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,...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

Predictive Breeding: Five Steps to Hit it Out of the Park

The use of genomic selection in plant breeding may seem worlds apart from the use of advanced analytics in baseball, yet both...

Let’s Fire Up the Future of Protein

For many of us, there’s nothing better than summertime and the sizzle of a thick steak hitting a hot grill. You’re smiling...

Biostimulants Are Coming of Age

Plant biostimulants (PBS’s) are increasingly gaining recognition as valuable inputs to enhance crop production. Informally, PBS’s are thought of as microbes or substances...

Are You Providing The Support Your Sales Team Needs?

Good customer service and dependability are still the top qualities consumers look for when choosing who to do business with. The basic...
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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...

Please Don’t Shoot the Messenger

I’ve noticed everybody and their uncle want to jump into the biologicals field lately. Our sector is exploding. With that, I’ve given...

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...

Is Hourly Pay the Enemy of Efficiency?

Motivating employees is hard! The challenge is to ensure that the employees’ goals and the company’s goals are in line. One area...

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...

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...

Fufu Dust to Cropping Must

I started in the biologicals business as a salesperson in 1977. Back then, it wasn’t uncommon for other agricultural stakeholders to refer...

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....