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Beck’s Partners with Benson Hill to Innovate Corn Genetics

By atomic

December 7, 2016

Nation’s Largest Independent, Retail Seed Company to Use CropOS™ to Advance Corn Breeding Program

ST. LOUIS—December 07, 2016Benson Hill , an agricultural technology company unlocking the genetic potential of plants through big data analytics and cloud computing, today announced a partnership with Beck’s, the largest independent, retail seed company in North America. Beck’s will leverage CropOS, Benson Hill’s cognitive platform, to accelerate and enhance their corn breeding program.

As one of the largest seed testing and breeding programs, Beck’s seeks out the latest in breeding technologies to out-yield the competition and provide regional advantage to farmers. CropOS will be added to Beck’s suite of breeding tools to enhance their ability to improve traits that are critical to farmers. Trait categories including emergence, standability, plant health, maturity and yield, enable Beck’s to offer a product-selection program that expands the choices available to farmers.

“Benson Hill’s technology empowers our team to continue addressing regional needs, improve farm productivity and ultimately reach our goal of helping farmers succeed,” said Curtis Wiltse, Research Manager at Beck’s. “In an industry facing increasing consolidation, we are committed to providing farmers with more choices and opportunity. By providing leading-edge science, analytics and computing capabilities, Benson Hill’s platform can accelerate innovation and advance our pipeline to meet farmer needs.”

Benson Hill’s platform combines biological knowledge and genomic data with high-throughput computing—an intersection of disciplines known as cloud biology—to predict biological outcomes and provide critical decision support in advancing breeding programs. CropOS levels the playing field for organizations that desire to use whole-genome information and machine learning to accelerate genetic gains. Researchers can speed up generations of experimentation and pinpoint desired traits for improved plant performance. CropOS’s machine learning intelligently evolves with every experiment or data set, allowing companies to develop higher performing genetics and create more choice in the marketplace.

“To meet global challenges in agriculture and provide farmers with additional choices, we need more innovation in crop genomics. In the face of additional consolidation, we need to empower a broader agriculture community of innovators,” said Matt Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson Hill. “Beck’s mission to provide farmers with the choices they need to succeed aligns with Benson Hill’s drive to build an innovative and sustainable future for farmers, communities and our planet.”

About Beck’s

Beck’s is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. According to a recent media survey, Beck’s ranks as the sixth largest seed company in the United States and the only one in the top six that is family-owned, making Beck’s the largest retail, family-owned seed company in the United States. To learn more about Beck’s, please visit Follow Beck’s Hybrids on Twitter at, like Beck’s Hybrids on Facebook at, or visit the Beck’s Blog at

About Benson Hill

Benson Hill is an agricultural technology company that unlocks the global genetic potential of plants to enhance the sustainability of food, feed, fiber and fuel production. Benson Hill and our partners harness natural and novel genetic variation through breeding, trait development, and genome editing to develop products that accelerate crop improvement. More information can be found online at Follow us on Twitter at @bensonhillinc.


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