WinField United and Northern Star Integrated Services LLC announce an expanded forage and cover crop seed development and production collaboration. The collaboration builds on the existing relationship between WinField United and Northern Star and will begin with infusing triticale seed genetics into the CROPLAN and Armor seed brands.
“The expanded collaboration with Northern Star is an exciting development for WinField United,” said Gary Nowaczyk, director of CROPLAN alfalfa, forages, sunflower, canola and wheat at WinField United. “We’re eager to offer the retail system and its growers access to high-quality triticale seed and proud to be able to provide new products that can help support responsible agriculture practices.”
Triticale is a hardy crop with prolific growth and adaptability to various environmental conditions. Triticale doubles as a cover crop that supports the sequestration of soil carbon, and its high nitrogen-acquisition capabilities make it an ideal crop to grow after other crops have left soil nitrogen deficient. This aligns with WinField United’s ongoing work alongside Truterra’s sustainability business to help local retailers and growers enter the sustainability space.
“Northern Star is solely focused on delivering top-performing genetics for small grains and forages,” said Brent Fitzmorris, manager, Northern Star. “The combination of our expertise in varietal development and WinField United’s network and resources will allow us to bring triticale varieties to more growers than ever before.”
WinField United’s entrance into the triticale market will be a multiyear process. After using research plots to identify an optimal seed variety, work will begin with local retail owners to establish a network of preferred triticale seed production growers to become WinField United Associates for the production of commercial seed. As a part of WinField United’s Associate Program, WinField United Associates will have access to elite genetics, tools and resources.
Interested seed production growers are encouraged to reach out to Gary Nowaczyk at GBNowaczyk@landolakes.com to learn more about the benefits and eligibility requirements of WinField United’s Associate Program.
To learn more about WinField United’s agricultural solutions, talk to your local WinField United affiliated retailer or visit winfieldunited.com.
About WinField United
WinField United is the seed, crop protection products, agricultural services and agronomic insights business of Land O’Lakes, Inc. As an industry leader, the business focuses on meeting the needs of nearly 1,300 locally owned and operated cooperative and independent agricultural retailers and its grower-customers across the United States. Through data-backed, insight-driven agronomics, operational excellence and sustainable solutions delivered under the WinField United brand, the business helps retailers successfully meet farmers’ needs.
About Northern Star Integrated Services, LLC
Since 1999, Northern Star Integrated Services, LLC has been focused on delivering top-performing genetics for small grains and forages. We screen and select varieties from the top breeding programs around the world. We test those varieties for local adaptation. Our trial locations cover the Eastern United States. As varieties are advanced through trials, Northern Star tests those varieties for response to various agronomic practices. This ensures the best selection of genetics for each local situation. Northern Star believes the quality of seed is just as important as the genetics themselves. We produce seed across 22 states with very exacting standards. We pride ourselves on providing quality products and excellent, responsive customer service.