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...

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,...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Biologicals Benefit from Scientific Advancements

Since the introduction of biologicals, the industry has witnessed tremendous advancements with one of the major contributors being the use of increased intelligence and...

Can Digital Connection Ever Truly Replace the Human Touch?

I think most of us innately know that an email, tweet, post or text does not replace connecting with the important people...

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...

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...

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...

Customer First Approach – Making Business Easy

I have been involved with marketing crop production and seed treatment products to seed dealers and retailers for more than 25 years...

Advances in Genetic Purity Testing

It’s not rocket science, even though it may sometimes seem that way when you read about advances in genetic purity testing or listen to...

Building a Modern Food System

In the next five years, I’ll be shocked if we can’t increase farm profitability through greater crop and trait diversity.

Driven by a Uniquely External Approach

Anyone who knows me knows I spend a great deal of time on the road working with customers or potential customers from...

Ten Pounds in a Five Pound Bucket

On a very regular basis, we are asked to fit things where they really aren’t meant to go. I call this putting...

A Regulated Pathogen Challenges Global Tomato Seed Shipments

Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid (PSTVd) is one of the top challenges to international tomato seed shipments due to strict phytosanitary regulations by importing countries....

Build A More Diverse Seed Portfolio

As margins remain a challenge for many corn and soybean growers, is your seed genetics and traits product portfolio keeping ahead of...

What Is the True Cost of Developing Breeding Software?

Once you recognize the need to implement new plant breeding software, the next crucial decision is to decide whether to build a proprietary program...

Spring Wheat Is More Than Poverty Grass

It is in years like this with low commodity prices that some farmers give wheat the dubious title of “poverty grass” because it is...