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22SEEDWORLD.COMSEEDS.O.S.Certainhybridsofseedsuppliesarelimitedthisyearwhichisforcingseedcompaniestoplanaheadforproductionandlogistics.x1cEVERYPRODUCTyearhasitschallengesbut2011wascertainlyoneothemostchallengingortheentireseedindustryx1dsaysJohnLathampresidentoLathamHi-TechSeedsbasedinAlexanderIowa.AccordingtoLathamhisterritoryx1cexperiencedextremeheatduringcornpollinationexcessivewindsliterallyhurricane-orcewindsinJulyandAugustplusanearlyrostonSeptember15.Itx19snowonderseedsupplieswillbetightorcornandevensomesoybeanproducts.x1dFromdroughttointenseheatandinsomeregionslocalizedfoodingseedproductionregionsacrossthecountrysawawiderangeoinclementweatherthroughout2011.AsaresultmanyregionalseedcompaniesromIowatoCaliorniaarereportingtightsuppliesosomevarieties.AccordingtoLathamthebiggestchallengesaregerminationandseedsize.x1cCompaniesneedtohelparmersunderstandtherewillbedierentseedsizesthisyearx1dhesays.x1cBecauseaseedisalivingbreathingorganismwecannotcontrolit.Wewishwecouldx18makeseedsizesx19butwehavetoworkwithwhatMotherNaturedelivers.x1dProductionChallengesAsaresultothetoughgrowingconditionsthroughout2011manycompanieshavealreadyimplementedproductionplansinordertomeetseeddemandor2012whichincluderelyingonwinterproductionandmultipledomesticproductionsites.x1cItx19saninterestingtimebecausedemandorseedcornhasincreasedwhilesuppliesarelimitedx1dsaysLatham.x1cFortunatelyLathamHi-TechSeedshadaveryaggressiveproductionplaninplaceor2011thatincludedmultipledomesticproductionsites.Asaresultweonlyhadtogotowinterproductionorsevenpercentoourcornproductionneeds.x1dOthercompaniesarerelyingmoreheavilyonwinterproduction.x1cItlookslikewewillcomethroughjustx1neagainthisspring.EventhoughwehadtospendextramoneytogotoSouthAmericatogetsomeoourseedsupplywearecommittedtomakingithappentodayandinthelongtermx1dsaysKevinBurrusproductionmanagerorBurrusHybrids.DaveHughesoHughesHybridsinWoodstockIll.islessworriedbutstilltakingthenecessaryprecautions.x1cWewillselloutoaproductortwowhichisnormalinmostyearsx1dhesays.x1cWearealittlesqueezedbutoursummerproductionwasbetterthanitshouldhavebeenconsideringthetoughgrowingyear.Wearealsorelyingonsomewinterproductionorourkeyull-seasonhybrids.x1dHoweverwinterproductionpresentschallengesoitsownandseedcompaniesneedtobeprepared.x1cWinterproductioncanbeaheadacheorboththeseedcompanyandthearmerandunexpecteddelayscanhappenx1dexplainsLatham.x1cWeunderstandarmersx19desiretoplantseedassoonasspringconditionsallowandwewilldoallthatwecantogettherightproductdeliveredtothemasquicklyaspossible.x1dPlanningAheadMeanwhileTomBurruspresidentoBurrusHybridssaysitx19sallaboutlogistics.x1cWewillbestartingseeddeliveriesamonthearlierthannormalx1dsaysBurrus.x1cOurgoalistoputallooursummer-producedseedobothcornandbeansonthecustomerx19sarmbyMarch15.Thismeansthatanydayagrowerwantstostartplantinghewillhaveamajorityohisseedon-armtodumpintheplanter.Thiswillallowourstatomovebacktooursizingtreatingblendingandbaggingacility.Wewillbringinextradeliverystatoputourwinter-producedseedon-arm.x1dBurrussaysshortseedsupplyisonesituationthatcanputregionalcompaniesatanadvantageoverthebiggercompanies.x1cIjustreviewedourwinterestimatesorpullingtasselsandsomex1eldsarealreadycompletedx1dsaysBurrus.x1cManyx1nished