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Local business begins new venture

Dairyland Service Center begins in Tiskilwa

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 12:06 p.m. CST

TISKILWA — Rick Rokosz of Tiskilwa, Dairyland Seed Sales Leader Gary Leeper and regional sales manager Barry Sutton recently met to discuss the limitations of Dairyland Seed’s ability to service customers in the North Central Illinois area.

“After 22 years in the industry, I decided to concentrate on local ag producers and formed The Seed House in July of 2011,” stated Rokosz. “At that time, I joined Dairyland Seed as an area representative. In the fall of 2012, I met with Gary Leeper and Barry Sutton and started planning for an addition and installation of a seed treater. In March of 2013 the new addition was completed. Upon completion, my facility more than doubled in size.

“Although Dairyland Seed was a well-known name, there was not a huge presence in the territory now served by The Seed House LLC. I am currently serving approximately 180 customers in North Central Illinois with everything from lawn seed to cover crops to corn, soybeans and alfalfa from Dairyland Seed. I enjoy working with producers, farmer dealers and young individuals who are pursuing an ag career,” stated Rokosz.

The opportunity for Rokosz came through recognition of a limited amount of servicing that Dairyland Seed was able to provide in the area. In particular, servicing soybean seed needs at spring planting time was a challenge. With this in mind, he is gearing up for spring planting in 2014. Rick’s new warehouse and his investment in soybean seed handling equipment, as well as a soybean seed treater, are available to handle farmers’ spring needs.

Rokosz went on to say he now has the ability to customize seed treatments and offers a full array of seed treatments and/or inoculants. Dairyland Seed will also place soybean seed inventory in The Seed House LLC warehouse in Tiskilwa in order to provide a good selection of genetics for farmers to choose from.

For more information, contact Rokosz at 815-303-7825.

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