Atlanta-based Beck’s Hybrids Inc. has partnered with California-based Arcadia Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: RKDA) to help corn farmers throughout the country. The collaboration aims to improve corn yields, nutrient efficiency and stress tolerance under various environmental conditions.
The companies say they will jointly invest in commercial development of abiotic stress and yield traits. The companies have agreed to share in the commercial value of any resulting products.
"Beck’s is recognized as a high-quality, customer-focused seed company that is trusted by thousands of farmers in the Corn Belt," said Roger Salameh, interim president and CEO of Arcadia. "This partnership will give farmers access to breakthrough yield and stress traits in hybrids uniquely suited to their growing conditions."
Beck’s Hybrids President Scott Beck says Arcadia’s proven track record of working with regulatory agencies will help the partnership. The companies’ goal is to improve overall farm economics by improving efficiency in the use of fertilizer and water or by improving how the crops deal with stresses such as drought and water stress.