Ron Hefty came to South Dakota in 1969 after farming near Renwick, Iowa with his family. Ron and his wife Kathryn bought her parent’s farm near Baltic, SD. The problem was Ron had 3 favorite herbicides on his farm in Iowa, yet he couldn’t find 2 of those herbicides in South Dakota, and the other one was terribly overpriced. Ron used this obstacle as an opportunity, sourcing products from Iowa for himself and his neighbors. That was the start of Hefty Farm Supply in 1969. Ron changed the name to Hefty Seed Company in 1984.
In the early 1990s, sons Brian (1991) and Darren (1993) entered the operation full-time. About the same time, Hefty Seed Company began to add branch locations. Things have grown significantly since then, as Hefty Seed Company has more than 50 stores and continues to open more locations every year. The company is now the 7th largest crop protection retailer in the U.S. and number 11 in seed. Hefty Brand Seed (Corn & Soybeans) is one of the fastest-growing seed brands in the country, and Hefty Seed Company is known as an industry leader for agronomic recommendations and in training agronomists.