Meridian Seeds provides seedsmen and farmers like myself with a new source of genetic materials. As a grower-owned seed company, Meridian Seeds really knows what farmers need in a constantly changing environment. I’ve been working with Meridian Seeds ever since it began in 2002 and have no plans to change. The staff and management really do care about farmers and take care of business. Some of the outstanding varieties that we like to raise as well as sell to our customers are MS Barracuda HRSW, Agassiz yellow peas, CS Camden oats and AC Emerson winter wheat.
Meridian Seeds took the time to get to know our operation so they could recommend new varieties that fit our setup. They are small enough to look out for each of their growers’ needs, yet professional enough to get genetics from multiple sources. For example, they have had new barley genetics for a couple years, but they didn’t release it until it was approved by the maltsters. The crops we have experience with are their wheats, flax and barley. We have always been pleased with the service and the congeniality of the office personnel.
We farm near Hannah, North Dakota, and started growing Meridian wheat varieties in 2014. Last year, MS Barracuda wheat impressed us with its short stature, early maturity, and above average yield and protein content. We’re planning to plant more of our acres with it this season. We added field peas and canola to our cropping rotation in 2016 and have been adding acres of both ever since. We’re excited about contracting opportunities with Meridian field peas locally with Dakota Dry Bean. And we’ll be planting all Meridian canola varieties this season — CS-2300 and the new CS2600 CR-T.
We grew oats for the first time in 2017 with CS Camden since it was preferred by General Mills. One field yielded over 180 bushels per acre without lodging — amazing — and we were able to sell the straw to a cattle producer.