Planting its roots early, the Moore family farm has records dating back to 1857, when James Moore began farming a plot of land in Clinton County, Michigan. Moore Seed Farm was established on that same ground by James' grandson, George Moore. Together with his wife, Mina, George started growing certified small grains and navy beans in 1937. George's son, Robert joined the family business, after returning home from WWII and marrying his wife, Doris. In 1962, Robert planted the first 15 acres of seed corn and the business quickly expanded.
In 1965, showing his entrepreneurial spirit, Robert joined with six other Michigan seed farmers to create a seed company called Great Lakes Hybrids. Great Lakes Hybrids is still in operation today and is owned by AgReliant Genetics, LLC , which ranks #3 in nationwide corn sales. Today, Moore Seed Farm continues their relationship with Great Lakes Hybrids as a grower of seed and as a dealership selling GLH products.
Robert and Doris raised six children including their youngest son, Alan who joined in operating the family farm after his graduation from Michigan State University. Together with his wife, Phyllis they continued to develop the business as well as raise a family of four; Suzzy, Ben, Becki and Dana. In 1988 Robert retired, though he continued to be involved in the farm and in agriculture. After graduation from Michigan State University in 1998, Ben Moore joined Alan and Phyllis as a partner. In 2010 Ben's wife Stephenie joined them in operation and they look forward to continuing the family farming tradition begun over 150 years ago with James Moore.
Continuing Robert's entrepreneurial lead, in 2009 Moore Seed Farm joined six other seed farms to form Premier Seed Group. Combined Premier's members have over 300 years of experience in growing seed corn with state of the art technology.
Moore Seed Farm Today
- 2,000 Acres of Certified Seed Corn, Soybeans and Wheeler Rye.
- Custom Seed Corn Drying.
- Double pass seed dryer with 60,000 bushel capacity per year.
- 800 acres of irrigated farm land.
- Facilities for bagging, cleaning and treating for soybeans and cereal grains.
- 3 acre compost operation. Composting of corn husks and manure for fertilizer.
- 70,000 bushel on farm grain storage.
- Warehousing and distribution services.