Beck’s Hybrids Expands R&D and Production Facilities
Date Posted: May 3, 2007
Sonny Beck, President of Beck’s, explains, “Our 2 year expansion project is necessary to meet our increasing grower demands for high quality traited seed corn products. Beck’s is now the sixth largest retail seed company in the nation in sales of corn, soybeans and wheat, and the only one among the top six that’s family owned. We are dedicated to remaining a family-owned, independent seed company providing our customers with the best in seed quality, field performance, and service.”
The greenhouse expansions will be dedicated to plant breeding and trait introgression providing Beck’s with year-round research enabling turnaround time to be reduced on new hybrids introduced into the market. Two greenhouses will be completed by October 2007 and the final two will be completed by March 2008. This will provide Beck’s with an efficient, technologically advanced facility for trait incorporation and new genetic combinations.
“Due to the increase in grower demand for technologies and Beck’s goals of providing the best technology with the best genetics, we have experienced a need for additional greenhouse space,” said Scott Beck, Vice President of Beck’s Hybrids. “Beck’s is working with numerous trait providers to provide the best and most complete trait packages available. Growers today want choices as well as stacked trait combinations which Beck’s will be able to provide. We look forward to delivering these combinations to our growers at the fastest pace possible.”
The Drying Center expansion will allow for efficient and timely harvest of Beck’s expanded seed corn production. The new expansion, which is expected to be completed by the fall of 2008, will include an additional Husk and Sort building which utilizes machines and laborers to remove husks from harvested seed corn ears and sort out unwanted ears not meeting Beck’s quality standards. This expansion will increase Beck’s current husking and sorting capacity by 3 fold.
The additional 40,000 square feet of drying buildings will have over 40% increased drying fan capacity. “These two new state-of-the-art expansions will help meet our growing customer demands into the next decade,” said Beck.
Additionally, last year Beck’s expanded their warehouse storage capacity space by 60,000 square feet. That’s the equivalent to 1.25 high school football fields.
Beck’s Hybrids is a family-owned and operated seed corn, soybean, wheat and forage company that serves farmers throughout Indiana and selected counties in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky.