December 04, 2023

Hefty Seed Company Princeton to host Hefty Summer Agronomy Event on Aug. 25

Event will be held at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club in La Salle

LA SALLE, Ill. — Hefty Seed Company Princeton will host the Hefty Summer Agronomy Event from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in the Banquet Room at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club, 658 E. U.S. Highway 6, La Salle. Dinner will be provided.

Speakers for this event include Darren Hefty, of Hefty Seed Company; Cody Goins, owner of ROI Biologicals; and Fred Below, professor of plant physiology at the University of Illinois.

At Hefty Seed Company, Hefty is committed to helping farmers improve their land and environment through better agronomic practices and increase their operations profitability.

Hefty Seed Company was founded by Hefty’s father, Ron, who moved to South Dakota from Iowa in 1969 and was unable to source two of his favorite herbicides and one was terribly overpriced.

Ron used this obstacle as an opportunity, sourcing products from Iowa for himself and his neighbors providing the groundwork for their operation.

Goins, an agronomist with over 20 years of experience, founded ROI Biologicals in 2017. He is passionate about helping growers enhance the health of their soil, increase the crop they produce and minimize synthetic chemicals in their farming practices.

At its core, ROI Biologicals believes that by using biological products, growers can create healthier soils that are more productive and resilient to pests and diseases.

At the U of I, Below’s areas of interest include grain quality for processing, nitrogen use efficiency and nutrient uptake and partitioning, and crop production management evaluation.

He creates strategies to teach farmers and agricultural professionals the value of crop management decisions and develops systems to sustainably produce high-yielding corn and soybeans.

To do so, Below evaluates environmental, genetic and management factors that impact the productivity of corn and soybeans.

To register for the Hefty Summer Agronomy Event, visit or call 815-879-8720.