ATLANTA, Ind. — Beck’s Hybrids has set up a quality assurance lab to test hot, cold, and cold saturated germination of corn, soybeans, and wheat.
“This investment allows Beck’s to have direct access and hands-on interaction with products to better understand what farmers are experiencing in the field,” said Sonny Beck, CEO of Beck’s.
“Our top priority is that farmers receive the best quality seed, and this innovative measure supports that mission.
Beck’s will use soil and Kimpack trays rather than a rolled up paper towel to measure seed viability.
By performing soil tests, Beck’s will observe the uniformity of emergence leading to a better understanding of product germination.
In addition to germination testing, the seed lab will perform trait checking and waxy testing.
Located in Beck’s new East Soybean Tower in Atlanta, Central Indiana, Beck’s Quality Assurance Seed Lab will begin operations in August.
Visitors can tour the seed lab August 25-27 during Becknology Days.
“It’s important that we have the same perspective as the farmers,” said Jim Herr, manager of processing, inventory and wholesale.
“By placing the seeds in the ground rather than in a paper towel, Beck’s has a greater opportunity to observe growth in the laboratory as a farmer would observe in the field.”
For more information about Beck’s, visit www.beckshybrids.com or call 800-937-2325.
In a word
• The hot germination test assesses seed viability under ideal growing conditions.
• The cold germination test evaluates the emergence of a seed lot at cold temperatures.
• The cold saturated germination test is a high stress vigor test that emulates imbibitional chill shock and low oxygen levels.