Where does iCORN get its genetics?
We source our hybrids from Monsanto’s rich worldwide genetic and trait pipeline. In fact this pipeline is so full, that regional companies like iCORN have access to germplasm that fits our geographical sales area perfectly, but may not be adaptable across the entire nation. By accessing and selling top-flight regionally adapted hybrids, iCORN can sell elite germplasm to our customers. In the 1960s, breeders had a limited number of inbreds to cross. And there weren’t nearly the number of breeders as there are today. The industry also relied heavily on universities for inbred line development. You’ve probably heard of inbred crosses like B73 X MO17 – the big gun hybrid of the 1970s. You don’t have a single dominant hybrid like this today. Over time, breeders have brought in new and diverse genetics from all over the world and crossed them into the germplasm. Today’s inbreds may be influenced by South American tropical germplasm, European Iodents, and even lines from South Africa. Throw a