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Certified Seed Value Analyzer

At FP Genetics we are committed to delivering producers great value in their Certified seed purchase. That is why we have developed the Certified seed value analyzer so our customers can evaluate the value of Certified seed for their farm.  

Does Certified Seed Cost or Pay?

Cost Descriptions Example ($/bu.) Comparison ($/bu.)
Crop type CWRS
Current farm saved seed variety Carberry
New Certified seed variety AAC Viewfield
Value of farm saved seed
Value of commercial grain $6.5
Cost of cleaning $1.00
Cost of seed analysis $0.10
Screening losses $0.15
Cost of freight $0.50
Cost of handling & storage $0.25
Cost of money & product quality risk $0.50
Hassle factor to clean seed $1.50
Added Value of farm saved seed $10.50 $0.00
Added value of new Certified genetics
Yield from improved quality; (Disease free, no preharvest) $1.50
Yield from improved agronomics; (New genetics) $16.25
Value from improved seed purity; (No weeds, volunteers) $2.00
Value from improved operations & grain quality (ie. Faster combining, improved grade value) $0.25
Added value of new Certified genetics $20.00 $0.00
Total value of Certified seed $30.50 $0.00
Added value of seed treating
Value of seed treatment $1.50
Value of seed treating $1.00
Hassle factor of seed treating $1.50
Added value of seed treating $4.00 $0.00
Total value of Certified & treated seed $34.50 $0.00
Cost of Certified seed (include treated cost if treatments above are included) $17.50
Added value of Certified seed $17.00 $0.00
Total return on investment (for every $1.00 of expenditure) $1.97 $0.00

*Note: A cost of certified seed is required for calculation of return on investment

Glossary

Definition Explanation
Commercial grain value Price of grain commodity or farm saved seed.
Cost of cleaning Cost of cleaning seed charged by seed cleaner.
Cost of seed analysis Cost of seed testing. Prices vary with level of quality testing. $100 to $200/test. Ave cost for 320 bu. = $0.47/bu.
Screening losses Grade loss on screenings – Calculate expected clean-out and deduct expected loss from screenings.
Cost of freight Cost of moving grain and screenings to and from cleaning facility.
Cost of handling and storage Cost of manpower and equipment for handling of grain, seed and screenings plus added cost of seed storage/segregation and blending of screenings if applicable.
Cost of money and product quality risk Carrying cost to hold over product along with ongoing risk of quality retention.
Hassle factor to clean seed Attribute a cost for all your time and management to manage a farm saved seed lot. Take into account opportunity cost for time in this area verses other important activities or even holidays.
Added yield from improved seed quality (disease free, no preharvest, top germination & vigor) Calculate additional yield value for quality improvements of certified seed verses value of farm saved seed. Take the additional expected yield improvement per acre divided by number of bushels of seeding rate.
Increased yield from improved agronomics Calculate additional yield value for agronomic improvements of chosen Certified variety verses value of saved farm seed. Take the additional expected yield improvement per acre divided by number of bushels of seeding rate.
Added value from improved seed purity (weed & volunteer free) Calculate additional value per bushel for improved seed purity guaranteed by inspections via roging, rotations, isolations, sprays, equipment cleaning, etc verses value of farm saved seed.
Added value from improved operations and grain quality Calculate additional value per bushel from improved operations or grain quality from certified seed verses value of farm saved seed. For example, faster combining, earlier seeding/harvesting, improved protein, improved grade, etc.
Value of seed treatment What is the cost of your desired seed treatment? Do you require both fungicide and insect protection?
Hassle factor to treat seed Attribute a cost for your time and management to manage on farm seed treatment and overall seeding process.
Cost of certified seed Include the cost of a certified seed purchase. Include total cost of treatments if seed treatment values are included above.