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Study Examines No-Till Incentives

What would it take to get farmers to adopt no-till, and how might an incentive program be structured? The numbers might surprise you. Farmers who have switched to no-till management...

Back from the Brink

From a handful of seeds, a classic American wheat is making a comeback. You’ve followed precisely the listed ingredients and the directions written generations ago in loopy cursive letters on...
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Ensuring Seed Quality

Ensuring Seed Quality From more efficient testing methods to high-speed seed counters with imaging capabilities, seed testing is rapidly becoming a critical player in the seed sector today. Seed is a...
International Agricultural Development

A Bountiful Harvest of Trained Plant Breeders

Joint initiatives between industry and academia have revitalized plant breeder training and preparatory programs, and initial efforts are beginning to pay off. Greater numbers of talented young men and...
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Around the World

No two regions are alike when it comes to the acceptance and adoption of biotechnology. Here, you’ll explore the GMO environment across continents. Twenty years in and the adoption of...

Using Varieties and Genetics to Combat Wheat Production Challenges

Wheat production faces numerous difficulties, from weather to profitability. Three experts explain how plant breeders are tackling these issues.  Wheat production challenges are...
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Germplasm Morgue or Gold Mine?

The NPGS is the largest distributor of plant genetic resources in the world. The USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) contains a wealth of genetic diversity including improved varieties, breeding...

Pennycress: From Weed to Jet Fuel

As an industry leader in the development of field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense L.), Arvegenix, a renewable fuel company in St. Louis, Mo., has made tremendous strides during the past...

Authority in the Air

Will new regulations inhibit or increase the use of UAS? More than 1 million drones were placed under Christmas trees this past month, meaning that even more hobbyists and commercial...

Advancing Seed Coatings and Polymers

With the increased demands being place on the seed, this niche sector of the industry is set for rapid growth. More and more, seed is seen as the delivery mechanism...

Jason Argyris Owes his Career to a Neighbor with a Really Big Garden

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018, we sit down with Jason Argyris, researcher at the CRAG Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics in Spain, to chat about improving...

Companies Invest in Decision-Support Technology

Seed companies expand in-field support using the latest in data science. Options abound in the world of precision agriculture with many of the latest technology and tools bearing the same...
sorghum

Something Revolutionary

It’s what sorghum farmers need, and researchers are delivering. In a few short years, sorghum farmers might be inundated with new hybrids from which to choose thanks to the discovery...
neonicotinoids

Syngenta Lawsuit Raises Long-term Questions

More could be on the line for seed companies that release new traits. At the moment, biotechnology company Syngenta and more than 300,000 plaintiffs are focused on whether or not...

Researchers Look to Wild Sunflowers for Genetic Diversity

Beauty and utility in one bright package, sunflowers are one of just a few commercial crops with origins in the United States. Today, sunflowers are grown in more than...

Michael Mazourek’s New Seed Company is Helping Bring the Flavor Back to Cucurbits

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with Cornell University vegetable breeder Michael Mazourek to chat about his work on the Cucurbit Coordinated Agricultural Project...

Year of the Brassica

Origin: Western Europe, Mediterranean and temperate regions of Asia Family: Brassica Genus: Brassicaceae Includes: Bok choy, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, Collards, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Kale, Kohlrabi, Radish, Rutabagas, Turnips Fun Fact: The Chinese philosopher Confucius, before dying in 479 B.C., wrote more than 300 songs...
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Using TALENs and CRISPRs in Crop Development

Recently developed new breeding technologies could mean a number of new traits moving into improved crops faster, easier and more economically. Plant breeders and researchers are excited about TALENs and...

ISSS Looks at Seeds as Systems

The International Society for Seed Science showcases groundbreaking research at its 12th triennial conference. Seeds may be tiny, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful. These miniature powerhouses are...
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DuPont Launches Best-In-Class Phytophthora Protection for US Soybeans

DuPont prides itself on delivering what the market needs. DuPont’s newest fungicide seed treatment product, Lumisena™, does just that, offering growers protection against Phytophthora, the most prevalent soybean disease in...