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Asgrow’s dedicated research lends itself to exclusive genetics

Photo courtesy of Dekalb/Asgrow, by Bayer

Asgrow prides itself in offering exclusive genetics to its grower customers. Today we take a deeper dive into how these products are tailored to fit the needs of Iowa growers.

Christie Wiebbecke serves as North American soybean commercial development breeder at Bayer Crop Science. Wiebbecke says the exclusive genetics, found within Asgrow soybean varieties, stem from an “incredible foundation and history of breeders and germplasm that has evolved throughout our history.”

“Those genetics are built on the foundation of elite genetics we’ve had throughout the history of Bayer,” Wiebbecke says. “We built on the Roundup Ready 2 Yield platform by building in our Xtend and now XtendFlex technology.”

Asgrow continually develops new breeding methodologies and technologies to further enhance its pipeline, which starts with identifying parent traits, says Wiebbecke.

“We try to figure out which parents have the best potential for the right agronomics and performance to deliver those local products to our farmers. We want to look at things like SDS, white mold, SCN, phytophthora, sustainability, and yield,” Wiebbecke says. “We look at parents first to figure out which combinations will bring us that opportunity.”

Bayer Crop Science then dedicates its resources to promising traits and extensive field testing. The extensive process takes grower’s needs into account, in an effort to deliver tailored solutions, according to Wiebbecke.