Chris Jeffries from Washington Court House recently announced the formation of a new company, Seed Genetics—DIRECT, LLC.
“Seed Genetics—DIRECT, LLC will be a direct sales company offering a pricing structure that will be fair to all customers, not just the larger farmer. Seed Genetics—DIRECT will eliminate the middle man and deal directly with growers,” Jeffries said. “We will eliminate costly marketing programs that benefit a few, but are paid for by all. Our pricing will allow growers to pick and choose which programs work best in their management system and of course, we will only sell the highest quality and best performing seed genetics.”
Always a proponent of research and testing, Seed Genetics—DIRECT, LLC will team with Agricultural Research & Testing from Williamsburg, Ind. as their testing partner. In 2017, Ag Research & Testing’s corn and soybean plots span from Galesburg, Ill. to Tiffin, Ohio and from Concord, Mich. to Danville, Ky. Ag Research & Testing has 28 corn locations with more than 13,000 yield plots and nearly 10,000 soybean yield plots.
For spring 2018, Seed Genetics—DIRECT will offer nine conventional, five RR2Y, six RR2Xtend, and nine Liberty Link soybean varieties from 2.6 to 4.2 maturity. Additionally, SG—DIRECT will have access to Balance GT soybeans. Seed Genetics—DIRECT’s corn line up will offer 26 hybrids, ranging from 86 to 116 days in maturity. SG—DIRECT will have a large offering of conventional hybrids as well as a strong offering of GT, GTCBLL, GTCBLLRW, Viptera, and Artesian traits.
“As the seed industry contracts from all the mega mergers and buyouts, it allows opportunities for expansion. From 2010 to 2016 independent regionals have grown 3.7% market share, showing that farmers prefer to work with strong independent companies. Seed Genetics—DIRECT plans to be a vital part of that continued growth,” Jeffries said. “If farmers are going to stay profitable in the current agricultural economy, they need to take the seed industry back from Wall Street.”
Chris can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org; 740-505-0073; or P.O. Box 32, 9983 Jeffersonville-West Lancaster Road, Jeffersonville, Ohio 43128.