WHO IS HUGHES HYBRIDS
Earl M. Hughes, Sr., circa 1952.
In 1929, Earl M. Hughes sold his first lot of barley seed. At that time, the majority
of McHenry County farms were dairies. Hughes was no exception and milked cows, fed
beef, raised chickens, and farrowed hogs. In addition, Earl specialized in raising
seed oats for many years. By the time of World War II, Earl was growing hybrid seed
corn for sale. In subsequent years, Hughes farm produced seed was shipped to the
east coast by railcar to retail seed companies. In 1967, the Hughes Hybrids brand
was formed to retail the then new single cross corn hybrids directly to farmers.
During the 1970’s and 1980’s the Hughes Hybrids brand grew rapidly with
the success of products such as 39-A, 5404, and 5870.
In the 1990’s, Hughes brand soybeans were developed. Today, Hughes markets
locally-adapted corn, soybean, and alfalfa products to farmers in Northern Illinois,
Southern Wisconsin and Northeastern Iowa. Over the last seventy-five years, farming
has changed, but the principles that have kept Hughes growing have stayed the same.
We have kept our focus on products and service for our local area and have never
wavered. We are farmers in the business of serving farmers.
WHAT MAKES HUGHES DIFFERENT?
Hughes is different because we have a local focus. We are not a national company
trying to make one product work across many growing areas. We develop and support
varieties just for your operation. We have years of experience working with farmers
that live and farm where you do.
left to right: Jim, Dave & Don Hughes
WHY SHOULD I PLANT HUGHES SEEDS?
To make more money. Our goal is to partner with our customers to learn about their
operation and its unique needs. We then work to provide solutions to these
problems that will increase net return per acre. Farmers return to us because
of the consistent performance of our products and our excellent local knowledge.
Hughes is committed to finding the most profitable solutions to bring to your farm.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Call the corn hotline toll free at 1-888-THE-CORN to find your nearest Hughes representative
or get detailed product information.
Choose Hughes and find out how we can deliver independent performance to you.