On the western edge of the Cultivation Corridor, Stine Seed is a family owned company that leads the way in corn and soybean seed genetics, research and agronomy. The company is the largest independent seed producer in the country. Stine’s goal is to create outstanding products that maximize profitability for their customers. Many of the soybean genetics planted in the U.S. today have roots in the Stine Seed soybean program. Nationally recognized, the company is known for producing a higher-yielding seed. Today, a productive corn farm plants about 37,000 to 40,000 plants per acre. But in their elite trials, Stine has seen their populations grow from about 36,000 to 48,000 to 60,000 plants per acre. This is accomplished through advanced hybridization and manipulation of seed genetics, and extreme product testing to ensure the highest-quality product possible. For Stine Seed, the end result is a plant that grows thicker and yields more without requiring extra space between rows, helping to boost production, feed more people and make better use of available land.
“I choose Stine because of the family background. Stine started as a family business, and we’re a family business, too. I like working with other families and supporting the smaller businesses out there, and they’re supporting us.” – Kevin Burton, Stine Seed farmer in Rochester, Indiana
The original Stine farm was 160 acres with only 30 tillable acres at the time.
Stine Seed Company was the first company in United States history to receive a patent on soybean varieties.
Harry Stine is one of the wealthiest self-made billionaires in America. He is ranked as 435th richest person in the U.S. by Forbes.