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...

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...

Don’t Cheat on Your Wheat

Wheat growers in the Eastern half of the United States may be tempted to cheat on preparation for their winter wheat crop....

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...

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,...

In Changing Times, Independent Seedsmen Must Build On Relationships To Win

I've never seen anything like this unprecedented run of excellent corn crops over the last six or seven years in my 45...

It’s Not Them — It’s YOU & I!

I have the privilege to do what I love for a living. I am growing an old, trustworthy company into a world-leading...

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...

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...

The “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” Mentality Will Destroy Your Business

We’ve all heard the common phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” For the life of me, I can’t figure out why anyone...

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...
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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...

The Importance of Gentle Seed Handling

Whether you are dealing with seed or grain, the handling of them is important. Most grain handling equipment is designed around the importance of...

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...

Robotic Bees, Synthetic Seed, Pelletized Seed Corn — No Longer a Pipedream

Pelletized seed corn always seemed a far-fetched idea. I first heard of the concept while participating in a presentation at the University of California,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Don’t Chase Last Year’s Solutions

When it comes to deciding which hybrids to plant, there is a saying among savvy Midwest corn growers: If getting the best...