Magazine

January 2017

Discover how Todd Martin is getting creative with member benefits, and paving the way for independents to do business better. You’ll also learn that size isn’t everything as we look at how brothers Bryan and Greg Gerard are building JoMar Seeds from the ground up. Shifting gears, we grill experts about whether seed treatments are really worth the cost in this tight commodity environment. They say seed treatments pay dividends — find out why. And what we love about this issue is its focus on INNOVATION. We dig into everything from the use of artificial intelligence to predict disease and pest outbreaks to using pennycress as a jet fuel, plus a new technology that could make drones obsolete for plant breeders. What’s that you say? Check it out!
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Seed Treatments Worth the Cost

In a low commodity environment that has U.S. farmers putting pen to paper and scrutinizing every dollar, it’s important to understand the return on investment seed treatments can deliver. Even...

Size Isn’t Everything

In an age of mergers and multinationals, JoMar Seeds Solutions’ increasing market share proves there is room in the seed licensing business for small independents. In mid-September, the United States...

Smart Lights Communicate with Plants

This Georgia-based horticultural lighting company’s new adaptive LED lights literally communicate with plants to control the amount of light they receive. In an effort to grow plants at a faster...

Making Sense of Symbiosis

Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies CEO Rusty Rodriguez has been a leading expert in plant-fungal symbiosis while effectively managing research laboratories in academic and government institutions. He shares his secret to...
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Jim Renyer (USC) Roots is Ag, Evolving With Industry Needs, Innovation from a 4x4x4...

He got his start by looking for work in the winter and ended up at his first ASTA meeting 17 years ago. Through listening to what industry wanted and...
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Canola Crush

With new technology, one company has made a new canola worth crushing over. Cibus, a precision gene-editing firm based in California, launched its first non-genetically modified, herbicide-tolerant canola trait, SU...
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William Goodbar: Challenges Create Great Opportunities

As the proposed mergers and acquisitions move through the regulatory approvals necessary to proceed, William Goodbar, president of the Goodbar Group, says he plans to be busy in the...

Next-Level Wheat

Experts estimate hybrid wheat will be on the market within 10 years. What can the seed industry and farmers expect? It seems hybrid wheat’s time has come. “It’s the new step-change...

Importing: A Vegetable Seed Dilemma

Vegetable seed production in lesser-developed countries yields tough challenges and is often viewed as an untenable risk. Yet, there’s a local need and desire for high-quality seed. Local, regional and...
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Bruce Ceranske (Legacy Seeds) Opportunity in Fallout of Mergers, Positive Connections with End Users

Bruce Ceranske (Legacy Seeds) speaks with Shawn Brook at ASTA CSS 2016 & Seed Expo.

An Intelligent Solution

Artificial intelligence is an increasingly popular tool in the agricultural sector. Discover what one company is doing to make the technology more accessible for growers. Mention the term artificial intelligence...

Optimist at Heart

John Latham, president of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, talks to us about the industry, golf and Bill Gates. Seed World: What are you reading, and why?   John Latham: I’m reading “Mind Gym”...

Growing Habitat Beyond the Farm

Operation Pollinator looks to the green spaces inside cities and suburbs to increase pollinator-friendly environments. Honey bees and other pollinators are capable of flying several miles to find food, but...

Innovation Drives Change

The agriculture sector is ripe for breakthrough technologies with hundreds of start up companies around the world looking at ways to use the newest technologies to improve plant breeding,...

Small Companies Make Big Strides

Big things are ahead for two businesses making a name for themselves with innovative technologies. They’re small but mighty. These companies are focused on delivering niche solutions to help farmers...
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Mike Dorris (Cultura Seed Solutions) A Vertical Market Software Company focused in Agriculture

Mike Dorris (Cultura Seed Solutions) speaks with Shawn Brook at ASTA CSS 2016 & Seed Expo.
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Building a Better Business

The Independent Professional Seed Association is paving a path to help companies thrive. It wasn’t that long ago when six seedsmen recognized the need for an organization to represent the...

Since 1915: Looking Back to Innovations in 1981

A Moment in Time: This special equipment issue profiled a new machine, the Simon Countmaster — designed to count the number of seeds presented to it or count out any...
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Safeguarding IP

As executive director of the Seed Innovation & Protection Alliance, James Weatherly has experience protecting intellectual property rights in the United States and internationally. We get his take on...
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Seed World Visits: BASF Limburgerhof, Germany

Marc Zienkiewicz visits BASF’s Limburgerhof, Germany facility.