Is Seed Relabeling Bad for Farmers?
By now you’re probably familiar with the ag industry practice we call seed relabeling, in which the same exact seed variety is relabeled and sold under a different brand name.
When we published our first Seed Relabeling Report in 2017, our goal was to confront this phenomenon and deliver increased transparency. Thousands of farmers have read our analysis since then—we released the third edition of our Seed Relabeling Report earlier this year—to get a clearer picture of how often seed relabeling happens and which seed companies are involved in the practice.
What’s the problem with seed relabeling?
In our most recent analysis, we found that roughly half of all corn and soybean seed products on the market last year were relabeled.
But is seed relabeling really that bad for farmers? The answer to that question has everything to do with the amount of transparency you have when buying seeds.
When you know which seed varieties are being relabeled and which brands share the same genetics, the practice of seed relabeling can actually benefit you as a farmer.
For one, you can explore other brands on the market to look for the same exact seed variety at a better price. And in the same way, you can also ensure that you’re achieving the genetic diversity you want when planting different seed varieties in your fields.
Unfortunately, you all too often lack that much-needed transparency in order to make informed, cost-effective decisions.
That could leave you overpaying for seed or with less genetic diversity than you anticipated—or both. And this will ultimately impact your bottom line.
Pro Tip: As a member of Farmers Business Network℠, you can take advantage of transparency tools built into FBN Seed Finder. This lets you see which seed varieties are relabeled and the average price for its alternatives based on invoices contributed by other members.
Get the transparency you deserve when evaluating seeds
Want to know more? Download a free copy of our Seed Relabeling Report to learn more about relabeling and find out how increased transparency can put more power back into your hands.