Dow purchases Grand Valley Hybrids

Grand Valley Hybrids, which has been growing hybrid seed corn in western Colorado since 1946, has been purchased by Dow AgroSciences LLC.

The acquisition will complement Dow AgroSciences’ Mycogen Seeds brand and contribute to the company’s western silage business, Dow said in a statement posted on its website.

Grand Valley Hybrids will continue through the current season to operate under the Grand Valley brand.

Dow AgroSciences, based in Indianapolis, will acquire Grand Valley’s sales and marketing areas and administrative services.

Customers in the Grand Valley will get access to Dow AgroSciences technologies, including Silage-Specific BMR and TMF corn hybrids, the company said.

“The importance of Grand Valley Hybrids’ Western hybrid performance, agronomic expertise and customer relationships have been recognized by Dow AgroSciences,” said Mark Harris, vice president of Grand Valley Hybrids. “We are excited about adding a wider selection of germplasm, traits and technical expertise that build upon what we and our customers have learned over the last 65 years.”

Harris will be the commercial and business integration manager. Grand Valley Hybrids President Alan Ferris will remain involved and will serve as a consultant to Grand Valley Hybrids and Mycogen Seeds, according to the statement.

Grand Valley Hybrids “has been kind of a mainstay in the valley and the region,” said Calvin Pearson of the Colorado State University Fruita Research Center.

Since 1946, Grand Valley Hybrids has run an independent research and testing program dedicated to the development of hybrids specifically adapted to the western United States. Grand Valley Hybrids markets corn hybrids, alfalfa seed, forage sorghums, Sudan grasses and silage, and alfalfa inoculants in 12 Western states.

One benefit in the sale is the opportunity for increased collaboration in testing in the West, Harris said. Dow AgroScience has been “intrigued by some of the things we’ve been doing,” he said.

Western farmers grow crops at higher elevations and are exposed to different diseases and conditions, such as a drier climate and saltier water, than in the Corn Belt, Harris said.

Grand Valley Hybrids’ products eventually will become part of the Mycogen brand, Harris said.

Grand Valley Hybrids hopes the seed corn developed in and for the West will be sold in a different-colored bag, making it easily distinguishable from Dow AgroScience’s other products.

The change has gone smoothly so far, with customers and employees greeting the new arrangement positively, Harris said.


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