Never Plan for a Late Spring

It’s bitterly cold in January, lots of rain and snow in February, March turns cold again and April starts with more rain...

Blood Makes the Grass Grow

“Blood makes the grass grow” is what I thought I heard from our former college football linebacker, full Irish, quick to fight,...

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 2)

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

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Don’t Make People Skeptical of Your Content

We all strive to be an expert in our chosen field, and to be seen as one. But there’s an ugly flipside...

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...

Reduce Seed Treatment Operator Error

What are the fundamental principles of a successful business? Increase profits while minimizing risk — sound familiar? What good is it to...

In Tough Times, Think Like a Coach, Not Like a Fan

We’ve all done it. Our favorite team losses a close game and our first reaction is to blame the poor or biased officiating. We...

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...

It’s A Small World After All

It is a small world for sure, especially in the seed industry. I am fascinated that our industry can be so global...

Size Matters: Precision and Accuracy

Just as farmers look to deploy precision planting practices this spring, seed companies expect precision during the sorting and sizing process that...

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,...

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.