Beck’s Hybrids is pleased to announce the purchase of more than 4,000 acres along the Scioto River from Imboden Farms in Ross and Pickaway counties. The Beck-Imboden Ohio Farm includes fields south of Columbus and extends just north of Circleville to south of Waverly. As a large irrigated grain producer in the Midwest, Les and Carol Imboden founded Imboden Farms nearly 30 years ago and have been instrumental in designing and installing irrigation systems.
“Establishing the best succession plan for Imboden Farms was extremely important to Carol and I,” said Les Imboden, owner of Imboden Farms. “After being a 100% Beck’s Hybrids customer for several years, we approached the Beck family because of the outstanding business environment they’ve created.”
The Chillicothe Gazette reported that the deals with Imboden were for $20 million each in Ross and Pickaway counties. Imboden will remain as general manager of the Beck-Imboden Ohio Farm and become an employee of Beck’s Hybrids. Beck’s has also hired three full-time employees and one part-time employee for the Beck-Imboden Ohio Farm. Imboden is a first generation farmer and over the years has become a leader in many industry organizations. He currently serves as board treasurer of the Ohio Corn Marketing Association, a delegate for the U.S. Grains Council, is a member of the Grower Services Action Team for the National Corn Growers Association, and is board secretary for the Ohio Christian University Foundation.
Future plans for the Beck-Imboden Farm include seed production, but for the 2013 year, the farm will continue to raise commercial corn and soybeans. Imboden will also continue to manage the Rivers Edge Golf Club located on the property.
“With nearly 75% of the farms under irrigation and containing mostly higher productivity soils, this purchase is a solid, long-term investment for Beck’s and for the benefit of our customers,” said Scott Beck, vice president of Beck’s Hybrids. “As we keep growing, it’s important that our seed production is diversified in multiple states and environments, to continue providing our customers with the best in seed quality, field performance and service.”
This will build upon the Ohio presence of Beck’s land adjacent to the Farm Science Review.