Doug Abeln Seed Co. offers family-owned Latham seed for 2014

Farm Forum

ALEXANDER, Iowa — South Dakota farmers have another avenue to do business with a family-owned seed company now that Doug Abeln Seed Co. of Groton, S.D., is offering Latham brand corn hybrids, soybean and alfalfa.

“We’re working with Latham Hi-Tech Seeds because, like us, this seed company has been family owned and operated for three generations,” says Doug Abeln, whose father started a seed dealership in the 1970s with conventional soybeans and registered, certified spring wheat. Doug joined the family farm and seed operation in 1975. Doug’s wife, Della, is also an integral part the seed business. She takes care of customer service, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. Their 28-year-old son, Mark, joined the family’s farming operation six years ago.

“Latham’s products are consistent,” adds Abeln. “They’ve done business in South Dakota for decades, which is important to farmers interested in product performance. I’ve been impressed with the knowledgeable people on the Latham team and have a direct line to upper management when I need it. That’s really important because ‘Service is our specialty’ is not just tagline at Doug Abeln Seed Company – it’s our business philosophy.”

Doug Abeln Seed has state-of-the-art seed treatment facilities, which allows area farmers to add fungicides and growth inhibitors to protect their seed investments. The company also helps save farmers time by offering related equipment like new and used seed tenders and belt conveyers.

Like Abeln, Latham understands the importance of saving farmers time plus reducing risk. That’s why the family-owned seed company offers a full lineup of corn, alfalfa and soybean products to make product diversification easier. Latham’s broad, deep lineup gives farmer customers the freedom to choose technologies including Agrisure, Genuity and LibertyLink.

“Latham Seeds realizes its growth and success is dependent upon the success of each farmer-customer,” says Abeln. “Latham’s independence allows farmers to choose the highest quality, best-performing seed, whether it was developed by Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, or others. Contact me or one of our three salesmen soon. You can also visit us online at”