The Value of Nutrition 

Our values and reason for existing as an independent seed company is driven by our passion for delivering high-quality seed and high-yielding genetics to our customers in the non-gmo seed corn genetic package.

It is all about kernel depth. Some of our genetics prove that we can provide .75 of an inch-long kernel, if adequate nutrition is applied at the correct timing with the correct quality of fertilizer. Micronutrients are a big thing in corn and soybean production. If you use a useable source of micronutrients, you start getting 210 bu. average per field on June 7th corn. So, as I watch different fertility programs, I am amazed at the difference it makes if the farmer utilizes a useable form of nutrition. This is a big deal in today’s farmer performance.

In our genetics, we can continually push the 280 bu. proven potential of our genetics and have kernel lengths that are .75 inches or longer. One gram more per kernel equals another 4 bushel per acre. For example, zinc and phos in corn help enhance the girth. If there are low phos levels, low zinc levels and a history of glyphosate on a soil test, that farmer will likely run out of fuel and not combine enough corn. For soybeans, there is a micronutrient missing in 90% of the farmers that limit them from raising 90 bu. beans. Also, I find that there are a couple of different nutrient truckers beside phosphorus that help transmit nutrition to yield.

Bottom line, I am amazed how some of the missing links to a successful yield are being filled with micronutrients—emphasizing again the importance of zinc and phosphorus in determining ear size of corn. It brings us so much satisfaction to take our customers to a new yield level and watch them get excited when the wagons can’t keep up with the combine; sometimes it is fertility and sometimes it is genetics. Just always remember, the corn hybrids want to yield when given the correct food on the table.

2019 in a Nutshell

This year has been a real challenge for a lot of farmers, from planting corn in June to not getting to plant their fields at all. Now, we are faced with the challenge to get it harvested. This year helps us realize that we should be more thankful to our Creator for the good years where the weather was easier to work with, from a farmer point-of-view. Through trials and challenges such as these, we learn to mature and get better at doing our work and be better stewards.

Overall, lots of decent to very good yields are coming in from our customers, outside of lots of drowned out areas. 6878 provided some awesome performance for us, as well as 3259, a new 105 day that creates long kernels. An increase of new genetics are coming down the lineup. For example, 4850 is a new 107 day genetic that makes long kernels. We have new releases in the 114 and 115 day maturity as well. Our corn breeding and genetics team puts in countless hours to assure our customers that we provide them with the best. Prairie Hybrids has genetics that are at the higher yield level of performance. Thanks to our corn research team, we have a strong lineup in both conventional and organic seed. Our production team is at the top of making sure we achieve delivering high-quality seed to our customers.

In today’s world of keeping the family farm alive and well, farmers have to be on top of everything to make it work. When I sit down with my customers, and I cannot help that farmer make a change to help his bottom line, then I did not do my job. I also want to thank you as a steward of the land striving to make things better for the land you farm so that it is in better shape for the next generation. When we feed the soil healthy organic matter, we begin to make the soil healthier and we get to harvest more energy which translates into yield for the customer.

As we look forward, let’s pray for those who have a sick loved one at home who they might lose.

I hope, pray and have faith that 2020 will be an easier, better, less stressful year for the farmers.

Have a safe and Blessed Thanksgiving.

May God Bless you all.


Gilbert Hostetler