For years now, there has been a myth going around the internet about how farmers seed options have been growing smaller and smaller to the point where they are basically forced by seed companies to plant a certain variety in a monocropping style production method. This myth is most likely rooted in the fact that farmers who want to use the “latest and greatest” corn hybrids or soybean varieties must sign a contract with the respective seed company agreeing not to reuse the harvested grain as seed for the following year.
The fact is this myth simply isn’t true. Today there are quite a few seed companies out there that offer countless options for farmers to pick from.
FACT: Farmers have the choice to purchase seed from whatever brand they want to as well as the choice to purchase whatever seeds they want to from that company. In fact, based on what I have seen in many farmers sheds this spring (and for years prior) many farmers choose to diversify and buy a few bags of seed from three to four companies on average. You can learn more about how farmers choose what seeds to plant here.
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