OMAHA, Neb. — As United States farmers continue to battle tough commodity prices, markets and weather conditions, regenerative agriculture specialist Nate Belcher says it’s time for those farmers to get a win. And it’s going to require a slight shift in mindset.
“We want farmers to focus on net profit per acre,” he says. “If they farm for net, they can keep more cut.”
Belcher and software developer Mike Ackerman created Omaha-based, independent seed company Hybrid 85 in 2018 to help farmers do just that. The company joined the duo’s Cover Crop Exchange — an online cover crop marketplace — as part of the Silicon Prairie’s agtech industry, and sold corn to farmers in 25 states during the 2018/2019 buying season.
Hybrid 85 “cut the fat,” Belcher says, to sell high quality, non-GMO corn at $85 per unit.
“We realized there were a lot of costs tied into each bag of seed corn that ultimately brought no value to the farmer,” he says. “What farmers need and want are genetics that perform in the field at a price that allows them to capture more margin on each acre.”
A calculator at Hybrid85.com shows farmers their farms’ potential savings, which can run upwards of $250,000 for large-scale operations. So what should farmers do with that savings?
“The costs savings can be redirected and utilized for other inputs, or it can be put right into the pocket of the farmer. Either scenario is a win from a producer’s standpoint because it is a net-positive return,” Belcher says. “Allowing farmers to minimize input costs, while maintaining or increasing production levels, leaves more money in their pocket. Simple as that.”