Surround Yourself with Greatness
Like all great athletes and entrepreneurs, Myron Keltgen has learned it pays to surround yourself with greatness. He was fortunate to get his start in the seed business in 1984 with Keltgen Seed Co.
“I feel kind of like Brett Favre… I have one last chance to win the big one with the team that will carry me to the goal line,” says Keltgen, who has served as Western Corn Product Specialist for Latham Hi-Tech Seeds since July 2015. Myron also is a Latham® dealer through Lake Area Ag, which he owns and operates. “The thing that most excites me about Latham is the people on the team.”
The ability to talk to the people who make the decisions is something Myron enjoyed about working for Keltgen Seed. Myron’s father, Darwin, and Darwin’s brother, Keith, started the family-owned seed company.
“If I had an issue, I could go right to the president for help,” says Myron. “If I made a call in the field, I knew they trusted my judgement and would stand behind me. I also knew they sincerely cared about our customers and dealers. This is also what I enjoy about working with family-owned Latham Seeds. I can call John, Shannon or Chris Latham anytime I need help, and they will be there. They also are very sincere. They respect our dealers and customers and greatly care about each one’s success.”
One way Latham Seeds helps set up its dealers and customers for success is by offering the industry’s newest and most effective traits in genetics packages that are specific to the geographies the company serves. Myron’s passion has always been watching crops develop throughout the season, so product development is a great fit for his background and interests.
Myron spends countless hours walking soybean and corn fields every week throughout the growing season, looking for something that differentiates one product from another. He especially enjoys helping select products for Latham’s lineup. He also enjoys the opportunity to work with Gary Geske, who was a district sales manager at Keltgen Seeds and serves as Latham’s Northern Corn Product Specialist.
“I still enjoy calling on friends and customers from when I worked at Keltgen and Wensman,” says Myron. “I enjoy visiting with them and getting updates on their kids and grandkids. My youngest son, Jason, has joined the Lake Area Ag dealership in Watertown. I’m enjoying the opportunity to work with both of my sons now.”
Myron’s oldest son, James, is a regional sales manager for Latham Hi-Tech Seeds. He and his wife Laurie also are the proud parents of one daughter.
“All our kids and grandkids live within an hour of us, so we’re blessed they’re all so close,” says Myron. The Keltgen family enjoys spending time together at their farm. Many of their fields are research sites for the products they sell.
When he’s not working or farming, Myron enjoys spending time with his family at the river. He especially loves fishing the Lake Ohae area and often serves as a fishing guide. Since the family does an extensive amount of fishing, they shared with us their favorite walleye recipe!
Crispy Fried Walleye
- 1 to 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 pound fish fillets, cut into 1” squares
- ½ cup Shore Lunch® Original Fish Breading/Batter Mix
- ½ cup saltine cracker crumbs
- Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and pepper to taste
- Cooking oil
- Cut fillets into 1” pieces.
- Mix Shore Lunch with cracker crumbs, salt and pepper in 1-gallon size Ziploc® bag. Gentle shake the bag to coat the fish squares.
- Pour your favorite oil into deep Dutch oven or deep fryer; fryer should be no more than 1/3 full of oil. Heat oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Fry for 2 minutes or so; fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.
- Drain fish on paper towels; let stand for 1 to 2 minutes before serving.