STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University recently merged two units to further strengthen efficiency and research efforts.
The Mississippi Variety Testing and Mississippi Foundation Seed Stocks, both research support units in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, have been merged. The two units have worked together for more than a decade.
Brad Burgess, currently the variety testing unit’s director of research support, will oversee the newly created Mississippi Variety Testing and Foundation Seed.
Mississippi Variety Testing evaluates the performance of the state’s commercially available varieties of corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum, peanuts and oats. Variety trials provide unbiased, comprehensive information that assists farmers in making decisions about variety and management.
Established in 1959, the Foundation Seed Unit provides certified seed producers with a consistent, high-quality source for both newly developed and existing public plant varieties. The unit starts with breeder seed and efficiently multiplies it to become foundation seed, which then becomes the basis for certified seed production.
The Foundation Seed unit produces several varieties of clover, rice, and sweet sorghum. The unit also produces Eastern Gamma grass, Japanese Millet, Partridge Pea and Wild Soybean.