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Collection Summary

Identifier

MA 50

Title

Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc. Records

Creator

Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc.

Dates

1941-2004

Extent

1.84 linear feet (1 records center box, 1 document case, 1 oversize document case), photographs

Language

English

Repository

South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Access note

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Preferred Citation

Name of item . Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc. Records. MA 50. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Abstract

Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc. made available to farmers in South Dakota and the surrounding states hybrid seed corn. Composed mainly of Board of Directors minutes from its incorporation in 1944 to its dissolution in 1986, articles of incorporation, by-laws, purchase agreement, financial material, and trademark information.

Historical Note

Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc. made available to farmers in South Dakota and the surrounding states hybrid seed corn.

Sokota began in 1924, when Clifford Franzke, a South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station agronomist, started inbreeding local varieties of corn in an effort to produce a hybrid which could withstand the Dakota weather. In 1942, a new hybrid seed was released to farmers by the experiment station. Fred Baldridge, a retired farmer, began to standardize grading of the hybrid seed.

In 1944, Sokota Hybrid Producers incorporated as a cooperative and 24 farmers purchased certificates of equity to get the organization going with E.G. Sanderson as president.

W.L. Davis, who was a vocational agricultural instructor at Brookings high school, became manager in 1945 and the cooperative was able to erect its own plant in south Brookings. Davis served as the manager of Sokota for nearly 35 years.

Sokota continued to grow and prosper through the years, by the late 1970s and early 1980s, Sokota, had a breeding program nearly three times bigger than any program South Dakota State University had undertaken.

Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc. was sold in 1985 to North American Plant Breeders.

Contents Note

The Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc. records are composed mainly of Board of Directors minutes from its incorporation in 1944 to its dissolution in 1986. Most of the minutes include an agenda and the minutes. Some may include newsletters, correspondence, and reports. The collection also includes articles of incorporation, by-laws, purchase agreement, financial material, and trademark information.

The financial material is composed of corn payments, revolving fund certificates, grower and producer ledger sheets, and other certificates related to the financial portion of Sokota.

Also included are newspapers clippings on the history of Sokota, South Dakota codified laws in relation to cooperatives, and a photocopy of the first check written.

Key Words

Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc.

Container List

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Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc. Records Container List. MA 50.

BoxFolderDescriptionDate(s)
11Agreement for Advancement to the Sokota Hybrid Producers, Inc.1944 August
12Agricultural Heritage Museum1976-1984
13Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws1942-1966
14Asset Purchase Agreement between Sokota and Nickerson American Plant Breeders1986 September 6
15Bang Board, The: Newsletter by/for Corn Items Collectors Association1995-1997
16Board of Directors minutes 1944 September 9-1958 November 231944-1958
17Board of Directors minutes 1958 December 13-1965 November 131958-1965
18Board of Directors minutes 1965 December 4-1972 October 21965-1972
19Board of Directors minutes 1972 November 17-1979 December 81972-1979
110Board of Directors minutes 1980 March 12-1988 November 151980-1988
111Board of Directors minutes 1983 December 3-1985 September 191983-1985
112Board of Directors minutes 1985 July 9-October 31985
113Board of Directors minutes 1985 October 22-1986 May 11985-1986
114Board of Directors minutes 1986 June 17-December 71986
115Brookings Operations1978-1987
116CCC Storage Profit1957-1962
117Certificate of Amendment1945-1985
31Certificate of Amendment and Articles of Incorporation1965
118Certificate of Dissolution1989
119Certificate of Equity1944-1950
120Corn Payments1945-1980
121Correspondence1977-1988
122Distribution and Production1977-1987
32Financial Documents1979-1986
123Financial Statement1984-1985
124First Check Written1944 September 18
125Growers1962-1985
126Growers Notes and Trustees Meeting Minutes1658-1985
127Growers Notes, Trustee Minutes, Test Plot Sites1958-1987
128History of Sokota Hybrid Producers Meeting Minutes2004
129Liquidation Documents1983-1987
130Membership Certificates1945-1961
33Newspaper Clippings1942-2000, undated
131Newspaper Clippings1947, 1987, undated
34Pamphlets and Seed Guides1984, 1986
132Photographsundated
133Policy on Male Sterile and Restorer Seed1961 March 18
134Producers1962-1985
135Revolving Capital Records1977-1986
136Revolving Fund Certificates1945-1983
139Shareholder Distribution and Handwritten Notes1960-1961
35Sokota Brand clothing Patches and Sokota Stickerundated
137Sokota Dealers and Members1949-1965
138Sokota Dealers Handbookundated
36Sokota Employees1959, 1984
21Sokota Hybrid Seed Corn and Sorghum Annual Booklets1968-1986
22Sokota Price List1971-1983
23Sokota Producer Memos1941-2004
37Sokota Production and Research Informational Folderundated
24Sokota Sale1968, 1978-1987
25Sokota Silver Anniversary Materials and Photographs1968-1969
38Sokota Sunflower Handbookundated
26Sokota Trustees Correspondence1967-1986
27South Dakota 4-H Doings1987 January
28South Dakota Codified Laws in relation to Cooperatives (Chapter 47-15)1982
29South Dakota Corn Performance Tests1948-1955
39South Dakota Corn Picking Contest (10 October) Official Program1963
210Statement (Financial) Corn and Sorghum1965
211Stockholder Meeting Reports and Correspondence1950-1986
212Trademark1954, 1963
213Trustees Seed Division1949-1961
214Yield Tests1968-1984

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

Copyright note

Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.

Arranged and Described by

Crystal J. Gamradt, C.A., Archivist on November 5, 2013. Additions made July 11, 2018.