Seed corn plays a vital economic role in Nebraska, which boasted 223,000 acres of this crop in 2013.
Specifically harvested to seed future crops, seed corn and its industry are thriving in Nebraska, making the state a top producer of the commodity in the U.S.
“It’s a major opportunity for farmers and producers here in the state that have the ability to be part of the industry,” says Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board.
Mat Habrock, communications manager for DuPont Pioneer’s Western Business Unit, agrees with this assessment.
“The seed industry provides a lot of economic benefit to Nebraska directly creating hundreds of good paying jobs,” Habrock says. “In addition, thousands of seasonal workers are needed each year to support pollination, detasseling and harvest efforts.”
A key reason seed corn production thrives in Nebraska is because it complements producers’ operations.
“It also complements the diversity of crops for those who have the opportunity to plant seed corn acres,” Brunkhorst says.
Additionally, both natural and man-made agricultural resources found throughout Nebraska help seed corn production.
“Seed corn fits well with the natural resources that we have across the state,” Brunkhorst says. “Other resources like irrigation help mitigate some of the weather extremes we may find in other parts of the country.”
The commodity also has a huge economic impact on Nebraska’s agriculture industry.
“Whether it is directed toward a producer or in regard to jobs and the economic base, seed corn is a prominent industry in this state,” Brunkhorst says.