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Thanks for visiting our website! We opened up shop in 2011 as an independent seed company but our families have been providing quality seed products for over 50 years. We pride ourselves in not being a “one-size-fits-all” operation and instead test thousands of seed hybrids each year to identify the products that are best suited for your soil.

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2019 : December
 
Proharvest Dealer Update
 
 
A Two Phase Approach to Selling a New Prospect
 
December is always a good month to schedule calls with new prospects.  When I came across this strategy from Chet Holmes, I thought it was something valuable to share with you. Chet is an author and a strategic planner concentrating on the area of business growth. His most effective strategy for selling to a new prospect is a simple, two phase approach.
 
Phase 1: Focus on gathering information in the first session with a prospective customer so that you can have a great follow-up session.
 
During the first meeting, follow these 6 steps:
 
1. Create rapport. Learn what professional or personal goals he has. Find out what common interests you have so that you have something to bond with on your follow up meeting.
 
2. Qualify and establish need. Learn the customers’ needs and objectives. What are their pressing problems and how can you help solve them?
 
3. Build value. What does your customer consider valuable? What benefits or add-ons would appeal to them and build the value around your products?
 
4. Create desire. What are their hot buttons which can increase their desire for your products? Remember, customers want to gravitate away from problems and toward solutions.
 
5. Overcome objections. Answer any immediate objections your customer may have.
 
6. Close and Follow Up. This is critical. Set a follow-up meeting.
When you get back to your office, send out a personal note which reminds them of the future appointment.
 
Phase 2: Reflect on what you learned and prepare for the follow-up meeting. This meeting is the most important. 
 
1. Start with something personal that you remembered from the first meeting. This will build more rapport.
 
2. Compliment the customer about something he is doing correctly. This should be centered on their future goals.
 
3. Go back to their hot buttons and stay focused on the benefits of your products. Present them with a personalized packet.
 
4. Overcome their objections.
 
5. Use a personal and planned close.
 
6. Write the order
 
I hope this will be helpful to you as you develop your sales strategy. I would be happy to discuss further with you.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season,
 
Keith
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same."
-- Carlos Castaneda
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
Peoria Farm Show
December 3-5, 2019
 
 
Early Order Discount
Orders placed prior to December 15, 2019 will receive the following discounts:
Corn: $7/unit
Soybeans: $1/unit
 
 
Early Payment Discount
Corn and soybean seed paid by December 15, 2019 will receive a 9% cash discount.
 
 
John Deere Financial 0% Financing
Make an eligible purchase of ProHarvest seed corn or soybeans before January 10, 2020 and take advantage of 0% financing till December 2020. Volume and early order discounts apply, no other early pay discounts apply. Minimum purchase amount is $2,500.
 
 
January 21, 2020
Mt Vernon, IL
January 22, 2020
Bloomington, IL
January 23, 2020
Rochelle, IL
 
Gordyville Farm Show
January 29-30 , 2020
Gifford, IL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Updates from Randy
 
By Randy Wilken
 
Thankful
 
As I write this, it is the eve of Thanksgiving. It may be cliche, however it does give me time to pause and reflect on the many blessings that we have at ProHarvest. We are Thankful for the dealers that we have, who represent our brand and are products professionally and with integrity. We are thankful for our staff who put so much into serving our customers and building a brand that is positive and growing in so many ways. We are Thankful for the relationships that we have and products that we have from our many vendors and partners, who help us to have a world-class product line. We are Thankful for our customers, who put their faith and trust into us each season. We are thankful for those who are willing to serve our country and protect us each day. And last, we are Thankful to live in this country, that despite its challenges, is still the best country in the world.
 
I know it will be past Thanksgiving when you read this, however I encourage you to take time each day to reflect what it is you are Thankful for.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Production & Shipping Updates
 
By Josh Wilken
 
It is December already! It sure feels like this year is flying by already. Quality on our seed is coming back very good. We have started bringing in corn and packaging soybeans. We are still shooting for starting shipping in early January. We will be sending out a roll of shrink wrap to each dealer this year to help with splitting pallets as well as being able to wrap pallets that get returned so they stay together better on the trucks. Be sure to let us know of any special requests on grade sizes when placing the orders and if you are able to take seed in the next two months.
 
Thanks!
 
Corn & Soybeans
 
Forages
 
Poor Forage Quality Spurs Concerns
 
 
 
By: Purdue University Agriculture News
 
 
 
A Purdue University Extension specialist is warning livestock owners that forage they harvested earlier this year likely has lower-than-usual nutritional quality. Without proper supplements, there could be serious consequences for their animals.
 
“This is a very unusual year, and the quality is extremely low for this late-harvested forage,” said Keith Johnson, a professor of agronomy and Extension forage specialist. “We have less energy and protein with a more mature crop. There’s a crisis potentially brewing if people don’t pay attention to quality.”
 
Nutrition issues will be significant with cool-season grasses such as tall fescue, orchard-grass, smooth bromegrass, timothy and perennial ryegrass, as well as legumes such as alfalfa or red clover. Growers usually harvest these forages for the first time in mid- or late-May, but this year’s particularly wet spring kept them from the fields until late June to early July.
 
As forage crops mature, they increase fiber and lignin content, making them less digestible. Less digestible forage crops result in reduced nutrient supply to the animal. Dry matter intake potential is also compromised with high fiber content.
Improper nutrition can lead to weight loss, weakness, poor lactation, poor conception or a lengthened birthing period. Proper nutrition is important for any animal, but it is especially critical during late gestation and lactation.
 
A laboratory analysis of tall fescue harvested in late June verified significantly high fiber content. A cow, ewe, or doe in early lactation cannot consume enough of the tested hay to meet her needs because rate of passage through the digestive tract is slowed by the high fiber content. If not supplemented with other feedstuffs higher in energy and protein, these livestock will be starved of nutrients.
Johnson said it’s important for livestock producers to have their forage professionally tested, and then use the results to work with a trained nutritionists to develop a nutrition plan. Nutritionists may recommend adding soybean hulls, soybean meal, corn, distillers grains, corn gluten feed or other supplements to raise nutritional quality.
 
 
Cover Crops
 
 
Cover Crops to Support Forage Diets
 
 
 
 
Interested in pairing up a cover crop with corn silage? A key is to consider harvest timing – usually mid- to late May for boot stage – to ensure the cover crop forage is of the quality needed for lactating cows. If targeting forage for heifers, harvest a bit later at heading stage to increase tonnage and fiber content.
 
Popular cover crop options include winter cereals, like winter rye and triticale.
 
“Winter rye is growing in popularity because it has rapid growth, especially in the spring, and will mature earlier in the spring,” said Matt Akins, University of Wisconsin–Madison dairy management specialist. “Agronomists say it tends to overwinter a little better than triticale. However, a drawback to rye is that it matures very quickly in the spring, so a weather delay can cause harvesting issues. Triticale matures more slowly in spring and may reduce some weather risk at harvest. Wheat is another option, but it tends to mature slowly in the spring, which causes issues with the subsequent crop.”
 
Soil Health Benefits
 
Cover crops can help increase organic matter over time by breaking down residue above and below ground. Cover crops can also reduce soil erosion by 60 to 90% and improve water quality. They can also improve soil tilth by building a more robust soil biome through the excretions of fungus, micro-bacteria and earthworms, which help hold the soil together better. Some cover crops, like legumes, are planted due to their ability to fix and hold nitrogen in place.
 
“If you have a really wet spring like this past year, cover crops can pull some of the moisture out of the soil as it is actively growing,” noted Akins. “In a dry year, the cover crop may cause lower soil moisture conditions, potentially causing issues for the next crop.”
 
Seed Supply
 
Staff Spotlight
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eric Yoder
 
Corn Product Manager/Agronomist.
 
 
Eric grew up on a livestock farm west of Bloomington, IL. Growing up he showed sheep and was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA both. 
 
After a seed company internship in 1998, he changed his major to Crop Science/Agri-business at the University of Illinois. He enjoyed several internships in seed and chemicals while earning his M.S. degree before leaving Champaign. During his 16 years in the seed industry, he has served many roles including sales, supply, product, and brand management.
 
He lives near Knoxville, IL with his wife Tara and 3 children, Abby (8 yrs), Kaitlyn (5 yrs) and Blake (17 mos). His hobbies include showing livestock, Mustang cars, and snowmobiling.
 
Eric states, "I chose to join ProHarvest because it really felt home to me. I love the seed business and I am looking forward to overseeing a product lineup to help growers be successful. I really think ProHarvest is poised for growth in the years ahead." 
 
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