Press Releases


2008 press release archive for Beck's Hybrids.



Beck's Hybrids will be hosting their annual agronomic meetings featuring agronomic insights and industry trends during the month of January. Farmers from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Illinois may attend any of the 35 complimentary meetings at a location near them.


Brian McCloskey, a local farmer in LaSalle County Illinois near Marseilles, IL, recently broke the 300 bushel per acre mark with Beck's 6733HXR™* for the first time in a plot he refers to as his "super plot." McCloskey explains that "the theory behind the super plot is to test the genetic potential of today's leading corn hybrids."


Beck's Hybrids and Indiana AgriNews have begun the search for the 2009 Indiana Farm Family of the Year. The quest continues into the 12th year of this prestigious award, honoring a family for their work on the farm and their contributions in their community. Beck's Hybrids has been a family owned, independent seed company since 1937. "With the presentation of this award, we seek to tell the story of the family as well as the story of agriculture by recognizing one of the state's finest farm families," states Vice President, Scott Beck. Scott explains, "We enjoy having the opportunity to honor and encourage families in Indiana and across our marketing area."


For the past 28 years Beck's has included in their Practical Farm Research studies the 300 bushel per acre attempt on corn. In 1994 Beck's broke the 300 bushel per acre attempt with their leading hybrid, Beck 5405 at 308.1 bushels/acre. Since 1994 Beck's attempt at breaking the 300 bushel mark went unsuccessful until last year when Beck 6733, (a non-traited version) broke the 300 bushel goal at 302.9 bushels per acre. In 2008, a new harvest record has been set with Beck's 6733HXR™* weighing in at 332.4 bushels per acre.


Beck's Hybrids offers choices to farmers in helping farmers reduce their crop insurance premiums. The Biotech Yield Endorsement (BYE) released last year by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), allowed for reduced crop insurance premiums for farmers using YieldGard Plus® with Roundup Ready® Corn 2 and YieldGard VT Triple® hybrids. The Biotechnology Endorsement (BE) program for 2009 has now been expanded to include Herculex® XTRA, Herculex® XTRA with Roundup Ready Corn 2, and Agrisure 3000GT® insect protection traits.


Beck's Hybrids is offering three new Ignite® herbicide tolerant soybean varieties. Beck 284LL, Beck 334LL, and Beck 376LL soybeans can be sprayed with Ignite herbicide for the 2009 crop season. Ignite is a new herbicide formulation developed by Bayer CropScience for exclusive use on LibertyLink® soybeans offering broad spectrum weed control. Outstanding genetics packed with a new herbicide trait option are just two of the benefits being offered to farmers by Beck's Hybrids.


Ft. Branch, IN., - Hundreds of local growers are expected to attend one of the state's largest field demonstration days hosted by Beck's Hybrids August 14, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to tour Beck's Practical Farm Research™ plots and learn more about the latest corn hybrids and technologies and hear from Sonny and Scott Beck on the latest trends in the Seed Industry.


Atlanta, IN. - You are invited to join Beck's Hybrids, the Indiana Soybean Alliance/Indiana Corn, the U.S. Soybean Export Council, and the American Soybean Association International Marketing in welcoming the Chinese Soybean Buyers Trade Delegation on June 10th at 2:30 pm in touring Beck's Hybrids corporate facility near Atlanta, Indiana. The Chinese Soybean Buyers Trade Delegation consists of China's livestock producers, feed millers, aquaculture industry, soybean processors and the traders and distributors who supply their needs. The hour and a half tour will consist of the overall operation of Beck's Hybrids family owned operation, Beck's Practical Farm Research studies designed with the farmer in mind, as well as Beck's six (6) state-of-the-art greenhouses at Beck's Research and Development Center where various biotechnology trait introgressions are conducted.


Atlanta, IN - Beck's Hybrids, a family-owned seed company, located in Atlanta, Indiana is proud to announce Lee Rulon, Director of Marketing at Beck's Hybrids, as the recipient of the 2008 Crops and Soils Merit Award. The Crops and Soils Merit Award is given by the Indiana Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) on the basis of a distinct and outstanding contribution to Indiana Agriculture as related to the field of crops, soils or other agronomic lines. The award was presented to Mr. Rulon on February 7th at the ICIA annual banquet in Lafayette, IN. It is the highest honor that the association grants to an individual.