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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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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
innovation

Innovation Offers No Guarantees. Here’s Why.

Creating something new and exciting doesn’t ensure your success — in fact, it could actually spell trouble if you’re not ready to face obstacles that may arise. Innovation. It’s a...
Shawn Conley

Q&A with Shawn Conley: Coolbeans and Soybeans

University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Shawn Conley shares about the versatility of soybeans and his children’s book Coolbean the Soybean. Seed World: What’s your favorite film? Shawn Conley: My favorite movie...
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...
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...
Jeff Shaner

Q&A with Jeff Shaner: Don’t Make Decisions Based On Fear

Jeff Shaner, regional seed and technology manager and soybean product lead at AgVenture, shares advice on soybean selection and travel destinations. Seed World: What is your favorite book? Jeff Shaner: Bury...

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...