Industry Trends, Evolution and Trailblazing

There’s a lot of industry buzz about biostimulants and biopesticides, and seed companies are screening more biological products in their testing programs than ever...

How Do I Get Started with Twitter?

We are all aware of the impact social media has on today’s world. It influences our personal lives, but also opens the door to...

On the Trail of a Monster

Waterhemp is both a monstrous and remarkable weed (Amaranthus tuberculatus (A. rudis is occasionally used to identify waterhemp plants that have developed herbicide resistance.)) that...

Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor

In the previous columns, I’ve outlined three of the four stages—the conceptualization, design and engineering, and manufacturing phases—to updating or building a new seed...

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...

Why All the Hype About Hemp?

Hang on to your hat, this could get interesting! I live and work out of Colorado. Imagine the kind of ribbing I have taken about...

A Smarter Way to Work

There’s a lot that goes into developing a biological product that performs in the field for the farmer and can be applied at the...

The Enemy Gets A Vote

I like looking at leadership from a slight military perspective, or better yet, from the viewpoint as the parent of a two-year old. The...

Take Care! A Phrase that’s Given Me New Perspective to Balancing It All

You know that all-to-familiar goodbye, be it in email or in person: “Take care” or “take care of yourself.” Most of us don’t think...

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...

Bud Light’s Super Bowl Ads Weren’t a Mistake and That’s Why They Are so...

The Bud Light brand launched one of the most successful ad campaigns in recent history when “Dilly, Dilly” was revealed to the world in...

Good Things Do Come in Small Packages

The effectiveness of biologicals is simply amazing. For example, miniscule amounts of the legume inoculant rhizobia can influence nodulation, plant growth and development, nitrogen...

How Not to Get Caught in the Whirlwind of Change

You know that old cliché saying “the only thing that is constant is change”? It seems more and more appropriate. We live in a...

Army Leadership for Business: Be, Know, Do.

It’s not always easy being the lone financial person in a company.  I talk in a foreign language and say “No” quite a bit....

Are You on LinkedIn? If Not, Here’s Why You Should Be

LinkedIn is different from other social media platforms because it’s business-focused and mainly used by professionals looking to make meaningful connections. There’s three main...

Is Breeding Stuck or Moving Forward?

We are citizens of the world, meeting different people in different cultures. We listen as they share their challenges and struggles to maintain their...

What It Really Means to Disconnect

When you read this, we will all be back from our holiday vacations and settled into our “normal” work routines. However, the Christmas break...

The Sky’s the Limit

What if you could create the perfect seed? What would its characteristics be? In what ways would you enhance that seed? What if you...

Success Secrets for an Efficient and Long-Lasting Seed Site

After the design and engineering phase has been completed, as far as the finished goods are concerned, the manufacturing process is an important stage...

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...