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In 1970, a pickup truck offering sugarbeet seed for sale hit the dusty roads in rural Minnesota in hopes of selling seed to sugarbeet growers. The germplasm within the seed was obtained from a combination of sources: the USDA, proprietary genetics from overseas, and refined genetics that offered a new tool to sugarbeet growers across North America. This new tool was the basis for Betaseed: a company completely dedicated to independent breeding, development and distribution of ever-improving sugarbeet seed. Since its inception, Betaseed has been providing productivity and revenue to North American sugarbeet growers. Through our “farm first” approach, Betaseed sugarbeet seed is planted on more farms than any other seed brand.

The very beginning of the Betaseed story.

In 1970, a pickup truck offering sugarbeet seed for sale hit the dusty roads in rural Minnesota in hopes of selling seed to sugarbeet growers. The germplasm within the seed was obtained from a combination of sources: the USDA, proprietary genetics from overseas, and refined genetics that offered a new tool to sugarbeet growers across North America. This new tool was the basis for Betaseed: a company completely dedicated to independent breeding, development and distribution of ever-improving sugarbeet seed. Since its inception, Betaseed has been providing productivity and revenue to North American sugarbeet growers. Through our “farm first” approach, Betaseed sugarbeet seed is planted on more farms than any other seed brand.

Today, with five independent research and breeding stations, three production and seed processing locations, and dedicated customer-focused sales experts in all markets, Betaseed is second to none in offering productive genetics that contribute to farm revenue and income. Each seed variety is bred by our dedicated team of sugarbeet breeders and research scientists to overcome diseases, pests and environmental obstacles that can negatively impact performance – and ultimately, revenue. Prior to planting, each seed lot is tested more than six times to ensure seed quality and embryo viability. And each sales representative spends hours walking fields to make sure grower expectations are being met. The Betaseed brand difference is evident in every step of our supply chain to you, our customer.

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Izaac graduated this spring and will be attending the University of Wyoming. He plans to study Business Finance and would eventually like to work in Agri-Business. Izaac is the son of Michael and Kinnie Reuter. Izaac’s father owns M & K Reuter Farms near Kimball, Nebraska.

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Betaseed awards scholarships in Western Sugar South

Bloomington, MN June 7, 2019 – BETASEED announces the 2019 Scholarship Winner in the Western Sugar South area. Andrew Fornstrom was awarded a $500 Scholarship. Mike Marker, sales representative with Betaseed, Inc. presented the check.

Betaseed awards scholarships in Western Sugar South

Andrew graduated this spring and will be attending the University of Wyoming. He plans to study physical therapy and would eventually like to work as an athletic trainer or a physical therapist. Andrew is the son of Mark and Susan Fornstrom. Andrew’s father owns Fornstrom Farms, LLC and Lodgepole Valley Potatoes near Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.

Betaseed awards annual scholarships to students to help further their college education. The scholarship committee selected Andrew based on the essay he submitted on “What Could the Future Hold for Sugarbeets and Sugarbeet Producers”. Betaseed is proud to support the region’s youth and wishes Andrew a very successful college career.

Press contact – Lisa Butzer

Betaseed awards scholarships in Western Sugar South

Bloomington, MN June 7, 2019 – Betaseed announces the 2019 Scholarship Winner in the Western Sugar South area. Izaac Reuter was awarded a $500 Scholarship. Mike Marker, sales representative with Betaseed, Inc. presented the check.

Betaseed awards scholarships in Western Sugar South

Izaac graduated this spring and will be attending the University of Wyoming. He plans to study Business Finance and would eventually like to work in Agri-Business. Izaac is the son of Michael and Kinnie Reuter. Izaac’s father owns M & K Reuter Farms near Kimball, Nebraska.

Betaseed awards annual scholarships to students to help further their college education. The scholarship committee selected Izaac based on the essay he submitted on “What Could the Future Hold for Sugarbeets and Sugarbeet Producers”. Betaseed is proud to support the region’s youth and wishes Izaac a very successful college career.

Betaseed, Inc., headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, is North America’s premier sugarbeet seed supplier. From our start in 1970, Betaseed has maintained a longstanding commitment to the beet sugar industry, with research and seed production operations in several states and marketing seed to all sugarbeet markets. Our mission is to develop the best performing seed products and services through innovative people, plant breeding, and seed technology.

Press contact – Lisa Butzer

Betaseed, Inc. Announces New Director of Breeding

Bloomington, MN, July 23, 2018 – Betaseed, Inc. announces the promotion of Margaret Rekoske to Director of Breeding and Product Development effective June 30, 2018.

Betaseed, Inc. Announces New Director of Breeding

Rekoske has over twenty-five years of experience with the Betaseed breeding and research teams where she started as a Research Agronomist and for the last 10 years has held the position of Lead Plant Breeder at Shakopee, MN. Rekoske attended Winona State, the University of Minnesota and the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy. Her education combined with her industry experience provides a strong foundation as a leader serving Betaseed, Inc. and the entire sugarbeet industry.

During her career, Rekoske has played a key part in the advancement and development of breeding goals and products. Besides the many new sugarbeet seed varieties she has developed, Margaret has been instrumental in the establishment of the root aphid greenhouse test and the Aphanomyces, Fusarium and root maggot breeding programs.

As Director of Breeding, Rekoske will be more closely involved in establishing the strategic direction for the breeding program, with particular focus on projecting the future goals and product needs of the North American market. “Margaret’s leadership and expertise have been invaluable to our organization and our ability to provide our customers with the varieties that are best for their operation” said John Enright, Betaseed president.

Betaseed, Inc., headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, is North America’s premier sugarbeet seed supplier. From our start in 1970, Betaseed has maintained a longstanding commitment to the beet sugar industry, with research and seed production operations in several states and marketing seed to all sugarbeet markets. Our mission is to develop the best performing seed products and services through innovative people, plant breeding, and seed technology.

Betaseed, Inc. opens new steckling storage facility

Bloomington, MN, July 12, 2018 – Betaseed Inc. has opened a new sugarbeet steckling storage facility in Othello, WA.

Betaseed, Inc. opens new steckling storage facility

The operation was relocated from Moses Lake to a more centrally located production area and to accommodate increased capacity. A steckling is a small, immature plant that is dug and stored over winter, and replanted in the spring for seed production.

“The new Othello facility allows Betaseed, Inc. to better control the quality of stored stecklings,” said Bryan Meier, Director of Operations, Betaseed, Inc. “The company has spent the last two years creating and building a steckling storage facility to augment the high quality of our commercial seed. This location, being centrally located to one of our key production areas, will help with our processing efficiency and effectiveness.”

Construction on the new site started in March 2017 and offers approximately 30,000 square feet of computer controlled cold storage, processing equipment, general storage, and office facilities. The facility is managed by Joseph Bailie, a 5-year veteran of Betaseed, Inc. Joe was supported by various team members through the design, engineering, and construction process, and is extremely pleased with the new facility.

“With the addition of this new location, Betaseed, Inc. continues to demonstrate a high level of commitment to the entire North American sugarbeet industry,” said John Enright, President of Betaseed, Inc. “Sugarbeet growers can take comfort from the fact that seed produced and processed in Betaseed, Inc. facilities, which operate under strict quality assurance guidelines, meet or exceed seed production and processing standards.”

Betaseed, Inc., headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, is North America’s premier sugarbeet seed supplier. From our start in 1970, Betaseed has maintained a longstanding commitment to the beet sugar industry, with research and seed production operations in several states and marketing seed to all sugarbeet markets. Our mission is to develop the best performing seed products and services through innovative people, plant breeding, and seed technology.