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Veteran Advisor

FBN And Seed Relabeling

Gil Gullickson wrote an interesting article in the current SF that told that many identical seeds are sold by different companies at different prices.  Some had new maturity dates.

 

"$97 The biggest price-per-bag difference within a state of the same corn varieties, according to the FBN data," Gullickson writes.

 

He cites reports of 45% of corn and 53% of soybean seeds were sold under different names by multiple companies.

 

What do you think? 

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Honored Advisor

Re: FBN And Seed Relabeling

I didn`t see the article, but that goes on it`s usually the 2nd and 3rd tier companies swapping around from what I`ve seen, it isn`t the DeKalbs, Pioneers and Channels.   But pallets of year or maybe 2 yr old seed shows up with the outer bag covering thoroughly ripped off, if you look closely you can see who it is.  And the seed is germ tested and rebagged, sometimes a well known company is put in a lesser known seed company`s bag and sold as their "whizz bang new number!".  The seed business is similar to a pork disassembly plant where nothing goes to waste except the squeal.  If nothing else, label the seed as "silage corn"  Smiley Happy

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Veteran Advisor

Re: FBN And Seed Relabeling

Wanted  some  ear  corn  hybrids  -  nothing  available  in  the  ear  ? Smiley Very Happy      

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Honored Advisor

Re: FBN And Seed Relabeling

varieties vary within the same bag where "refuge" is involved.   Seed sold at a true value hardware garden display  may be more reliable to source than any seed company dealer.

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