What Do Gardens Bring to Urban Ecosystems?

“A healthy community requires healthy soil.” This idea spurred a consortium of researchers, farmers, and community garden practitioners to dive into the challenges —...

ReCHARging the Landscape

After the devastation, Mother Nature begins to rebuild and the American seed industry is there to help. On a beautiful Wednesday evening in late September, more than 400 individuals packed...

The Indians of the Ecuadorian Amazon Were Using Cocoa 5,300 Years Ago

Traces of cocoa dating back 5300 years have been found in ancient pots in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is the oldest proof of cocoa use ever found. It predates...

Climate Changes Drive Forage Changes

How can seed companies help farmers and ranchers shift their acres to forages most suitable to the changing climate? Cool-season grasses thrive in the spring and fall when soil temperatures...
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We Need to Talk About Climate Change

Despite fears about doing so, scientists can talk openly about the reality of global warming. There are some clever ways to help you do so. It’s hard to believe that...
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Monsanto Announces New Climate Change Consortium

According to Monsanto, addressing climate change and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from agriculture can only be achieved through collective effort, which is the primary driver behind today's (Dec....

The Corn Belt Marches North

As climate change alters the face of agriculture, one researcher is working to help the industry plan for possible future scenarios. Joshua Elliott envisions a possible future in which cotton...

Lawn Grass: Our Nation’s Top Crop

A study involving NASA researchers shows the American lawn is the most prevalent crop in the country. A new study co-authored by NASA scientists shows that the American lawn is...

Going Without Thiram

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency is calling for a ban of a popular fungicide used in seed treatments for most commercial vegetables grown in Canada. What would the...
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Syria, Seeds and Pulses: ICARDA’s Quest for Food Security in the Drylands

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas has managed to survive major regional turmoil and kept a light shining during a dark time in its history. 2016...

“Super” Rice Might Save Farmers Money, Cut Pollution

A new University of Toronto study has identified “superstar” varieties of rice that can reduce fertilizer loss and cut down on environmental pollution in the process. The study, authored by U...

Disentangling the Plant Microbiome

With the human population expected to climb from 7.4 billion to more than 11 billion people by 2100, some scientists hope that manipulating the plant microbiome could open up...

Climate Change Threatening Maize Yields

Knowing when and how climate change will impact crop production is essential for devising adaptation solutions. Recent advances in methods to measure the potential response of crops to the...

Consumers and a Changing Climate to Speed Up Farmer Innovation

Meeting consumer preferences for safe, nutritious and locally-produced food are among the key challenges that will drive future farmer innovation, Monsanto’s new Managing Director in Australia & New Zealand,...

Industry Efforts Reduce Seed Treatment Dust

A rapidly evolving sector of the industry, seed treatments have undergone continuous improvements since their introduction in the 1970s. Today, the efforts are focused on reducing dust from treated...

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...

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Weather Worries Beekeepers Bees are adaptive and can survive in diverse geographic locations with very different climatic conditions, ranging from seven months of near Arctic temperatures in Newfoundland, Canada, to...

Deflectors Help to Reduce Dust

New research shows that the use of deflectors on planters helps to reduce pollinator exposure to dust from treated seed. With the goal of protecting pollinators from seed treatment dust...
What Does Climate Change Mean for the Future of Agriculture?

What Does Climate Change Mean for the Future of Agriculture?

Industry analysts say those involved in today’s seed business and agriculture are in for some big bumps in the road. While Mother Nature tends to wreak havoc on agricultural production...
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New Equipment Promises Even More Efficiency

New Equipment Promises Even More Efficiency The seed industry is always looking to improve its processes, and new technologies coming on market are making that possible. Efficiency. It’s something the seed...