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Area wheat growers honored by seed company

Syngenta recently recognized its top-performing AgriPro brand wheat seed associates from the Plains for sales excellence and achievement at regional AgriPro wheat meetings. These meetings brought together leading seed associates for training and education, as well as to celebrate business successes.

Brad Karlen, of the Karlen Ranch in Reliance, was honored for sales excellence and achievement at a Syngenta wheat meeting.

Al Meir and Mike Polanchek of MPM Certified Seed in Wessington Springs were also honored for sales excellence and achievement at a Syngenta wheat meeting.

"We celebrate our associates as they play a key role for Syngenta and our seeds business. Awards are given based on sales volume, as well as associates' commitment to producing top-quality, certified wheat seed for sale in their region." said Greg McCormack, Syngenta key account manager of the Plains region. "We continue to offer training for our associates as their agronomic and product knowledge helps them provide the best local recommendations and service to help wheat growers achieve maximum yield and profit potential."

Syngenta works with a network of local associates because of their experience and expertise in wheat. At the regional meetings, Syngenta announced new seed varieties that will be released to the associates for planting this fall. Each year, new varieties are released as registered seed to associates, who then grow the varieties and market them to growers the following year as certified seed. With their knowledge of varieties and seed production, the associates are equipped to help growers select seed varieties that are suited for their specific farming operations, pest profiles, soil types and management practices.