2019 Customer Appreciation Dinner

Save the date! We will be having our annual customer appreciation dinner Wednesday Sept. 11th. Please come have a delicious meal while we give updates to our product offerings and what’s happening in the seed industry. Families are welcome so don’t forget to bring the kids!

If you have any questions or you want to RSVP please call Tom 740-253-1551 or Greg 740-253-2876. We hope to see you there!

Malting Barley

We’ve had several growers comment that their malting barley is looking a little pale now that we’ve had a serious dose of cold weather. While overwintering is always a concern with cereal crops recent history will show that our malting barley varieties, including Puffin, have been well adapted to withstand the winter weather in Ohio. This will be our 3rd year growing Puffin and we have been very happy with the results. In our experience Puffin will look pale in the winter months (especially when planted next to wheat!) through early spring even into April, but will quickly pass other crops once warmer weather arrives. We have harvested our Barley between 3-10 days before our wheat crops have been ready.

We recently attended the Ohio Seed Improvement’s Professional Seed Grower’s School in Wooster and enjoyed talks by Ohio State’s Dr. Eric Stockinger and Dr. Laura Lindsey on the subject of Malting Barley. Dr. Stockinger is Ohio State’s Barley Breeder and has been working on improving the availability of winter hardy lines. During his talk he noted that Puffin was one of a few lines that survived our last “Polar Vortex” in 2013-14. While the challenge of producing a variety that is both winter hardy with good malting characteristics is formidable he’s encouraged that there will be new varieties added to production soon. Dr. Lindsey is currently conducting trials to study seeding rates and Nitrogen application rates. Considering malting barley hasn’t been a staple crop in Ohio since prohibition, there isn’t a lot of relevant information on production methods. While her work is still in the early stages, we have begun using her recommendations on best practices.

If you’re growing malting barley and have questions, or you are interesting in getting started, please give us a call! 740-993-2311

China Approves Enlist E3 Soybeans

China has approved new soybean traits including the Enlist E3 traited soybeans. This is a trait we at Hiser Seeds have been watching and waiting to get approval for several years. The following is an excerpt from an article on agweb.com:

“Enlist E3 soybeans, jointly developed by Dow Agrosciences and MS Technologies, is finally approved for import by China.

With this approval, farmers can plant Enlist E3 soybeans that include tolerances to 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate. Herbicide options for Enlist E3 soybeans include Enlist Duo, a mix of glyphosate and 2,4-D choline, and Enlist One, a straight-goods 2,4-D choline option that can be tank mixed with approved herbicides.”

You can view the full article by clicking HERE.

2019 Product Overview

We at Hiser Seeds want to thank you for helping us make 2018 a successful year despite all the challenges mother nature threw our way. We look to build on that success to make 2019 even better! With the end of 2018 quickly approaching we are turning our attention to 2019. We are offering our best early order and cash discounts through January 5th2019. 2019 looks to be another challenging year so call us now to take advantage of these discounts!

We continue to partner with Schlessman Seed Corn Hybrids to provide another great product for your farm. We have varieties that are proven to yield in our area available in conventional, RoundUp Ready® Corn 2, VT Double PRO® RIB Complete® Corn Blend, and Smart Stax traits. We have silage varieties available as well.

Libert Link

The Liberty Link system continues to be a proven method for fighting resistant weeds. Between our three maturities, 3.5, 3.7, 3.9, we have one that will work for your farm! If you have questions about switching to Liberty Link soybeans, please give us a call today!

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We are very excited about the performance of our Xtend soybeans. Our Xtend Soybeans have outstanding disease tolerance for our area. If you have questions or concerns about this new technology, please give us a call for more information.


Our Glyphosate Tolerant soybean variety is one of our best yielding varieties! We are excited by the potential of this bean after its performance in 2018 with exceptional disease pressure!

For more information please give us a call:

 Tom Ramsey 740-253-1551 or Greg Ramsey 740-253-2876

2018 Customer Appreciation

Our annual customer appreciation dinner is scheduled for Wednesday September 12th at 6pm. Please join us for a great meal with friends and neighbors. We’ll have door prizes and updates around the seed industry. Please RSVP to Tom 740-253-1551 or Greg 740-253-2876 by Friday September  7th. Hope to see you there!

Puffin now a recommended Variety

The American Malting Barley Association added Puffin Barley to its list of recommended varieties this year. This was a very big step for the progress of our Malting Barley project in the state of Ohio. We are partners with Origin Malts who owns the exclusive rights to Puffin production.  Our combined goal is to bring Barley production back to Ohio farmers, while producing malt for micro-breweries to produce an all-Ohio product.  We are proud to be a partner in this project and look forward to providing many Ohio farmers with high quality Malting Barley seed for years to com.

Click here if you would like to read the press release from AMBA.

For more information on Malting Barley production please give us a call 740-993-2311, or check out the production guide from OSU.

2018 Malting Barley Harvest

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We harvested our Malting Barley the 15th and 16th of June this year. This was later than previous years due only to the wet conditions. We were pleased with our varieties ability to withstand heavy rains late in the season. We were able to get everything harvested and then planted with soybeans despite continued wet conditions.

This was our third Malting Barley crop and we had another successful but educational season. We thought the 2017 spring was wet, but it does not compare to 2018! This confirmed our thoughts that barley doesn’t like wet conditions! We look forward to getting results on our samples to see how this crop compares to previous years from a malting standpoint.

We continue to work with Origin Malts to set up a supply chain of Ohio grown Malting Barely for their new Malting Facility. Our next step this season is cleaning, treating, and bagging barley seed for delivery to our growers!

Malting Barley Growers Meetings

We had a great turnout to our Malting Barley Growers Meeting last week. Very good discussion with potential growers and our experts from Origin Malts and Malting Seed Producers, including our very own Tom Ramsey who is the Executive Director of the Malting Seed Producers group.

If you’re interested in the opportunity to raise Barley and weren’t able to attend one of our grower meetings please contact us and we’ll do our best to pass along the information.

If you want more information about what’s new with Malting Barley click on the link below to visit our Malting Barley page.  Malting Barley