Atlanta, Indiana – Beck’s has partnered with Soil Test Pro to provide integration with FARMserver®, Beck’s web-based tool for assisting farmers in implementing precision ag strategies. With the Soil Test Pro’s sampling app integration, FARMserver users will now have flexibility when it comes to soil sampling and fertility recommendations.
Beck’s introduces Nemasect™ , a revolutionary nematicide and insecticide that will come standard as part of their Escalate® seed treatment on corn and soybeans at no additional charge. With multiple modes of action against all nematode species and activity on many soil-dwelling insects, Nemasect is a powerful tool to protect yield in corn and soybeans.
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.
February 11, 2019
With Soil Test Pro, farmers can easily pull soil samples, send those samples to the lab of their choice and receive results within three to five days. Once the data is collected, users can easily connect their Soil Test Pro data to their FARMserver account, housing all the information collected from the farm into one secure place. This gives farmers and their advisors every piece of information needed to help them make the best decisions possible. The soil test integration is especially helpful when making seeding and nitrogen recommendations or creating custom management zones for variable rate prescriptions.
“Since the inception of FARMserver, the ability to import soil test information into the program has been the most requested feature,” said Craig Rogers, precision farming lead. “By joining forces with Soil Test Pro, we can provide farmers with an easy-to-use, flexible resource that will automatically integrate with their soil test information into their FARMserver account. We hope it will bring farmers even more success in the future.”
Soil sampling helps farmers maximize profitability by avoiding over or under spending and limiting yield based on misconceptions on soil quality. The soil tests reveal data on soil nutrients to give farmers a foundation to make good decisions on how to treat their fields.
“Thanks to a seamless integration of FARMserver and Soil Test Pro, it’s easier than ever to acquire nutrient information on your farm,” said Hoyt Choate, CEO of TapLogic LLC. “Farmers can pull their own samples or hire a qualified Beck’s seed dealer who is a STP Precision Soil Sampler to do the job. View your soil test results on your phone, tablet, online, and in FARMserver. Then, simply create your own fertilizer recommendations to enable the full yield potential of the industry’s best seed package.”
For more information or to learn more about signing up for a free FARMserver membership, visit www.FARMserver.com or call 800.937.2325. Visit www.soiltestpro.com or call 855.768.2900 for more information on Soil Test Pro.
Beck’s is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin. According to a recent seed industry survey, Beck’s ranks as the fifth largest seed company in the United States and the only one in the top five 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 Hybrids on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BecksHybrids, like Beck’s Hybrids on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BecksHybrids, or visit the Beck’s Blog at www.beckshybrids.com/blog.
FARMserver® is a secure, web-based solution that serves as a farms foundation for all precision agriculture activities. Developed with the farmer in mind, FARMserver is owned and distributed by Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc. FARMserver® is a registered trademark of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc. For more information call 800.937.2325 or visit www.FARMserver.com.
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