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    Disconnecting in a Connected World

    I work in an office with laptop computers and electronic notepads. We have a digital phone system, smartphones, and a wall-mounted big...

    Accuracy in Seed Testing

    I am frequently asked, “Why do we have differences in test results between laboratories?” This is never an easy question to answer...

    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...