This is an exciting time at Albert Lea Seed! We are transitioning our Viking Seed corn and soybeans to a 100% non-traited brand consisting of conventional non-GMO and organic corn, soybean and alfalfa seed. At the same time, Albert Lea Seed is becoming a distributor of traited seed for NorthStar Genetics.
The reason for this change is simple: It’s time for us to focus on what we know best, which is developing, testing and supplying non-traited seed. For a decade, the fastest-growing part of Viking and Albert Lea Seed has been conventional non-GMO and organic seed. We support all streams of agriculture, but we don’t have the resources to develop traited seed and compete with Syngenta, Monsanto and Dow/DuPont. But we do have the resources, passion and experience to develop and deliver the best conventional non-GMO hybrids, varieties and innovations to those farmers that need them.
What does this mean for you?
The changes we’re making will enable us to give all of our customers—conventional and organic—better access to the products they need to be successful. Specifically, you can look to our Viking brand to bring you the best—and most innovative—conventional non-GMO and organic seed.
What about Roundup corn?
At the same time, our customers who plant traited seed will still be able to get everything they need from us. The traited seed will just come in a NorthStar Genetics bag. That’s good news, because it also means you’ll have the benefit of NorthStar’s reach, expertise and expanded choices—as in more maturities and traits. You can read more about NorthStarGenetics.com
What won’t change
One thing remaining the same is our ownership and our team. You’ll still be working with the same folks, who know their stuff and have been in this business a long time—many of them for decades.
As we move forward with the transition in the next few months, we’ll keep you in the loop. In the meantime, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We appreciate your business and look forward to working with you for years to come.