Husker Genetics

About Husker Genetics
Research to Reality
Husker Genetics increases small amounts of new seed varieties to ensure sufficient seed distribution to certified seed growers. Husker Genetics also maintains supplies of established varieties of Foundation Seed. The seed is further increased by certified seed growers to provide high quality seed for Nebraska farmers. These important steps bring seedstock from the plant breeder’s research plot to the farmer’s field.

Husker Genetics is headquartered at UNL’s Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead, Nebraska. Because of the FSD’s research association, it is an integral part of the Agricultural Research Division within UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

As a self-supporting, non-profit organization, operating funds are derived directly from sales of foundation seeds and services. Services provided by the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association are utilized for inspection of seed fields. And the expertise of agronomists, plant breeders, plant pathologists, entomologists, and extension specialists are also drawn upon.

Each cropping season, winter wheat, oats, pasture grasses, corn and sorghum are raised on about 1,000 acres of land at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Agricultural Research and Development Center (ARDC) near Mead, Nebraska. Recent additions include forage triticale and hard white winter wheat. Other crops that have been produced by Husker Genetics are spring and winter barley, edible beans, alfalfa, crambe and proso millet. Harvesting Husker Genetics seed involves thoroughly cleaning combines between harvest of varieties. The seed conditioning equipment is also thoroughly cleaned between each of the 40 to 50 varieties of seed to ensure purity and quality.

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