Seed companies are tested most every year in their production. Sometimes we have wet and cold conditions early, sometimes it’s too hot or too cold mid-season, sometimes it’s too wet or dry later, or and sometimes strong winds, particularly in western production create significant challenges in hybrid corn and soybean seed production.
With these challenges, seed companies face the pivotal question of lowering the standards of the seed quality they produce in order to have what they deem necessary to sell the following season. Quite frankly, do they sell seed they would not plant on their own farms?
My guides to these questions remain the voices of my grandfather Edward J. Funk, my father Bill Funk, and my uncles Bernard and Carl Funk. These voices remind me to stick to a standard of wanting less than 1% of off-type plants in a given seed lot. They continue to lead me to make the difficult decision to sometimes remove seed from our new crop inventory because it just won’t do.
Today’s seed industry has greatly evolved from when Grandpa Funk was raising and selling open-pollinated corn. While we embrace the dynamic present of row-crop farming, there is one thing that will never change for us – our commitment to Seed Quality. It’s a commitment we made at Funk, when we grew Channel into a leading national brand, and one in which we remain committed to today, at Midwest. Because as Grandpa Ed always said:
“Don’t sell it if you wouldn’t plant it on your own farm.”