Magazine

December 2017

Despite fears about doing so, scientists can openly talk about the reality of global warming. Looking ahead to the future, we bring perspectives to the forefront from five of our 2017 Giants. You will also learn about the FBI – former seed industry professionals who help startups through their company Finding Black Ink. In this issue, you will also learn about the next frontier of genetics, epigenetics. Also, with the Canadian government poised to legalize marijuana in 2018, what will that mean for the malt barley industry? And scientists aboard the International Space Station are conducting seed experiments to see if humans can grow food in space if we ever colonize space. We hope you enjoy the wide range of topics in this issue.

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SAA

Seed Association of The Americas

An organization to fully represent the interests of the entire seed industry within the Americas. The main purposes of the Seed Association of the Americas (SAA) are to educate and...

ISSS Looks at Seeds as Systems

The International Society for Seed Science showcases groundbreaking research at its 12th triennial conference. Seeds may be tiny, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful. These miniature powerhouses are...
biologicals

Here’s What You Need to Know About Biologicals

Experts weigh in on biological seed-applied solutions and the role they play in helping growers make money. Seed World: What are biologicals designed to do? How do they work? Mark Howieson:...
Michell

The Winner Will Always Be the Grower

Local Seed Co. opens in Memphis, Tennessee with a direct-to-grower platform under CEO Charles Michell. Good quality seed, crafted with care. That’s the motto for the new independent seed company...
SIPA

Helping Wheat Growers Increase Farm Profitability

These days, growing wheat is becoming an increasingly tough choice in the U.S. Wheat prices are low, making farm profitability difficult, while innovations in soybean and corn are allowing...
aosca

AOSCA Certifications Have Global Influence

Uniform seed certification standards maintain varietal purity. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land Grant Acts, which gave 17.4 million acres of federal land to states to establish...
epigenetics

Exploring the Next Frontier of Genetics

For researchers studying epigenetics, looking at the surface of the genome could be the key to discovering the next big thing in plant and seed engineering. Classical genetics has been...
corn breeding

Innovation Broadens Scope of Corn Breeding Capabilities

No matter the path taken to get there, one goal for corn breeders remains the same: developing hybrids that can lower costs and increase yields for farmers. As the...
FBI

Finding Black Ink

Some former CEOs and EVPs who specialize in the seed industry came together to provide executive resources to accelerate the performance of startups, tuneups, turnarounds, mergers and growth businesses. Finding...
sorghum

Something Revolutionary

It’s what sorghum farmers need, and researchers are delivering. In a few short years, sorghum farmers might be inundated with new hybrids from which to choose thanks to the discovery...

AI: The Most Important Agriculture Innovation in Our Time

Note: This is the third in a four-part series. The 2014 movie Interstellar was a hit both at the box office and among critics, taking home a visual effects Oscar for...
BaySTEP

Eliminate Endpoint Subjectivity

If the seed treatment-mixing period is too short, the seed treatment isn’t applied to the seed homogenously. If the mixing period is too long, the treatment gets too dry...
climate change

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...

From the Floor – ASTA CSS 2017 & Seed Expo – Dec. 4-7, 2017

BASF - Mitch Stamm Agronomix - Dr. Dieter Mulitze & Christopher Leonard Milliken - Adam Wilson VMEK - Kent Lovvorn BASF - Justin Clark BASF - Jeremy Heronemus AG Growth - Dan Bardi Bühler - Don...
casis

Out of This World Plant Research

Looking for plants to feed interplanetary space travelers. Speeding along at 4.8 miles per second at 250 miles above the earth, plant scientists aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are...
cover crop

Finding New Cover Crop Varieties

Few new varieties are being developed specifically for cover crops, as most are being selected. For the last five years, the USDA SARE annual cover crop survey has reported increasing...
diego risso

Q&A with Diego Risso: Jumping into the Game

Diego Risso, executive director of the Seed Association of the Americas (SAA), talks about the challenges that the SAA faces and the changes in plant breeding in South America. Seed...
video

Mike Dorris (CulturaTech) Inteletrade Customer Portal, Embracing New Tech, Solutions Based Approach

Mike Dorris, President for CulturaTech talks with Shawn Brook at ASTA CSS 2017 & Seed Expo in Chicago, Illinois from December 4-7, 2017.
David Hollinrake

Q&A with David Hollinrake: Changing Mindsets for Seed

David Hollinrake, North American President of Syngenta Seeds, speaks about changing mindsets from crops to seeds at Syngenta. Seed World: What are you reading currently? David Hollinrake: “Never Eat Alone” by...
video

Emergence and starting off the crop right: A Seed World Strategy Webinar & Podcast

Key Points: • How seed treatments can help protect crops from pests and diseases to enhance early development • How seed treatments can help improve seed germination • How does strong emergence...