"C" is for Coker's Pedigreed Seed Company

Mar 28, 2019

Credit SC Public Radio

"C" is for Coker's Pedigreed Seed Company.  Coker's Pedigreed Seed Company had its origins in the efforts of David R. Coker to develop and market a highly productive variety of upland cotton.. The focus was on cotton, but Coker expanded the project to include corn, oats, rye, peas, sorghum, and eventually tobacco. Originally managed as a division of J.L. Coker and Company, the Pedigreed Seed Company was incorporated in 1918 as a separate business with headquarters in Hartsville. By the mid-1960s the company had seed-breeding operations in several states and Mexico and was supplying the seeds for the majority of acreage devoted to cotton, oats, and flue-cured tobacco in the southeastern United States. The Coker family sold the Coker Pedigreed Seed Company in 1978 and a decade later its successors terminated operations in Hartsville.