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...

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...

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...

Practical Solutions to Seed Treatment Difficulties

You know things need attention when there is enough material to split into two separate articles.  Seed enhancement is a relatively tricky process to...

Solving Seed Treatment Problems… We All Got ‘em

The seed treatment market continues to robustly expand. Increased treatment rates plus changes in what we are applying (think microbials – live organisms) have...

Why Must Your Customer Always Be Right?

Your customers can be, and frequently are, wrong. Either way, you should always afford them the right to be heard. Listening to customer complaints...

There Is Still Room at the Top for Seed Processing Innovation

How much better can we get in how we process seeds? We already sort and sift seed by weight, density, length, width, shape and...

Preparing for Crunch Time

It’s mid-September, and we are well past the summer solstice and the season continues to progress. In some areas, harvest is in full swing...

Consolidation …Where Do You Stand When the Dust Settles?

Agricultural markets are no stranger to consolidation. Although not necessarily becoming more corporate, American farms have been shifting production to larger and larger acreages...

Is It Time to Certify Seed Conditioning Equipment Operators?

If you are involved in any aspect of the seed industry, at one point you will find yourself at the heart of things …...

Quality Versus Quantity While Processing Seed

Those words are applicable to many things; relationships with friends & family, the food we consume, communications at work or how about seed? Right…...

Looking Back, Looking Forward

If you are reading this article, there is a good chance we crossed paths in Chicago at the ASTA CSS 2017 Seed Expo in...

Petkus North America Introduction

Our industry in North America has seen some challenges in the last three years. There, I said it. Denial is no longer just a...

Not Your Standard Field of Dreams

Build it and they will come? I doubt it. Although it is located in Iowa, Shoeless Joe Jackson hasn’t made a miraculous appearance out...

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,...

Technology vs. Feasibility: An Economic Balancing Act

I’m sitting in a meeting to discuss high-level seed conditioning ideas with a major seed company, and the conversation zeros in on the amazing...

Should the Optical Sorter or Gravity Separator Go First?

In my previous column, I hit a nerve about optical sorters versus gravity separators. The idea was not to pit one against the other,...

Does a Color Sorter Replace the Need for a Gravity Separator?

Lately, more and more people have asked if a color sorter can replace a gravity separator. To answer this question, first consider that the...

What Makes Your Business Unique?

All businesses and products are unique in their own way. No two organizations or what they produce are alike. This uniqueness means that design...

A New Year, A New Strategic Outlook?

2016 – what a year… pivotal and important merger and acquisition announcements were made, and the United States elected a new President whose policies...