The seed production operation that supplies Wensman Seed with corn and soybeans is basically farming with extra “seed production only” measures. We work with many growers in a wide geographical area to produce our seed. We face the same trials and tribulations as any grower. Spring planting dates, temperature fluctuations, moisture, fertilization, weeds, insects, disease and fall harvest issues can have an impact on what we do. Throw in numerous specialty tasks such as planting the right male and female for every corn hybrid, detasseling corn and certifying soybean field purity and it all gets complicated.
Managing to minimize risk is important and is something that we take very seriously. Our team has many years of experience and an impressive seed production track record. Regular training and a solid team approach has paid off in the past with better yields and high quality seed. We strive to uphold a standard for precision from pre-planting to harvest to conditioning and shipping.
With a record number of both corn and soybean acres in 2013, we fully expect to have the largest volume of seed ever to work its way through our system. This takes a considerable amount of planning and our team seeks to achieve a high level of performance every day. I trust the production, seed conditioning and distribution teams to do just that.
Our culture reflects a passion for excellence and it shows in the quality of our seed. In my personal opinion, I sincerely believe that when you plant Wensman, you are planting the very best seed there is.
Jon Wensman / Production Manager
“A passion for excellence shows in the quality of our seed.”
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 several hundred thousand 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:
• Once the refuge hybrid has been matched to the primary hybrid, that combination is not compromised. Alternate refuge products are not allowed. Maintaining this strict recipe is a key element to product consistency.
• Seed handling equipment is cleaned following every product run to virtually eliminate 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.”
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