WEST FARGO, North Dakota — Seed supplies for 2022, so far, appear to be adequate, despite the dry growing conditions in 2021.
Seed companies at the Big Iron Farm Show say that they spread their acreage across a number of growing areas within their states, and in some cases, across the United States, which helps to ensure them an adequate supply. Meanwhile, although crop yields generally were lower this year, areas that received rain had good, and even some bumper, yields.
“Surprisingly enough, in some of the areas, we grew decent crops,” said Corey Dathe, Agri Pro account manager for North Dakota and Minnesota. Quality of the wheat seed is good, he said.
Seed supplies, overall, should be enough to fill growers’ needs, Dathe said However, supplies of some varieties may be tight, and farmers who have a specific type of wheat in mind that they want to purchase may want to consider ordering their seed.
“I would encourage folks to look at it a little sooner, rather than later," he said.
There’s talk in the seed industry that some companies will require a deposit on their seed orders, said Andy Draeger, Meridian Seeds general manager. That means that farmers should be certain of their seeding plans, because once the order is booked, they will be locked into the sale or they will lose their deposit.
“Know that once you’re booked, you’re in,” Draeger said.
Meridian Seeds, based in Mapleton, North Dakota, sells grain seed, including wheat, canola and flax, and edible bean and pulse crops seed, in addition to grass and forage seeds.
Monte Heilman, REA Hybrids business manager, believes that seed supplies, generally, will be fine. REA Hybrids, based in Aberdeen, South Dakota, sells a variety of seed, including corn, soybeans and alfalfa.
As in any year, farmers with questions or concerns about seed supplies or quality should talk to their dealers. Heilman said.
“It’s always a good idea to consult with your seed dealers,” he said.