Research and Development

Beck’s Hybrids has one of the largest seed testing and breeding programs in the Eastern Corn Belt. Since we are farmers too, the research program is driven to reflect what is most important to farmers – germination, emergence, standability, plant health, and yield.

Corn Breeding

Beck’s Hybrids corn breeders are utilizing the latest breeding technologies, including rapid inbred development through the use of dihaploid technology. They also practice genome-wide selection with a state-of-the-art molecular marker laboratory. With the use of a trait introgression program, Beck’s is able to quickly incorporate the latest traits that customers demand. Beck’s corn breeding program involves breeding nurseries from Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

 

Multistage Testing

Beck’s Hybrids intense multistage testing program allows Beck’s to select and develop products that will out-yield the competition and provide a distinct regional advantage. Because of Beck’s Hybrids regionalization, the product selection program has an advantage over the multinational companies.

Beck’s accomplishes this regional advantage through its replicated testing program and its Choice Trials. The replicated testing program is used to identify products in an early stage with commercial potential. Then Beck’s utilizes its Choice Trials program, which is an on farm testing program, to test pre-commercial products and identify specifically the best area of adaptation. With Beck’s research team intensively characterizing the products at these sites, the highest performing products can be identified and offered to Beck’s customers.

Selection Testing

In addition to our state-of-the-art breeding program, we continue building relationships with elite technology suppliers around the world to source genetics and traits that will offer us a competitive advantage. It’s through this unique advantage that we have built a foundation for one of the most diverse programs in the country.

Because we source and breed genetics that are best suited for each of our customers throughout our marketing area, we are able to deliver region-specific products that will bring higher yields in smaller geographies. For us, it’s never been about profits or economies of scale; it’s about helping farmers maximize yield on every single acre.