Dull Homestead, Inc. began growing seed corn in 1976 for Robinson Hybrids Inc. In 1992, after Robinson Hybrids was sold, we began growing for Seed Consultants, Inc. located in Washington Court House, Ohio.
Dull Homestead raises approximately 1000 acres of seed each year. Hybrid seed corn is developed to meet specific needs of commercial corn growers and processors. Before the inception of hybrid seed, farmers saved seed from one year to plant the next year's crop. Because there was no seed purity in this method, yields averaged about 40 bushels per acre. The introduction of hybrid seed corn dramatically improved those yields; the national average yield in 2008 was 153.8 bushels per acre.
To produce hybrid seed, a grower takes two inbred lines (usually referred to as the male and female) and crosses them to create a particular hybrid of seed. These seed lines have different characteristics for different regions, so that a farmer can plant seed that will grow best in a specific climate or under certain conditions. Extreme measures are taken to ensure the purity of the seed. For Dull Homestead, Inc. that includes roguing and detasseling the fields in the summer, and sorting out anything that would cause impurity after the corn is harvested. After harvest, the corn is dried down to 12% moisture and shelled into bins for storage. During the winter, the seed corn is cleaned, graded, treated and bagged for spring planting.
If you are interested in purchasing seed corn, visit www.seedconsultants.com or call Caleb at (937) 833-3339 ext. 107 for more information.