Plant Sciences Institute

Department of Agronomy

Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding

Summary of Plant Breeding at Iowa State University 2002-2006 ( PDF)

Center Report 2009 (PDF
Center Report 2008 (PDF)
Center Report 2007 (PDF)
Center Report 2006 (PDF)
Center Report 2004-2005 (PDF)


Plant breeding programs at Iowa State University are recognized throughout the world for their very significant contributions to the productivity and quality of crop cultivars. These programs have been unique because they have integrated basic research on breeding methods and germplasm enhancement with the development of improved cultivars. Our challenge is to assure that Iowa State University's plant breeding program continues to be second to none. It is the aim of the Raymond F. Baker Center to see that mission realized.

Doubled Haploid Facility— providing expertise and service in the production of doubled haploid lines in maize. A story about the facility can be found here.

Distance MS in Plant Breeding —providing distance education in the field of plant breeding

Plant Breeding Symposium 2014 R. F. Baker Plant Breeding Symposium, organized by plant breeding graduate students and sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and ISU Department of Agronomy

Our Mission

The Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding

  • advances the science of plant breeding through hypothesis driven research,
  • develops enhanced germplasm and superior cultivars of improved productivity, nutritional value, and adaptability,
  • and educates the next generation of public and private plant breeders.

Raymond F. Baker, Plant Breeder

I feel that I have been especially fortunate in choosing a life-long vocation that I have enjoyed more than anything else I could do. For me, corn research has been both my vocation and hobby.
--Raymond F. Baker
For more information on Raymond F. Baker see here

Nurturing a tradition of service to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world.