WinField United Canada, based at Saskatoon, Sask., and Country Farm Seeds, based at Blenheim, Ont., are entering into a business partnership to expand their seed portfolios, featuring the WinField United CROPLAN seed brand.
Effective September 2020, the partnership will provide farmers in eastern Canada with high-performance genetics that are produced in Canada, and will be available for the 2021 seed purchasing season, the company says.
David Van Dam, director of business development for WinField United Canada, says C & L Seeds Production group (Country Farm Seeds’ production arm) excels in local production of corn and soybean seed.
“[They grow] it in the prime southern Ontario geography that’s well-known for its unique topography that is ideal for hybrid corn seed production. This production capability, along with the established regional Country Farm Seeds brand and the proud history of the Giffin family, made the possibility of a partnership appealing as a way to further provide value to our CROPLAN seed customers,” Van Dam explains.
Lyle Giffin, chief executive officer of Country Farm Seeds, started in the seed business in 1972. In 2000, Giffin recognized the demand for a local corn and soybean seed brand, so he launched the Country Farm Seeds brand, which has proudly supported Ontario and Quebec farmers for 20 years.
Giffin explains that this partnership is an exciting new phase in the company’s history.
“We wanted to grow the operational side of our business and have strongly invested in doing that,” Giffin says. “This partnership with WinField United Canada enables us to pool our resources for greater reach in Canada.”
Farmers can find out more about this partnership by talking with their local WinField United Canada or Country Farm Seeds representative.