Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Based in Washington Court House, Seed Consultants, Inc. (SCI) was started in 1990 by Chris Jeffries and Dan Fox and today has grown to be the largest Ohio based seed company. Over the past 25 years, SCI has seen much growth and many positive changes.“Seed Consultants has experienced tremendous growth over our first 25 years,” said Daniel Call, the general manager. “We are grateful to our customers and employees who have allowed us to experience this growth and success. We are excited to continue this growth and service to our customers over the next 25 years.”In 2000, the company built a state-of-the-art conditioning facility at its Washington Court House location with a cleaning capacity of one million units of soybeans and wheat. In 2001, SCI purchased the retail seed sales of Warner Seeds of Bradford, Ohio and entered into a long-term agreement with Warner Seeds for irrigated production of hybrid seed corn. The corn production arm, Warner Seeds and Dull Homestead, recently invested more than $3.5 million in new construction and renovation of their seed corn plants. In 2009, SCI purchased an additional warehouse in Sabina, Ohio, gaining an additional 130,000 square feet of storage space.SCI has remained focused on customer service, good business practices and values while continuing to grow the business. Seed Consultants was built on a foundation of honesty and ethical treatment of customers, and continues to live up to that legacy.SCI has committed tremendous resources to determining where hybrids and varieties are best adapted and supplying customers with elite genetics that will perform on their soils. Seed Consultants corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa varieties are selected specifically for the eastern Corn Belt’s unique soil types and growing conditions. Since 2008, SCI is the only eastern Corn Belt based seed company with four national and 31 state winners in the NCGA Yield Contest. On average, SCI annually plants more than 45,000 yield plots at 75 research locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia.
One soldier was killed and five others were injured when militants opened fire on an Army convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Saturday morning.Preliminary reports suggest that the attack place at Hillar, Qazigund, in South Kashmir. The area is over 70 km south of Srinagar.A police official said a search operation was launched in the area to nab the attackers.Reinforcements have been rushed to the spot.
In a tragic incident, Ankit Chadha, a Delhi-based writer and storyteller allegedly drowned in Uksan Lake near the hilly environs of Kamshet, 62 km near Pune.The 30-year-old Chadha was noted as a highly talented exponent of dastangoi – a 13th century Urdu oral storytelling art form, and had toured India and the globe extensively lecturing and practicing the art in a bid to keep a dying tradition alive.According to the Kamshet police, the incident took place on Thursday evening. Chadha had come down to Lake Uksan with a friend for a trip along the banks of the lake.“According to the deceased’s friend, he slipped and fell at a point near the shore of the lake. Despite cries for help, the deceased, who did not know swimming, drowned into the deep waters. We were informed of the incident by the locals,” said an officer from the Kamshet police station, adding that the police were probing the events that led to Chadha’s death.Aided by rescue teams, his body was fished out of the lake and reached Pune late Thursday night where it was immediately flown to New Delhi following completion of formalities.Chadha was one among the dozen or so practicing exponents of dastangoi in the country.Becoming infatuated with this art form while studying history at Delhi’s Hindu College, his presentations on the mystic poet-saint Kabir and 14th century musician-poet Amir Khusrow Dehlavi were particularly noted, as were his biographical accounts (told in dastangoi form) of the ill-fated Dara Shikoh.His fascination with Amir Khusrau led him to pen Amir Khusrau: The Man in Riddles (2016). He also co-authored My Gandhi Story (2014, with Nina Sabnani and illustrator Rajesh Vengad).He had spoken on, and performed, this unique art form in the Harvard and Yale universities, besides other parts of the United States.Chadha was in the city for an engagement on May 12 to present the Dastan-e-Kabir (story of Kabir) in dastangoi at the Gyaan Adab Centre before tragedy cut short his life.He is survived by his parents and an elder brother.