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Near Sacred Heart in Renville County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

A Family's Proud Heritage

The Enestvedt Seed Corn Company

 
 
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Inscription.
This land was first tilled in 1867 by Ole Enestvedt and a pair of oxen with a single bottom plow. The early years were hard, back-breaking years as homesteading usually was. In 1900, Ole and Anna's youngest son, Engebret started the Enestvedt Seed Corn Company while attending the St. Paul School of Agriculture. This is the story of a strong Norwegian family that continues the tradition of seed corn production still today here in the beautiful Minnesota River valley.

It was while Engebret was attending school that the University of Minnesota released 13 open pollinated varieties of seed corn in 1897. Engebret began growing and selling seed corn.

In 1908, Engebret married Clara and they started a family. A sad change came to the family as Engebret passed away in 1923 at the age of 43, leaving his wife Clara and five young children to carry the load of home and the seed corn business.

In the mid 1930's, the company started growing University of Minnesota hybrids call Minhybrids. The planting process changed using tractor-pulled multiple row planters with staggered planting dates to accommodate the crossing of hybrids.

The Enestvedt brothers, Odean, Johannes, and Bert, managed the business through many changes and improvements in the seed corn industry. Johannes invented
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a machine to aid in seed corn planting. It was the combination of a two- and three-row corn planter mounted on the front and back of a single tractor enabling him to plant up to six rows of corn with one machine.

In 1994, Bert received the Eldon Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture due to his lifetime of service in production agriculture.

Enestvedt Seed Corn has received many awards over the years, including the University of Minnesota release of Bert Soybeans named for Bert and his involvement in the soybean industry.

The Enestvedt Seed Corn Company is still family-owned and is managed by a member of the third generation of this sturdy Norwegian family, Roger Enestvedt. This is a heritage to be proud of.

Corn Detasseling
Detasseling is essential to producing hybrid seed corn. The pollen-producing tassel is removed, so the corn plants that will produce the seed corn can't pollinate themselves. Instead, pollen from another variety of corn grown in the same field is carried by the wind, pollinating the detasseled corn's silk. The result is seed corn that bears the genetic characteristics of both varieties which can produce healthier crops with higher yields. Despite technological advances in agriculture, detasseling is still a task that is done primarily by hand though now detasselers ride instead of walk.

Food
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for a Nation

The Minnesota River Valley has a regional, national and international story to tell of the growth and development of the American system of agriculture; Taking Food to a Nation. Telling the story of the region's innovations (e.g., agriculture cooperatives and Green Giant), its productivity and its farming systems will help all visitors to better appreciate the importance of agriculture to this nation.


The Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway
Funded in part by Federal Highway Administration
logos of: America's Byways; Enestvedt Seed Co.; Scenic Byway Minnesota River Valley
www.mnrivervalley.com

 
Location. 44° 40.993′ N, 95° 17.897′ W. Marker is near Sacred Heart, Minnesota, in Renville County. Marker is on County Highway 12 0.3 miles south of 145th Street (County Road 15), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75802 County Highway 12, Sacred Heart MN 56285, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Enestvedt Marker (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Kittelsland Water Wheel (about 700 feet away); A New Life with Family and Friends (approx. 0.8 miles
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away); The Joseph R. Brown House (approx. 1 miles away); Farther and Gay Castle (approx. 1 miles away); Boiling Spring (approx. 2.9 miles away); Vicksburg Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); Schwandt State Monument (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacred Heart.
 
More about this marker. photo captions:
Engebret picking corn, ca. 1912
Johannes, Alberta, Clara, Clara, Odean, Engebret and Bert Enestvedt, ca. 1920.
Johannes, Odean and Bert Enestvedt
Enestvedt Seed Farm, ca. 1942
Bert Enestvedt
Hired help to detassel corn with Engebret's son Bert at far left
 
Also see . . .  Enestvedt Seed Company. Our Company. (Submitted on January 13, 2014.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
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5. Nearby Sculpture
0.1 mile south of the marker
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6. Nearby Sculpture
0.4 miles south of the marker
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7. Sculpture Plaque
Dedicated to the
Pioneers Who
Settled This Valley
Enestvedt Seed Company
Sculptor 'Butch' Olson
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 454 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 13, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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