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Feb

2016

Beck's Research

Myth Busters - Corn Breeding & Inbred Development

When a farmer buys a corn hybrid from Beck’s and can look down the row to see that the ear heights and plant heights are just perfectly uniform – that’s the result of two genetically pure inbred plants.

Hi, I am Dr. Keith Rufener, a corn breeder at Beck’s. I’d like to welcome you back to our Beck’s Research: Myth Busters blog series. Last week, our director of research, Dr. Kevin Cavanaugh busted the myth that Beck’s has the same hybrids as other seed companies. In his blog, Kevin mentioned that Beck’s is able to source genetics from more genetic suppliers than any other company in the U.S. This unique advantage allows us to offer our customers the most diverse group of hybrids in the industry. But recently we have found that, as a result of these unique relationships, a myth has developed that we don’t develop our own proprietary inbreds.

Today, I would like to bust this myth by diving deeper into our proprietary corn breeding program at Beck’s.

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22

Feb

2016

Beck's Research

Myth Busters - The Truth Behind Genetics and Traits

Many times when talking with farmers I hear a common message, “corn is corn”. Is that really true?

Hi, I am Dr. Kevin Cavanaugh, the director of research here at Beck’s. I’d like to welcome you back to our Beck’s Research: Myth Busters blog series. Last week, our research manager, Curtis busted the myth that Beck’s isn’t a research and development company. 

Today, I would like to continue the myth busting and focus on a question I often get from farmers. Don’t all corn seed companies sell the same hybrids anyway? Let’s debunk this myth.

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15

Feb

2016

Beck's Research

Myth Busters Blog Series

What first comes to mind when you think of research? Most likely it’s people in white lab coats, Bunsen burners and test tubes. Special experiments are conducted and top secret results are generated, but we never really know or understand what research actually does.

 To address many of the questions and myths about what our researchers at Beck’s actually do, we recently published Beck’s Research Series, a set of videos designed to take you on a journey through our research and development program. But even with these videos, some myths still remain. What are some of these myths? This new blog series will address some of the common misunderstandings regarding our research department. And who better to bust these myths than the researchers themselves.

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