Researching to Infinity and Beyond

With endless knowledge just a click away, how can we engage students to get excited about making their own discoveries? What’s better than growing plants on Earth? Here’s a hint:...

SIPA Celebrates 4 Years of Success, Best is Yet to Come

Four years ago, 11 founding member companies met at the American Seed Trade Association’s office in Alexandria, Virginia, to lay the foundation of a new industry organization, the Seed...

Law and Biotech: Q&A with Drew Kershen

Drew Kershen, a retired professor of agriculture biotechnology and policy law at the University of Oklahoma (OU), highlights the importance of biotechnology. Seed World: What are you currently reading? Drew Kershen:...

Technology Adoption: A Catch-22

In preparation for planting African evaluation trials, Kristin Bilyeu works to increase 200 soybean lines under the Mississippi sun. Developing adaptable high yielding varieties for the low-latitude tropics is...
UPOV

Does the UPOV System Foster Modern Innovation?

The challenges facing agriculture make the success of plant breeding innovations more critical than ever before. Investment in plant breeding will greatly depend on the incentives provided by society...
FAO

What Does the Future of the Seed Industry Look Like?

Looking to the future causes anxiety about the economy, but do we really need to worry? What will the seed industry look like in 10 years? Will growers want more...

Conserving Crop Diversity

With climate change looming over our crops, preserving crop diversity is the No. 1 priority for Cary Fowler. "The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add...
duncan

Cultivating Rapeseed and Early Careers

In his early career, Rob Duncan has been awarded for his efforts in developing a high-erucic acid rapeseed and helping students develop as plant breeders. Who has strong research foundations,...
corn hybrids

Status Rwanda: Stakeholders Ink Deal for Production of Local Hybrid Maize Seed

Three stakeholders in agriculture inked a $2.2 million deal, or 1.9 billion Rwandi francs, meant for the production of local quality hybrid maize seeds, as well as facilitating farmers...
Rao

Apps that Drive Change: Q&A with Vilas Rao

Creating cohesive teams and digital tools that impact the seed industry is at the heart of what Vilas Rao, The Climate Corporation vice president of strategy, focuses on daily. Seed...

Since 1915: A Look Back to March 1963

The first issue of Seed World was published in 1915. Here the editors will take you back in time to explore the numbers, news and issues that impacted the...
NUE

Status Philippines: GR2E Golden Rice Receives Green Light

The Philippine Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry green lights the conduct of public consultations on the proposed field trials for GR2E Golden Rice. The public consultation process...
monarch

Protecting Pollinators: On the Road for Pollinators

Road trip shines a light on projects along the Monarch Highway. Monarch butterflies travel around 3,000 miles each year on their annual migration. This summer, a team from Syngenta took...
clemson

Status Nigeria: Major Breakthrough in Crop Biotechnology

Africa’s most populous country has recorded a major breakthrough in crop biotechnology following official approval and registration of two Bt cotton varieties, MRC 7377 BGII and MRC 7361 BGII. ...
challenges

5 Breakthroughs to Help Address Food Challenges

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine identifies the most promising scientific breakthroughs that are possible to achieve in the next decade to increase...

Spinach Vying to be King of the Leafy Greens

New genomic information may lead to improvements for a traditional health food. At trendy salad bars, spinach vies with kale as king of the leafy greens. Long regarded as a...

Status Mexico: Mexico Critical to the Success of U.S. Grain Industry

At the beginning of July, the people of Mexico elected Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a left-of-center populist, as Mexico’s next president. “Mexico is the most important global market for...
no-till

Less Land on the Market in Eastern Corn Belt

In the Eastern Corn Belt, the trend of less land on the market continues. Roger Hayworth, Farmers National Company area sales manager for the region says the market is...
coat

Best Practices in Seed Treatment Operations

Stewardship is fundamental to sustainable agriculture, and it all starts with the right information. Stewardship involves implementing or supporting practices that protect or improve the quality of critical resources such...
NK

Status Botswana: Partial Unbundling of Seed Co Limited Proposed

The proposed partial unbundling of Seed Co Limited and the subsequent separate listing of its regional operations on the Botswana Stock Exchange will allow the company to pursue its...