Tampa, Fla. – Channel®, the American farmer’s most trusted choice for seed, continues to grow and provide its customers with the industry’s top performing products and personalized services.  For 2011, Channel is expanding its Field Check Up Series to help more farmers optimize their corn and soybean crops from planting through harvest.

Through this series, Channel Seedsmen walk their customers’ fields to evaluate plant performance and offer agronomic recommendations to help maximize yield potential and profitability. Last season, Channel Seedsmen – a team of professionals who provide sales and service support based on an in-depth understanding of their customers’ farming operations – conducted more than 3,200 Field Check Up visits on 2.1 million acres.   

“The 2011 season holds great promise, especially because of strong grain prices and advanced seed technologies that can help farmers be successful,” said Chad Bilby, Channel Brand Lead. “We are expanding the Field Check Up Series to help farmers make the best planting decisions for their farms.”

Channel representatives will be available at Booth 324 during Commodity Classic to talk about Channel and the Field Check Up Series. Channel agronomists will also be available to discuss plant management issues that can have a significant impact on yield, such as the use of seed treatments,    optimal plant populations, corn row spacing and correct seeding depths.  Other planting issues include spreading out the planting window to help mitigate weather risks, avoiding injury from spring-applied ammonia and utilizing a planter’s capabilities to the greatest benefit.

All Channel farmer customers are eligible to participate in the Field Check Up Series by contacting their Channel Seed and Technology Advisor (STA) or Channel District Sales Manager.  For additional information, visit