Most Valuable Dealer - Caleb Hagen of Chagen Seed

Mon July 10, 2017

He’s a neighbor and a farmer first. “I’m no salesman, so I let the data do the selling for me,” said Caleb Hagen, NuTech Seed’s Most Valuab...

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He’s a neighbor and a farmer first.

“I’m no salesman, so I let the data do the selling for me,” said Caleb Hagen, NuTech Seed’s Most Valuable Dealer for the month of July. “NuTech Seed’s F.I.R.S.T. trial results in my region speak volumes to my friends and neighbors.”

Raised on the family farm outside of New Richland, Minnesota, Caleb and his wife Hillary, who were married in January of 2016, live just down the road from his family farm. He is the third generation to farm that ground and works the land alongside of his dad, who still lives on the farm.

“Dad is still actively farming, so we’re just in the process of me taking on more on the farm,” Caleb said.

So for right now, selling seed is a great business to pair with his work on the farm. And like Caleb said, the corn and soybean performance is the best sales tool he’s found.

“This is only my second year selling NuTech Seed, but most of the people who bought from me in year one, doubled, if not more, in the second year because they had success,” he said. “As long as I can keep selling without letting my friends and neighbors down, I plan to be an option for them.”

Caleb has known NuTech Seed District Sales Manager Tim Bartness for years, so when Tim asked him to start selling seed, he knew it was an option worth exploring.

“I started looking at the F.I.R.S.T. trial results and that got me curious,” he admitted. “So I went with Tim and (NuTech Seed Regional Sales Manager Jerrod) Tanke to a Dealer meeting in Nebraska to learn more about the company and meet other people in the business.

“It looked like a nice business, a company that had its head on right.”

So Caleb started selling NuTech Seed products through his dealership, Chagen Seed.

One product that he brought to the playing field in his part of Waseca County is LibertyLink® soybeans.

“I brought LibertyLink® to an area that had never considered it,” Caleb said. “Last year, I planted half LibertyLink® and half RoundUp Ready 2 Yield® and this year I planted all Liberty. So far, they are looking beautiful.”

As far as corn goes, Caleb said that anything from 5D-196™ to 5L-504™ has seen a lot of success in his area.

When it comes to people in the company, Caleb has only positive experiences to report.

“I like how the company is orchestrated,” he said. “Tim handles 99% of my issues and questions, and the things that he can’t answer, he learns and takes care of for me.

“The whole company seems very transparent – no one’s too big or too important. It’s got a small company vibe with big company results.”

And at the end of the day, Caleb knows it’s the performance that brings home the bacon.

“When you can show yield results and harvest data in the abundant success that NuTech Seed has had in our neighborhood, it’s hard for people not to get interested.”

We greatly appreciate all the hard work that Caleb has done for NuTech Seed. If you know of a NuTech Seed Dealer who you think deserves the M.V.D. award, please let us know by emailing marketing@nutechseed.com with your nomination.

Most Valuable Dealer- Chris Freed of C6 Seed

Fri June 16, 2017

                      Chris Freed wasn’t expecting to start selling seed when he did about three years ago. “I just happene...

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Chris Freed wasn’t expecting to start selling seed when he did about three years ago.

“I just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” said Chris, NuTech Seed’s Most Valuable Dealer for the month of June. “I took a leap of faith and it’s been really good.”
Chris’ dealership, C 6 Seed, is based in Scandia, Kansas, where he is co-managing the large farm operation he’s been a part of for the last 36 years.
“Leroy (Dana) was just driving down the road one day – our farm shop is just a mile and a half south of where I live – and he came into the shop one day,” Chris recalled. “We sat down and visited for a while, I asked a few questions, and the next thing I know, he’s back down here to sign the papers and we’re selling seed.
“I’d say he’s a pretty good salesman,” he chuckled.
Chris grew up on a farm, but when the agriculture economy went south in the 1980’s, he went to work for a local individual on his operation and has been there ever since. Chris also has a welding business and he has benefitted from that as part of his customer base.
For Chris, it all comes down to relationships and community support.
“We’re lucky enough to be in a community where we get a lot of support and that’s helped us grow our business,” he said.
In addition to the community support, he is continually impressed with the supportive relationships with everyone in the NuTech Seed family.
“No matter where you go, someone remembers who you are,” Chris said. “It’s a really nice feeling that everyone in the company – even if they just spoke to you one time – they remember your name every time and that means a lot.
“We’re a very family-oriented bunch down here, so the family part of the entire thing is a huge deal.”
The performance story doesn’t hurt either.
“Our first year, we didn’t sell a lot of seed, but what we sold performed; it was good or better than our competition,” Chris said. “We’ve had a couple individuals that were planting another brand, so they tried a few bags the first year and NuTech Seed just blew the other stuff away. Each year they’ve increased and this year one of those guys is 100% NuTech Seed.”
Chris admits that he’s not much of a plot guy; he prefers studying the broad spectrum.
“Everybody down here, their ground’s the same,” he said. “So I tend to do most of my yield data by what I see across the broad spectrum.
“Most people around here respect me enough to know I’m not pulling their leg.”
It helps that Chris plants NuTech Seed products on his operation.
“As far as the corn goes, the 510, 713, and 709 have really stood out down here,” he said. “And LibertyLink soybeans. We had a few plant them last year and this year they’ve just blown up down here – it’s unbelievable.”
Chris lives in Scandia with his wife Crystal of 27 years. He’s a proud father of four beautiful daughters and three granddaughters.
Overall, he is happy with his entire experience so far with NuTech Seed.
“The one thing that really stands out to me is that NuTech Seed stands behind their products,” he said. “That means an awful lot to a lot of growers.
“It’s been a really good experience for me – the products are great. We’re happy and the customers are too. I don’t have any complaints whatsoever.”Chris Freed wasn’t expecting to start selling seed when he did about three years ago.

We greatly appreciate all the hard work that Chris and his family have done for NuTech Seed. If you know of a NuTech Seed Dealer who you think deserves the M.V.D. award, please let us know by emailing marketing@nutechseed.com with your nomination.

Most Valuable Dealer - Steve Schultz of S S Seed Solutions

Wed May 10, 2017

Agriculture might be in his bloodline, but Steve Schultz is a first-generation seed salesman.  The Watertown, Wisconsin, native is honored as this mo...

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Agriculture might be in his bloodline, but Steve Schultz is a first-generation seed salesman.  The Watertown, Wisconsin, native is honored as this month’s Most Valuable Dealer for his commitment to NuTech Seed through his dealership, S S Seed Solutions.

A seven-year veteran with NuTech Seed, Schultz stays busy on his family farm, working with his wife and daughters as well as his dad and brother. The farm has been in his family for about 112 years, he said, and includes 100 head of steers and 160 acres of farmland. In addition to the farming operation, Steve is a Dealer for NuTech Seed and has worked a job in town for the last 33 years. Eventually, Steve would like to spend all of his time on the farm, working the land and selling NuTech Seed.

Prior to joining the NuTech Seed family as a Dealer, Steve planted Pioneer products on his farm.

“I always enjoyed challenging my (Pioneer) dealers as far as what hybrids to plant,” he said. “I wanted to be a dealer, but figured Pioneer didn’t want two dealers within a couple miles of each other.”

Steve began watching F.I.R.S.T. trial results and noticed another seed brand emerging with results even better than Pioneer’s. “I started seeing NuTech Seed consistently at the top or towards the top, so I gave the products a try. The performance has continued to be evident to this date.”

When Steve began selling NuTech Seed products, he worked with Aaron Digman, the District Sales Manager in his part of Wisconsin. A couple years ago, Bryan Crary joined Aaron’s district and took over as Steve’s DSM.
“I feel I’ve been blessed, first with Aaron teaching me the business, and now learning how Bryan does his part,” Steve said. “I’ve been blessed by both of them.”

Steve is also blessed with a family that helps on the farm and with the seed dealership.

“My daughters help Daddy throw seed around and put up signs,” he said. “I try to make it all in the family.”

Steve and his wife have two daughters – Payton is 11 years old and Sydney is 9 years old. His wife is a department manager at Menards in Johnson Creek.

After his recent hip replacement, Steve’s wife and nephews helped out even more by delivering seed and getting growers ready for planting season.

When it comes to sales success, Steve has quite a few stories to share, including getting one of his relatives to switch to NuTech Seed.

“When I first approved this relative, he told me, ‘I’ll plant your stuff, but if it does not grow, no matter how well we know each other, I will not plant it,’” Steve said. “Now he grows almost entirely NuTech Seed products.”

Steve’s success isn’t limited to converting growers within his family tree – he also changed the mind of a high school classmate.

“This guy is good friends with a Mycogen dealer, but I had him try out six bags of NuTech Seed,” Steve said. “That’s all it took and now he plants entirely NuTech Seed corn and beans.”

Corn and soybeans are the top products Steve sells in Wisconsin, but he added that he’s sold a lot of alfalfa this spring due to so much winterkill. “Otherwise this year has been an even split of corn and beans,” he said.

Some of the best performing products in his area, Dodge and Jefferson counties, between Madison and Milwaukee, include the 601, 702, 503, and 504 series.

Steve is confident in his future as a seed salesman for NuTech Seed.

“As long as they keep putting out products like they do, I know my sales are going to grow,” he said. “More and more people are hearing about NuTech Seed, through F.I.R.S.T. trials and word of mouth. My goal is to build my dealership to where I can have the freedom and the choice to just sell seed and farm full time.”

We greatly appreciate all the hard work that Steve and his family have done for NuTech Seed. If you know of a NuTech Seed Dealer who you think deserves the M.V.D. award, please let us know by emailing marketing@nutechseed.com with your nomination.

Most Valuable Dealer - Luckey Farmers Inc.

Fri April 7, 2017

When Ed Thurn joined the team at Luckey Farmers Inc., the farmer-owned coop was selling a couple national brands in addition to their own seed brand, ...

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When Ed Thurn joined the team at Luckey Farmers Inc., the farmer-owned coop was selling a couple national brands in addition to their own seed brand, Gro-Mor. But Luckey Farmers knew to be successful, they didn’t need to offer every possible seed choice, they just needed to offer the right seed for their growers’ acres.

“We don’t want to be Wal-Mart,” Thurn said. “All the research shows that there are 2.5 seed companies on every farm and we want to be two of those with NuTech Seed and Gro-Mor.”

Luckey Farmers, the April Most Valuable Dealer, serves a four-county area in Northwest Ohio, with their main office located in Woodville. The company was established in 1919, the result of several mergers, consolidations and acquisitions over the years. The entire team, more than 100 employees, is dedicated to providing the highest quality farm products and services for the success of more than 2,000 members.

Thurn, the sales manager and seed production manager for Luckey Farmers, leads a team of eight salespeople that includes five agronomists. He works closely with Bob Beyer, who purchases all of Luckey Farmers’ products and works directly with NuTech Seed District Sales Manager Chris Holt and Customer Service & Logistics Manager Jane Synder.

Both Thurn and Beyer will agree that LibertyLink soybeans is what brought Luckey Farmers to its relationship with NuTech Seed.

“The genetics fit our area really well,” Beyer said. “LibertyLink soybeans have really caught fire for us.”

Thurn said the sales continue to grow for the 2017 planting season. “A year ago, we sold 6,000 bags of NuTech Seed beans; this year, we’re close to 12,000 bags, doubling our bean sales.

“In the last three years, we’ve made huge increases with NuTech Seed products.”

The Luckey Farmers sales team is comfortable selling NuTech Seed products, Thurn said, specifically because of the way they complement the Gro-Mor line.
Luckey Farmers is always working to do what’s best for the growers in Northwest Ohio. One thing that Thurn did to benefit growers was to select the five best corn products for the area from NuTech Seed’s extensive product portfolio – and sell only those hybrids.

“We focused on the five products that work in our area, that made the most sense for us to sell to a farmer,” Thurn said. “We have a 2,500-acre farmer that tried a couple bags of NuTech Seed last year and this year he switched to one-third NuTech Seed corn and the rest is our brand, Gro-Mor.

“Guys like what they’re seeing from NuTech Seed corn and by pairing it with our brand, it allows us to go in to these farmers with a really nice package deal. We can sell a farmer all of his corn with these two brands and he’s not putting all his eggs in one basket.”

Holt agreed: “Multiple locations and product lines allows them to provide a custom service level. Each sales person builds a package per their customer’s needs and our high performing seed fits right in.”

Another reason Beyer likes featuring NuTech Seed as Luckey Farmers’ national brand is the people.

“We’re getting the genetics of a national company, but the advantage of doing business with a smaller company,” Beyer said. “I’m the one that communicates the most with the team at NuTech Seed; I enter all the orders on SeedWare, coordinate deliveries with Jane and Angel (Thomsen), and when Chris needs to communicate a message to the team, he comes to me and I get the message out to the rest of our team.”

Dan Sheldrick of Bowling Green, Ohio, played an influential role in Luckey Farmers’ decision to sell NuTech Seed. Sheldrick, one of the first NuTech Seed growers in the state, began a dealership years ago, but wanted to focus on farming, so he turned his seed sales over to Luckey Farmers and remains a valued customer to this day.

“We have some very loyal customers,” Beyer said. “Our entire organization is a team effort and we’re working to provide the best for our customers.

“We’re a full agronomy dealer – seed isn’t our total business, but we look at seed as a way to get on the farms. Once we’re in, we can get the rest of our programs on the farms as well.”

Luckey Farmers’ current facilities consist of seven grain locations, eight agronomy facilities, a feed manufacturing plant, seed processing facility, three cardtrol petroleum stations and four fuel delivery trucks to service farm, home and light industry.

We greatly appreciate all the hard work that Luckey Farmers Inc. has done for NuTech Seed. If you know of a NuTech Seed Dealer who you think deserves the M.V.D. award, please let us know by emailing marketing@nutechseed.com with your nomination.

Most Valuable Dealer - Beau Romsey

Tue March 7, 2017

Beau Romsey doesn’t take much credit for his success. Instead, he praises the company and its people, specifically his District Sales Manager, for h...

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Beau Romsey doesn’t take much credit for his success. Instead, he praises the company and its people, specifically his District Sales Manager, for helping him grow his dealership.

NuTech Seed’s Most Valuable Dealer for the month of March, Beau is a third-generation producer and seed salesman from Gilbert, Iowa, who has been with NuTech Seed “from the beginning,” he said.

“I started with NuTech Seed when they started in Iowa; once they moved into this part of the Cornbelt, I started as a dealer with my dad,” Beau said. “We chose NuTech Seed mostly because of the long relationships we had built with the pillars of the seed industry, and also because people that we knew, that we’ve been working with for years, were going to this brand.”

Beau gives a lot of credit to his DSM, Scott Broesder, for helping him develop and grow a prosperous dealership. “The key to the success of my business has been a great DSM,” Beau said. “I’ve been with Scott since I was a kid, probably 25 years.”

Beau grew up on a farm north of Ames, learning skills from his late father and grandpa, and his mother still lives on the farm today. A graduate of Gilbert High School, Beau took some agronomy classes at DMACC but learned most from first-hand experience. His brother never got into the farming operation and now lives in Chicago with his family, raising four little boys.

Beau has been married to his wife Christine for more than three years and he credits her for valuable help with the dealership. In addition to selling seed, Beau also farms and runs two additional businesses: a spray business and a snow removal business. “So I stay busy, even when there’s not much snow,” he laughed.

As a farmer-dealer, Beau plants what he sells and he said that is another key to his success. “The fact that you can go out and say, ‘I’ve had this on my farm for two years and it works, so you’ve got to try this,’ is probably what has grown my dealership the most,” he said. “A lot of the competition can’t do that. That’s one of our strongest allies, being able to be a farmer-dealer, because we can tell (customers) first hand.”
“We’re not going to sell (products) we didn’t like on our own farm.”

Beau values all of the relationships he has within the NuTech Seed family. “The company just has a family feel that you don’t get in a larger corporation,” he said. “If I have an issue or a question, I can just text the product guys or the GM, and I’ll get a response right away. Being able to know everyone in the company and have these close relationships, it’s a personal feeling instead of getting lost in that corporate world.”

We greatly appreciate all the hard work that Beau has done for NuTech Seed. If you know of a NuTech Seed Dealer who you think deserves the M.V.D. award, please let us know by emailing marketing@nutechseed.com with your nomination. 

Most Valuable Dealer- Darrell Feenstra

Fri February 17, 2017

Darrell Feenstra of New Holland, South Dakota, is the winner of the Most Valuable Dealer Award for February. Darrell has been selling seed for 36 yea...

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Darrell Feenstra of New Holland, South Dakota, is the winner of the Most Valuable Dealer Award for February.

Darrell has been selling seed for 36 years and has been with NuTech Seed since its inception. District Sales Manager Dan Van Drongelen estimates that Darrell has been selling NuTech Seed for 15 years.

“I’m really happy with NuTech Seed,” Darrell said. “I’ve gone through five different companies and this company is really family oriented.”

One thing that Darrell appreciates is being on a first-name basis with so many people within the NuTech Seed organization.

“When you go to meetings, the top people know you by your first name,” he said. “Everyone at the company really works with you. It’s a good company to work for.”

A native of New Holland, Darrell and his wife have two children and three grandchildren. Their son and daughter-in-law are raising their children, ages 9 and 13, in New Holland, while their daughter lives in Crooks, just north of Sioux Falls, with her son who is six.

Darrell says that his family keeps him pretty busy; he spends a lot of a time going to ball games to watch his grandchildren play.

In addition to selling NuTech Seed, Darrell also farms 480 acres and raises livestock.

Darrell is very happy with the seed that he plants and sells from NuTech Seed.

“We have good seed, good genetics,” he said. “I don’t really have a lot of complaints.”

One of the big differentiators from other seed companies is the fact that NuTech Seed offers LibertyLink® soybeans.

“I’m planting 100% LibertyLink® beans and 70% of my bean sales this year were LibertyLink®,” Darrell said. “LibertyLink® has really increased my bean sales. I’m up 1000 bags from last year because of Liberty and the performance.”

Darrell sees solid performance in both NuTech Seed corn and soybeans in his area. He added that he has about a dozen customers that plant 100% NuTech Seed.

“They are very happy with it and they keep coming back,” he said. “NuTech Seed is easy to sell. Once you get the customers started on it, they come back.”

 

We greatly appreciate all the hard work that Darrell has done for NuTech Seed. If you know of a NuTech Seed Dealer who you think deserves the M.V.D. award, please let us know by emailing marketing@nutechseed.com with your nomination.