO.

Steve Hill, Greenfield, IN, and Lloyd Lee, Eldorado, OH have been tremendous assets to our Board of Directors. Their history with our board – and those co-op boards before Harvest Land – runs deep and they’ve been a part of many large and small decisions that have progressed our farmer-owned cooperative to where it is today. We’re proud to be associated with such men who are deeply devoted to their families, farms, and communities, and we’ll surely miss their insight and contributions to our cooperative.

We highly encourage you to read the biographies and vote for your district. 

Also, this is your last call to buy tickets for our Annual Meeting! Our 2020 Annual Meeting will be held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, January 21. 2019 Ticket
To assist us with meal planning, please purchase tickets ($5.00 each) no later than January 14 from any director or at any Harvest Land facility office. This $5.00 ensures your seat at the meeting.

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Don’t forget: Ticket sales end on January 14 and

the event is at the Wayne County Fairgrounds at 6:30 on January 21.

We’ll see you there!

 

 

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2019 Harvest Elite Winners & Results

We recently held our 2019 Harvest Elite banquet where participating growers shared a meal and then learned just who won the yield contest for 2019.

Harvest Elite, you ask? Take a look at this dynamic (and competitive!) program:

The 2019 winners will soon set out on an all-inclusive trip to Cancun!

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We say CONGRATULATIONS to the winners pictured below

They made big decisions in 2019 and yielded success for their family farm.

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Note names and winning bushels on the banners.

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Are you interested in becoming a part of the Harvest Elite group?

Contact your YieldPro Specialist to learn more about the program’s many benefits!

 

2019 Salute to Service Winner: Gabe McWhinney

In February we invited you to send us stories of the positive encounters or experiences you have with Harvest Land employees for our Salute to Service program. We asked you to share with us the instance of an employee going above and beyond, someone handling a difficult assignment with professionalism or an employee representing Harvest Land in an oustanding way.

We received 68 nominations from Harvest Land customers and employees nominating their peers.  This was an amazing response to a simple ask! But it made our job difficult. We closed nominations in November and then asked our employee base to read through all nominations and choose their top three choices to win the 2019 Salute to Service Award.

At our cooperative Christmas party on December 14 the winner was announced. Today we want to share with you the winner:

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Gabe is the Manager at Lena Ag Center.

The winning submission:

May 26, 2018 around 2:05pm is a day that I will never forget! My boss Gabe McWhinney and I were filling anhydrous tanks when the accident happened. The tank I was filling started to leak around the fill valve. When I went to tighten it all hell broke loose! The valve and hose came off the tank in my hand. The pressure was so great it pushed me back off the wagon on the the dock where I was working. I blacked out for a few seconds and when I came to I found myself face down on the corner of the dock. I felt the hose that left my hand wrapped around my right leg. My first thought was “I need to get away from the hose,” so I pulled myself off the dock and got down under it. That’s when I got a mouth full of vapors. The next thing I saw from under the dock was Gabe running to shut the emergency shut off cables to stop the pump. Then I saw him run to the office which is about 50 yards away. He came back out of the office and said “Dan, I’m coming.” All this took place in about 30 to 45 seconds. He started running from the office to the dock, grabbed the garden hose, started spraying down the vapor cloud and spraying me with water all while turning off the valves. After he got the valves turned off he climbed down under the dock where I was laying on my stomach. The first words out of his mouth was “I got you Dan.” He then took the garden hose and sprayed me off as best he could. Once he got everything sprayed off he said “let’s get you out from under this dock.” By the time it took us to get out from under the dock the fire department showed up. I was able to walk on my own and started flushing my eyes. When the ambulance showed up Gabe said “take him first.” At that time I didn’t know the hose and valve that came off in my hand had hit Gabe square in his rear end and caused him to be pushed off the dock, causing him to lose his phone from his hip; hence the reason he had to run to the office to have the secretary call 911. All in one motion after getting hit with the hose and valve. He was definitely thinking and on his game to do all of that without any hesitation.
When we got in the ambulance which there was one for me and one for him we headed to the hospital. Once there we had to be detoxed. When I got in the shower at the hospital things started going down hill for me. I had to be Careflighted to Miami Valley Hospital where I was admitted. Gabe followed me all the way to Dayton with his wife after he was checked out at Upper Valley Medical Center. He made his wife stop at WalMart to buy him some clothes because his were all bagged up from the detox process. When the left Wal Mart with clothes and shoes they made their way to Miami Valley Hospital and stayed several hours. Upon my admission I had to have an emergency tracheotomy and Gabe stayed with my wife during all of this and didn’t leave until he was able to see me and make sure I was ok. Gabe came back the next day which happened to be a Sunday and spent a good deal of the day with me. He made sure I was doing ok and that meant a lot to me. Gabe McWhinney is a great person and boss all in one. His dedication to his job and his employees is second to none. This is why I would like to nominate him for Outstanding Service. He deserves to win the Salute to Service Award and all that goes with it.

Submitted by Dan Danielson

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COO Stan Hicks (L), Gabe and CEO Scott Logue 

Gabe was also nominated a second time:

Hi. I am Bob Oakes and a long time customer of Lena AG Center. I am 86 years old so I have seen a lot of Seed, Feed, Fertilizer and Grain elevators in my day starting with Brubaker Feed and Grain and Saunders Seed in the 1940’s in Tipp City, Ohio when I was in High School. When I returned from service in 1956 I desperately wanted to be a farmer and did most of my business with Farm Bureau. They had the elevator at Casstown, Ohio a few miles from where I farmed. During the sixties a man by the name of Walter Hanna worked for them and he did everything possible to try and help me succeed. He loved chickens and I had a chicken problem so he brought a debeaker out and helped me debeak several hundred leg horn hens. He was a man of integrity as well as helpfulness. You have a person in your organization that matches Walter. They both came from the same mold. Integrity and the willingness to help and understand. Gabe treats me as if I farm 5000 acres. I have very few tillable acres but that makes no difference to Gabe. He does his work with the thoughtfulness that anyone would admire. I know you have a lot of good employees but Gabe McWhinney should be one of those considered. If Gabe should win, my $250.00 prize is to be giving to Gabe’s favorite charity.

Submitted by Bob Oakes

 

Congratulations, Gabe!

We believe both of these nominations speak volumes about Gabe’s character and we’re quite proud to call him part of our team. 

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We offer a sincere thank you to all who nominated a Harvest Land employee. This program continues to grow annually because those of you who take advantage of offering praise to someone who truly deserves it.

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Nitrogen Management in Corn

Cost, goals, application rate, timing and stabilizers are all considerations when working to ensure nitrogen levels in your corn are where they need to be.

Harvest Land can serve you at many different capacities depending on your operation and goals.

This week we invite you to watch this brief video to hear Todd Overmyer, Central Crops Manager, and Steve Dlugosz, agronomist, discuss what is available to you to stabilize nitrogen in your corn crop.

 

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2020 Winter YieldPro Crops Forums

“Do you know the best part about 2019?” a farmer-member asked us last week.

“It’s almost over.” he continued.

We appreciate his perspective.

Our hope is that 2020 offers you more reasons for optimism.  You have many places to be this winter, but we hope you’ll join us for one of these meetings.

Crops Forum Page

 

 

Please RSVP to your local YieldPro Specialist!

 

 

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