Magazine

February 2017

In this issue, our editors dive into the world of vegetables and flowers, covering everything from plant breeding to consumer demands. You can explore how researchers are unlocking the science of taste and the art of flavor. Or uncover the mysterious world of intellectual property as it relates to lettuce — what you think you know may not be true. On a fun note, discover the history behind the daffodil, the pansy, the rose, and the Brassica as the National Garden Bureau showcases “The Year Of …” plants. Plus, you can learn how seeds and plants influence the brain, providing therapy for those in need. In this issue, you’ll also read about seed treatments’ ability to influence water use efficiency and the challenges beekeepers are up against in maintaining thriving hives. This is a fun one to read.
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Love of Vegetables

PanAmerican Seed’s vegetable crop director Ellen Leue chats about her career choices, why she loves to eat peppers, and what she’s got lined up on her Netflix queue these...
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What Exactly Are Seed Treatments Worth?: A Seed World Strategy Webinar & Podcast

Even though corn and soybean prices are up slightly, many farmers will operate at or below breakeven costs for 2017. This means understanding the growers’ needs and the value...

Agronomics and Aesthetics Drive Development

When it comes to the latest innovations in vegetable seed varieties, seed companies and breeders keep locale and consumer demands in mind. Issues and concerns such as information, consistency, labor...
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Terry Schultz (Mustang Seeds) Current State of IPSA, Benefits of Board, Merger Positives

Terry Schultz (Mustang Seeds) speaks with Shawn Brook at the 28th Annual Conference of the Independent Professional Seed Association.

Creating Cucumbers

Scott Williams is cucurbit and leafy global breeding lead for Monsanto Vegetable Seeds. We get his take on all things vegetable-related, including the one he’d rather not have on...

Opposition in All Things

“One ship drives east and another drives west With the selfsame winds that blow. ‘Tis the set of the sails, And Not the gales, That tell us the way to go.” This is an...

Researchers Work to Help Hives Thrive

With every dollar spent on better understanding the needs of pollinators, new solutions are being developed. When examining vegetable and citrus production and the role pollinators play, two states automatically...

Passion for Produce

Sean Knapp, Syngenta’s head of Vegetable Seeds for North America, lives and breathes the world of produce — but don’t ask him to play favorites. Seed World: What are you...

Vegetables with More Value

Companies see great potential in gene editing technology. “Coming to a produce aisle, farmers market or dinner table near you!” When might this tagline ring true for the next generation...
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What’s Hot in the Garden?

For growers large and small, a wide array of vegetable seeds was popular last year, with even more diversity slated for 2017. It’s hard to imagine with the frigid temperatures...

Year of the Rose

Origin: China Family: Rosaceae Genus: Rosa Uses: Fragrance, fresh flowers and floral, and gardens Common Classes: Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora, Floribunda, Miniature, Climbing, Landscape Fun Facts: As the U.S. National Flower, there are more than 150 rose species. It takes 10,000 pounds of...
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Education is Critical to Increasing the Adoption of Biologicals

Education plays a key role in getting farmers to adopt biologicals and getting products into their hands for testing on their farm, says Bruce Vester, ABM national seed accounts/regional...

Seeds, Plants and the Brain

Each day, we discover more about the therapeutic value of plants. Here’s a look at some of the ways they’re being used to help us heal. Chicago’s Julie and Michael...

Improving Water Use Efficiency

Seed treatment experts examine the relationship between seed-applied technologies and plants’ ability to access and use water already in the soil profile. We discovered that in the end, it...
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Shane Ohlde (Ohlde Seed Farms) Consumer Driven Change, Farmers Making Money, Work Life Balance

Shane Ohlde (Ohlde Seed Farms) speaks with Shawn Brook at the 28th Annual Conference of the Independent Professional Seed Association.

Since 1915: Looking back to 1966

A Moment in Time  This issue featured an exciting new watermelon variety, Jubilee, and previewed the mid-winter meeting of the American Seed Trade Association, which it noted had “become largely...
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Dan Hogstad (NorthStar Genetics) What Has (and Hasn’t) Changed in 20 Years, Open Licensing...

Dan Hogstad (NorthStar Genetics) speaks with Shawn Brook at the 28th Annual Conference of the Independent Professional Seed Association.

Year of the Daffodil

Origin: Europe Family: Amaryllidaceae Genus: Narcissus Uses: This self-propogating perennial is a showstopper in the early spring months and makes for beautiful floral arrangements. Divisions: Trumpet Jonquil, Large cup Tazetta, Small cup Poeticus, Double Split Corona, Triandrus Other, Cyclamineus Botanical Fun Facts: The...
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Open Innovation Drives Progress in Plant Breeding

Developing solutions for big issues — like delivering on the 21st century food production challenge — requires innovation and new ways of thinking. Take, for example, soybean breeding. The industry’s...

Scaling Up is the Challenge

Nestled up in the northwest corner of Ghana, is an entrepreneurial group of female farmers keen on gaining skills, generating revenue and reputations as Quality Seed producers. Several kilometers...