Who We Are

ACM Hybrid Seed Corn Research and Development is a Filipino-owned and Filipino-managed business.

Our capability to undertake Research and Development in corn is backed up by over 50 years of uninterrupted work in developing corn varieties, hybrids and services to the Philippine corn industry.

The President, Antonio C. Mercado, was the principal corn breeder in the development of open pollinated varieties (OPV) and hybrids at the College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in 1958 – 1972, and later at the Institute of Plant Breeding, UPLB, in 1973 – 1980. While at UPLB, he coordinated the national testing of corn and sorghum varieties for accreditation by the Philippine Seed Board and later by the Philippine Seed and Industry Council (NSIC) in 1970-80. He also coordinated the National Corn and Feed Grain Research Program of the Philippine Council for Agriculture Research and Resources Development (PCARRD) in 1973-80 and coordinated the training of corn and sorghum specialists and technicians of the Department of Agriculture in 1972-80.

As a visiting scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico in 1971-1972, he further gained valuable experience in the improvement of tropical and semi-temperate corn germplasm for the Philippine corn program. In 1981 – 1988, he also worked in hybrid development in Pioneer Hi-Bred Philippines, Inc., as a General Manager and Corn Specialist


What We Do

We develop corn OPV and hybrids that optimize corn yield and profit of Filipino corn farmers. By keeping our prices affordable, we encourage more planting and higher income.

To select corn hybrids best suited in Philippine corn lands, every year we evaluate over 200 hybrids in farmers’ fields and in our research station in Banga, South Cotabato.


Our Products and Services

Corn Hybrids

ACM Hybrid Corn Seeds are produced in our facility in Banga, South Cotabato, which is capable of producing 8,000 seed bags (9kg/bag) per cropping season.

ACM Hybrid Corn Seeds have the following characteristics:

  • High shelling recovery
  • Potential grain yield of 9 tons per hectare
  • Low price compared to competitors
  • Tolerance to corn borer
  • Resistance to lead blight and rust
  • Tolerance to Glyphosate herbicide
  • Resistance to ear or kernel rot (Boticol) and Aflatoxin development
  • Absence of Vivipary even in cool and humid areas
Joint Ventures

We also partner with cooperatives and other seed producers for seed production and marketing. We provide these partners with parent seeds, technical supervision, and give them the option of using our processing facilities.