SESVanderHave and Holly Seed sign new cooperation agreement with changes to North American sales organization and seed processing activities.
SESVanderHave USA, Inc., Fargo, ND, and Holly Seed, LLC, Sheridan, WY, along with their respective parent organizations, SESVanderHave NV, Tienen, Belgium, and Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Company, Renville, MN, announce that they have entered into a new Service and Cooperation Agreement.
SESVanderHave USA and Holly Seed share a lengthy and strong relationship within the North American sugarbeet industry and will continue this relationship under a new structure.
Holly Seed will continue to provide seed processing and other manufacturing services to SESVanderHave for all of its seed distributed within North America. In turn, SESVanderHave will acquire the sales staff of Holly Seed, their dealer networks, and will now supply seed to the entire North American sugarbeet market.
“The new agreement allows both organizations to focus on their strengths while at the same time bringing quality products to the sugarbeet producers throughout the North American market,” says Steve Domm, president and chief executive officer of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative.
SESVanderHave will now control the marketing services for the North American market. Rob Van Tetering, chief executive officer of SESVanderHave NV is excited about the new opportunities, stating: “We are looking forward to bringing one message and one focus to the sugarbeet growers within the United States and Canada for our genetics. With the experienced sales staff of Holly Seed on board, we will focus on reintroducing ourselves to the sugar cooperatives throughout the United States, their shareholders and growers. After nearly 30 years of cooperation with Holly Seed, our strong relationship continues.”
SESVanderHave NV is one of the leading suppliers of sugarbeet seed genetics worldwide and staffs over 600 employees, including the United States, for providing varieties to North American growers.
Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative is a manufacturer of sugar from sugarbeets. Annually its 500 Shareholders harvest some 3.6M tons of beets and process them in their Renville, Minnesota factory.
Holly Seed is an experienced seed processor within the unique sugarbeet crop and provides high-quality seeds to the North American market.
September 18, 2018 [Toronto, ON] - Vive Crop Protection has been selected by The Lazaridis Institute to participate in The Lazaridis Scale-Up Program. The program, funded by the founder of Blackberry, Mike Lazaridis, is focused on training management of rapidly growing Canadian companies so that they can be successful global champions.
The Lazaridis Institute has chosen 10 Canadian companies that have demonstrated the potential to dominate their markets and are ready to take the next steps to grow globally.
Keith Thomas, CEO of Vive Crop Protection will participate in each session, along with Vive leadership team members. Thomas says, “This is a tremendous honor and opportunity for Vive Crop Protection. We are in the rapid growth phase of our company and appreciate the world-class information and mentorship we will receive in the Lazaridis Scale-Up Program.”
He continues, “I am frequently asked what keeps me awake at night. It is managing through high growth. This program is what we - and Canada - need.”
The Lazaridis Scale-Up Program supports companies by helping them scale-up globally. It is focused on solving a specific national challenge - the need for more globally competitive technology companies in Canada. The innovative program, now in its third year, helps emerging companies achieve global success by providing critical resources, including one-on-one time with international business experts, 120 hours with dedicated growth specialists, and access to a national peer group of entrepreneurs.
By Quinn Campbell
Videographer | Global News
A growing interest in knowing where our food comes from and how it's produced has the agriculture industry doing what it can to educate the public about farming. As Quinn Campbell reports, a new campaign sprouting up in southern Alberta is doing just that. (globalnews.ca)
Rains that made 2- to 4-inch deposits on sugar beet fields near Maynard, Minn., delayed the pre-pile harvest from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7. Photo taken Sept. 5, 2018, near Maynard, Minn. (Forum News Service/Agweek/Mikkel Pates)
MAYNARD, Minn.—The 2018 pre-pile sugar beet harvest was supposed to start Sept. 4 for Troy Groothuis and other growers at Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, based at Renville, Minn.
After 2- to 4-inch rains the week after Labor Day, the co-op set the new pre-pile harvest to start Sept. 7. The factory started slicing beets on Sept. 10. Full-scale harvest starts Oct. 1.
The Groothuis (pronounced GROW-tus) family raises 1,000 acres of corn and 500 acres each of soybeans and sugar beets, and do some custom harvesting work.
"The whole year has been wet," Groothuis says. "It's been such big rains. These have been 3, 4-, 5-, 6-, 8- and 10-inch rains. They just haven't shut off."
Groothuis hopes for heat and wind and is optimistic about being able to get into the fields for harvest. Some farmers in his area have been picking corn for silage and getting through the fields. Some farmers who grew sweet corn for the canning market made some ruts.
Groothuis acquired a new side-dump semi-trailer that is designed for sugar beets and allows harvest with fewer workers. The farm also has end-dump trucks that can do double-duty with corn harvest.
Corn looks inconsistent, Groothius says, hoping for 150 bushels an acre, which would compare to a 200-plus average. Soybean yields could be over 60 bushels per acre, Groothius says, following on 50s. "In this area, the beans look the best."
"You can't fight Mother Nature," Groothuis says. "She won out this year."
Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar officials peg the beet crop at 20 to 25 tons per acre, with the sugar content in the "mid 13" percent range, which is not good.
"The rain always seems to zap the sugar," Groothuis says. He says he doesn't think his own neighborhood has even average beets for the cooperative. In the past few years, he's been raising 25- to 30-tons per acre.
Groothuis' beets have been beset by diseases. He plants disease-resistant beets, sprays them faithfully, but when the water doesn't turn off, there is nothing the farmer can do. Root rots and cercospora leaf spot have persisted, despite faithful spraying.
The vagaries of farming aren't new to Groothuis, and he seems to take it in stride..
He took two years of vocational training in Willmar, Minn., and then worked 13 years for a farmer. In 1989, he and his wife, Danelle, started farming with his father-in-law, Robert Olson, and Robert's brother, Maurice Olson, who farmed together at the time. They were some of the early producers in the beet co-op.
The Groothuis family still farms under the R&M Farms banner. Their son, Nick, recently graduated from South Dakota State University and works at a local implement dealer and also helps out during the busy times.
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September 17, 2018 at 09:03AM