Do You Know What Casuistry Is?

I’m a fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History. It’s about historical events and people that have been overlooked or misunderstood. A recent...

How to Build a Winning Lineup

What do corn portfolios and football lineups have in common? Product development is a lot like assembling a winning football team. We’ve...

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...

Is Hourly Pay the Enemy of Efficiency? – Part 2

In my last article, I discussed the challenges of motivating hourly employees to improve efficiency.  Hourly employees may miss out on overtime hours...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What I Learned About Creating My First Company Video

I am continually asking my team to ”jump out of their comfort zone” and “think outside the box.” Now it was my...

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,...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

Accuracy in Seed Testing

I am frequently asked, “Why do we have differences in test results between laboratories?” This is never an easy question to answer...

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...