“The challenging growing season of 2011 did more than impact corn yields. All indications are that seed corn supplies for 2012 will be affected as well, and companies are developing contingency strategies to meet what is expected to be another banner year for corn sales.”
The article quotes representatives from four seed companies who all said that production in South America will be key to producing enough seed corn to satisfy consumer needs in 2012 due to tough weather conditions in the Midwest this year. Charlie Foresman of Monsanto said, “Because seed corn is an inbred, it is more susceptible to stresses,” meaning that the tough hand that Mother Nature dealt this year may have had a serious impact on production. However, seed producers take necessary precautions to mitigate risks. Spreading out production geographically is just part of the strategy for overcoming challenging growing conditions in a particular area.
This year purchasing early has been as important as ever to ensure that the hybrid the grower needs is still available. Because the supply is uncertain, it is important for farmers to make their buying decisions in plenty of time for seed companies to make the appropriate preparations, including turning around seed from South America in time for planting in the spring.