Reinvesting in the People and the Process

Significant improvements have been made to the Wadena, Minnesota conditioning facility. These upgrades signify the continued commitment by AgReliant Genetics to deliver a high quality seed product. That commitment starts with our people. I am gratified that AgReliant Genetics recognizes our team as one if its most valuable assets. The employees in our fields and in our plant achieve their high performance using skills learned through years of experience, cross-training, and continuing education. Several team leaders have been with the company for 20+ years. That longevity is invaluable. We also have newer team members who bring fresh ideas and new methods to the table. It is exciting to watch how quickly our team adapts to new challenges!

Companywide, we have adopted an international system of manufacturing “best practice” protocols. Achieving the program’s high standards is a process that requires a commitment from everyone, making the plant work smarter and more efficiently. This process has the whole plant working smarter and more efficiently. We consistently exceed all USDA audit requirements for RIB blending and quality standards. Ultimately, this ever evolving commitment results in a superior product.

In addition, safety remains a top priority and contributes significantly to our success.

AgReliant Genetics made two large capital investments to upgrade our conditioning equipment last year. An 8-channel color sorter was installed, increasing capacity by 50%. A new seed treater went on-line in time for the 2015 harvest. The new treater meets the challenges posed by advanced seed corn treatment formulations that are now in demand. This new equipment upped our ability to provide you with cleaner and better treated seed.

You can trust our well-trained employees who operate our state-of-the-art facility. They put high quality seed and pride in every bag!

Leader in Refuge Blended Hybrids - RIB

One of the first RIB systems in the U.S.

The Wadena, MN seed production plant was retrofitted with refuge blending equipment in 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.

Strict quality control

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.

The Highest Level of Seed Quality

Experienced seed field managers

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.

Color sorting technology

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.

Seed Production Team

Les Strommen, Field and Dryer Supervisor image
Les Strommen
Field & Dryer Supervisor
Marty Irons, Inventory and Quality Coordinator image
Marty Irons
Inventory & Quality Coord.
Jarrod Boldt, Inventory and Quality Assistant image
Jarrod Boldt
Inventory & Quality Assistant
Ron Lepinski, Warehouse Supervisor image
Ron Lepinski
Shipping Supervisor
Mike Howe, Conditioning Supervisor image
Mike Howe
Conditioning Supervisor
Mike Snyder, Production team member image
Mike Snyder
Warehouse Supervisor
Tyler Horstmann, Production team member image
Tyler Horstmann
Process & Safety Coord.
Shawn Beversluis, Production team member image
Shawn Beversluis
Mike Hejhal, Production team member image
Mike Hejhal
Tyler Holweg, Production team member image
Tyler Holweg
Cody Robinson, Production team member image
Cody Robinson
Tony Schlueter, Production team member image
Tony Schlueter
Brett Sibert, Production team member image
Brett Sibert
Ryan Tervo, Production team member image
Ryan Tervo