Badger Common’Tater July 2016 Issue
Interview with Wayne Solinsky
When Wayne Solinsky and his father had their own farming operation in the late 1970s, ‘80s and early ‘90s, they set up a partnership, and built their farm up from 320 acres and 60 cows to 700 acres and milking 130 cows, with about 170 head of young stock. A small portion of those acres were cash crops.
“My father was having major back problems and was almost paralyzed after his third back surgery,” Wayne relates, “so we decided to put the farm up for sale after having trouble getting farm help for several months and grinding it out, just the two of us.”
“Two days before our auction, he passed away from a massive heart attack. This was a very difficult time in my life,” he allows. “I was approached by Jay-Mar, Inc. to work for them, and the rest is history.”
A family owned, but more importantly family-oriented company, Jay-Mar holds their employees for a very long time, says Solinsky, who’s been with the operation for 23 years.
“You don’t see this in a lot of other companies. I have been very fortunate to be working for such a great company,” he stresses.
A total agriculture supplier, Jay-Mar provides farmers with liquid and dry fertilizers, farm seed, crop protection products, custom application services, soil and tissue testing services, packaging, sprayer and fertilizer equipment, parts and storage tanks.
Jay-Mar also has a retail store that carries a full line of premium dog and cat foods and pet supplies; small animal feeds and supplies; lawn and garden fertilizers; soils; seeds and supplies; wild and domestic bird feeds, feeders and supplies; horse feeds and equine supplies; unique garden giftware; and wildlife feed plot seeds and fertilizers. The company features Purina Mills and Nutrena feeds.