Published in the South Dakota Soybean Leader – Spring Issue 2020
Developing new seed varieties is of little use if those new products don’t deliver value to farmers. Mustang Seeds relies on a network of growers to help deliver quality products that meets the needs of their fellow farmers.
Rocky Schreurs of Baltic, South Dakota is one of those growers. Schreurs farms with his brother-in-law and father, raising corn, soybeans and alfalfa. They also have a cow-calf operation.
“We have been a grower for Mustang Seeds for around 20 years,” Schreurs says. “We have been planting Mustang products for about 30 years.”
Schreurs says he likes working with Mustang Seeds because the seed is regional, and the company is family owned. Those factors are important, but the seed still has to perform.
“We even buy our equipment from a family owned company because that’s how much it means to us,” Schreurs admits. “Mustang is not just a sales pitch; they have good quality products.”
Schreurs says the corn hybrids he grows ranges between 95- to 105-day corn including Mustang 4296, 5700, 6800. Soybean varieties range between 1.3 and 2.1 maturity.
“At the end of a year, yield is the measure of the choices made during the season,” Schreurs says. After all, “we’re just trying to make a living.”
Mustang Seeds Row Crop Production Manager Dale Nelson says the relationship with growers around the region is an important part of the company’s strategy to deliver quality seed that farmers need.
“We do extensive internal trials at several locations throughout our sales footprint,” Nelson says. “As a regional, independent company, we rely on and pay much attention to our growers’ comments and yield information that they feed back to us. They have the opportunity to see the seed in many different soil types and yield environments, and with today’s technologies, they deliver very reliable information.”
Nelson says Mustang Seeds has added several new corn hybrids to its strong lineup for the 2020 growing season. Soybean trait and offerings also continue to expand including conventional, XtendFlex, E-3, XTend, LLGT27, RR2Y, and GT varieties. Four new exclusive conventional soybeans will be added to the Mustang conventional lineup including 0.5, 1.6, 1.8 and 1.9 maturities. The newest soybean trait offering will be the XtendFlex trait. Mustang will have four new offerings. Nelson expects many new E-3 options will be added to the lineup as E-3 was first released in 2020.
“We continue to see added interest in the conventional soybeans and strong interest in the E-3 soybean trait,” Nelson explains. “The XtendFlex will be a new trait I feel will have strong interest in our western sales area.”
Delivering what works for farmers in the region is Mustang Seeds’ mission. That effort is aided by working closely with farmers like Rocky Schreurs.
“It helps us on making sound judgments on the demand that may be needed the next production year for that particular seed need. Being a regional independent seed company allows us to be in touch and have a better pulse on the needs of our customers,” Nelson says.
To learn more about Mustang Seeds 2020 offerings or to connect with a company representative, visit mustangseeds.com.