Archive | August 2012

Farm Progress Show: Day Two

We’re up in Boone, Iowa this week for the Farm Progress Show. Check out our photo gallery from the second day below!

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Farm Progress Show: Day One

We’re up in Boone, Iowa this week for the Farm Progress Show. Check out our photo gallery below!



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Good afternoon!

The Servi-Tech communications staff is spending the rest of the week in Nebraska. So far we’ve visited our Hastings laboratory.

The lab was quite busy. The lab staff said they’ve been busy the past couple of weeks. Yesterday they processed more than 350 samples.

Now we’re heading to Grand Island.

Look for more photos soon!

Cardboard Boat Race

The results are in. It floats!

Three Servi-Tech programmers recently built a cardboard boat to race at Lake Hastings for Kool-Aid Days.

(Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings, Neb.)

Corey Lapka, Joe Young and Winston Broce built the boat. Winston’s daughter, Elena, participated in the race and won third place in the youth individual category.

Here’s Elena and the boat.

And here’s a YouTube video of the race.

Africa and Agriculture

Good afternoon!

We just read an interesting article from Feedstuffs FoodLink. The story is about Africa’s need to develop agriculture to help feed the world’s growing population.

From the story:

“To feed 9 billion people, and particularly to do it with rainfall-based agriculture, we need to bring Africa into the system,” Page told Feedstuffs on the sidelines of Faegre Bankers Daniels’ (FBD) 2012 Agriculture Conference last month in Minneapolis, Minn. “Not as a net importer of food, but at least as a continent that can feed its burgeoning population.”

During his keynote address at the FBD conference, Page described Africa as one of three key imperatives of global food policy in the years to come. In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Page pointed out that Africa represents 60% of the potentially available cropland on this planet, even though agricultural productivity on the continent is the lowest in the world.

“The challenges seem overwhelming,” he wrote, pointing to “unclear property rights; limited access to fertilizer, quality seed and mechanized equipment; inadequate roads and storage facilities; lack of market institutions, and prices that encourage farmers to invest in their operations year after year.”

In terms of size, Africa represents roughly 6% of the world’s surface, and 20% of the total land area. In terms of population, with more than 1 billion people as of 2009, the continent makes up nearly 15% of the global populace.

Read the story here. Feedstuffs Foodlink also has a Facebook page.

Rodeo, 3i Show Updates

Good morning!

We have a couple of items to share this morning.

We are so proud of Carla Orebaugh’s service to this country. Carla is the daughter of Mark and Cindy Orebaugh. Cindy Orebaugh is long-time employee of Servi-Tech Laboratories. Agronomist Jeremy Evans also works on their farm. Carla was recognized for her service at the Dodge City Days Rodeo this past weekend. Thank you, Carla! (Carla is in the middle wearing brown.)


Also, Mark Vierthaler, our director of communications, was published in the Wichita Eagle recently. He wrote a column highlighting the 3i Show’s impact on Dodge City and western Kansas.

Read the story here.

Forage Options for Drought Damaged Soybeans

Servi-Tech has gotten a lot of calls recently about the ongoing drought.

Fred Vocasek, senior laboratory agronomist, gathered a few different articles about forage options for drought damaged soybeans.

Here are those articles: Soybeans.