Pulses Demand Grows

Gluten-free and easily consumed by nearly everyone, pulse crops are finding a market.  The world’s pulse crop industry is looking forward to 2016, declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Pulses. This designation is meant to increase awareness of pulses and to position them on the world stage as a primary source […]

Strategy: New Tools to Help Fight Weeds

Market introductions look to combat resistance issues. Will 2015 be the year that retailers and seed companies help growers turn the tide on weed resistance and begin supplementing their defensive strategies with a few offensive tools? The developers of new traits and technologies available to corn, soybean and cotton growers are confident they’re bringing products […]

Farming in Space: Is it Possible?

In December, three twelfth-grade students from Germany will see their research blast-off to the International Space Station. Their research focuses on the ability to produce large quantities of quality vegetables on a space station. Under normal gravitational conditions, cuttings can be used to reproduce plants. If cuttings could be used for the reproduction of plants […]

Economic Risk and Profitability of Soybean Seed Treatments at Reduced Seeding Rates

Adam P Gaspar*1, Paul Mitchell2, Shawn P Conley1 1Dept. of Agronomy, 2Dept. of Ag. & Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison About the Author Adam Gaspar is a graduate student in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, working under Shawn Conley, pursuing a doctorate in agronomy. His current research and Extension […]

Biofortification Leads to Healthier Plants

Biofortification of crops is often done for people in the developing world, but the concept is now finding its niche in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year; that’s one of every four deaths. It’s America’s biggest […]

A Glimpse of the Seed Industry in 1939

A MOMENT IN TIME: This cover shows an aerial view, taken May 19, 1939, of the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. At the extreme right is the Oklahoma-Biltmore Hotel, which served as headquarters for the Southern Seedsmen’s Association convention June 5-7 that year. Certified seed, a relatively new concept in the 1930s, and its importance […]

TPA Passes Senate; Debate Moves to House of Representatives

With the May 22 passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation by the U.S. Senate, the trade policy focus shifted to the U.S. House of Representatives. At the time of print, no schedule had been announced for House action on TPA, though vigorous debate and ultimately a close vote are expected. “The Senate’s action is […]

ASTA’s Organic Committee Helps Connect Growers with Organic Seed

ASTA’s Organic Seed Committee outlines its three top priorities and how it will continue to educate growers and producers. As the American Seed Trade Association remains diligent in its mission to promote the research, development and movement of quality seed, so too does its Organic Seed Committee in its mission to connect organic growers with […]

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