Magazine

February 2018

In our annual flower and vegetable issue, Seed World speaks to four vegetable farmers about their work and the challenges they face. We provide an update on the latest information in regards to sweet pepper breeding for yield, resistance and what’s on the horizon. As Valentines Day approaches, take a peak into the world of chocolate and how public and private entities work together to improve the production of cacao. And on the cover is Phyllis Himmel, who is leading the Collaboration for Plant Pathogen Strain Identification (CPPSI) to harmonize global plant pathogen identification. We hope you love our February issue.

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Brad May and Jerry Flint Want to Take Communication Outside of Agriculture and into...

At the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)'s 2019 Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference in Orlando, Florida, Brad May, Global Key Account manager at BASF Seed Solutions, and Jerry Flint,...
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Status Brazil: Asian Rust Infiltrates Soybean Fields

Over almost two decades, Asian rust has infiltrated soybean fields across Brazil. The pathogen has become so resistant to chemicals meant to kill it that many farmers spray several...
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What, How And Why Seed Businesses Should Use Copyrights

Note: This is the second part in a series. The first article is "It's Not Just Patents and PVPs." In this age of the internet, copyrights are an important and...
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Starting from the Ground Up

An ‘accidental’ first generation Kansas farmer talks about starting from scratch. Scott Thellman is a first generation Lawrence, Kansas, farmer, who started his operation as a business-savvy high school student...
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Finding the Right Fit

Growing vegetables is a way to grow a more highly managed, higher value crop for Schafer Farms Matt Schafer raises corn, soybeans, seed corn, pickling cucumbers, green beans and some...
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Status Britain: A Revolution Needed for Growers to Capitalize on Brexit

A revolution in agricultural productivity will be needed – and fast – if producers are to capitalize on Brexit, continue to feed ourselves as a nation and protect the...
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Status Canada: Seed Synergy Website Launches

The official website for the Seed Synergy Collaboration Project is now live. Over the past year senior leaders from the six major seed sector industry organizations have been working...
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Hooked on Agriculture

Looking at the challenges and regulations facing potato seed production. For our annual flower and vegetable issue, Seed World talks to four vegetable farmers about the challenges the face and...

Status EU: CPVO and ARIPO Sign Administrative Agreement

The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) formalized their cooperation on capacity building by signing an Administrative Arrangement (hereinafter the “AA”) in...

From Hogs to Vegetables

Jenny Schmidt talks about diversifying into vegetable production, which takes an entirely different skill set. A third generation farm in Sudlersville, Maryland, Schmidt Farms, Inc.’s Jenny Schmidt shares her perspective...

Status India: NSAI Unhappy with Decision to Compensate Farmers Following Pink Bollworm Loss

The National Seeds Association of India (NSAI) is unhappy with the recent announcements made by the Maharashtra agriculture minister with regard to seed companies. The minister had announced that...
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These Two Guides are Designed to Help You Better Manage Vegetable Seed Quality

Helping seed companies better manage vegetable seed quality is top-of-mind for the International Seed Federation (ISF). One year ago, the ISF unveiled a new guide to good seed production...
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Status Israel: ADAMA and ALRISE Biosystems Collaborate on R&D

ADAMA, a leading global crop protection company, and ALRISE Biosystems, a drug-delivery company focused on advanced microencapsulation of active ingredients, announced the signature of an R&D agreement to develop...
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How Seed-applied Biologicals Complement Traditional Chemistries: A Seed World Strategy Webinar & Podcast

Participants will: -Learn about the science behind some of today’s most commonly used biologicals. -Discover how they should, and should not, be used. -Explore expectations for future integration. Speakers: Dan Custis, ABM CEO and...

Status Netherlands: NRGene and Wageningen University Partner to Create Multi-Genome Map of Potato

NRGene, the worldwide leader in genomic assembly and analysis, is working with a team of researchers from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands and leading commercial partners...
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Since 1915: Breaking Down International Trade Barriers

TIMELINE 1931: New citrus fruit 'tangelo’ developed, a grapefruit and tangerine hybrid. 1943: Research to create fruit essences began; led to development of concentrated frozen apple and grape juices. 1955: Roma tomato...
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Standardizing Plant Pathogen Identification

The Collaboration for Plant Pathogen Strain Identification (CPPSI) aims to regulate naming plant pathogen strains and races. Consistent naming of plant pathogen strains and races is a recognized need in...

20 South Carolina Farmers Selected to Grow Hemp for Research Pilot Program

More than a dozen farmers in South Carolina will be guinea pigs for a new pilot program in the state that would grow hemp for research purposes. The applicants for the...
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Are Bees Losing Their Buzz?

The news that the UK government has reinstated the ban on the use of neonicotinoids as a pesticide couldn’t have come at a more timely juncture, with a new...

Space Age Plant Breeding Lights the Way for Future Crops

NASA experiments to grow wheat in space were the inspiration for University of Queensland scientists to develop the world’s first ‘speed breeding’ procedures here on planet Earth. UQ Queensland Alliance...