BEAVER CROSSING, Neb. -- Bayer CropScience celebrated the grand opening of its $17 million, 400-acre facility in Seward County.
The Beaver Crossing Breeding and Trait Development Station will "serve to help Bayer CropScience deliver breakthrough wheat and soybean varieties with improved technologies and genetics."
"We select varieties based on yield performance, also disease resistance," said Edward Souza, Director of global wheat breeding for Bayer CropScience. "We have combines here that we harvest and weigh the plots and select genetically superior strains that improve the yields as well as reduce the inputs required for farmers to produce a great crop."
According to a release on the new facility, "The Beaver Crossing Breeding and Trait Development Station is the first new wheat breeding station in these areas."
"It's a regional breeding site for North America," said Edward Souza, Director of global wheat breeding for Bayer CropScience. "This site specifically serves the great plains from Texas to South Dakota and we also support research efforts in Canada and across the northern plains spring wheat area."
Jeff Luebbe is a fourth generation farmer who grew up in Goehner, Nebraska.
"We've actually farmed this land that Bayer acquired..for the last 25 years my family has," said Luebbe, "and so we know know it well and we're happy to keep that tradition going with...Bayer CropScience"
Luebbe says his family does the farming on the outside of the 400 acres of the Beaver Crossing Breeding and Trait Development Station.
"...what they don't use for wheat plots at this time," said Luebbe. "I think this year they had about 50 to 60 acres of wheat plots that they...do research on. Out of the 400 acres we farm...the rest of it in either corn or soybeans...kind of whatever rotation they desire and...we've been real happy to work with Bayer over the last two or three years."
According to a release by Bayer CropScience, the station "will also host soybean activities serving soybean growers in the region."
Luebbe was at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the opening.
"I'm real happy to be my little small part of this great facility, we're just really happy to be a part of everything they do for the world...and keep the world fed down the road," said Luebbe.