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24

Mar

2016

Beck's Research

Myth Busters - The Only Leftovers We Like Are From Dinner

Author: Doug Clouser

I hope you have learned through our Research Series videos and Myth Busters blogs that Beck’s prides itself in offering diversity and choices in our product lineup. This diversity comes from selecting regional products that fit specifically what our customers need in their farming operation, as well as selecting genetics and traits from industry suppliers in addition to our own corn breeding program. 

Hi, I’m Doug Clouser. I’d like to welcome you back to our Beck’s Research: Myth Busters blog series. Because we offer genetics and traits from some of our competitors, we sometimes hear rumors Beck’s only gets the “floor sweepings” and leftover products that they didn’t want anyway. But this simply is not true. Let me explain why.

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16

Mar

2016

Beck's Research

Myth Busters - What Really Goes on Inside Those Greenhouses?

When you look at a bag of Beck’s traited seed corn, there are really two packages – a genetic package and a trait package. The genetic package is the engine to the race car, the key to the performance of a corn plant. The trait package protects the corn plant from pests or gives farmers the ability to spray a certain herbicide.

Hi, I am Kevin Colbert, greenhouse manager at Beck’s. Welcome back to our Beck’s Research: Myth Busters blog series. Last week, Jenni Taller and Asha Palta discussed two of the tools they use to speed up the process of creating new products: Embryo Rescue and the Molecular Marker Lab. Both tools play a big part in developing the genetic and trait packages of a product. We are able to quickly integrate trait packages into corn inbreds through the use of greenhouses. Today, I would like to bust a myth related to the greenhouses at our office and what they are really used for.

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9

Mar

2016

Beck's Research

Myth Busters - A Game of Speed

Have you ever heard the saying a “needle in a haystack”? A great corn hybrid starts by making a great inbred. So to create the best inbreds, researchers at Beck’s dive into the genetic “haystack” of every plant to identify the best “needles” or characteristics.

Hi, I am Jenni Taller, lab manager at Beck’s. I would like to welcome you back to our Beck’s Research: Myth Busters blog series. Last week, Dr. Keith Rufener talked about Beck’s propriety inbred development program. As a regional company, it is assumed that we aren't able to produce products as quickly as other big companies with breeding programs. But the truth is we’re right up there with the rest of them. Today, our senior research scientist, Asha Palta and I will be discussing the tools we use to assist Keith and our other corn breeders in the journey of creating new products.

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