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FROM THE FIELD – Brought to You by LG Seeds

To better understand what LG Seeds provides and how STAR Partners operate, we spoke with two STAR Partners, Chris Tuchscherer and Jake Erickson. These two North Dakota LG Seeds STAR Partners shared what makes them feel like valuable parts of the company’s mission and why they do what they do.

Because your business is more than a farm, LG Seeds is dedicated to being more than a seed company. In a unique approach to the industry, LG Seeds works intimately with a network of regional STAR Partner dealers. By bringing about this team approach, they are able to serve farmers with their leading genetics but also “feet on the ground” expertise.

It’s not enough to provide farmers with leading-edge research and genetic hybrids, the LG Seeds team is dedicated to personalized results. To achieve this, the company enlists STAR Partner dealers. These STAR Partners work closely with the sales team and agronomists, receiving marketing and business support to aid their regional clients. STAR Partners are equipped with the resources to maximize success for farmers. Including strong agronomic expertise, in-field support, digital ag platforms and regular training on the latest genetics and technologies.

Chris Tuchscherer

STAR Partner, Optimum Ag Solutions
Kenmare, ND

Photo by Hannah Marquardt

MMA professional-turned farmer Chris Tuchscherer fully transitioned from the octagon to the field in 2012. Since 2007, Tuchscherer began farming while simultaneously pursuing his MMA career. Upon retiring from the ring, he moved
to Minot, ND to manage 18,000 acres of wheat, corn, canola and soybeans. Just two years after pursuing farming full-time, he started up an ag business selling corn and soybeans.

By 2017, Tuchscherer transitioned out of the farm and started an ag retail business with his friend and partner Doug Miller of Miller Grain Cleaning. Named Optimum Ag Solutions, their business is located in Kenmare, ND. Optimum Ag Solutions serves as a one-stop retail business for seed, chemical and fertilizer, including LG Seeds corn and soybeans. “With us having a farming background, we planned to use our knowledge to help out other farmers by providing the best quality seed and the best service we can,” said Tuchsherer. “Being farmers [ourselves] helps us relate to the farmer in a different way.”

Tuchscherer and Miller possess a rich wealth of knowledge and many years of experience in the areas of farm and business management, seed, seed cleaning, fertilizer and crop protection products. With a mission to provide excellent customer service and the highest quality products at competitive prices, they are providing a much-needed service to their region.

Optimum Ag Solutions employs two local full-time seed agronomists, Mark Trout of Sherwood, ND and Madison Wald of Surrey, ND. The company also employs a number of part-time workers during the busy seasons.

“To sell the farmers the best quality seed to make their farm profitable is the best part of my job,” Tuchscherer said. “Farmers Helping Farmers” is the motto at which they follow and make their number one priority. By being farmers themselves, Tuchsherer and Miller can communicate and make connections with other local farmers in a way that a sole businessman can’t.

“We always have and always will make sure the farmer gets the service he is entitled to and not just selling a product then not seeing them again until the next selling season,” Tuchscherer said, emphasizing that service and maintaining relationships are very important to him.

To learn more about Tuchsherer and Optimum Ag Solutions, visit them at
optimumagsolutions.com or facebook.com/optimumagsolutions

Teaming Up For Success
Every LG Seeds STAR Partner dealer has a team of experts backing
them up. Whether its agronomy support, marketing ideas or business
advice, the LG Seeds team exists to support the business success of STAR
Partners – who stand at the center of the team. Bottom line – it’s all about
helping growers yield bigger, better results.

Team 26
Chris Tuchscherer’s Team

Mark Vortherms – Business Area Lead
Tony Loftness – Area Sales Manager
Brady Schmaltz – Sales Account Manager
Brandon Domagala – Sales Account Manager
Cody Benson – Sales Account Manager
Cordell Hoff – Sales Account Manager
Jake Salentine – Technical Team Agronomist
Michelle Frost – Marketing Coordinator
Mary Stunteback – Customer Care Specialist
Jim Wensman – Dealer Development Manager


Jake Erickson

STAR Partner, Jake’s Feed & Seed
Rutland, ND

Jake Erickson is a fifth-generation farmer living on his family’s farm near Rutland, ND. He took over a seed dealership from his uncle 12 years ago as his full-time job, along with farming on the side with his father and uncle.

“I always wanted to be a farmer, but my dad said we didn’t have enough land for me to come back to, so I went to college at NDSU and majored in marketing,” Erickson said. “I enlisted in the Air National Guard in my junior year of college. After graduation, I went to Fort Leonard Wood, MO for tech school training to be a heavy equipment operator.” Once that training was completed, he moved back north and worked in Oakes, ND at Wheat Growers as a sales agronomist.

After about a year of working in Oakes, Erickson’s uncle, Mike Kulzer, retired and sold his seed dealership business to him. Since taking over the dealership, Erickson has expanded to provide even greater services to his customer base, including the addition of bulk soybeans and wheat. A seed treater also added an extra layer of service to his customers. Additionally, Erickson built a large warehouse to store seed, livestock feed and livestock supplements, as well as host customer appreciation events.

“Once you’ve grown up around farming, it’s something that you can’t get away from,” Erickson said. “The saying about ‘if you love what you do you never work a day in your life’ is true. The long hours in the season never bother me, and I look forward to them all year long.”

Erickson is proud of his role in the community and loves working with growers to find the right products for their operations. “You get to become part of your grower’s operations and really better understand their fields and goals,” he said. “The most enjoyable thing about my job is seeing so many farmers do so many things differently. It’s made me really realize that there is no right or wrong way to do something. If you’re able to make it work on your operation, then do that and don’t worry about what others think.”

In his years with LG Seeds, Erickson has learned there’s more to a bag of corn or soybeans than meets the eye. “There is so much research, development and testing that goes into that bag,” he said. “I enjoy seeing all the data and how different varieties do on different soils and across growers’ farms.”

From a drought environment one year to a wet environment the next, Erickson enjoys how things can change in the blink of an eye. No two years are ever the same on the field, which allows for creative adapting and strategic choices. Because of LG Seeds’ extensive research and unique products, he can feel confident knowing his seed will keep up with these changes.

To learn more about Erickson and Jake’s Feed & Seed, reach out to him at Jake.erickson.111@gmail.com

Teaming Up For Success
Every LG Seeds STAR Partner dealer has a team of experts backing
them up. Whether its agronomy support, marketing ideas or business
advice, the LG Seeds team exists to support the business success of STAR
Partners – who stand at the center of the team. Bottom line – it’s all about
helping growers yield bigger, better results.

Team 27
Jake Erickson’s Team
Mark Vortherms – Business Area Lead
Tony Loftness – Area Sales Manager
Richard Swenson – Sales Account Manager
Zachery Bohn – Sales Account Manager
Mark Benson – Sales Account Manager
Jake Salentine – Technical Team Agronomist
Michelle Frost – Marketing Coordinator
Mary Stuntebeck – Customer Care Specialist
Jim Wensman – Dealer Development Manager

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