Magazine

December 2014

Polished and Professional: The Giant Views of the Seed Industry share their perspective on everything from the potential of China to acquisition strategies, and from the importance of certified seed to stewardship of seed treatments. You’ll also discover efforts to establish low-level presence policies around the world and educate congress about the importance of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources. This issue is packed full of valuable information.

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Puzzling Truths In Labeling

The issue of seed testing uniformity is a complex and convoluted problem with many players and facets involved. There’s thousands of seed species, nearly a hundred labs, multiple testing...
Trait Stewardship a Shared Responsibility

Trait Stewardship a Shared Responsibility

Should China dictate what new technologies U.S. farmers have access to? Some of the trading issues between the United States and China have brought trait stewardship front and center in...
Changing the LLP Landscape

Changing the LLP Landscape

National seed associations around the globe now have a new tool that can be used to work with governments on implementing low-level presence policies. The seed industry is increasingly global,...

Plant Breeders Without Borders makes new inroads

One plant breeder is committed to making a difference in feeding an ever-growing global population. Plant Breeders Without Borders is the concept of Anthony Leddin, an Australian plant breeder who...

Standards to Bring Predictability

More harmonized phytosanitary regulations are poised to alleviate trade woes but it will take time. SINCE 2008, the seed industry has worked to improve phytosanitary regulations through the International Plant...
Future development of plant species relies on access to foreign material.

A Push to Ratify

The U.S. seed industry diligently works to educate congress about the importance of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture with the hopes of ratification. No...

Going Hormonal

Researchers study how hormones can be used to control seed dormancy and germination, saving millions of dollars of crop loss each year. After lengthy periods of drought, this past summer...

Knowledge is Power

UPOV’S databases offer a wealth of information for the seed sector. In the past few years, The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) in Geneva...

Golden Opportunities

Throughout the food supply chain, companies focus efforts on sustainability and science? How does an individual with an electrical engineering degree and a focus on aeronautics become the CEO of...
International Agricultural Development

A Bountiful Harvest of Trained Plant Breeders

Joint initiatives between industry and academia have revitalized plant breeder training and preparatory programs, and initial efforts are beginning to pay off. Greater numbers of talented young men and...

GENETICS vs. TRAITS

When selling seed balance customer priorities and potential. With tighter margins and constantly-evolving pest and disease issues, growers are looking to fine-tune their 2015 seed order. With those considerations, among...
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Corn Conundrum

Corn owes much of its success to plant breeding advances that have increased yields and produced more and better stress-tolerant varieties. But with corn prices lower than they’ve been...
Tim Hassinger

Plowing Ahead

Dow AgroSciences President and CEO Tim Hassinger shares his perspective on risk. Named president and chief executive officer of Dow AgroSciences May 1, 2014, Tim Hassinger has been plowing ahead....

Extracting Value from Data

A featured segment designed to share business-critical information to seed-selling professionals. Visit SeedWorld.com to download this department and other tools to help you sell seed to farmers. Are you missing...

The Seed Treatment Saga

New studies outline the benefits, or lack thereof, of seed treatment use in U.S. crop production. Seed treatments have been around for more than 100 years, but it hasn’t been...
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Eye On China

Today, China feeds an estimated 22 percent of the world’s population from 9 percent of the world’s cultivated land. As the second largest economy in the world, the People’s Republic...

protecting pollinators

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...

A Phenotyping Revolution

Researchers study how to best use remote sensing technologies to transform plant evaluation and phenotyping in the field. Each season, scientists, plant breeders and hired hands regularly trudge out...

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...
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Giant Numbers – December 2014

120 Million Number of hectares of farmland in China. “China has a huge surface dedicated to agriculture — 120 million hectares. This is twice the size of Brazil or Russia,...