Quality Seed Production

The Wensman Sales Team looks to the production side of the business for two things: a good supply of inventory and exceptional seed quality.

Managing inventory involves an 18-month timeline and has many factors. Some are scientifically precise, others are more of an art form:

  • Keep a watchful eye on existing inventory, current sales and potential returns to determine the approximate carry-over seed for each of our corn hybrids. All of which is re-tested and re-packaged.
  • Participate in planning meetings to learn about general industry trends for the various trait platforms available.
  • Monitor the sales team forecasting process to know what can be covered with carry-over units and what will be needed from new production.
  • Understand the nature of two different parent seed lines used to produce a hybrid. Each has unique characteristics that are critical to timing emergence and pollination.
  • Develop a production plan by reviewing typical yield per acre for a hybrid cross. From those numbers, sufficient acres are contracted. Soil types, previous crops and other variables also play a role in the production plan. We irrigate all of our seed corn production which helps mitigate drought risk. Managing every field for fertility, weeds, pests, and disease is an on-going process throughout the five month growing season.

Seed quality starts with the harvest. We have daily – and sometimes hourly – discussions about seed moisture content, weather, combine harvesting capability, trucking, and dryer capacity.

Once the seed is conveyed from the dryer, a whole new series of events begins: cleaning, grading, treating, blending (RIB), packaging, lab testing, and delivery. Each step is guided by strict quality control protocols.

Perhaps the most important element in the entire process is our people. Anyone can sit in an office and make a plan. It’s people that execute the plan and shoulder the responsibility for success.

I am confident in saying my production team is the best in the business. Their dedication and passion for excellence is unrivaled. The statement can be proven two ways:

  1. The statistical numbers in our certified quality assurance reports.
  2. The high level of satisfaction expressed by growers when they open a package of Wensman Seed.

and then see a uniform stand emerging in their fields. Producing high quality seed is serious business. You can count on the team of professionals at Wensman!

Jon Wensman / Production Manager

AgReliant Genetics

I am confident in saying my production team is the “best in the business.” Their dedication and passion for excellence is unrivaled.

Wensman is a LEADER in Refuge Blended Hybrids - RIB

The Wadena, MN seed production plant was retrofitted with refuge blending equipment in the spring/summer of 2012. This was one of the very first RIB systems to be installed in the U.S. The fully-computerized RIB-Certified system was operational in July 2012. Since that time, the production crew has blended hundreds of thousands of RIB units.

Refuge blending involves a high level of expertise to make sure the correct refuge is mixed uniformly with the right hybrid and in the specified percentage. Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete® and Genuity® VT Double Pro® RIB Complete® hybrids have 5% refuge, Genuity® VT Triple Pro® RIB Complete® hybrids have 10% refuge.

Quality control and a variety of best practices ensure that the mixture inside the bag matches the tag. While being one of the first plants to go on line was impressive, the Wadena production crew knows that “doing RIB right” is so much more important. Strict protocols are followed at all stages of the process:

• Seed handling equipment is cleaned following every product run to greatly reduce the risk of contamination.
• The entire system undergoes close scrutiny and calibration on a routine basis.
• Bagged seed is tested to make sure the RIB ratio is within the very close tolerances allowed.

With Wensman RIB products, growers can expect both the primary and the refuge hybrids to produce a uniform stand. Seed quality remains a key element in our growers success. Wensman is a LEADER in refuge blended RIB products.

"With over 80% of its line-up as RIB, Wensman is a LEADER in refuge blended corn hybrids.”

The Highest Level of Seed Quality

Bigger and better yields come from Wensman's proven ability to put together the best seed components available:

• Wensman's Elite Germplasm
• The Best Trait Technologies
• Superior Seed Treatments
• The Ultimate in Seed Quality

Making a commitment to seed quality means taking the extra measures needed to achieve optimum germination rates. After all, the more seeds that grow will mean more plants per acre – and that means more yield.

Wensman seed quality starts with their experienced team of seed field managers. By raising fields of healthy plants, where pests, disease and weeds are controlled quickly, Wensman can harvest healthy seed.

At its state-of-the-art conditioning facilities, Wensman incorporates proven protocols at all phases in the seed drying, cleaning, sizing and bagging process.

At the heart of this system is the color sorter. Every kernel of corn passes through this computerized "color match" machine which increases purity and germination by rejecting off-color seed.

Wensman uses every seed quality technology available to bring you a better bag of seed.

Top Image: Wensman color sorter technology matches kernel color for optimal purity.

Bottom Image: Off-color seed rejected by the Wensman color sorter doesn't end up in your bag

Seed Production Team

Les Strommen
Field & Dryer Supervisor

Marty Irons
Inventory & Quality Coordinator

Jarrod Boldt
Inventory & Quality Assistant

Ron Lepinski
Warehouse Supervisor

Mike Howe
Conditioning Supervisor

Shawn Beversluis

Grant Grossinger

Tyler Horstmann

Dana Rach

Cody Robinson

Tony Schlueter

Brett Sibert

Mike Snyder