Caleb Hamer has learned a lot about patience being in the seed-growing business.
It was mid-June, and he needed to be spraying herbicides with his father, Ted, and business partner, Scott Beenken, that day near Traer, Iowa. But he had just received the seed to plant the last 97 acres of foundation soybean seed for Bayer Crop Science, and planting took priority.
“You have to be patient and flexible to grow seed,” said Hamer as he steered the tractor and planter.
Near Tipton, Indiana, Jordan Stafford was in the combine on July 5 harvesting 100 acres of soft winter wheat for seed for Beck’s Superior Hybrids. While many workers had a paid day off because the Fourth of July holiday fell on a Sunday, the wheat needed to come out to preserve seed quality.
“It doesn’t seem to make a difference when it’s planted, (soft red winter wheat) seems to get ripe around the Fourth of July,” Stafford lamented.