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Let's Make Tracks!

07/29/2013 @ 5:41am

Mark and Hona Beyer farm near Minnesota Lake, Minnesota, on land that was purchased by Mark’s grandfather in 1887.  When their oldest son desired to join the operation, they were determined to find a way for both families to make a good living.

“We didn’t want to increase our hog numbers, and we didn’t want to go into debt buying more farmland,” says Mark.  “Off-farm employment seemed like the best alternative.  I became a part-time technical sales manager (TSM) for Thompson Seeds at the time.  Hona took a job keeping books part-time and helping seasonally with accounting.” 

Today Mark's part-time job looks a little different as he operates a Latham® seed dealership.  Since he and his son raise row crops, they have an opportunity to try the newest seed products first and see first-hand how they work in local conditions.

“Because it’s an independent seed company, Latham has access to diverse genetics plus a variety of traits and technologies.  I’m really excited about Latham soybeans with Dicamba resistance,” says Mark.  

Three of Mark’s current favorite Latham® soybean brands all feature the Roundup Ready 2 trait: numbers that L1783R2, L2084R2, and L2183R2.  Pending regulatory approvals, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds in 2015 could offer soybeans stacked with Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® technology and Dicamba resistance.  

As a farmer himself, Mark says he likes how Latham’s true one-bag system for Refuge in Bag (RIB) makes it simple to meet refuge requirements.  Latham has good straight Roundup corn hybrids that can be used for refuge, too.  “Whether a farmer chooses to go RIB or plant a straight Roundup hybrid, Latham has many great choices available.”

When they’re not working, Mark and Hona enjoy spending time with their family.  Hona also enjoys spending time in the kitchen, so family times often center around good food.  Like cowboys making tracks for the chuckwagon, Hona’s family hurries into the kitchen when she’s baking Cow Pies (aka Elephant Tracks).  

Elephant Tracks 

½ c. scalded milk
2 T. shortening
1 pkg. yeast
¼ c. warm water
1¾ c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 egg yolks or 1 whole egg
2½ c. flour 

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