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Independently Owned

posted on April 21, 2017 / 0 Comments

As we enter into the New Year, and as I’m out and about throughout the country, one of the biggest things I hear as a growing concern is about all the mergers taking place in agriculture right now.  I believe there’s a growing apprehension among producers and suppliers that the landscape taking shape in the seed industry may not have their best interest at heart.  The agriculture industry, not unlike many other industries, has started to experience the pains that come along with extensive mergers and acquisitions.  Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not “demonizing” these mergers and/or the companies in …

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R&D Update

posted on January 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

Our research and development team is busy this winter. Michael Lake recently finished pollinating our winter crop in the greenhouse. The crop looks beautiful. One of the newest projects for us is taking place in the greenhouse this winter. We started AP testing some of our proprietary inbreds. This will help us to be certain that our parent seed is 100 percent GMO free. This is critical for our customers that are aiming for Non-GMO premiums. With the overwhelming majority of corn pollen that's flying across the country each summer carrying some form of genetically modified trait, producing conventional seed …

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New Hybrids

posted on October 28, 2015 / 0 Comments

During the 2014 and 2015 growing seasons, I have had the privilege of working with a great group of plot cooperators across the U.S. and Canada. It’s a lot of fun when plot cooperators are calling you to find out when you will be making new crosses available commercially. In 2014 and 2015 there were 2 hybrids that were standouts in virtually every plot. These 2 hybrids are now available commercially. I received numerous phone calls from around the country about how well these hybrids were performing. After a strong performance in the advancement plots in 2014 and 2015, I was very pleased to see …