We are a family owned and operated business. We do not answer to corporate investors or stockholders. We are not driven by the ambitions of pushy salesmen who work for commission. We are not shadow-operated by a group of disconnected shareholders who know nothing about our customers.

It’s just us – a small business family and a handful of loyal employees. We believe honesty, integrity, sincerity, loyalty and Christian service are the first and most important principles of a business transaction.

7X clean capabilities at 700 BPH

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Haystack Mountain Brand Seed Wholesale & Distribution

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Since 1974

We were cleaning seed when gas was $0.35 gallon. The Vietnam War was was ending, Nixon resigned, and disco was wasn't a thing yet! We've been cleaning seed for almost 50 years.

We Know Stuff

We have a combined experience of over 200 years. Our partners include plant biologists, range scientists, agronomists, soil scientists, zoologists, chemical experts, plant breeders, growers and much more.

Really Cool Equipment

We have new state of the art computerized facilities, and old manual ones, too. We offer air separation, scalp, sift, length (indent) separation, gravity or density separation, and optical sorting. We have tiny machines on desktops and large cleaners three stories high!

We Might be Your Customer

In addition to cleaning seed for hire, we are one of the Western USA's largest seed distributors. We might be interested in buying your seed!

Family Owned, USA Made

We are family owned and operated, USA made. We don't answer to a board of directors or investors. We answer to you. The end.

Fast Turnaround

Making your seed marketable is a crucial and time-sensitive thing. We do our very best to bring your seed in and clean it in a timely fashion.

Since 1974 . . .

Our heritage is directly linked to beginning of range science and reclamation in the USA

Overgrazing, timber removal, new roads and other factors resulted in considerable damage to the natural resources of the Intermountain West in the late 1800’s. Rainwater and runoff were no longer held back by root systems and understory. One consequence was widespread, severe flooding. The small towns established along the seasonal creeks of the arid Great Basin were hit with devastating floods year after year. The small settlements of Sanpete Valley, UT on the western slope of the Wasatch Plateau were hit particularly hard. Manti town flooded at least six times and lost many homes and city center twice.

Widespread ecosystem degradation led to the establishment of the Great Basin Experimental Range. A network of ranger stations and study sites were erected across the west, the epicenter the Great Basin Experiment Station.  Constructed in Ephraim Canyon in 1912, it was a mountain village of living quarters, laboratories, gaging stations and research areas. A second station was constructed at the top of Ephraim Canyon and a third in arid Pine Valley near the Wah Wah mountains.

The Great Basin Experiment Station is less than 8 miles from Great Basin Seed

Great Basin Experiment Station, Ephraim Canyon, UT circa 1940

In the mid 1960’s Richard Stevens began his career at the Great Basin Experiment Station as a plant and wildlife biologist for the Utah Fish & Game. He worked side by side with A. Perry Plummer, considered by many to be the Godfather of modern Basin & Range natural resource management. Richard and his contemporaries are a who’s-who list of great minds who wrote the book and pioneered practices that form the foundation of reclamation. Richard and his colleagues spent decades researching, testing and experimenting all over the Intermountain West and the world. Their publications fill libraries. They pioneered courses of study that are still taught at universities. They traveled the world and selected species that would help improve the productivity, aesthetics and stability of disturbed lands.

Work at the Experiment Station progressed and the need arose to make specific seed and plant collections for the research plots. As needs increased, so did the demand for on-the-spot seasonal help to make those collections. Richards brother, Lloyd Stevens, was in high school at the time and was occasionally sent out to make seed collections for projects. As research matured and the scale of reclamation projects grew it became clear to local enterprising minds that a legitimate industry was being born. Small-time collectors were procuring sizable contracts for seed. The complexity of the collections grew, and cleaning and preparing seed for large-scale projects increased. Machinery and facilities used to keep up with the demand were literally being invented as the process evolved.

During this golden age our founder and father Lloyd Stevens incorporated The Maple Leaf Company. It was 1974. His after-school for-pocket-change project was now a business capable of sustaining families. He contracted with out-of-state growers to produce grasses and forbs. Collection efforts became broader in scope, larger in scale and farther from home. The Conservation Reserve Program (or CRP) of the early 1980’s gained momentum. Farmers and ranchers started planting large quantities of species that were previously purchased only by state and federal agencies for small projects. In 1985 the Farm Bill officially legislated the CRP and it is still in force today. As mining and gas exploration grew so did the need for seed. Roads and freeways required seed. Maple Leaf Company was, and is, a major seed supplier to all of them.

In the 1990’s, wide-spread drought, cheet-grass invasion and decades of fire supression doctrine came to a head in a literal fire-storm in the Great Basin. Restoration and wildlife habitat projects were in force to combat the effects. The complexity and size of the projects led to the maturing of the seed industry and niche markets and the federal government began purchasing seed at unprecedented levels.

As our native seed and reclamation business grew, so did our agri-business side. We strengthened relationships with local farmers and ranchers and contracted with growers throughout the Intermountain west. We established a network of seed dealerships, farm and ranch stores and CO-OPs. We custom packaged and processed orders and began shipping seed from coast to coast. Our facilities grew and expanded and in 2020 we completed construction of a state of the art cleaning and conditioning facility and began to offer our services to the public lat large.

OUR FACILITIES

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Seed Distribution

We are one of the largest and most diverse seed distributors in the west

Haystack Mountain is one of the largest seed distributors in the west, and serves a network of over fifty CO-OPs, farm dealerships, brokers and agronomy centers. We may be interested in buying your seed. You might be interested in combining our products and services to yours. Give us a call…you never know what good thing might come of it!

Huge Inventory

We stock over 300 items for farm and ranch, home, reclamation and rangeland.

Your Business, Your Way

Ask us about private labeling and custom order solutions. We are all about helping YOU!