Husker Genetics (formally known as the Foundation Seed Division) increases small amounts of new seed varieties to ensure sufficient seed distribution to certified seed growers. Supplies of established varieties of Foundation Seed are also maintained.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty conduct research on seed varieties that show promise and develop new lines worthy of further propagation. Husker Genetics then increases these seed varieties. The variety may then be quality assured or receive certification from the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association. The university also protects its Intellectual Property Rights through various methods including PVP Title V and Patents. After that, the variety is released and/or licensed to certified seed growers and private companies who maintain the seed quality while increasing the variety even further. These important steps bring seed stocks from the plant breeder’s research plot to the farmer’s field.
As a self-supporting, non-profit organization, operating funds are derived directly from sales of foundation seeds and services. Husker Genetics works primarily with winter wheat, soybeans and grasses, but also grows with alfalfa, barley, field beans, millet, oats, sorghum, specialty crops
The winter wheat varieties consistently rank at the top in Nebraska and Regional yield tests. The grasses are increasing rate of gain in beef cattle. And new markets are being sought for food grade soybeans, sorghum and wheat. Husker Genetic is also developing superior genetic lines of Roundup Ready soybeans and Clearfield wheat.
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