Together with our family we also operate SNYDER`s SWEET CORN, a 75 acre fresh market sweet corn farm in Caledonia, Ontario. After years of dealing with frustration to do with singulation from finger and vacuum meters and needing more detailed information to improve stands in the field we began to search for new technology to add to our operation. In 2008 we were introduced to the 20/20 SeedSense monitor from Precision Planting which would provide real time singulation details in addition to population. With the new monitor in the cab, Tom was able to make improvements to how the corn was planted but quickly discovered that although he could manually adjust down pressure based on the new data in the cab using the springs on the planter, he could not get the management he now desired. With the 2009 planting season coming on, we made the jump to Precision Planting`s new AirForce component.
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At that same time, we were offered the opportunity to work directly with Precision Planting to help bring these technology improvements to our farming community. We did some further investigation into the company's history and here is what we discovered...
The details have always been important to Gregg and Cindy Sauder. As farmers, they learned that paying attention to the little things paid big dividends in yields, profits and growth.
By paying attention to the details, Gregg and Cindy learned that precision placement paid huge dividends on their corn and soybean operation near Tremont, Illinois. Gregg experimented on ways to get precise depth control. He tinkered with seed meters trying to eliminate the skips and doubles that occurred in his corn fields.
Naturally, his neighbors kept an eye on this aggressive young farm couple. When others saw his improved stands, he started tinkering with meters for friends and neighbors. Then Eugene Keeton, the inventor of the finger pickup corn meter and the brush meter for soybeans, came to Gregg and Cindy with his newest invention – the Seed Firmer. And after testing and trial, the Sauders became the exclusive distributor of this revolutionary planter attachment. That was the beginning of Precision Planting – 1993.
Today, Precision Planting is the headquarters for new ideas and technology that contribute to better seed spacing, better depth control and better root systems. The scope of the company has changed to include proprietary meter components, the MeterMax meter calibration system, and a broad range of Keeton Seed Firmers. Plus, we have introduced new planter electronic systems that give you new ways to manage planter by understanding singulation, impact of speed, down force and more. Explore this website to learn more about this exciting 20/20 System.
Gregg always says he is better at raising kids than corn -- the Sauder family has grown, too. Now, seven Sauder children are active in the farm and in the family business. Within the last couple of years, the Sauders have started a dairy. Now with about 100 cows, it is a premier Jersey herd with a long list of national champions to its credit.
The company, now with over 75 employees, operates from the family farm where all of the concepts are put to the test. After a decade of experimentation, the Sauders use an intense production system. Corn is planted in 20' rows at populations that vary from 34,000 to 42,000 plants per acre. Their drive for precision on their own 4,000 acre farm has attracted a lot of attention from producers, nationwide. Now, Gregg and Cindy are sharing their passion and their knowledge through grower meetings and seminars.
Gregg is a charismatic speaker with a broad understanding the agronomic systems needed to consistently grow 230- to 250- bushel corn in Central Illinois. His presentations cover the nitty-gritty specifics of starter placement, nitrogen management, population, using test plots to evaluate hybrid and fertility programs, planter management, corn on corn systems, scouting and tillage systems.