Don Bockelman, recipient of the National Association of Plant Breeders Lifetime Achievement Award, talks about his career in corn breeding, what led to it, and how he developed a successful track record at the challenging task of developing commercial lines containing exotic germplasm. During his career, Bockelman received multiple Monsanto recognitions including the Above and Beyond Award, Commercial Impact Award, multiple Best New Inbred Code Awards and the Career Award for outstanding lifetime achievements.

Interview conducted at the 2019 National Association of Plant Breeders annual meeting in Pine Mountain, Georgia.