People may not know Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks by name, but anyone who enjoys munching on a sandwich or baking a cake benefits from its important work, according to an article on Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Sciences website.
Now with the grand opening of a new 20,000-square-foot complex Nov. 18, OFSS is poised to continue its explosive growth.
“The new complex is designed to not only accommodate the rapidly growing demand for high-quality, Certified Seed genetics that OFSS provides, but also allows for a greater diversity of products being developed by the Oklahoma State University scientists to reach producers,” said Tom Coon, vice president of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at OSU.
With the expanded space, OFSS will continue offering products and services to support Oklahoma’s agricultural industry and the state’s economy.
When new varieties of crops are developed and released, OFSS is integral in providing growers with high-quality seed that is eventually cultivated into crops and turned into food products such as flour.
“Quality seed is the foundation for profitable and sustainable crop production,” said Jeff Edwards, professor and head of OSU’s Plant and Soil Sciences Department. “OFSS is a vital link between OSU’s world-class plant-breeding programs and an expansive network of certified dealers in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.”
OFSS currently has a client list of 450 producers. Although not all of those clients purchase seed each year, since OFSS sells Foundation Seed, there is a significant multiplier effect.
Generally, Foundation Seed is planted and harvested as Registered Seed, which is then planted and sold as Certified Seed to growers. About 20,000 bushels of wheat seed sales by OFSS results in about 750,000 to 1 million bushels of Certified Seed sold by independent seedsmen three years later.