STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences


"Did you grow up on a farm?" Owen Newlin asks a recent visitor. He nods appreciatively when he hears the answer - "yes." It's a piece of information that's particularly meaningful to this seed industry retiree who has seen the industry evolve from conventional hybrids to biotechnology. Newlin ('51 agronomy, '53 MS) is a retired senior vice president and director of Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. The first commercial hybrid seed corn was produced in 1925 and sold to farmers in 1926 by Pioneer. By 1955 over 95 percent of corn grown in the U.S. Corn Belt was hybrid.