The Hidden Dangers of Sourcing Seeds for Breeding

Plant breeding often starts with seeds sourced from external partners such as gene banks, universities, etc. Sometimes referred to as Introductions, these...

Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) Threatens the Tomato and Pepper Industry

ToBRFV, a Tobamo virus like TMV and ToMV, was  discovered in 2014 in Israel and then in 2015 in Jordan. Since then,...
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Soybean Seed Quality, What Can We Expect In The Field This Spring?

The 2018 soybean seed production year presents some significant challenges for 2019 seed quality. Late fall rains throughout the Midwest coupled with...

5 Considerations Before Doing International Business

It can be exhilarating moving into new, international markets. One of my passions is bringing our products into new countries and working...

Why Breeding Cannabis is Unlike Other Crop Breeding Efforts (Part 2)

The cannabis industry today is encountering problems that breeding efforts can prevent. For example, cannabis is highly impacted by the length of...

Industrial Hemp Is Following Corn’s Footprints

The interest in industrial hemp is currently like nothing I have experienced in any ag marketplace. Sorry to use the term again, but...

Why Breeding Cannabis is Unlike Other Crop Breeding Efforts (Part 1)

The cannabis market today presents a huge demand for new and exciting products containing cannabis ingredients. Producers expect reliable and stable plant...

Help Soybeans Punch Out of Cool, Wet Soil

Low seed germination scores have been a topic of discussion this spring, especially concerning soybeans following the late, wet harvest of 2018...

The Importance of Seed Treatment Analysis

Seed treatment chemicals are applied to seed in order to protect it from pathogens that may damage the seed in storage, during the initial...
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Gene Editing: Fulfilling the Promise Through a Community of Innovators

When Johannes Gutenberg invented moveable type nearly six centuries ago, he jump-started the spread of knowledge across Europe and helped ignite the...

Accelerating Sunflower Breeding with Genotyping by Sequencing

Advancing breeding programs for sunflowers has been challenging because the genome is very large (slightly larger than the human genome) with little historical genotyping...

A Do-Gooder’s Treatise

More than 20 years ago, I came across a graph projecting global food demand, which was expected to double by 2040. That...

Putting the Power of Prediction in the Hands of Plant Breeders

At Benson Hill, we believe all breeders should be able to leverage the most cutting-edge advances in data science and plant biology to...

2019 Planting Season: A Seed Company Survival Guide: May We Never See Another...

There are countless articles each day about how farmers and commercial crops are being impacted by this delayed planting season.  Much of this...

Hemp Quality and Genetic Testing

Passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) in December opened a big window of opportunity for many growers to...

What is the Real Limiting Factor in Plant Breeding?

One of the most important aspects of plant breeding is the genetic variation among plants in the population. Genetic variation, which refers to how...

We Never Plant Corn In June

“We never plant corn in June, but we will plant it during all six weeks of May!” That is a funny (kind...

Sustainability Isn’t a Sacrifice, It’s Good for Business

The student strikes taking place around the globe to protest government inaction on global warming have put the spotlight on climate change....

Want to Fail at Business? Do This One Thing

When I visit the United States, I am bombarded with the sentiment that “corn is king.” When I travel through Western Canada,...

Trends in Storage and Handling You Should Know About

Farms are getting larger. Along the production chain, stakeholders are looking for ways to increase convenience and reduce labor. Large-scale operations in...