One size does not fit all at Abbott & Cobb.We take pride in customizing breeding for a variety of regions and growing conditions, allowing growers to choose what works best for their business. This year we are celebrating 100 years in the seed industry. Since 1917 we have focused on developing innovative seed technology for commercial growers and have introduced thousands of premium varieties in over 60 countries. We credit our success to our high quality standards and to the support of our loyal customers. Some of the highlights of our breeding program are:
Genetics of Color
Color is our forte. Our excellent kernel color genetics is highlighted throughout our sweet corn program under our brand, HiGlow®. Many of our varieties are naturally bred to exude bright kernel color (HiGlow®). Varieties such as our sh2 Glacial have excellent color brightness that maintains its color even after harvest. This natural genetic trait is valued by both fresh and processing markets. End-consumers at the store see the brightness and associate that with freshness and great taste. Even after cooking (boiling) the bright kernel color remains intact and does not dull. For processors our kernel color has been bred to penetrate the entire kernel in order for their end product (i.e. frozen, canned or powdered) to still maintain its bright HiGlow® color. Our HiGlow® white varieties are bright white, our yellow varieties are bright as gold, and our bicolor varieties really show a great contrast between the white and yellow kernels. See “Your Sweet Corn Marketing Advantages” page for more information.
Stacking Genetic Traits
Our breeding team focuses on developing sweet corn varieties that stand out for their unique traits. They further specialize in “stacking” genetics from these successful varieties to create ultimate high performing varieties with multiple desirable traits that are greatly sought after by growers.
Early Riser Series
This series began with our successfully introduced yellow sh2 variety, Early Riser. Its early maturity is a highlighted feature as well as its great kernel color and flavor. We “stacked” SSW® and several others traits to develop several other varieties to the series and created SS Early Riser, SS Bicolor Early Riser.
Focus on Customers
Unlike our competitors who have a one-size-fits-all attitude towards their customers and programs, we specialize in catering to individual customer needs. As our breeding team develops inbreds, they keep in mind and anticipate each grower’s needs in order to ensure our present and future developed varieties meet individual customer markets and preferences. We breed for our growers.
New SuperSeedWare® (SSW®) Varieties
We have continued to expand our SSW® program with more commercial introductions. Our new varieties offer more maturity and market range as well as greater adaptability, vigor and emergence. SSW® varieties: SS3741, SS Bicolor Early Riser, SS3006, SS Snow Bank, SS Packout, SS3590MR, SS3778R