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Bayer opens Midwest Soybean Breeding Center


A new Bayer facility will provide Midwest soybean growers access to the latest soybean research on high quality, locally adapted seeds — raising the bar for yield opportunity.

Bayer is celebrating the grand opening of their Soybean Breeding and Trait Development Center at the Midwest Field Technology Station (MFTS) today in Champaign, Illinois. The new station will house research and development to identify, develop, and test new varieties, using modern breeding methods.

“We’re dedicated to delivering the best genetics and technology for growers with the Credenz soybean seed,” says Monty Malone, Elite Performance Trials Lead for Bayer, in a recent release. “With this new station, we can continue to research, develop, and provide innovative products that address the growing need for smart seed traits to safeguard and strengthen a crop that is increasingly valuable to growers across the globe.”

The new expansion is one of three soybean research stations Bayer will open in 2017 and part of a three-year, $1 billion commitment from Bayer to invest in new research facilities, expansions, and renovations around the country. The soybean breeding program at the MFTS will develop maturity group two and three Credenz seed, covering production areas in the Eastern Corn Belt. The four-building, 28,000 square foot facility features space to accommodate a large-scale breeding program to develop top performing soybean products across Illinois and the Midwest.

“The time and resources Bayer is putting into this research not only shows our commitment to high-quality, high-yielding products, but also to our growers and the future of agriculture as a whole,” says Allen Gent, Bayer Strategic Business Lead for seeds. “This station will bring together significant scientific resources to support the advancement of the agriculture industry.”

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