Magazine

June 2015

In this issue, discover how plant breeders are helping to deliver healthier foods to the market, both domestically and internationally. We’ve also included a beginner’s guide to moving seed and an update on the possibility of a generic seed market. And be sure to check out our cover story, “the Start of a Revolution,” which recognizes Mary-Dell Chilton of Syngenta and Robb Fraley of Monsanto, among others, for their contributions to the industry.

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Elevate the Value of Grasses

Ten thousand: that’s how many types of grass exist in the world, and they come in a wide range of sizes. In making my point, grass is common and...

A Glimpse of the Seed Industry in 1939

A MOMENT IN TIME: This cover shows an aerial view, taken May 19, 1939, of the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. At the extreme right is the Oklahoma-Biltmore Hotel, which...

Strategy: New Tools to Help Fight Weeds

Market introductions look to combat resistance issues. Will 2015 be the year that retailers and seed companies help growers turn the tide on weed resistance and begin supplementing their defensive...

Living in a Post-Patent World

Seed World examines the future viability of generic seed in a post-patent world. Just this past March, the first major biotech trait came off patent, and the possibility of so-called...

Martin Gruss, Global Head SeedGrowth, Bayer – ISF World Seed Congress 2015 – Giant...

Martin Gruss sits down with Julie Deering at the 2015 ISF World Seed Congress in Kraków, Poland from May 25-27, 2015.

Network Kicks Off National Pollinator Garden Challenge

New initiatives at all levels encourage the creation of habitat to support pollinators. On June 3, more than 20 organizations concerned about pollinators teamed up to form the National Pollinator...

ASTA’s Organic Committee Helps Connect Growers with Organic Seed

ASTA’s Organic Seed Committee outlines its three top priorities and how it will continue to educate growers and producers. As the American Seed Trade Association remains diligent in its mission...

Economic Risk and Profitability of Soybean Seed Treatments at Reduced Seeding Rates

Adam P Gaspar*1, Paul Mitchell2, Shawn P Conley1 1Dept. of Agronomy, 2Dept. of Ag. & Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison About the Author Adam Gaspar is a graduate student in the...

Biofortification Leads to Healthier Plants

Biofortification of crops is often done for people in the developing world, but the concept is now finding its niche in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease...
International Agricultural Development

Seeds to Provide the Necessities for Smallholder Farmers

Following a Peace Corps post in Mali in the mid- to late-1980s, Kerry Clark joined the University of Missouri as a soybean breeding research associate. For nearly 20 years,...

Foundation Seeks to Raise Money for Drought Documentary

“Thirsty Land,” a new documentary that sets out to tell the story of drought, its impact on agriculture, communities and the global food supply is receiving support through a...

The Start of a Revolution

How Mary-Dell Chilton, Robb Fraley and many others transformed an industry. Progress and change don’t just happen. There are forces behind them and often times those forces are people who...

Pulses Demand Grows

Gluten-free and easily consumed by nearly everyone, pulse crops are finding a market.  The world’s pulse crop industry is looking forward to 2016, declared by the United Nations as the...

In Launching the Traits of Tomorrow Comes Responsibility

Companies understand the risks and responsibilities that come with delivering new products to the marketplace. Megan Townsend Develop something new — unlike anything farmers use today. Make sure it delivers value and...

Farming in Space: Is it Possible?

In December, three twelfth-grade students from Germany will see their research blast-off to the International Space Station. Their research focuses on the ability to produce large quantities of quality...
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Beginners Guide to Importing and Exporting Seed

If your company is thinking about entering the export market for the first time, there are several pieces of the puzzle that should be well planned out. The U.S. seed...

Tips to Talk to Policymakers

Brush Up Your Skills with this How-to Guide for Talking with Policymakers. As the population grows each year, the agriculture industry is faced with the difficult task of meeting the...

Mike Hofer, Seed Solutions Functional Crop Care, BASF – ISF World Seed Congress 2015 –...

Mike Hofer sits down with Julie Deering at the 2015 ISF World Seed Congress in Kraków, Poland from May 25-27, 2015.

Meet the 2015 Future Giants

A passion for agriculture and the seed industry drive success. Early career individuals are not only working closely with seasoned veterans to learn about the issues and what has and...

TPA Passes Senate; Debate Moves to House of Representatives

With the May 22 passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation by the U.S. Senate, the trade policy focus shifted to the U.S. House of Representatives. At the time...