BASF Compostable Polymers on Display at CSS

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF has a biodegradable solution for plastics with ecovio® and ecoflex® technology. Ruth Watts, product marketing manager for BASF’s Biopolymers Group in North America, was at last week’s ASTA CSS & Seed Expo demonstrating the use of this type of packaging for agricultural applications. “This (ecovio) is new technology by BASF,” Watts explained, adding that ecoflex was the very first …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, bioproducts

First the Seed Foundation Update

Cindy Zimmerman

First the Seed Foundation (FTSF) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2008 by the American Seed Trade Association with a focus on attracting bright young minds to the industry. “The seed industry is an exciting, dynamic, high tech industry,” said Foundation chairman Bud Hughes of Verdant Partners during an update at CSS 2014 and Seed Expo last week. “We want …

ASTA, Education, seed

Bayer CropScience Soybean Update

Cindy Zimmerman

Grower needs drive the Bayer CropScience soybean business according to Diego Angelo, director of US soybean operations, who was at last week’s CSS 2014 and Seed Expo to provide an update. “Innovation is in our blood and it’s driven by our passion to help growers be productive and profitable long term,” says Angelo. Right now what growers need most to …

ASTA, Audio, Bayer CropScience, seed, Soybeans

Comments Needed on EPA Neonic Report

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers and other stakeholders have only a few days left to comment on the EPA report about the “Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production” which finds little or no overall benefits. The comment period concludes on December 22. Dr. Becky Langer, Bayer CropScience Bee Care Program manager, says the EPA document came out of the presidential memorandum this …

ASTA, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Bees, Pesticides, pollinators

Bayer CropScience Commitment to Innovation

Cindy Zimmerman

Bayer CropScience hosted a press conference at last week’s ASTA CSS & Seed Expo to highlight the company’s commitment to innovation. David Hollinrake, vice president of Agricultural Commercial Operations Marketing, says that they are investing more than $1 billion annually in research and development. “We’re looking across disease control, crop efficiency, trying to help crops thrive in less than great …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio, Bayer CropScience

Research on Value of Neonicotinoids

Cindy Zimmerman

The agriculture industry is working to show the benefits of neonicotinoids in the face of an EPA report released in October concluding that the seed treatments “provide little or no overall benefits to soybean production in most situations.” During the ASTA CSS and Seed Expo last week, Dr. Pete Nowak with AgInfomatics discussed some of his findings on the value …

ASTA, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Bees, Insecticide

ASTA Welcomes Economist Back for Outlook

Cindy Zimmerman

Back again by popular demand this year at the ASTA CSS 2014 and Seed Expo was AgResource Company president Dan Basse giving his economic outlook for the year ahead. Basse notes that this crop year is historic in that it’s the first time we’ve seen record world production for corn, wheat and soybeans. “So something agronomically is afoot here,” he …

ASTA, Audio, Corn

Poster Winners at ASTA CSS

Cindy Zimmerman

Three students were awarded prizes sponsored by Dow AgroSciences for their winning poster presentations at the ASTA CSS 2014 and Seed Expo last week in Chicago. First place was awarded to Adam Gaspar from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is pictured here explaining his presentation to one of the judges. Second place went to Lillian Brzostowski, a student at the …

ASTA, Corn, seed, Soybeans, University

Bayer CropScience to Open New Seed Growth Center

Leah Guffey

Bayer CropScience will open a bigger and better seed growth center at the end of January, according to company officials at the American Seed Trade Association CSS 2014 and Seed Expo last week. “It’s going to have a state-of-the-art training center, a demonstration center, and a research center,” said Brad May, lead key account manager for seed growth and seeds. …

ASTA, Audio, Bayer CropScience, seed, Soybeans

Biotech Advocate at ASTA CSS

Cindy Zimmerman

Hearing food and health “celebrities” spread misinformation about agriculture really annoys plant molecular and cellular biology professor Dr. Kevin Folta, who spoke at the CSS 2014 and Seed Expo this week in Chicago. Folta, who has a blog where he calls himself “a scientist in a scientifically illiterate nation at a time when we need science the most,” took the …

ASTA, Audio, biotechnology