Seed Days 2019 presentation

2019 Seed Days Recap

January 29, 2019 – Thresher held the annual Seed Days symposium for more than 230 producers, agribusiness professionals and crop advisers in Eastern Idaho.  After vendor introductions across the exhibit area, the morning session began with an organizational update from Agspring CEO Mark Beemer and an introduction from new General Manager Brian Aust.

2019 Seed Varieties, Options and Seed Treatments were featured presentations from Ken Morgan of Thresher, Trenton Stanger of WestBred, Tony Severa of Syngenta and Hannah Kammeyer of Limagrain Cereal Seeds.  Jamie Kress of the Idaho Grain Producers Association provided an informed view of the wheat markets including current political dynamics and issues relevant to Idaho producers.

Latesha Reed was on hand from GrainCraft to give producers an update on grain quality in the context of their flour milling operation.  Wheat quality merchandised through Thresher continues to be among the best available for millers and consumer packaged goods companies nationwide.

Intellectual property issues around seed were addressed by Karen Stevenson of the University of Idaho as the first in a series of information sessions that will be made available to producers on this potentially confusing issue.  Chad Jackson from the University of Idaho presented research findings and management recommendations on fusarium head blight and cereal cyst nematodes in Eastern Idaho.  Managing both intelligently, the audience was reminded, it is important to ensure solid yield productivity.

Keynote speaker Kyle Tapley, senior agricultural meteorologist for Radiant Solutions, gave a very accessible talk on climate and the current weather outlook for agriculture.  Tapley helped dispel common misunderstandings about weather vs. climate as well as detailing the limits of forecasting accuracy in any growing season.

Three sessions covering on-farm safety, chemical labeling and related regulation were facilitated by Tim Gioffredi of Wilbur Ellis, Bob Johnston of DIACON and Richard Filmore of McGregor.  Finally a panel session linking profitability, yield productivity and sustainable outcomes was led by Agspring VP Bradford Warner featuring Jay Watson of General Mills and Jennifer Shaw of Syngenta.  Survey questions were taken live from the audience and insights showing growers in the Thresher sustainable sourcing program have proven to be more efficient and productive than the norm.

If you have any questions on these presentations, please contact your Thresher merchandising manager.

2018 Field Days Events Highlight Producer Appreciation

On July 10-12, Thresher held its annual Field Days events. Each year, Thresher invites growers and key partners to attend one of our Field Days events held across the region in which they receive updates on current market trends, harvest logistics and current crop production developments. These events also provide the opportunity for us to thank you for business and support making Eastern Idaho one of the best wheat growing territories in the country.

As with every Thresher Field Days event, the goal is to create an environment in which growers can informally talk with relevant industry professionals and receive agronomic, sustainability and IT resources to help ensure their continued success in the field.

Thresher kicked off the featured presentation with a brief welcome and wheat market update. Strides in quality, safety and helpful tips on storing product are just a few examples of topics discussed. Key takeaways include:

Harvest Logistics – How inbound flow must be conducted for each elevator was presented.  The process is designed to make sure trucks are properly cleaned. Seed or product must be removed from prior deliveries so that trucks are not at risk of being rejected.

Seed Changes and Availability – An overview of upcoming Fall seed quality and availability was shared with growers. This included the announcement that additional Jet – Hard Red Winter Seed and Assure – Soft White Seed will be available this year. Post-event, Thresher confirmed Yeti Hard White Winter is secured and now available.

For Seed Purchases:   Thresher will no longer take returns on bulk purchases and will begin charging for carts at $0.50/mile. Any 100 weight carts out longer than 3 days will be charged $50 per day.

Grain Inspection/Receiving Process – Idaho Grain Inspection’s primary mission is to ensure producers receive what they need to enhance profitability and long-term viability. At the event, they shared how their unbiased approach represents complete dedication to producers.  Idaho Grain spoke to how they became licensed and designed an inspections process which could be conducted to ensure it meets federal quality standards.

Thresher is delighted to hear attendees found great value in the information provided in conjunction with a program allowing considerable time to mingle.   For producers who were not able to make one of the Field Days venues, please contact your manager for more details on any of these topics.


Prize Winners

Field Days attendees received some wonderful prizes thanks to key sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Diacon, Grain Craft, McGregor, Stotz Equipment, Syngenta, WestBred and Wilbur-Ellis.



We thank everyone for coming to this year’s Field Days events. For more information on Thresher events, please call the Blackfoot office at (208) 785-4460 or contact your local grain elevator manager.

People listening to speaker at Seed Days

2018 Seed Days Recap

On February 1, Thresher hosted its annual planting preparation event, Seed Days, at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls. The goal of every Thresher event is to create an environment where growers can collaborate with the relevant resources, news, and industry professionals to make them more successful, and this event was no exception.

Bradford Warner, vice president of marketing for Agspring, began the day’s agenda with a welcome and introductions for the extensive presence of strategic partners, allies and sponsors. With more than 26 different vendors being represented, there were plenty of relevant resources for growers to connect with throughout the event.

Thresher Director of Merchandising Ken Morgan followed up the introductory session with an update on Thresher’s merchandising input heading into planting season. Specifically, he updated producers on the success of Thresher’s unique contract options that allow producers to mitigate risk while staying in the market; he recommended the continued use of IGRs on stored grain rather than pesticides such as malathion; and he informed producers on the upcoming FSMA regulations, which will have a huge impact on the industry later this year. Morgan introduced Thresher’s new premium schedule, which will take effect on July 1, 2018.

Producers using either Sygenta’s AgriEdge Land.db or Stotz Equipment’s LEAF platform for Field to Market-based field-printing qualify for this new premium.

The Heart of the Event

The main content of Seed Days 2018 was a series of informative panel discussions and keynote speakers. The panels and speakers featured impressive lineups of experts discussing issues such as new federal and state policy, financial game plans and the current wheat market.

Panel 1 – 2018 Seed Varieties, Treatments and Options Update – Moderated by Brett Wilken


  • Trenton Sanger, WestBred – Sanger gave comparative information about WestBred’s leading seed varieties for all the wheat classes, including hard red, hard white and soft white wheat.
  • Tony Severa, Syngenta – Severa not only discussed information about the different hard red and hard white seed variety offerings for 2018, but he also discussed the commitment Syngenta has to protecting the genetic potential of seeds with the most innovative seed treatment products on the market through the Seed Care Institute.
  • Kelly Olson, Idaho Barley Commission – With Thresher leading off the panel discussion talking about the emergence of a market for food barley, a platform was provided for Olson to speak on the productivity, growth, demand and agronomics of food barley in Idaho.

Panel 2 – Best Practices and Research Update from the 200 Bushel Club – Moderated by Brett Wilken  

The panel consisted of members from the 200 Bushel Club: Juliet Marshall, associate professor, plant pathologist at University of Idaho; Mike Erickson, seed treatment specialist at McGregor Co.; Dale Clark, director of research at Northern Seed; and Cathy Wilson, director of research collaboration at Idaho Wheat Commission. The panelists presented findings from 2017 of four winter trials with two out of the four trials having a fall fertilizer application. They set out to discover whether the fall-planted wheat was getting adequate nutrients at planting, whether banding or top-dressing fertilizer at planting increased yields, and whether it would be economically sustainable. Using Lemken drilling implements, the club came to some conclusions despite the variability of field testing. The club determined:

  • Fall-applied fertilizer, broadcasted or banded, significantly increased yields by 10+%
  • There is a nominal net gain using fertilizer with current grain prices in place
  • Fertilizer blend: 60N-50P-40K-12S-1Z
  • Sulfur is a key ingredient to helping yield and quality

Keynote Speaker – 2018 Global and U.S. Wheat Outlook – Dr. William Tierney, Chief Economist at AgResource Company

Dr. Bill Tierney brought enthusiasm and energy to his global and domestic wheat market update presentation. With an engaging speaking style, Tierney provided growers with an outlook into nationwide wheat yield projections, the global trading environment and wheat variety price projections. His slides are available on

Keynote Speaker – State and Federal Policy Update – Dwight Little Sr., President of the Idaho Grain Producers Association

Dwight Little Sr. provided growers with an insight into recent Idaho trespass laws, the stationary status of the Farm Bill, the importance of the upcoming NAFTA negotiation for agriculture, discussions on increased funding for infrastructure in rural America, potential consequences of the new tax bill, and the IGPA mentorship program.     

Panel 3 – Farm Safety

Three presenters covered key safety topics relevant to producers:

  • John Franson, Wilbur-Ellis – Franson discussed the benefits of reading pesticide labels and the role they have in creating a safe work environment. Franson’s presentation contributed to the accreditation needed for growers to obtain a point on their chemical license.
  • Bob Johnston, Central Life Sciences/Diacon – Johnston presented on the different insect growth regulators and insecticides, such as Diacon, that Central Life Sciences had to offer. He also provided insight into how to apply each product, how much of each product to use, and the benefits of each product dependent upon the type of grain.
  • Brandon Schmit, Norco – Schmit gave a hands-on presentation on how to improve the use of farm safety equipment. This presentation also raised awareness on the importance of knowing how to properly use the tools famers have available in order to ensure safety.

Panel 4 – Increasing the Profitability for Your Farming Operation 

Warner moderated a panel of three experts around farm management technology and banking.

Stacey Shaw of Syngenta discussed a resource for growers who are seeking help in maximizing and sustaining their return on their investment. Shaw presented on key features of the AgriEdge Excelsior®  software, which contains a whole-farm management program that combines secure data management,  innovative product choices, and trusted on-farm service to better tie expense to income.

Ryan Rosztocy of Stotz Equipment/LEAF presented details on how farmers can take control of their profitability through fleet management technology and intelligence. Discussing the product offering of LEAF, an agricultural software package that measures every facet of a farming operation, Rosztocy emphasized how this technology can help increase profitability per unit on every farming operation.

Eric Gray of Northwest Farm Credit Services highlighted how growers can benchmark and increase their operation’s profitability working with their lender. The tactics Gray highlighted came from his own experience seeing what has made successful producers remain profitable. These included being able to understand financial statements to in order to make better decisions, being able to plan for the year ahead based on reviewing prior experience, being able to maximize the value of your production which doesn’t always mean the highest yield, and being able to produce what the customer wants.

Grand Prize Winners

Seed Days 2018 attendees received some wonderful prizes thanks to key sponsors like Syngenta, Lemken/Pioneer, Stotz Equipment, and WestBred.

We thank everyone for coming to this year’s Seed Days event. To download the panel presentations, go to the Thresher Seed Days tab on For more information on Thresher events, please call the Blackfoot office at (208) 785-4460, or contact your local grain elevator manager.

Click HERE to download all the 2018 Seed Days presentations.