January 2018

ASTA plays an active role in sharing priorities important to the success of the seed industry; we look into ASTA Federal and State priorities for 2018. IPSA president Christine Varner and IPSA CEO Todd Martin talk about getting involved and thriving in the seed  industry. We also take a look at how millennials are coming back to the family farm, armed with the newest technologies. Also, taking a look at the hot topic of CRISPR, we explore the patent races for property rights and ethical concerns. In this issue you will also learn about the oversupply of grain, what happened at ASTA CSS and learn some interesting things about the germplasm morgue. We hope you enjoy our January issue.

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A Transforming Resource

Vegetable seed can be transformative, having inherent capacity to beget an abundant supply of fresh nutritious life-sustaining vegetables. Vegetable seeds can readily serve as a practical platform to launch...

Meet IPSA President Christine Varner

This busy seed industry executive has attended many IPSA annual meetings, but it was just a few years ago that she became a board member and grew more involved...

Status India: Crop Residue Burning Contributes to Air Pollution

Crop residue burning in northwest India contributes to nearly a quarter of Delhi’s air pollution in the winter months, creating a crisis situation and public health emergency every year...

Status China: China Plans to Eliminate More Toxic Pesticides

China plans to eliminate another 12 highly toxic pesticides from use within five years, state media reported, as the government looks to improve the safety of its farm produce....

Tim Bratland (Legend Seeds) IPSA Executive Team, Future of Legend Seeds, Soybeans Expansion

Tim Bratland, General Manager of Legend Seeds talks with Alex Martin at the IPSA 29th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana from January 8-10, 2018.

New Collaborations Enhance Dupont’s Seed Applied Technology Platform

It was a busy, productive year for DuPont’s Seed Applied Technology platform and 2018 looks to be just as exciting, thanks to newly announced partnerships. Mick Messman, global director for...

Keeping Up with the Times

Millennials are coming back to their family farms and arming themselves with new ways of communicating with their customers. Communication is an important component to any successful business and the...

ASTA CSS Highlights

Several industry awards were presented during the General Session. The annual corn, Soybean and Sorghum Conference and Seed Expo is America’s largest seed industry conference. Held in early December at the...
Scott Kay

Growing Together: Q&A With Scott Kay

Scott Kay, vice president of BASF U.S. Crop, speaks about New Year Resolutions and looking towards 2018 at BASF. Seed World: What’s your favorite book? Scott Kay: I would have to...

Breaking the Ice: Making Connections for Pollinator Health

Farmers and Beekeepers Plan, Communicate to Protect Bees It’s wintertime on the farm, when fields, and honey bee hives, are buried under snow and ice. But spring thaws are coming...

Status Ukraine: LLC UkrSorgo Creates Plant in Kherson

LLC UkrSorgo is going to cultivate sorghum in Kherson region and build a plant for processing this crop there, the Kherson state regional administration reports. “The increasingly dry climate in...

Bryan Gerard (JoMar) Specializing in Wheat Licensing, Being an Advocate, Plant Breeding Innovation

Bryan Gerard, President & Co-Owner of JoMar Seeds talks with Shawn Brook at the IPSA 29th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana from January 8-10, 2018.

Status Philippines: BASF Inaugurated New Rice Knowledge Center

BASF inaugurated a new Rice Knowledge Center at its Agricultural Research Station in Bay, Laguna, Philippines. The new facility centralizes BASF’s global expertise in rice cultivation, and supports the...

Status Australia: Growers Comfortable with Direct Heading of Canola

A significant number of canola growers in the central west of New South Wales have changed the way they harvest canola, according to early results from an on-going practice...

Soil Health 101: What You Need to Know Now

Healthy soil can mean healthier crops and higher production. But how do you get it? Get the tips, from tillage to biodiversity. What is soil health? Sometimes referred to as...

From Home Office to Beck’s: Q&A with Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson, breeding projects coordinator for Beck’s Hybrids, shares about her experience in Kauai, Hawaii as well as her experiences working at Beck’s. Seed World: Favorite film? Sarah Thompson:'Groundhog Day' is...

$1.7 Million for Climate-Resilient Agricultural Research

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has awarded more than $1.7 million to University of California, Davis, researchers to identify genes responsible for drought tolerance in rice and...

Its Not Just Patents and PVPs

As I travel to various seed industry meetings to promote the value of seed innovations, I often hear people say, “we don’t have any intellectual property, that’s just the...

Todd Martin (IPSA) Promoting and Advising Independents, Angst and Optimism

Todd Martin, CEO of IPSA talks with Alex Martin at the IPSA 29th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana from January 8-10, 2018.

Jeff Pomeroy (GreenLeaf Genetics) Agrisure Duracade: Dual Modes of Action, Root Worm Control

Jeff Pomeroy, Regional Account Lead, GreenLeaf Genetics talks From The Floor at the IPSA 29th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana from January 8-10, 2018.