Company sees soybeans moving west in Canada
NorthStar Genetics, which claims to be Minnesota’s largest independently owned seed company, made an announcement concerning its new Canadian business last week.
According to Dan Hogstad, CEO of NorthStar, “The growth of our Canadian business has allowed us to re-invest in areas designed to continue our market share lead in Manitoba, and to further our business activities going west.”
“Our initial investment was to open a sales and service office in Winnipeg, at 3493 Pembina Highway in St. Norbert,” said Hogstad. Staff has been added to manage Canadian operations. The NorthStar U.S. headquarters is at Wanamingo, Mn.
According to Ray Wytinck, general manager of NorthStar’s Canadian business, the company sees soybeans continuing to move west as a crop planted by Canadian farmers. And it is necessary for the company to promote sound practices to make growing soybeans a profitable venture.
“As the Manitoba market matures, and soybeans become a regular part of the crop rotation, we need to focus on the Red River Valley, and to increase our presence in eastern Manitoba,” said Wytinck.
“Not only are we increasing the number of our professional employees, we’ve added another plot combine, and will continue to invest in finding and promoting the earliest maturing soybeans in Western Canada,” said Hogstad.
The NorthStar web site is www.northstargenetics.com.