Welcome! Each year has challenges. There are different challenges when it comes to getting the crop in the ground and preserving the soil. One of the problems often occurring at planting time is seed placement. Our company manufactures plates that help with distribution of each seed by ensuring proper placement of seeds within the row. These specialty plates give the reassurance you will not have seed crowding when used properly. Planting multiple crops? Do you use the same planter for all your crops? Seed sizes vary so to get the correct planting of the seeds you need the correct option for your planter. We can help with getting the correct options for you.
Sprouting Our Important Legacy is more than growing a company. It is about preserving the soil of every farmer we serve as well as the waterways of silt caused from eroded soils, the soil that is essential to the microbial habitat of the soils. It is important to not just us here at S.O.I.L but to all the producers of the world's nutritious food supplies.It is true, you are what you eat. The health of human kind depends on it.
Our History and Future
Larry Hak is an Ohio crop farmer who’s always looking for a way to maximize machinery use on his farm. “A few years ago it really bugged me that I needed an expensive piece of machinery to plant small grains and another one to plant corn and soybeans,” Hak says. “One day I came up with a design for solid seed plates so I could plant wheat and other small grains with my corn planter.”
Hak figured out a formula for planting various crops with his plates by planting different size seeds in his fields over a carefully measured distance. “I weighed the seed before planting and weighed the amount left after I planted one acre,” Hak says. “I knew the number of seeds per pound and came up with a formula that matches what Kinze has in its planter manuals. Anyone can figure out the correct amount to plant if they know the approximate number of seeds per pound and can change transmission sprockets on their planter,” Hak says.
Another great application for plates is planting cover crops. Hak says, “We’ve come up with a way to accurately plant one type of cover crop seed in the front boxes and different seeds in the rear boxes.” (From: on April 8, 2019.)
Now moving ahead a few years in late 2018, Larry Hak decided to start Sprouting Our Important Legacy LLC (S.O.I.L.). Larry asked Lynne Burchett to join him in the venture. With Larry's experience in the past with planting plate development he felt it was time to start the new company. Lynne Burchett has past business experience and both feel each has something to offer the company. Together they are planning to help crop producers to increase their crop production while protecting the vitality of the land. In the long run the plan is to increase the bottom line of the crop producers, sales agents, and S.O.I.L.
S.O.I.L. has a simple strategy with which to begin. Currently there are multiple planting plates in research, development, and production. Frequent intermittent testing with modifications to individual products are proving to have improved results. Testers are pleased with the results. The company plans to continue to develop other planting plates not currently in research and development. Expansion into other areas of planting are being assessed such as meter production and planter production. We will still be offering to specialty orders to meet customer's desired needs.
Environment & Sustainability
With the forces of nature providing ever changing conditions, it is important to gain what control over the soil and crops in any given month or season. The leaders in sustainability and environment begins with those who produce crops, namely you and me. With all the natural tools nature provides, it is wise to make use of what one can do to keep costs down, and profits up, baring "Act Of God." The things to make use of include: no till, cover crops, soil temperature controls, adequate moisture retention, decreased pesticide use, decreased chemical weed control, decreased fertilizer use, vermin control, beneficial insect natural distribution and crop rotations. Promoting these various ideas improve the environment, leading to an improved perception of the farmer to the common man, and sustainability of the farmer and our company, S.O.I.L.