Syngenta announced the launch of the 2015 Voices 4 Wheat campaign, a wheat-focused blog that spotlights the wheat production story through growers' and retailers' first-hand experiences throughout the growing season.
“Our goal is to serve as an interactive resource for cereal growers across the country, where users can discuss pest and production challenges, as well as solutions they have found to be effective in their fields,” said Bev Larson, cereals communications lead, Syngenta.
This season, follow the stories of these four growers and retailers across the major cereals-growing regions of the U.S including Montana farmer, Paul Kanning.
· Kanning is a fourth generation wheat grower and retired United States Air Force veteran from northeast Montana. Currently Kanning grows 1,150 acres of spring wheat and pulse crops, including dry peas, lentils and faba beans on his farm in northeast Montana. After retiring from the United States Air Force in 2013, Paul purchased the 102 year-old family farm from his mother and members of the local community have assisted him in learning the ins and outs of farming.
Other people selected for the 2015 Voices 4 Wheat campaign include:
· Kevin Capistran is a full-time farmer, part-owner of Capistran Seed Company and an AgriPro® associate located in northwestern Minnesota. Capistran and his family grow wheat, soybean, sugarbeets and sunflowers, and they conduct their own seed and product trials, as well as host trials for universities and other companies.
· Tom Luhrs is the owner of Luhrs Certified Seed in southwest Nebraska, and Scott Way manages the seeds side of the business. They manage a combination of dryland and irrigated crops across 1,600 acres, along with producing and selling certified winter wheat seed and oats. They are currently growing 14 different winter wheat varieties.
· Brian Lorentz is the seed manager for Columbia Grain, Inc., in western Idaho. Lorentz helps manage 200,000 acres of white and red wheat, barley, peas, lentils, garbanzo beans, canola, flax and oats. Columbia Grain, Inc. serves growers in Montana, North Dakota and the Pacific Northwest.