Motivated for More

As I have traveled around the state over the last few months whether it’s a Farm Bureau meeting, extension education, or talking with fellow peers across the Corn Belt one of the common themes has been: “Are you maximizing your operation?” 

  • Are you looking to achieve higher yields with a different practice? 

  • Do you have some equipment on the farm that is not pulling its fair share? 

  • Is there a place that you always get stuck that could use a little tile for greater returns? 

  • Are you equipped with a marketing plan that spreads your risk? 

  • What areas of your operation could you diversify to spread your risk or increase your profit? 

  • Are you struggling to find time to get the “To Do List” done? 

There is not an easy answer to any of these and there are obviously more questions that could be included. The point I am trying to make is, have you sat down and evaluated your life lately. It’s difficult these days to take a time out and think outside the box with the constant pressures of everyday life but I assure you it will be time well spent! One of the most common mistakes I see when it comes to this evaluation is that we do too much and gain very little. Start small, do your research, find one or two things that will work for you, and put it into practice. You will never know if you don’t try. 


Jeff Demerly

What is your planting plan?

Often times when I am meeting with growers this time a year the green hat chats are summarized around tax liabilities, the winter blues, quick winter vacations, and of course how our favorite basketball team is doing. (Boiler Up!) One of priorities for me during the winter months is meeting with each of my growers and developing their spring planting plan. Below I have summarized some of the top questions I ask this time of year to maximize profitability. 



  • Is the amount of acres correct in each field? 

  • Which acres are going to corn, beans, or another crop? 

  • If comparing “Brand X”, are we setup with similar hybrids that can go on similar soil types? 

  • Do we have the right trait mix? 

  • Are we setup on the right product, right acre? 

  • Is there a plan B or C setup for each field in case the plan doesn’t go according to plan? 

  • Are we spreading our risk when it comes to pollination? 

  • If assembling a variable rate recommendation are we both comfortable with populations? 

  • Do we need to make adjustments to certain hybrids as it relates to population? 

  • Are there trials you would like to setup on your operation to test certain theories? 

Each operation may have different questions when it comes to making your plan. The investment you have made in your seed inputs is an important one. It’s critical and I’ve learned a little less stressful when you have this planting book right next to you when it comes to waking those planters and tractors from their sleepy winter slumber. What is your plan??? 


Jeff Demerly

Getting to Know Demerly Ag Plus

About Me

I grew up on a family farm north of Wolcott, IN. I have been around agriculture all my life and have a true passion for the business and the family farms that represent it. Agriculture is a part of our everyday life and I love having conversations about it with fellow peers and people that may not have a clear understanding of our industry. I graduated from Purdue University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics. I met my beautiful and talented wife, Jenna, in college through a mutual friend. Jenna has a full time position in raising our four awesome kids, Adalynn, Austin, Archer, and Amelia. She is always there for me throughout the year to lend advice and support when it comes to our daily life. It’s been a true adventure for our family and we love every minute of it. 

About the Business

After college I worked a non-agricultural career for nearly 3 years. During my career I was approached by DuPont Pioneer to run my own independent sales agency. In the fall of 2009 I left my career to pursue my dream as a small business owner. I am blessed to work with producers in the area that truly have a passion for what they do and the communities they represent. There are challenges and opportunities the Agricultural industry faces today and I enjoy being a part of the solution in moving generational farms forward. I look forward to getting to know all of you personally and I hope you enjoy my way of explaining the small portion that I contribute to this industry that affects us all!  


Jeff Demerly