Seed Treatments Highlighted At #ASTACSS

Cindy Zimmerman

The application of seed treatment technologies in agriculture is such a growing and important segment of the industry that it was the very first session at the ASTA CSS 2015 and Seed Expo this week in Chicago. The session on Monday afternoon featured (pictured left to right) Terry Meyer with INCOTEC, moderator Jim Shearl with AgReliant Genetics, and Eda Reinot …

Agribusiness, agronomy, ASTA, Audio, seed

#ASTACSS Taking Cover Crops Mainstream

Taylor Truckey

A diverse panel covered the topic of cover crops at the ASTA CSS 2015 and Seed Expo Tuesday, exploring how the practice is starting to hit the mainstream. David Pearl with the CISCO Companies in Indianapolis, who serves as chair of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Cover Crops Working Group, says this was the first full cover crops session …

ASTA, Audio, Conservation, Cover Crops, Soil, water

Panel On Taking Cover Crops Mainstream at #ASTACSS

Taylor Truckey

During a session on “Taking Cover Crops Mainstream” at the ASTA CSS/Seed Expo this week,, a panel of representatives from across the industry spoke about their experiences with cover crops, the work they’ve done on either their farm or in their business, and the impact cover crops can have on soil health. Two growers who integrate cover crops on their …

ASTA, Conservation, Cover Crops, Soil, sustainability

Dan Basse Gives Economic Outlook at #ASTACSS

Cindy Zimmerman

AgResource Company president Dan Basse presented his economic outlook for agriculture at the opening general session of the ASTA CSS 2015 and Seed Expo on Tuesday for the fifth year in a row. In his fact-filled 90 minute presentation, Basse talked about a “world awash in grain” with record global wheat and soybean crops and second largest corn crop. “We …

ASTA, Audio, Markets, seed

#ASTACSS and Seed Expo Underway in Chicago

Cindy Zimmerman

Seed industry representatives from around the globe are gathered in the Windy City this week for the 70th Corn and Sorghum Seed Research Conference, 45th Soybean Seed Research Conference, and Seed Expo 2015 – better known as CSS 2015 and Seed Expo. “It’s in Chicago and it’s at the end of harvest, so all the seed companies get a chance …

ASTA, Audio, seed

ASTA Awards Presented

Cindy Zimmerman

Distinguished Service and Lifetime Honorary Member awards were presented by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) during the closing banquet on Friday night. Honored for distinguished service to the seed industry were retired DuPont Pioneer quality supply technology manager Greg Lamka, and Betsy Peterson of the California Seed Association. Lamka, who was unable to attend to receive his award in …

ASTA, seed

Iteris Displays ClearAg at #ASTAannual

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the companies reaching out to seed industry professionals at the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) annual meeting last week in DC was Iteris, spotlighting ClearAg™, a decision support application for precision farming. “We take weather and we apply it to agriculture,” said Iteris sales engineer Chris Davis explaining ClearAg. “Typically the data you get from the weather service …

ASTA, Audio, Software, weather

ASTA Celebrates Great Annual Meeting in DC

Cindy Zimmerman

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) president and CEO Andy LaVigne is pleased with the turnout of industry members at the 132nd annual meeting in Washington DC this week and with the reception they have received on Capitol Hill. In his opening session welcome, LaVigne said he was especially thrilled to have Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack address the meeting despite his …

ASTA, Audio, seed

ASTA Chair Ends Year on High Note

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s been a busy year for John Schoenecker of HM Clause as chairman of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). One priority for the organization has been to develop a communications strategy and Schoenecker says they have moved forward with that plan in the past year developing a new video message that stresses the importance of seeds in our daily …

ASTA, Audio, biotechnology, seed