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YOUR REGIONAL SEED LEADER

Our mission is to deliver high-yielding, consistent producing, top-quality products that will provide our customers with more profit potential than they can get anywhere else. We’ve proudly been serving farmers across our footprint since 1990. At Legend Seeds, we are laser focused on providing the best products, services, and personalized support to ensure more profit potential.

FIERCELY INDEPENDENT

Legend Seeds is the largest independent seed company in our footprint. We source the latest genetics, traits, and innovative technologies. As a leader, we offer a wide variety of choices for our dealer and grower needs.

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We’re committed to local testing. Our in-house research program, the Legend Elite Advancement Project (L.E.A.P.), is a precise and unique program that allows us to select the best performing products and place them on the right acre in each of your fields.

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We have an unparalleled approach to taking care of our dealers and their growers. Our vision statement says it all, “We help our dealers help their growers.” Legend Seeds is committed to building trust and lasting relationships. Your success is our success.

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Our dedicated team delivers expertise to Legend dealers to help their growers through local, tailored support. As a team, we are focused only on our customers and their success. The right seed, at the right time, in the right place.

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THE LEGEND STORY

In 1990, Glen and Janet Davis started a seed company in De Smet, South Dakota. They wanted to provide local farmers with better products, better consistency, more customer service — and ultimately more profit per acre! They also understood from the beginning, the only way for them to be successful was for their customers to be successful.

Today, Legend Seeds is an employee-owned independent regional seed leader, with a laser focus on providing the best products, services, and personalized support to ensure more profit potential.

We want to hear from you! Fill out the form below with any questions or comments you have about our products and services. Please allow two business days for us to respond. If you need help faster than that, please give us a call toll free at 800.678.3346

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Before opening a bag of seed, be sure to read, understand and accept the stewardship requirements, including applicable refuge requirements for insect resistance management, for the biotechnology traits expressed in the seed as set forth in the technology agreement that you sign. By opening and using a bag of seed, you are reaffirming your obligation to comply with the most recent stewardship requirements.

Seed containing a patented trait can only be used to plant a single commercial crop from which seed cannot be saved and replanted. Examples of seed containing a patented trait include but are not limited to Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans, Genuity® Roundup Ready® spring canola, and Genuity® Roundup Ready® winter canola. Additional information and limitations on the use of these products are provided in the Monsanto Technology Stewardship Agreement and the Monsanto Technology Use Guide. U.S. patents for Monsanto technologies can be found at the following webpage: http://www.monsantotechnology.com

Monsanto Company is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). Monsanto products are commercialized in accordance with ETS Product Launch Stewardship Guidance, and in compliance with Monsanto’s Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops. Only commercialized products have been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Certain products have been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Any crop or material produced from this product can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for this product. Growers should refer to http://www.biotradestatus.com for any updated information on import country approvals. Excellence Through Stewardship® is a registered trademark of Biotechnology Industry Organization.

B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your Monsanto representative for the registration status in your state.

IMPORTANT IRM INFORMATION: RIB Complete® corn blend products do not require the planting of a structured refuge except in the Cotton-Growing Area where corn earworm is a significant pest. SmartStax® RIB Complete® corn blend is not allowed to be sold for planting in the Cotton-Growing Area. See the IRM/Grower Guide for additional information. Always read and follow IRM requirements.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready technology contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Agricultural herbicides containing glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate.

Performance may vary from location to location and from year to year, as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible and should consider the impacts of these conditions on the grower’s fields.

Acceleron®, Genuity®, RIB Complete and Design®, RIB Complete®, Roundup Ready 2 Technology and Design®, Roundup Ready®, Roundup®, SmartStax®, VT Double PRO® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design® are registered trademarks of Bayer. Herculex® is a registered trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC. Respect the Refuge and Corn Design® and Respect the Refuge® are registered trademarks of National Corn Growers Association. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, Roundup Ready 2 Yield®, QuickRoots®, and Roundup Ready PLUS® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS FOR USE ON PESTICIDE LABELING. IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW to use any pesticide product other than in accordance with its labeling. NOT ALL formulations of dicamba or glyphosate are approved for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans. ONLY USE FORMULATIONS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY LABELED FOR SUCH USES AND APPROVED FOR SUCH USE IN THE STATE OF APPLICATION. IN CROP USES MAY NOT BE APPROVED IN ALL STATES. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans.

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba. Glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba. Contact your Monsanto dealer or refer to Monsanto’s Technology Use Guide for recommended weed control programs.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready® technology contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Agricultural herbicides containing glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate.

Due to the unique cropping practices do not plant Roundup Ready® Alfalfa in Imperial County, California, pending import approvals and until Forage Genetics International, LLC (FGI) grants express permission for such planting.

In the following states, purchase and use of HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology is subject to a Seed and Feed Use Agreement, requiring that products of this technology can only be used on farm or otherwise be used in the United States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. In addition, due to the unique cropping practices do not plant HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology in Imperial County, California, pending import approval and until Forage Genetics International, LLC (FGI) grants express permission for such planting.

Forage Genetics International, LLC (“FGI”) is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). FGI products are commercialized in accordance with ETS Product Launch Stewardship Guidance, and in compliance with FGI’s Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops. HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology and Roundup Ready® Alfalfa have pending import approvals. GROWERS MUST DIRECT ANY PRODUCT PRODUCED FROM HARVXTRA® ALFALFA WITH ROUNDUP READY® TECHNOLOGY SEED OR CROPS (INCLUDING HAY AND HAY PRODUCTS) ONLY TO UNITED STATES DOMESTIC USE. Any crop or material produced from this product can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for this product. Growers should refer to http://www.biotradestatus.com/ for any updated information on import country approvals. Excellence Through Stewardship® is a registered trademark of Biotechnology Industry Organization.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate.

Roundup Ready® is registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC, used under license by Forage Genetics International, LLC. HarvXtra® is a registered trademark of Forage Genetics International, LLC. HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology is enabled with Technology from The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc. © 2017 Forage Genetics International, LLC

All Encompassing Seed Piracy Statement: Seed containing a patented trait can only be used to plant a single commercial crop from which seed cannot be saved and replanted.
Examples of seed containing a patented trait include but are not limited to Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans, Genuity® Roundup Ready® spring canola, and Genuity® Roundup Ready® winter canola. Additional information and limitations on the use of these products are provided in the Monsanto Technology Stewardship Agreement and the Monsanto Technology Use Guide. U.S. patents for Monsanto technologies can be found at the following webpage: http://www.monsantotechnology.com

Important: Always read and follow label and bag tag instructions; only those labeled as tolerant to glufosinate may be sprayed with glufosinate ammonium based herbicides.

Seed products with the LibertyLink® (LL) trait are resistant to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium, an alternative to glyphosate in corn, and combine high-yielding genetics with the powerful, nonselective, postemergent weed control of Liberty® herbicide for optimum yield and excellent weed control. LibertyLink®, Liberty® and the Water Droplet logo are registered trademarks of Bayer.

Agrisure® Technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under license from Syngenta Seeds, Inc. Herculex® Technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under license from Dow AgroSciences LLC. HERCULEX® and the HERCULEX Shield are trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC.

Agrisure®, Agrisure Artesian®, Artesian™, Agrisure Duracade®, Agrisure Viptera® and E-Z Refuge® are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company.

Seeds containing the LibertyLink® trait may be protected under one or more U.S. patents and may be planted only to produce one (1) commercial crop in a single season, and only after signing a Bayer Grower Technology Agreement. It is illegal to save seeds containing the LibertyLink trait for use as planting seed or for transfer to others for use as planting seed.

© 2018 Bayer CropScience LP, 2 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Always read and follow label instructions. Bayer, the Bayer Cross, ILeVO, InVigor, Liberty, LibertyLink, Poncho, VOTiVO, and the Water Droplet Design are registered trademarks of Bayer. Not all products are registered for use in all states. For additional product information, call toll-free 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937) or visit our website at www.CropScience.Bayer.us.

LibertyLink® GT27™ is not tolerant to all HPPD herbicides. HPPD herbicides currently on the market are prohibited for use with LibertyLink GT27 soybeans and may result in significant crop injury. Always read and follow label directions. Liberty and LibertyLink are registered trademarks of Bayer. GT27 is a trademark of MS Technologies and Bayer. MS Technologies is a trademark of MS Technologies, LLC. ©2018 Bayer / MS Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved. APN 18-INT-0014

®HERCULEX, and the HERCULEX Shield Logo and are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. HERCULEX Insect Protection technology by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred. Follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Seed products with the LibertyLink® (LL) trait are resistant to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium, an alternative to glyphosate in corn, and combine high-yielding genetics with the powerful, non-selective, postemergent weed control of Liberty® herbicide for optimum yield and excellent weed control. LibertyLink®, Liberty® and the Water Droplet logo are registered trademarks of Bayer.

Dow AgroSciences is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). Dow AgroSciences’ products are commercialized in accordance with ETS product launch stewardship guidance, and Dow AgroSciences’ Product Launch Stewardship Policy.

Before selecting hybrids for your crop plan, Dow AgroSciences recommends you know and understand whether the hybrid you have chosen is a conventional hybrid, one approved for export or one not yet approved for export. It is important that you consult your trait provider’s technical agreements prior to planting to understand crop requirements and approved corn markets.

Any grain or material produced from Bt seed can only be exported to, or used in, processed in or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotechnology traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Talk to your grain handler or purchaser in advance to facilitate appropriate crop and grain or material handling and marketing.

For further information about your crop or grain marketing options, contact Dow AgroSciences at 877-4-TRAITS (877-487-2487). Information regarding the regulatory and market status of agricultural biotechnology products can be found at: biotradestatus.com.

Respect the Rotation is an initiative to elevate the importance and grower adoption of herbicide diversity to prevent or manage weed resistance. Glyphosate weed resistance is a dominating threat throughout the United States that affects land values, rental agreements, conservation tillage and can greatly reduce yields. The use of Integrated Weed Management practices, such as use of residuals, pre-emergence herbicides and rotation of crops, traits and herbicides, is critical as no one method is likely to be completely successful.

Caution: Do not spray E-Z Refuge products with Liberty Brand Herbicide. Agrisure, Agrisure Artesian, Artesian, Agrisure Duracade, Agrisure Viptera, Avicta, Concep, Cruiser, CruiserMaxx, E-Z Refuge and Maxim are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. Agrisure Technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under license from Syngenta Seeds, Inc. Herculex Technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under license from Dow AgroSciences LLC. HERCULEX and the HERCULEX Shield are trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC.

CruiserMaxx Corn 250 is an application of Cruiser 5FS insecticide delivered at the 0.25 mg a.i./seed rate and Maxim Quattro fungicide.

Avicta Complete Corn is a Restricted Use Pesticide. For use by certified applicators only. Growers planting Avicta treated seed are not required to be certified applicators. Avicta technology is protected by U.S. Patent No. 6,875,727. Avicta Complete Corn is an on-seed application of Avicta Complete Corn 250 or Avicta Complete Corn 500, alone or in combination with sufficient Cruiser 5FS to deliver 1.25 mg ai/seed of insecticide.

STS® logo is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. DuPont™ and STS® are trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates. STS® is a tolerance gene that allows aggressive rates of either Synchrony® XP herbicide or Harmony® SG herbicide tank mixed with glyphosate in post, in-crop applications. This provides a simple, cost-effective weed control option for tough weeds such as lambsquarters, marestail, morning glory, ragweeds, yellow nutsedge, and many other broadleaf or sedge weeds in soybeans. Contact your local DuPont™ agriculture retailer or local sales representative for details. Always read and follow all label directions and precautions for use.

Clearfield and Headline are registered trademarks of BASF Agrochemical Products B.V.

DuPont™, Express®, ExpressSun® and TotalSol® are trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.

EXPRESSSUN® SUNFLOWER HERBICIDE SYSTEM: Sunflower hybrids with the DuPont™ ExpressSun® trait for tolerance to DuPont™ EXPRESS® herbicide with TotalSol® soluble granules. This unique sunflower system from DuPont and Pioneer is designed to maximize weed control in sunflower crops, enhancing ease of production and yield. This system provides improved weed control over conventional hybrids with traditional herbicides. For the best results, always use Express® herbicide with TotalSol® soluble granules with the ExpressSun® trait system.

®™Colex-D, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist One, Enlist E3 and the Enlist Logos are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) or affiliated companies of Dow or DuPont. The Enlist™ weed control system is owned and developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC. Enlist E3 soybeans were jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences and MS Technologies. Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides are not registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your area. Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides are the only 2,4-D products authorized for use in Enlist crops. Consult Enlist herbicide labels for weed species controlled. Always read and follow label directions.

We are laser focused on seed and seed treatments to provide dealers and growers with premium products backed by local research and expert support.

Legend seed

Legend Seeds, Inc. headquartered in De Smet, SD, was founded in 1990 by Glen and Janet Davis as an independent seed company. Over the past 29 years, the company has grown into one of the largest independent seed companies in the country, servicing dealers and growers in seven upper Midwestern states and Canada. With a customer-driven focus and access to the latest genetics and technology in the seed industry, Legend provides its farmers with the resources to maximize productivity on their acres down to the square inch.

Situation

As a family-owned business, Legend’s management team and ownership were seeking an ownership transition solution to accomplish the following:

  • Provide a liquidity event for current ownership
  • Assure Legend’s future beyond the current ownership for the stability of its employees, dealers and customers
  • Allow Legend to continue to operate with its core values and focus in place
  • Ensure Legend remain a customer service driven company, dedicated toward providing high-yielding, consistent producing, top quality products

Solution

Our firm was engaged by Legend to develop a transaction utilizing a newly established employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) to accomplish the goals set out by Legend’s management team and ownership. After evaluating several ESOP transaction structures and alternatives, Legend ultimately determined that a minority sale to the ESOP would be the optimal fit and engaged us to implement the ESOP.

As part of the engagement, our professionals:

  • Designed a transaction structure accommodating ownership’s goals of a liquidity event in a tax efficient manner while maintaining historical practices with regard to its shareholders
  • Negotiated with the ESOP Trustee on the sale of a minority ownership stake in the company to the ESOP

Upon successful completion of the minority sale to the ESOP and creation of approximately 100 new employee-owners of Legend, Glen Davis, CEO and Founder of Legend said, “With so much change in the seed industry, we’ve spent a lot of time planning for the future of Legend Seeds to provide certainty and stability not only for our employees, but for our dealers. This transition to an ESOP will help assure Legend’s future for both staff and dealers, allow Legend to continue to operate with its core values and remain a strong, healthy, independent seed company with an incredibly bright future. SES professionals were instrumental in ensuring a successful transaction and we couldn’t be happier with the result.”

For more information on this transaction, contact 888.SES.ESOP.

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Legend seed Legend Seeds, Inc. headquartered in De Smet, SD, was founded in 1990 by Glen and Janet Davis as an independent seed company. Over the past 29 years, the company has grown into one of