Plant Breeders Rate Hybrids

October 5, 2010 05:38 AM

Like farmers, harvest is the time plant breeders get to see the result of their labors. We followed Wyffels plant breeder Fritz Behr to the field recently as he rated hybrids in a company test plot near Princeton, Ill.

"The last thing a plant breeder can afford to do is fall in love with a hybrid. We look at each hybrid very critically to make sure we don't advance a hybrid that might be problematic for a farmer."

The sales territory for Wyffels covers a 15-day range in maturity and the company introduces about seven to nine new hybrids each year.

Listen in as Behr explains the process of taking prehavest ratings... 

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