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Unbiased, Accurate Yield Testing. Every Time.
Providing timely unbiased comparisons of innovative seed genetics to improve yield and profitability for American farmers.

Our Mission:

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 (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland). We utilize 11 field managers and their independent businesses to identify, plant and harvest 558 tests at 348 locations (in 2018).

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. In 2018, 996 corn products from 75 companies and 686 soybean products from 54 companies were 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 4 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. Have a comment or suggestion? Please contact us!

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Meet the Managers

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Jason Beyers
Central & Northern IL, WI, MI
F.I.R.S.T. NCB, Inc.
31150 Harvest Road
Lanark, IL 61046
Phone: 815-985-7369
Bey[email protected]

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Luke Brendemuhl
Red River Valley, North Dakota
Northland F.I.R.S.T., LLC
4032 120th Avenue North
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: 218-790-4497
Luke.B[email protected]

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Ed Dahle
Central Minnesota
NewVenture, LLC
8389 SW 95th Ave.
Ellendale, MN 56026
Phone: 507-456-6624
Ed[email protected]

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Rob Kauffman
Pennsylvania & Delmarva
Mid Atlantic Independent Tech Svcs.
2978 Homestead Rd.
Mount Joy, PA 17552
Phone: 717-413-0763

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Randy Meinsma
Southern Iowa
F.I.R.S.T. CCB, Inc.
117 E. Sycamore
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-238-8007
Rand[email protected]

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Mark Querna
S. Minnesota
14870 240th Ave.
New Richland, MN 56072
Phone: 507-380-9920
Mark.Quer[email protected]

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Corey Rozenboom
Northern Iowa & Northeast Nebraska
North Iowa FIRST Inc.
3319 Polk Ave
Sanborn, IA 51248
Phone: 319-830-8886
Corey.Rozenbo[email protected]

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William (Bill) Schelp
Missouri, Southern Illinois
F.I.R.S.T. MSR, Inc.
5207 Hatteras Dr.
Columbia, MO 65202
Phone:  573-819-7968
Willi[email protected]

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Adam Stuteville
Southeast NE & KS
Agri Seed Research, LLC
25054 Mission Belleview Rd
Louisburg, KS 66053
Phone: 913-206-6080
Adam.Stut[email protected]

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Mark Tollefson
South Dakota
MNS Seed Testing, LLC
16435 269th Ave
New Richland, MN 56072
Phone: 507-456-2357
Mar[email protected]

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Jessie Bhalerao
Information Product Manager
FIRST Seed Tests
PO Box 1001
Urbana, IL 61803
Phone: 815-246-2112
Jess[email protected]