Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, and Beck’s, the largest independent, retail seed company in the United States are partnering to bring to market the first photosynthetic efficiency trait, enabling corn farmers to increase the yield, sustainability and profitability of their farms.
Sunlight is the critical natural input for food production, capturing and storing carbon as a source for all energy, but photosynthesis is highly inefficient. Increasing carbon capture by improving photosynthesis efficiency is recognized as an important opportunity to improve crop productivity and sustainability.
“For years, trait innovation has been largely limited to only the largest multinational companies. The goal of our product development and testing programs has always been to help farmers succeed by bringing them more choice and profitability,” said Kevin Cavanaugh, Director of Research at Beck’s. “We have been working with Benson Hill now for years and are convinced that this collaboration will allow us to open new channels for innovation and greater opportunity for our customers.”
Benson Hill has developed a robust pipeline of trait product candidates that improve crop photosynthetic efficiency, one of which has demonstrated significant yield increases in hybrid corn across three years of field trials in a broad range of environments and genetic backgrounds. Through its co-development and commercialization agreement, Beck’s and Benson Hill will advance a trait product candidate through the final stages of development and anticipate filing a regulatory dossier with the USDA by 2021.
“It’s encouraging to see companies tackling some of the most critical and challenging areas of crop improvement such as photosynthesis,” said David Ertl, Technology Commercialization Manager at the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. “Novel trait development research is important, but it is equally important that these trait developers partner with others in the seed industry to commercialize these traits and get them into the hands of farmers.”
The partnership is particularly timely given the unprecedented level of consolidation underway in the agriculture industry. Through true collaboration, the companies will combine their expertise in product development, testing, and commercialization to bring greater choice to farmers in the marketplace. The companies plan to broadly license this exciting technology to many seed corn companies so that all farmers will have the opportunity to increase corn yields.
When we started Benson Hill, we envisioned that the intersection of disciplines known as cloud biology could help address major challenges like improving photosynthesis,” said Matthew Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson Hill. “This outcome has since been demonstrated, and dedicated partners like Beck’s are now helping us define new channels to market for the resulting product opportunities.”
Beck’s is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. According to a recent media survey, Beck’s ranks as the sixth largest seed company in the United States and the only one in the top six that is family-owned, making Beck’s the largest retail, family-owned seed company in the United States. To learn more about Beck’s, please visit www.beckshybrids.com. Follow Beck’s on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BecksHybrids, like Beck’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BecksHybrids, or visit the Beck’s Blog at www.beckshybrids.com/blog.
About Benson Hill Biosystems
Benson Hill empowers innovators with a revolutionary crop design platform to develop healthier and more sustainable crops. Our CropOS™ platform combines machine learning and big data with genome editing and plant biology to drastically accelerate and simplify the product development process. More information can be found online at www.bensonhillbio.com. Follow us on Twitter at @BensonHillBio.
Beck’s is pleased to announce improved data flow and connectivity options with its secure, web-based precision ag tool, FARMserver. By offering farmers the capability to connect their MyJohnDeere, Raven SlingShot, and/or Precision Planting Field View accounts directly with their FARMserver account, users will have the ability to seamlessly transfer data between their FARMserver account and their planting or harvesting equipment.
Beck’s is pleased to announce the installation of two new solar energy systems at their headquarters in Atlanta, Ind. The power produced from the two, one-mega-watt systems will cover approximately 25 percent of Beck’s current electric costs and provide increased power efficiency for well over 30 years.
March 12, 2018
Atlanta, Indiana – Beck’s is pleased to announce improved data flow and connectivity options with its secure, web-based precision ag tool, FARMserver. By offering farmers the capability to connect their MyJohnDeere, Raven SlingShot, and/or Precision Planting Field View accounts directly with their FARMserver account, users will have the ability to seamlessly transfer data between their FARMserver account and their planting or harvesting equipment.
“Since the inception of FARMserver, we have worked hard to deliver a product that is not only farmer friendly and easy-to-use, but that is compatible with all colors and brands of equipment,” said Scott Beck, president of Beck’s. “We recognized data connectivity and transfer are some of the biggest obstacles for farming operations. Our partnership with these companies enhances the user experience for our customers.”
Beck’s FARMserver team identified one of the major challenges with precision farming is the process of manually transferring agronomic data between equipment monitors and a precision ag data platform. With their FARMserver technology, Beck’s has been at the forefront of data management, allowing farmers to store raw data and process it into a readable and actionable form. Beck’s has worked in conjunction with these companies to offer farmers the ability to use and apply their data more efficiently.
Once users have an established connection between FARMserver and one or all of these data transfer platforms, their application, planting, and harvest data will flow seamlessly with the FARMserver technology. Data from the provider will be automatically transferred to the corresponding FARMserver account daily, creating a seamless transfer.
Beck’s has also partnered with SanDisk in an effort to provide farmers an additional option for transferring data. As one of the first agricultural companies to receive approval from SanDisk, their iXpand Lightning USB is now compatible with the FARMserver technology and can be used with any monitor that accepts a USB drive. Users can now simply plug the Lightning USB drive into their phone or iPad, open the FARMserver iOS app and select the upload button and seamlessly transfer data with the click of a button.
“We will continue to seek out new and innovative ways to help farmers succeed” said Craig Rogers, Beck’s precision farming lead. “By providing these new options for farmers to transfer their data, it has never been easier to take advantage of all the precision farming tools that FARMserver offers.”
For more information or to learn more about signing up for a free FARMserver membership, visit www.FARMserver.com or call 800.937.2325.
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