The company doubled production acres in 2012 due in part to the short seed supply in 2011, and to prepare for adverse weather conditions, according to Parkin. “We are also producing additional seed in South America this winter to assure our customers have an adequate amount of seed available to plant,” he says.

Many U.S. companies have increased seed production in South America. Newer seed products are brought to market more quickly by using South America.

“Production in South America has been a part of our overall supply strategy in the past, and it is certainly an option this year that will allow us to augment our North American supply,” Messman says.

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