Our Heritage

Our roots are in research

Founded in 1969, our company was created to lead Michigan agriculture forward with research-based, field-tested seeds.

Timeline

History of DF Seeds

1969

Diehl Fields builds a seed plant. John Diehl is playing in a Navy P-3 Patrol plane.

1975

John attends Dr. Moore’s TZ school on living tissue analysis.

1976

Diehl Fields cold tests and TZ tests for germination on all soybean lots.

1977

Diehl Fields installs homemade bean ladder and a gravity table to improve seed physiology.

1978

Diehl Fields goes to all rotary combines for seed quality, plus starts cooperative research with Bio Plant.

1979

Diehl Fields releases first bean in Michigan with Brown Stem Rot resistance.

1980

Diehl Fields builds the first soybean plant with 100% bean ladders Acuscreen, Double Gravity and spiral separators.

1983

John learns from the best by having test sites with Dairyland, Asgrow and Callahan Seeds.

1984

Diehl Fields starts their DF line of soybeans. DF 101 wins MSU Trials, the first group 1 to do so.

1985

John learns a lot and lights genetics on fire by joining Asgrow, Callahan and Dairyland with advance research sites.

1991

Diehl Fields starts production and conditioning for Asgrow.

1992

Diehl Fields name officially changes to DF Seeds, Inc.

1994

DF Seeds produces the first GMO soybean seed in Michigan for Asgrow.

1997

With help from his three best friends from Purdue University, DF Seeds becomes a standalone seed company.

1998

DF Seeds doubles the capacity of its seed plant.

1999

In conjunction with Asgrow, DF Seeds exports the first GMO soybean seed to Cargill Canada. DF Seeds starts custom producing and packaging for Asgrow, Channel Bio, Dairyland, CPS, UAP, ZFS and Chemgro.

2001

With Iowa State and ZFS, DF Seeds does the first blow-up of soybeans with zero trans fat oil. DF Seeds receives its Certified Organic certificate.

2004

DF Seeds becomes the first independent seed company with a Vistive™ Modified Oil License from Monsanto.

2009

Chris Varner joins DF Seeds as Operations Manager.

2010

DF Seeds installs state-of-the-art computer-controlled treater. Unit is isolated to maintain organic certification.

2015

Company completes an ownership transition to prepare for long-term growth. Chris Varner becomes president and owner; founder John Diehl becomes research director.

2017

Ownership transition to Tillerman Seeds.

2018

Sister company Legacy Seeds is acquired, enabling DF Seeds to sell Legacy-brand corn and alfalfa in Michigan.

2019

Jan Motz becomes Sales Manager. Feed and Forage Position created.

2021

The focus on development and variety selection continues with the addition of an agronomist to the DF Seeds team.

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