1995

The current seed conditioning plant opened in 1995. 

The seed plant started operation in 1995, a time when the seed business changed drastically. Prior to that, farmers could buy and sell seed at will. However, in 1995, unless a farmer was using his own seed to plant on his own acres, all other seed lawfully needed to come from a certified seed plant, which naturally caused a growth in the number of such plants to meet the seed needs of farmers.

Since Wells, Walsh and Pembina counties have been the top three pinto bean producing counties in the state for many years, Bollingberg’s Wells County operation was perfect for pinto bean seed conditioning. And in those first years, dry peas and small grains were also in the mix.

However, because dry peas do better in a drier climate and because the area was experiencing a wetter cycle, soybeans started moving into the area and pushed out most of the dry pea production. Bollingberg then raised some soybean for seed production for various companies, but finally decided to focus just on pinto beans and some wheat varieties.

Today, the main use of the seed plant is conditioning pinto beans.