The foundation of a great company is built around purpose.
Hagie Mfg. is in the business to solve problems. Our purpose is equally as valid today as the day Ray Hagie founded the company in 1947.
Ray Hagie was born an innovator. In 1933, upon graduating from Iowa State College, Ray returned to his family farm and began experimenting with hybrid seed corn. In years to follow, Ray's hybrids withstood a drought and their increased popularity led to the opening of Hagie's Hybrids seed corn plant in 1944.
Ray's desire to further improve his own operation and that of his neighboring farmers resulted in a vision. In 1946, to help reduce the painstaking time associated with detasseling, Ray developed a self-propelled "personnel mover." The originality and efficiency of the product created high demand.
At the end of World War II, Dow released the pesticide/herbicide, commonly known today as 2,4-D, for use in the control of broadleaf weeds. A problem solver at heart, Ray envisioned a more efficient solution for application of the product and in 1947, he invented the world's first self-propelled sprayer and forever changed the landscape of application in agriculture.
In the years following, Hagie Mfg. brought many new innovations to the industry, including the first 4 wheeled self-propelled sprayer, front mounted boom, as well as the first hydrostatic twin tank active suspension sprayer.
Today, Hagie Mfg. is continues to build upon our family owned values and optimizes customer growth by providing the most innovative crop production solutions in the industry