From my earliest memories, I have been in the seed business. As a small child I watched my parents drill grass seed fields. As I grew, I helped my father bag certified seed wheat and soybeans. I will never forget how upset my mother was when the mice attacked the switchgrass being stored in the upstairs store room in our house. But I digress…
60 years ago, my parents Lyle & Margaret Stock harvested their first acres of Nebraska Certified grass seed. The seed was a new release from the Agricultural Experiment Station called "Nebraska 28 Switchgrass". The warm season native grass allowed my father to act on his strong commitment to soil conservation and to diversify his traditional corn and livestock farm.
With the help and encouragement of the Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resource & Conservation Service) and University of Nebraska personnel, my family has been recognized for the last 60 years as a leader in the production and marketing of native grasses and wildflowers. With the help, encouragement and loyalty of our customers, Stock Seed Farms has developed into a strong company expanding the use of native plants nationwide.
It has given us great satisfaction working with native grasses and wildflowers. Using native plant materials, millions of acres have been protected from wind and water erosion ( learn about erosion control netting here ), provided food for domestic animals and additionally provided food and shelter for wildlife. For humans, these same acres have provided food for our eyes, mind and soul.
We contribute much of our 60 years of success to three elements. The first is quality seed. We have always tried to set ourselves apart from the rest by producing, conditioning and marketing a better product. Our reputation for producing the highest quality native grass seed proves our commitment.
The second is education. We felt that for us to be successful, our customers needed to be successful in their use of native plant material. This catalog (and later our website) became an important educational medium more than a marketing tool. We have spent thousands of hours helping educate not only our customers but others in the native seed industry.
The third is a dedicated employee. We have been blessed with hardworking, loyal and dedicated employees who have been the backbone of Stock Seed Farms. Whether they are harvesting, conditioning, selling or shipping, our employees want you to be satisfied with the products you order.
We live in a world that is constantly changing and so is our industry. Will native grass be the source of our fuel in the future? Is the next medical cure growing in our prairies? Will our irrigated farmland be turned back to prairie? Wherever the future leads us, Stock Seed Farm will be involved.
The Stock family and employees thank you for your business, your commitment to the prairie and the use of native plant material. As we have for 60 years, pledge to maintain quality seed and superior service to our customers.
This website is dedicated to STOCK SEED FARMS founders Lyle and Margaret Stock who harvested their first acres of Nebraska Certified grass seed in 1956. The seed was a new release from the Agriculture Experiment Station called, Nebr. 28 Switch grass. The warm-season native grass allowed Lyle to act on his strong commitment to soil conservation and to diversify his traditional corn and soybean farm near Murdock, Nebraska.
With the help and encouragement of Soil Conservation Service and University of Nebraska personnel, Lyle has spent the past 40-plus years as a recognized leader in the production of prairiegrass seed. The business is now run by son, Dave. With the help, encouragement and family-like loyalty of customers like you, STOCK SEED FARMS has been allowed to continue its founders' mission and to expand the use of prairie plants, nationwide.