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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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...
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...

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...
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...

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...

Delivering the Best in Alfalfa

Farmer founded, S&W Seeds is driving innovation in alfalfa to meet the needs of today’s growers. The 20th century saw unprecedented changes in the paradigm of agriculture. Not only did...
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:...
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...

How Quality Seed Helped World Food Prize Winner Alleviate Poverty

For the winner of this year’s World Food Prize, the secret to lifting millions of smallholder African farmers out of poverty has been in giving them access to better...
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.

Since 1915: What if Consumers Don’t Love Biotech?

A Moment In Time The cover of our August 1999 issue shows the process of analyzing corn protein using gel electrophoresis, “which is but one aspect of the biotechnology revolution...
FiberMax

Status Australia: CSD Finishes Work on Seed Processing Plant

Work on the buildings and roadwork for a $90 million redevelopment of the Cotton Seed Distributors’ (CSD’s) cotton seed processing plant and laboratory – near Wee Waa, Australia, 350...
Seed Biology

We’ve Approached a Decisive Moment in the World of Seed Biology

With the capacity researchers now have to generate and analyze big data, study areas like metabolomics are becoming more accessible to smaller labs. Seed research is becoming democratized, with...
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...
aphid

Finding the Missing Link

Researchers from Umeå University in Sweden and Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands find a protein that hinders aphid destruction. There are many pests that plague grower’s crops, but...
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...
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...
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...