Driven by a Uniquely External Approach

Anyone who knows me knows I spend a great deal of time on the road working with customers or potential customers from...

Size Matters: Precision and Accuracy

Just as farmers look to deploy precision planting practices this spring, seed companies expect precision during the sorting and sizing process that...

Take Care! A Phrase that’s Given Me New Perspective to Balancing It All

You know that all-to-familiar goodbye, be it in email or in person: “Take care” or “take care of yourself.” Most of us don’t think...

What It Really Means to Disconnect

When you read this, we will all be back from our holiday vacations and settled into our “normal” work routines. However, the Christmas break...

Connect. Conversate. Create Results

Last December, we did something entirely unexpected: we refrained from exhibiting at the largest U.S. seed industry convention. This was neither a mistake, nor...

37 Years of Managing Materials at Oliver Manufacturing

I recently announced my retirement from Oliver Manufacturing, set to take effect this December, and I thought this was an opportunity to reflect on...

Defining Industrial Hemp in Colorado

Hemp is a big issue in Colorado, as many of you are aware by now. With big issues come ballot items, and the Colorado...

Great Seedsmen Know Their Plants

Great seedsmanship demands a lot from those who practice it. It demands an intimate familiarity with one’s plant. It demands knowledge and experience to...

A Family’s Momentous Falling Out Propels Company’s Global Growth

I was conversing with my grandfather Geoff Burney about Oliver Manufacturing’s founder and my great, great-grandfather Oliver Steele. I knew that the company was...

Is Good Enough, Really Good Enough?

Sometimes good enough needs to be put in context. Often times, it is best to compare it to something we all can relate to....

Changing Climate Impacts Our Environment and Economy

Oliver Manufacturing sits on the outskirts of La Junta, Colorado, in what's known as the Arkansas Valley. From our offices, one can watch the...

Trade War’s End Game

2018 promised a lot for soybean producers. In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicted annual U.S. soybean exports would break 2.5 billion...

Optical Sorting versus Precision Density Sorting

Optical color sorting is regarded by some in the seed industry as an exciting, newish technology that offers innumerable advantages over other forms of...

Develop the Team Sport That is Vital to the Success and Well-being of Your...

Like a well-oiled machine, an efficient manufacturing line contains many moving pieces – welders, carpenters, painters, forklifts, flying sparks, docking semis, hammers and wrenches....

Lean Transformed Oliver’s Processes, Decreased Lead Time

The simplest definition of lean manufacturing (lean) is to systematically focus on eliminating waste in every process within an organization whether in manufacturing, sales,...

New Laws Present New Opportunities

Could we be a missing piece of the puzzle? The puzzle being Colorado’s hemp value chain. As I chewed on this question, I started...

Helping Put a Stop to Our Aging Rural Communities

It’s no secret: Our rural communities are getting older. Last year, “The Atlantic” reported that between 2010 and 2014, rural areas lost an average...

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Gravity Separator

When I am asked about this, I pause and ask questions myself. But I find the answers lie in the fact that, as plants...

Site Visits Foster Customer Relationships, Offer Long-term Benefits

When it comes to marketing and fostering customer relationships, there are a number of approaches that can be used. These include distributing a company...

Don’t Let an Urgency Become an Emergency

No matter where you’re located in the world, we all know that agriculture is cyclical. Depending on your region and the seed species being...