Burrus Seed History


Founded by two brothers in 1935, Burrus Seed has truly stood the test of time as a trusted partner in the farming industry.

Burrus Hybrids was founded in 1935 by two brothers who believed in the value of service and integrity. Still farm-family owned and managed over half a century later, Burrus Hybrids has built on a tradition of growing excellence to become the successful regional hybrid seed corn supplier it is today.

When a company stands the test of time through a launch on the coattails of the Great Depression, economic hardships and successes and the creation and utilization of inventions and innovations, it has attained a great deal. Burrus Hybrids has had the right ingredients to fuel the successful, and growing, hybrid seed corn business that it is today.

The history of Burrus highlights the events, people, and places that contributed to the growth and prosperity of a family seed corn business. From the first planting of hybrid seed corn in 1935, to the formation of the Associated Growers in 1939, to the launch of an interactive website in 2003 and every farming modernization in between, the Burrus history is the result of hard work and commitment of dedicated men and women. Burrus Hybrids has truly stood the test of time as a trusted partner in the farming industry.


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1919

1919
Roy, 29, and Wilbur Burrus, 27, purchase farmland for $400/acre and trade farms with their father, Alexander Burrus. This land becomes the first farm for producing Burrus Hybrids and is still used today

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1927

1927
The Burrus brothers buy their first steel-wheel tractor.

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1931

1931
Roy Burrus with a basket of U.S. 13 hybrid ears in 1940. There is no mechanical harvest, so all corn is picked by hand.

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1934

1934
Crop rotation is utilized because no fertilizer is available.Roy and Wilbur Burrus work closely with the University of Illinois Extension of County Farm Advisors in a series of meetings held throughout the area touting hybrid corn. The Burrus brothers are strong advocates of the Extension Service, including the 4-H program. During the meetings, the Extension Service sells the new hybrid seed corn so farmers can produce their own. This marks the beginning of the Burrus Hybrid corn business.

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1935

1935
Roy and Wilbur Burrus purchase their first tractor, a Farmall F20, the first tractors to have rubber tires. The tractor makes the tedious tasks of farming a little easier for the already hardworking men and women.

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