Indigo Presents Innovative Platform for Ag

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Indigo focuses on using nature to sustainably feed the plant, which is why they’ve collaborated with 25 growers and experts to test a microbial seed treatment on more than 15,000 acres in 2017. The project, named Indigo Partners, will provide data and insights to help Indigo bring new products to market. “Using bioinformatics and data analytics, we are creating a …

Agribusiness, seed

ASTA Weighs in on New Phytosanitary Measures

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Last week the seed industry announced good news in the form of the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM), a world wide attempt to put seed regulations on the same page. Ric Dunkle, Senior Director of Seed Health and Trade for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) was at the International Plant Protection Convention in Korea when the standards were …

Ag Group, ASTA, Audio, Regulation, seed, trade

ASTA Commends New Seed Standard

Kelly Marshall

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) passed a final International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) for seed last week. This is a long awaited decision, says the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), one that has become necessary as import requirements for seed have become more restrictive and less science based. “The seed industry is truly global,” said ASTA President & …

Ag Group, ASTA, seed, trade

ASTA Offers Stewardship Steps for Treated Seed

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association(ASTA) is reminding farmers to follow five basic steps to practice good stewardship of treated seed. Follow Directions: Follow directions on treated seed container labels for handling, storage, planting and disposal practices. Eliminate Flowering Weeds: Eliminate flowering plants and weeds in and around the field prior to planting. Minimize Dust: Use advanced seed flow lubricants that …

ASTA, seed

2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge Winner Announced

Kelly Marshall

A team from the BioSense Institute in Serbia has been selected as this year’s first-place winner of the Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. Their winning entry provided a model that predicts the seed varieties growers in a specific region were likely to select. Oskar Marko, Sanja Brdar, Marko Panić, Isidora Šašić, Milivoje Knežević, Danica Despotović, Vladmir Crnojević and Zorana Djindjica …

Contest, Data, seed, Syngenta

Sorghum Partners Powered by Chromatin

Cindy Zimmerman

Sorghum is gaining in popularity thanks to new and improved hybrids being developed by Chromatin, your Sorghum Partners. We had the opportunity to chat with Chromatin Vice President for Research & Development Scott Staggenborg at Commodity Classic last week to find out what is new with sorghum and how the crop is being grown in new areas from a company …

Audio, Commodity Classic, seed, Sorghum, Video

Poncho/VOTiVO Gives Great Odds

Kelly Marshall

If you could go to Vegas with 80 percent favorable odds, would you take it? asks Greg Ginisty, Bayer product manager. That’s what Poncho/VOTiVO has provided growers – a consistent product with a consistent return on investment, and really great odds. Poncho/VOTiVo has been game-changing in terms of insect control since 2010 when it was first launched and it remains …

Audio, Bayer CropScience, Commodity Classic, seed

Bayer/Monsanto Talk About the Future from #Classic17

Kelly Marshall

Adrian Percy, head of research and development at Bayer CropScience, and Robb Fraley, Monsanto chief technology officer held an informal press conferene at Commodity Classic to discuss the proposed nuptials of their companies. Both Percy and Fraley spoke highly of Monsanto’s seeds and traits and Bayer’s chemistry, but took pains to point out how much better they will be when …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Commodity Classic, Crop Protection, Monsanto, seed

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival to Feature Seeds

Cindy Zimmerman

The 24th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will feature a special place of honor this year for that which makes it all possible – the seed! During the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) 56th Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference this week at Disney’s Epcot Center, festival coordinator Eric Darden announced that they will feature an ASTA garden at this …

ASTA, Audio, seed

S&W Commences Commercial-Sale Sorghum Production

Kelly Marshall

S&W Seed Company has begun a new venture into commercial-scale production of hybrid grain sorghum and hybrid forage sorghum seed. The move towards sorghum is the result of consumer demand for gluten-free, non-GMO and whole grains that the grain provides. S&W acquired the operations of SV Genetics (“SVG”) sorghum program in May 2016 with the goal of advancing deployment of the …

seed, Sorghum