Unbiased, Accurate Yield Testing. Every Time.
Providing timely unbiased comparisons of innovative seed genetics to improve yield and profitability for American farmers.
Farmers Independent Research of Seed Technologies (FIRST) provides timely unbiased comparisons of innovative seed genetics to improve yield and profitability for American corn and soybean farmers.
The mission began in 1997 when 64 corn grain hybrids from 14 seed company sponsors were tested at 12 sites in Illinois. The program now tests corn grain, corn silage and soybean seed products in 15 states (South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland). We utilize 12 field managers and their independent businesses to identify, plant and harvest over 500 tests at 300 locations (in 2023).
Farmer members assist in test site selection, conduct all production operations and provide all inputs except seed, it's planting and crop harvest. Companies willing to sponsor our research decide which products to test, where to test them, and provide seed. Only a select group of products are tested.
Our unbiased hybrid and variety yield and agronomic results are reported for each individual test site and as a regional average over all sites in the region. On average, test results are reported on our website within 2 days of harvest.
FIRST has grown into an association of farmers and businesses organized to measure and report the yield and agronomic performance of corn and soybean seed products. We encourage the use of this information by farmers, consultants, agronomists and seed industry representatives for improving yield and profitability of American farm operations.
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Careers with FIRST
Meet the Managers
Central & Northern IL, WI, MI
FIRST NCB, Inc.
Pennsylvania, Maryland & Delaware
Mid Atlantic Independent Tech Svcs.
Mount Joy, PA
FIRST CCB, Inc.
New Richland, MN
F.I.R.S.T. AMC Inc.
Mount Carroll, IL
Northern Iowa & Northeast Nebraska
North Iowa FIRST Inc.
William (Bill) Schelp
F.I.R.S.T. MSR, Inc.
Southeast NE & KS
Agri Seed Research, LLC
MNS Seed Testing, LLC
New Richland, MN
Southern Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky
Bottomline Seed Solutions, LLC
Indiana, Ohio, & Michigan
M&D Seed Research, LLC
Van Buren, IN
Jessie Prenger Bhalerao