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...
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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...

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,...

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...

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...

A Regulated Pathogen Challenges Global Tomato Seed Shipments

Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid (PSTVd) is one of the top challenges to international tomato seed shipments due to strict phytosanitary regulations by importing countries....

Can You Afford Not to Test Your Seed for Genetic Purity?

When I talk to seed producers about genetic purity testing of their corn seed lots, I occasionally get a response similar to this: “How...

Seed Sampling: The First Step in Seed Testing Success

Occasionally, after I send a results report out to one of our customers, I will receive a response back indicating that the recipient doesn’t...

Targeted Genotyping by Sequencing: the Most Economical Genotyping Method In Crop Breeding

The development of next-generation sequencing technologies and the ongoing reduction of sequencing costs have made genotyping by sequencing (GBS) a valuable approach to find...

Test Certificate — Seed’s Passport to Get Into Canada

International border crossings all have one thing in common: paperwork and plenty of government officials on the spot to make certain everything about that...

How Is Preparing Your Income Tax Like Seed Quality Testing?

You are likely reading this article around the middle of April, so many of you may be focused on something that grabs my attention...

The Importance of Fatty Acid Profiling

Throughout the oilseed supply chain, a fatty acid composition profile provides critical information for valuing oil seeds and processed oils. Fatty acid profiling, technically...

Testing for Bacterial Fruit Blight in Cucurbit Seed

Bacterial fruit blotch, Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli (BFB), is an infectious seed borne disease that can cause up to 90 percent loss of marketable...

Importance of Semi Quantitative Adventitious Presence (AP) Testing

It is vital that breeding and seed production programs conduct testing for adventitious presence (AP) of unwanted biotech traits. A properly timed AP test...

Importance of Preliminary Trait Purity Testing in Corn Seed Production

When producing traited seed, trait purity testing is not an option – it’s both a necessity and a requirement by the trait provider. The...

Why Test for Disease Resistance?

When planted in a production environment, plants — no matter the species — must be able to fend against a number of stressors, including...

Advances in Genetic Purity Testing

It’s not rocket science, even though it may sometimes seem that way when you read about advances in genetic purity testing or listen to...

Advances in Molecular Bio-diagnostics May Help Improve Trade

It’s arguably a company’s biggest headache, not to mention costly: having seed rejected at the port of entry because officials say it tests positive...

Seed Treatment Safety Studies Provide a Key Performance Check

Seed safety studies play an important role in ensuring that seed treatment manufacturers are delivering a product to the end user that’s going to...

When Needs Drive Solutions: New Test for Palmer Amaranth

What’s the most troublesome weed in the United States? According to the Weed Science Society of America, Palmer amaranth, also known as Palmer pigweed,...