Is Hourly Pay the Enemy of Efficiency? – Part 2

In my last article, I discussed the challenges of motivating hourly employees to improve efficiency.  Hourly employees may miss out on overtime hours...

What I Learned About Creating My First Company Video

I am continually asking my team to ”jump out of their comfort zone” and “think outside the box.” Now it was my...

Are You Providing The Support Your Sales Team Needs?

Good customer service and dependability are still the top qualities consumers look for when choosing who to do business with. The basic...

Herding Rabbits

I’ve spoken with others who agree that it can take six or more revisions of a proposal to build or remodel a...

Fufu Dust to Cropping Must

I started in the biologicals business as a salesperson in 1977. Back then, it wasn’t uncommon for other agricultural stakeholders to refer...

Predictive Breeding: Five Steps to Hit it Out of the Park

The use of genomic selection in plant breeding may seem worlds apart from the use of advanced analytics in baseball, yet both...

Biostimulants Are Coming of Age

Plant biostimulants (PBS’s) are increasingly gaining recognition as valuable inputs to enhance crop production. Informally, PBS’s are thought of as microbes or substances...

Accuracy in Seed Testing

I am frequently asked, “Why do we have differences in test results between laboratories?” This is never an easy question to answer...

Is Hourly Pay the Enemy of Efficiency?

Motivating employees is hard! The challenge is to ensure that the employees’ goals and the company’s goals are in line. One area...

Stand Out In A Crowd

I stood on the sidelines giving cheers to the runners participating in a local half marathon that routes close to my house....

Prejudice Kills Success

Last week my daughter graduated from high school. It was a beautiful, sunny day and all the students where high on life....

Let’s Fire Up the Future of Protein

For many of us, there’s nothing better than summertime and the sizzle of a thick steak hitting a hot grill. You’re smiling...

Please Don’t Shoot the Messenger

I’ve noticed everybody and their uncle want to jump into the biologicals field lately. Our sector is exploding. With that, I’ve given...

What Would You Do With An Extra 10 Days At Harvest?

What we wouldn’t give for extra hours at harvest. If you could be out there, in the field, seven to 10 days...

9 Core Behaviors to Create Power Teams

What does it mean to be “strong”? Do you picture a rugged hand with calluses and dirt and oil in the creases?...

Why You Need to Quit Using Your Wedding Photo as Your Headshot

As a graphic designer, I’m often sent headshots to use in our magazines or online. I’ve seen some great photos cross my...

Hemp Quality and Genetic Testing

Passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) in December opened a big window of opportunity for many growers to...

We Never Plant Corn In June

“We never plant corn in June, but we will plant it during all six weeks of May!” That is a funny (kind...

It’s Not Them — It’s YOU & I!

I have the privilege to do what I love for a living. I am growing an old, trustworthy company into a world-leading...

2019 Planting Season: A Seed Company Survival Guide: May We Never See Another...

There are countless articles each day about how farmers and commercial crops are being impacted by this delayed planting season.  Much of this...