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EkoNiva-Semena has taken part in the Field Day in Crimea. The event was held in Krasnogvardeisk district of the Republic of Crimea. A wide assortment of the company’s seed portfolio was presented to its partners from the south at the event.

The Field Day regional applied science conference is a traditional and a very important event for agricultural workers. This is what Sergei Aksyonov, the Head of the Republic, emphasised in his opening speech. The event features a number of thematic workshops for discussion of the innovative technologies implemented in the risky drought-prone farming areas. It provides a good opportunity for farmers to get to know the technical novelties and to see the modern farm machinery models. Visitors can buy crop seeds and obtain specialist advice at the event.

‘It is the second time we have been to the Field Day in Crimea,’ says Aleksandr Novosyolov, EkoNiva-Semena Manager. ‘Just like previous years, winter wheat triggered most interest. The Hungarian variety MB Nador has become the customers’ seasonal favourite. It is notable for its high productivity and exceptional lodging resistance.’

Niva Agro agricultural company (Krasnogvardeisk district, Marianovka village) is engaged in crop farming and vegetable farming. Their partnership with EkoNiva-Semena has been fruitful for three years.

‘EkoNiva steadily supplies high-quality seeds and provides expert advice,’ says Andrei Komarov, Farm Manager. ‘Previously, МВ Nador winter wheat produced high yield. In 2017 we received 5.4 tonnes per hectare. For our highly droughty conditions it is a very good result.’

A considerable part of Niva Agro land is used for peas of Rocket, Jackpot and Madras varieties. The local farmers warmed-up to them swiftly.

‘Last season in Crimea was marked with a severe drought,’ continues Andrei Komarov. ‘Despite this, we reaped a good harvest of peas of Rocket variety — 1 tonne per hectare. For our region, in view of the toughest weather conditions of that season, it was an absolute record.’

This year the farm relies on EkoNiva’s wheat and peas varieties again. Naturally, their choice aims for success. However, they also nurture a plan to try to grow something new. Like many other agricultural enterprises in Crimea they are considering lentils as a variant. There is a good reason for it. The crop is a promising trend in the industry today. In the nearest future, this legume crop might occupy a sizeable part of the fields in the republic.

EkoNiva-APK Holding EkoNiva-Semena has taken part in the Field Day in Crimea. The event was held in Krasnogvardeisk district of the Republic of Crimea. A wide assortment of the company’s seed

Sowing the Seed

Scripture Reading — Mark 4:1-9, 13-20

“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed . . .” — Mark 4:3-4

When someone begins to tell you a story and it sounds unusual, it draws you in as you try to figure out why the story is being told this way. For example, it wouldn’t make any sense for a farmer to be so careless as to scatter his valuable seed just anywhere. But that’s what this farmer is doing, and that seems to be wasteful and foolish.

It turns out that Jesus’ parable begins by inviting us to see something about this farmer. From an agricultural point of view, the sower is being careless, but Jesus is not giving farming advice. He is illustrating how the Word of God is spread and how it is received.

In Jesus’ parable the farmer does not prejudge the soil. The spreading of the Word does not make presumptions about the human heart, for who knows what the conditions are until the seed has been sown there? The sower simply sows, and he does not calculate the risks and results ahead of time. He just sows.

We often cannot help thinking in terms of responsible management, efficiency, investment risks, and rates of return. As sinners, though, we would be a very poor risk for Jesus to take—but, thanks be to God, the Word comes our way.

What will you do with the gift of God’s Word coming to you today?

Lord, it’s risky to spread the good news of your grace to me, but without your Word I would be helpless. May my life receive your Word and grow from it. Amen.

When someone begins to tell you a story and it sounds unusual, it draws you in as you try to figure out why the story is being told this way. For example, it wouldn’t make any sense for a farmer to be so careless as to scatter his valuable seed just anywhere. But that’s what this farmer is doing, and that seems to be wasteful and foolish. …