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Champion Corn Grower, Renowned Economist, and Top Crop Doctor Confirmed for Meristem’s Dealer Partner Event

David Hula, Jayson Lusk, and Fred Below are all confirmed as key speakers for Meristem’s "Breakthrough to Excellence" Dealer Partner meeting in August 10-12, 2022 at Lake Lawn Lodge on Delavan, Wisc.

Kritika Madhukar
David Hula is the world record holder for corn yield.
David Hula is the world record holder for corn yield.

David Hula, Jayson Lusk, and Fred Below will headline an event also including plot tours, agronomic know-how, and the unveiling of results from hundreds of soil tests pulled all across the Corn Belt by Meristem’s EXCAVATOR™ Field Research Team.

“It’s our intent not only to have high-quality, innovative products,” said Mitch Eviston, Founder, and CEO of Meristem in sharing news of the impressive speaker line-up.

“We also want to equip our dealer partners with the knowledge they need to help every farmer earn more,” Eviston said the event is exclusive to Meristem dealers and prospective dealers and each of the speakers will bring information key to carrying out elements of Meristem’s mission.

Boosting Yields 

David Hula is the world record holder for corn yield – posting more than 600 bushels/acre in the 2021 NCGA National Corn Yield Contest. Hula’s winning 2021 entry was from his home operation, Renwood Farms, in Charles City, Va.

Located 10 miles upriver from the historic Jamestown Settlement, it's seen 400 years of agriculture. It was also the site of Hula’s world record yield of 616 bushels/acre in 2019.

Embracing Innovation

Jayson Lusk, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University, writes about how technology and agriculture can work together to help solve the world’s largest food issues and improve our farming system.

Following many years of studying food regulation and comparing the costs and benefits of the policies in question, Lusk will bring his fresh, in-depth views on the global ag outlook and the future of farm profitability.

“A very important piece of our mission at Meristem is opening up a faster pathway to more farmers and millions of acres for new innovative technology,” said Eviston in relating Lusk’s participation in the Breakthrough to Excellence event. “With the threat of global hunger increasing, we need economists like Jayson -- technology advocates.”

Mastering Agronomics

Fred Below, Ph.D., Professor of Crop Physiology at the University of Illinois and creator of “The Six Secrets of Soybean Success” and “The Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World,” has decades of experience in soybean and corn production systems and a personal mission of improving farmer decision-making.

With an encyclopedic knowledge of the environmental, genetic, and management factors that impact the productivity of corn and soybeans, Dr. Below annually leads a team of graduate students in extensive plot trials across Illinois.

Eviston also said attendees will hear from other important players in the context of panel presentations and discussions. Meristem’s product development guru Joe Gednalske, holder of more than 30 patents for adjuvants, and biological expert Larry Fiene, Founder and CEO of Planet Earth Agronomy will weigh in on proper use and yield advantages.

Matt Rohlik, managing director of Arva Intelligence will be on-hand to share recent research and perceptions of the carbon market.

Participants will also be the first to learn of the results from Meristem’s massive effort – more than 600 treated and untreated fields – to document the positive effects of EXCAVATOR all across the Corn Belt.

While the meeting is exclusive to Meristem dealer partners and their families, Eviston said it is open to those honestly interested in becoming Meristem dealers. “We know there are others out there that would be a perfect fit for us,” he said.

“So, if you want to join us on this journey to reduce waste and improve ROI in American agriculture, please connect with us through www.MeristemAg.com.

About Meristem Crop Performance

Meristem Crop Performance Group, LLC (www.MeristemAg.com) is one of the fastest-growing crop input companies in America. Meristem sources formulate, and deliver high-quality crop inputs to farmers at the least cost possible, at savings up to 30 percent.

By helping farmers and local independent agribusinesses make the most of their infrastructure and intellectual property investments, the company improves productivity and removes waste in the established distribution channel.

Meristem is led by a world-class team of ag professionals passionate about creating the most efficient channel to move innovative practices and novel technologies to market for the benefit of the American Farmer.

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