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....

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...

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.

Basketball Is a Game of Inches; Seed Is a Game of Millimeters

Your favorite team is down by one and has the ball with the clock winding down. A shot goes up while the...

Discovering Common Ground

One of the challenges of working in the global seed industry is the great distances we must travel to cover our vast territories—it’s an...

Nematodes In Corn May Be More Prevalent than you Think

Nematodes are both natural soil residents that contribute to healthy, productive soils and parasitic, free-living organisms that feed on living material. About 25 to...

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...

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...