The Midland Genetics Group research and development program is unique in the seed industry. Covering the Midwest, the genetics are thoroughly tested under many different growing conditions. This is where the similarity ends. The two member companies focus on “Locally Adapted Genetics”™ and do more research and breeding in their marketing areas than any other company. Instead of concentrating on products that must work over large areas, Midland develops genetics that excel “ locally” on your farm.
Wesley Sylvester started in the seed business while farming in Riley County, Kansas in 1946. He sold wheat, oats and sorgo seed. When the corporation was formed, the name Sylvester Ranch was used due to the involvement in the cattle business. It has stuck through the years even as the focus of the company has changed to seed.
Midland® has a larger corn and soybean testing program in the area than any other company. In 2011, corn and soybean research data will be pulled from over 70 locations.
Kauffman Seeds was started in 1965 by Edward Kauffman as an Alfalfa seed cleaning business. In 1972 Jerry and Lois Wyse started taking over the business from Lois’s dad. At that time certified wheat was added to the business. In the middle eighties saw the introduction of Soybeans both in production and processing. Seed wheat, alfalfa, and soybeans were the mainstay of the operation. In 2005 Tom Clayman and Dustin Miller purchased Kauffman Seeds from Jerry and Lois Wyse. The current ownership has maintained the business as it was and has added cover crops to facilitate more of our customers’ needs.Kauffman Seeds