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75 Years of Rich Heritage

75-year-seal-150pxOn November 20, 2013, Lauber Seed Farms celebrated 75 years of producing hybrid seed corn in Nebraska.

The company acknowledges legacy founders and legacy employees as well as current Lauber Seed Farms management and employees as it looks to growth in the future.

The company also acknowledges legacy seed industry partners as well as current seed industry partners as it looks to future growth. Chronological history of the company over time can be viewed on its website. While the company acknowledges the great legacy history, no company can rest on its laurels.

Lauber Seed Farms will continue its cutting edge skills and experience to take advantage of revenue enhancing opportunities as the seed industry continues the molecular and technological advance in the 21st century. Lauber Seed Farms would like to take this opportunity to “Thank the American Farmers” for their important role in the seed industry throughout the years for which their business is greatly appreciated.

The History of Lauber Seed Farms

In 1937, Herbert E. Lauber was one of the first farmers west of the Missouri river to produce hybrid seed corn under the name Lauber Blue Valley Hybrids in Fillmore County, Nebraska. His sons, Wendell and Claiton, joined him and helped expand the operation selling corn, wheat, soybeans, alfalfa, clover and sorghum seed throughout Nebraska.

Using foundation seed from pure lines, Herbert E. Lauber grew some of the first hybrid seed corn in Nebraska in the late thirties. The yield advantage of planting this new ‘hybrid’ seed was apparent to local farmers immediately and led to a large demand for the product. For the last 75 plus years Lauber Seed Farms has been a top producer of high quality, irrigated hybrid seed corn.

In 1958 Herbert and his sons Wendell and Claiton Lauber joined with other Nebraska producers as one of the founders and wendell-claitonmembers to create the seed company formerly known as NC+ Hybrids, a hybrid seed corn production, research and marketing company. NC+ was based in Lincoln, Nebraska and later added a facility near Hastings, Nebraska. NC+ grew fast as a regional seed company selling products in 23 states and operating research programs for corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, forages and alfalfa production.

The 1990’s ushered in a smooth transition of leadership to the 3rd generation of seedsmen. Wendell’s sons, Brad and Jerry Lauber, confidently took over the day-to-day operations and the strategic long-term planning.

In 2005 Channel Bio acquired the sales division of NC+. Channel Bio is currently enjoying a growing market share and increasing seed sales on an annual basis.

Today, Brad Lauber’s sons, Brad, Philip and Dana, are an integral part of Lauber Seed Farm’s hybrid seed corn production and management. This 4th generation of seedsmen will be an important part of the future of Lauber seed Farms. As 4th-generation, trained seedsmen, they will continue the long tradition of commitment to a “quality product at a fair price” started by Herbert E. Lauber in 1937.

Chronological History

2013 State-of-the-art improvements are made throughout the production system.

2012 Lauber Seed Farms seed corn dryer complex doubles in size and production resources are increased.

2010 Claiton H. Lauber passes away – this loss is felt deeply among the members of our company.

2008 Lauber Seed Farms becomes ISO9001:2000 Certified.

2008 Company places emphasis on growth due to high demand of premium seed corn.

2006 Lauber Seed Farms state of the art husking facilities completed.

2005 NC+Hybrids is sold to Monsanto’s ASI subsidiary, NC+Hybrids production moves to Remington Hybrids, NC+Hybrids sales division moves to Channel Bio.

2005 Lauber Seed Farms, some years prior to 2005 ceases seed soybean contracts, production, bagging and distribution for NC+ Hybrids to concentrate on hybrid seed corn production.

1998 Lauber Seed Farms state-of-art soybean conditioning tower is built.

1989 Lauber Seed Farms office burns down, historic memorabilia lost.

1978 Lauber Seed Farms state-of-art seed corn dryer complex is built.

1964 Herbert E. Lauber passes away.

1958 Lauber Seed Farms hybrid seed corn production for NC+Hybrids begins.

1958 Lauber Seed Farms seed soybean contract production, conditioning, bagging and distribution for NC+ Hybrids begins.

1958 Lauber Seed Farms is one of the founders and members of NC+ Hybrids.

1955 Lauber Seed Farms begins production, conditioning and bagging of seed soybeans.

1955 Lauber Seed Farms wheat seed production and cleaning era begins.

1955 Lauber Seed Farms begins production, conditioning and bagging of seed grain sorghum.

1951 Lauber Seed Company is raising hybrid seed corn, grading, bagging and selling Lauber Blue Valley corn hybrids through-out the Nebraska river area known as the Blue Valley, with approximately 250 dealers.

1950 Lauber Seed Farms alfalfa seed, grasses, legumes, oat seed production and sales.

1941 Lauber Seed Company corn bagging facility has fire, and subsequently rebuilt.

1939 Lauber Seed Company is formed by Herbert E. Lauber.

1937 Herbert E. Lauber begins experimental raising of hybrid seed corn crop.