Latham® Products on Display Today at Annual Field Day

Just as many 4-H and FFA members look forward to the county fair to exhibit the projects they’ve worked so hard on, we at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds look forward to our annual fall field day in Alexander. It’s a time for us to celebrate Willard and Evelyn Latham’s legacy on our family’s Iowa Century Farm. It’s also a great time to celebrate current seed technologies while looking at those that will be available in the near future.

Latham® brand products are selected for their yield potential, as well as for their ability to overcome specific regional challenges.  Here’s an overview of what attendees will see today on our Alexander Research Farm:

  • Enlist™ Soybean Demos: See field demonstrations of new Enlist technology that gives plant tolerance to 2,4-D chemistry. There will also be demonstrations showing how this technology is different from Xtend (Dicamba-tolerant) soybeans, as well as plots showing drift and volatilization.

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  • Product Lineup: See the new and existing Latham® brand products we’re offering for 2019 planting. Latham has six different soybean technologies in production, so you will learn the strengths and weaknesses of each technology to find the best fit for your farm.  Corn hybrids on display range from 92- to 113-day maturities; they can be viewed at both the Stress Wheel Demo and the Corn Product Showcase. Latham’s tremendous group of alfalfa products will be on display for farmers interested in the very best quality hay for dairy or beef cattle.

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  • Forage Showcase / Silage and Nutrient Studies / Population and Row Spacing Demos: Besides being one of the greatest alfalfa specialists in the Upper Midwest, Latham Forage Product Manager Corey Catt is also one of the very best corn silage and nutrition experts in the field. Join Corey as he walks through his studies on forages, nutrition and seed management.
  • Nitrogen Testing: Latham Precision Agronomist Phil Long will discuss the nitrogen testing he’s conducting in corn. He also will share tips for getting the most out of your nitrogen.
  • Nemastrike Testing: Did you know that 80% of the fields tested across the Corn Belt have nematode pressure? By piercing and infecting the roots of the plant, nematodes steal nutrients and water. The damage they cause creates pathways for secondary issues like bacterial and fungal infections. We’re testing this seed treatment technology on corn and soybeans to see the right fit for Latham customers.
  • Cover Crops: Phil Long and Corey Catt will discuss Latham’s different cover crop options to maximize return while increasing soil health.

No field day would be complete without a tailgate lunch. Butcher’s Catering of Mason City, Iowa, will be serving up pulled pork and apple crisp. Today we’re sharing with you one of our favorite recipes for Harvest Pulled Pork. This crockpot friendly recipe is perfect for busy families.

Harvest BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches


2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1½ teaspoons salt

1½ teaspoons cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon mustard powder

1 (4- to 5-pound) boneless pork butt roast

1 can (14.5 ounces) beef broth

½ cup coffee

1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 bottle (16 ounces) barbecue sauce

Kaiser rolls

Additional barbecue sauce for serving


Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, paprika, salt cayenne, garlic powder and mustard powder. Rub the spice mixture all over pork roast.

Pour the broth, coffee and Worcestershire into a large Dutch oven. Place the pork roast in the pot, cover the pot with foil and then the lid. Braise the pork until it’s fork-tender and shreds easily, about 4 hours; baste with the braising juices about every hour.

Remove the lid and foil and let the roast stand until it’s cool enough to handle. Shred the pork and toss with barbecue sauce. Serve pork on Kaiser rolls with additional sauce on the side.