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

UC Davis Holds Seed Business 101 Course at CSS

Cindy Zimmerman

The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center completed another successful session of the Seed Business 101 course focused on field crops in conjunction with the American Seed Trade Association CSS 2014 and Seed Expo in Chicago last week. Seed Business 101 is a one week course designed to expose participants to the five functional areas of a seed company (R&D, production, …

ASTA, Education, seed

Bayer CropScience has EPA Approval for ILeVO®

Leah Guffey

Bayer CropScience announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved its application for the registration of ILeVO®, the only seed treatment that protects the root system against infections caused by the Sudden Death Syndrome fungus and has activity against dangerous nematodes in the seed zone. Business to business strategy manager of seed growth, John Carlson says, “This is …

ASTA, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Soybeans

ASTA Looking Forward to Happy New Year

Cindy Zimmerman

The chairman and first vice chair of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) are pleased with this year’s turnout at CSS 2014 and Seed Expo and with the direction of the organization. ASTA chair John Schoenecker with HM. Clause of California says the program is exceptionally good this year. “Everything from bee health to cover crops, the international treaty for …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, seed

New ASTA Consumer Research on Seed Attitudes

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) today unveiled results of new research that shows consumers have a lack of knowledge and appreciation for the importance of seeds and seed improvement, until they are presented with specific examples of the environmental, economic and health benefits of seed. ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne briefed members of the media during the CSS …

ASTA, Audio, seed

Simplot CEO Appreciates ASTA Mentoring

Cindy Zimmerman

The opening session of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS and Seed Expo was highlighted by keynote speaker J.R. Simplot president and CEO Bill Whitacre. Since inventing the first viable frozen french fry the J.R. Simplot Company, has become one of North America’s largest, privately held food and agribusiness companies, with over $4.5 billion in annual sales. Simplot has …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio