Kussmaul Seed Company’s Position on Farmer-Saved Seed!

1. Bin run seed costs the grower more money, not less.

A.Tests show that new seed will almost always out yield bin run seed.

B. New seed has been tested in a lab for germination and purity standards, as well as any disease problems.

C. New release varieties will always be an improvement over what is in the farmer’s bin, whether it be improved disease resistance or higher yielding.

D. New seed comes with some type of guarantee, as well as a replant program.

E. New seed saves the grower time as it is already cleaned, labeled, packaged, and ready for planting.

F.  Varieties and hybrids can lose their vigor from one generation to the next, making plants susceptible to insects and diseases.

G. The cost advantage of bin run saved seed is eroded by yield loss.

H. Genetically engineered crops can cut down on chemical usage. Bin run seed can make plants resistant robbing the grower of this technology.

I. Perhaps the most important in the long run, purchasing high quality seed from authorized sources supports plant breeding to develop improved varieties for your needs.

2. Pirated seed is bad for business

A. Seed research is costly, however, it is very necessary to continue screening new varieties and crosses to bring improved genetics into the marketplace.This can only be accomplished by selling new seed.

B. Most breeding and technology programs run on a royalty system, with these royalties being passed on to the grower.Therefore, the more new seed sold, the more royalties generated, and the more money a research program has to operate.

C. Most growers don’t realize this, but seed companies do not have breeding and research programs to improve their organization, they have breeding and research programs to develop better varieties for their customers.

D. Without new seed generating money, research slows down, thus reducing the speed it takes to bring improved genetics to the marketplace.

E. Improved varieties provide the grower with more profit, and the consumer with lower cost food.

F.Respecting plant variety protection is critical for encouraging the supply of improved crop varieties, and maintaining the competitiveness of your business.

G. Development of a new crop variety takes, on average, 10 years and $1 million to reach the market.

Monsanto’s Position on Saved Seed

Seeds containing the Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® trait are protected under numerous U.S. patents. Seed containing patented traits, such as seed containing Roundup Ready 2 Yield® traits, can only be

used to plant a single commercial crop. It is unlawful to save and replant Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans.Additional information and limitations on these products are provided in the Monsanto Technology Stewardship Agreement and the Monsanto Technology Use Guide.The licensed U.S. patents for Monsanto technologies can be found at the following webpage: www.monsantotechnology.com.

Save Money on your Seed! It’s Easy! Choose one or all of these options.

Seed Payment Agreements – Every Customer who orders seed from Kussmaul Seed is required to sign a seed payment agreement.This legal form offers the customer several different payment options as well as payment due dates. It also protects the customer from any price differences.

1.  Best Deal – Cash

Discounts available from 7% to 1%. Contact your dealer/DSM for further details.

John Deere Credit

2.  Input Financing from John Deere Credit

This special program allows customers to delay paying for their seed until after harvest. Input financing is a separate line of credit from John Deere Credit. It does not effect your regular John Deere credit line. Contact either your District Sales Manager or call the Kussmaul Seed Company office for full detail on the various options available.

3.  Visa/Master Card/Discover

Here is a simple way to finance your seed costs. We accept Visa/Master Card/Discover as a payment option. Call in and ask about this easy option.

4.  Bank Letter of Credit

For those customers who can’t pay for their seed by the due date, or wish to pay in the fall after harvest, but can’t get input financing from John Deere Credit, we will accept a signed letter of credit from your bank guaranteeing payment in full to Kussmaul Seeds by November 15, 2017.This is a great option because the customer doesn’t really have to take out an operating loan (unless they can’t pay by the due date) and Kussmaul Seeds can show their financial department that payment in full is guaranteed.