Wyffels Hybrids recently broke ground for an expansion of its company's Atkinson, Ill., production facility. The new 27,000 square foot building will hold 170,000 bags of seed corn, and is expected to be completed by this fall.
The building will be refrigerated to 50 degrees F at 50 percent humidity - optimum storage conditions for corn.
"Our goal is to deliver the highest quality seed to our customers' farms," said Jacob Wyffels, field operations supervisor. "This climate controlled warehouse will help improve seed viability. Temperature and humidity will be controlled with top-of-the-line technology including an energy efficient cooling system."
The new building will more than double Wyffels Hybrids' current cold storage capacity, and is in response to the company's growth.
"We have experienced tremendous growth in recent years and want to invest back into the company in a way that best serves our customers," said John Wyffels, vice president of finance and administration.
"We're excited about this new facility that will help handle our current and anticipated future growth, and provide the best possible product for corn growers."