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Benson Hill Inks Corn Breeding Partnership With Beck's

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Agricultural tech firm Benson Hill Biosystems announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement to help retail seed company Beck's advance its corn breeding program.

Under the terms of the deal, Beck's will incorporate Benson Hill's CropOS genomic data and analytics platform into its portfolio of corn breeding tools, which are designed to help improve plant traits such as emergence, standability, health, maturity, and yield.

Additional terms were not disclosed.

"Benson Hill's technology empowers our team to continue addressing regional needs, improve farm productivity, and ultimately reach our goal of helping farmers succeed," Curtis Wiltse, research manager at Beck's, said in a statement. "By providing leading-edge science, analytics, and computing capabilities, Benson Hill's platform can accelerate innovation and advance our pipeline to meet farmer needs."

The partnership with Beck's comes just weeks after Benson Hill inked an agreement to work with the National Corn Growers Association to accelerate breeding and development of new corn hybrids using CropOS. And earlier this year, Benson Hill partnered with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on sorghum genetics research.