By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN - As of Aug. 1, family-owned Dahlco Seeds, Inc. of Cokato, joined AgReliant Genetics, the fourth largest field seeds company in the US, headquartered in Westfield, IN.
Dahlco is a regional seed company that was begun in 1922 by Albin Dahlman, who sold it to his son, Stanley, in 1951. Then, in 1988, the seed company was sold to sons, Kevin, Duane, and Craig Dahlman.
The farming operations at the Cokato headquarters will remain the same, only the retail end of the business was sold, according to Kevin Dahlman.
The 87-year-old company will still be producing and processing corn and soybeans, but now for AgReliant.
The name, Dahlco Seeds, will eventually be phased out, Dahlman said.
In an AgReliant press release, Dahlman said he was looking forward to joining the AgReliant team.
“This will be an outstanding opportunity for Dahlco dealers, customers, and sales representatives to become part of a dynamic and growing organization,” Dahlman said.
“This acquisition will significantly improve the products that Dahlco sales representatives will be able to offer to our dealers and customers,” he added.
Dahlco dealers and customers in Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota will have access to new products from Wensman Seed in Wadena, MN, according to the release.
Dealers and customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan will have access to new products from Great Lakes Hybrids, headquartered in Ovid, MI.
“I personally am looking forward to working with the Wensman and Great Lakes teams to continue to offer the outstanding service and commitment to farmers that has been part of the Dahlco legacy,” Dahlman said.