Magazine

February 2019

Readers’s senses are sure to be delighted as we highlight the National Garden Bureau’s “Year of” plants, talk about cantaloupe breeding efforts and the creation of a new food ecosystem in the Netherlands. You can also discover how the sequencing of the wheat genome last year is already having an impact in our Strategy article. Plus, you can explore some of the complexities of policy and how they impact labor in the seed industry and how Russia is changing its seed strategy and what it means for the United States. This issue has something for everyone, and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed the writings and collaborations associated with it.

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7 Trends to Watch

The food and beverage industry is coming to life, invigorated by healthy eating, convenience, technology and brands with purpose. These are the trends that will shape the future of...

Year of the Salvia Nemorosa

Origin: Eurasia Family: Lamiacea Genus: Salvia Uses: Salvia can be used as perennial borders, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens, wild gardens or along paths. Tolerances: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Air Pollution Fun Fact: The sage you...
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Innovation Seeds Our Future

In a global economy where everything is accessible at the click of a mouse, it’s easy to take for granted the basic essentials of life: food, clothing, shelter, clean...

Passing the Baton

For more than a decade, Martin Gruss has carried the Bayer SeedGrowth baton as head. Now, he’s passing the baton to Boualem Saidi, and Seed World finds out what’s...

Russia to Up Seed Game

With the goal of reducing its dependence on seed imports, the Russian government invests in plant breeding centers. Russia plans to increase domestic seed production with the aim of reducing...

Can We Change West Africa’s Future?

Definitively yes! And immediately, having full conscience that we are operating in a place where crop failure is not only an economic problem, but also a life-threatening issue. The...

Friending Your Customers: Q&A With Anthony Stevenson

Anthony Stevenson, international wholesale sales representative from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, shares about working with international customers and how his customers have become his personal friends. SW: Favorite podcast or audiobook? Anthony...

What’s so Complicated about Cantaloupe? Plenty

We’ve all been there.  You buy a supermarket cantaloupe, cut it up, take a bite, and start chewing. You’d hoped for a juicy, succulent, flavorful fruit, but instead the experience...

Year of the Dahlia

Origin: Mexico and Guatemala Family: Asteraceae Genus: Dahlia Uses: Dahlias can be used for dyeing — all dahlias produce warm yellows and oranges with an alum mordant and greens with iron mordants. Dyeing...

Protecting Pollinators: Spring Brings Stewardship

It’s never too early to start thinking about pesticide stewardship. Spring is almost in the air. The spring bloom for some specialty crops is on the horizon and the growing...

Year of the Snapdragon

Origin: Mediterranean region, parts of the Middle East and North Africa Family: Plantaginaceae Genus: Antirrhinum Uses: Snapdragons can be used for biennial culture like pansies, because they can develop robust spring plants....

Ushering in a New Era of Wheat Genetics

Sequencing the wheat genome is like giving plant breeders and researchers Google Maps for crop improvement. Researchers have been breeding new varieties of wheat using conventional cross-breeding approaches for a...

Year of the Pumpkin

Origin: Central American Family: Cucubitaceae Genus: Cucurbita Includes: Various species of Cucurbita pepo, which includes varieties of winter squash, summer squash, zucchini, and gourds Uses: Pumpkins are a staple for fall decorations and recipes —...

Strength in Numbers: Q&A With Chris Zanobini

Chris Zanobini, CEO of the California Seed Association, discusses how collaboration strengthens the organization and what the seed industry should be lobbying for. SW: Favorite film?  Chris Zanobini: “Life is Beautiful,”...

One Stop Testing

Increasing offerings and capacity to meet industry demand, CSP Labs is on the cutting edge of genotype and pathology testing technology. Offering both genotype and pathology testing, Pleasant Grove, California’s...
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Ric Dunkle Gives a Rundown on the Seed Science Foundation

At the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)’s Annual Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference in Orlando, Florida, Ric Dunkle, senior director of Seed Health and Trade of ASTA, sits down with Julie...

Farm Bill Breakdown

President Trump signed a farm bill. ASTA breaks down what it means. On Dec. 20, 2018, President Trump signed the $867 billion Agriculture Improvement Act (H.R. 2), better known as...

The Inspiring and Crazy Food Love Movement

On the trip of a lifetime with the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, Julie Deering tasted, witnessed and explored the shaping of a new food culture — one that...

Wage Policies Not Made for Rural Businesses

Labor policies protect talent, but how do they affect your operation? No matter what industry you’re in, be it transportation, healthcare or agribusiness, there are policies protecting employees after they’re...

Crop Insurance of a Different Kind

With today’s investment in seed and genetics, seldom do growers leave things to chance and Mother Nature when it comes to planting. When a seed goes in the ground, we...