OXFORD JUNCTION, Iowa
— Wyffels Hybrids Inc. has taken a path of entrepreneurship and independence.
“We think that makes us significantly different to work with,” said
Bill Wyffels, president of Wyffels Hybrids, during the Corn Strategies event hosted by the seed company.
Corn Strategies 2013
was held in east-central Iowa
at the Willimack Family Farms. The farmers have been planting Wyffels hybrids
for almost 10 years.
“The Willimack family members
have been gracious hosts, and this is a great opportunity to work with folks that
have the same common goals as our family business,” Wyffels said.
Gary Willimack and his
sons — Brent, Jayson, Matt and Scott — operate Willimack Family Farms. This
fifth-generation operation raises corn and soybeans, and the family operates a
Located in Geneseo, Ill.,
the Wyffels company started from a farming operation.
“My father was an
entrepreneur, and he was always trying to find new ways for his farming
operation,” Wyffels explained. “My brother, Bob, and my four sisters grew up in
that type of environment, where things happened right in front of us, and oftentimes
we were a part of the process.”
experimentation, the farmer found oat varieties that had a better stand.
“My dad started to
sell seed oats from an ear corn crib,” the company president said. “That turned
to hybrid corn, and in the mid-’70s, we started a farmer dealer system.”
In 1976, 13 farmers
became seed representatives for the company that is owned brothers Bill Wyffels
and Bob Wyffels, vice president of production.
“Our business doubled
the following year, and it doubled the year after that,” Bill Wyffels said. “We
started to hire district managers, and we outgrew our facilities.”
In the early ‘90s,
Wyffels Hybrids started to market high oil corn.
“We were one of the
first companies to market that top cross process that improved the oil and
protein in the seed,” the company president noted. “It sold for $40 per unit
more than other seed because there were premiums for the grain. However, that
was not an easy sale initially.”
With the onset of the
technology that resulted in seed with resistance to rootworm, corn borer and
different types of herbicides, Wyffels said, that eliminated the value of seed
with a top cross process.
This past year,
Wyffels customers had the opportunity to purchase several different corn
hybrids that included refuge in a bag, which provide more convenience to
“We have SmartStax
products with two modes of action to corn rootworm and corn borer and tolerance
to both Roundup and Liberty herbicides with RIB; we have hybrids with action
against corn borer and corn rootworm and tolerance to Roundup with RIB blended
in; and we have seed with two modes of action for corn borer and tolerance to
Roundup with RIB,” the company president said.
“These products made
up nearly 75 percent of the seed planted by customers this year, up from about
12 percent the previous year,” he reported. “It is a benefit to the producer
because of the simplicity and also the increased number of rootworm and corn
borer resistant seeds in the bag to protect the potential upside yield.”
New hybrids are coming
to the market at a rapid pace.
“The products that
were planted this past year, two years ago, 70 percent of them didn’t exist,”
Wyffels said. “We are excited about that because we are bringing products to
the marketplace faster that will make a difference.”
Since the last two
growing seasons have been challenging, Wyffels said, he does not think farmers
have experienced the potential that is locked in the kernel.
“If you have average
or better stands this year, I think you will see a tremendous improvement on
top end yields like perhaps you’ve never seen before,” he added.
Wyffels Hybrids also
markets 11 hybrids that are non-GMO.
“We give you options
to plant,” the company president said.
wants to be the No. 1 spot on your quick-call list on your phone,” Wyffels
stressed. “We want to be there to support you, we want to be your No. 1 choice
and you can only find that out by working with our brand.”
“I want to thank those
who do business with us today,” he said. “And we’d like to have the opportunity
to work with you who do not do business with us today.”