Pioneer Demonstrates CRISPR-Cas Potential

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, biotechnology, Corn, Dupont Pioneer, Traits

DuPont Pioneer researchers  have been working with an advanced plant breeding technology known as CRISPR-Cas.  Now the Plant Biotechnology Journal has reported their success in improving a corn plant’s own ability to withstand drought stress. “Rapid population growth coupled with limited resources and climate change requires innovation to keep pace at a similarly rapid rate,” said Neal Gutterson, vice president, … Read More

EU Approves Three Soy Biotech Traits

Kelly MarshallAg Group, EU, Exports, Soybeans, Traits

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has just announced the approval of three biotech soybean traits by the European Union.  Now ready for import and processing are: Monsanto’s Xtend (dicamba x glyphosate MON87708 x MON89788) Monsanto’s Vistive Gold (high oleic x glyphosate MON87705 x MON89788) Bayer CropScience’s Balance GT (glyphosate x HPPD inhibitor FG72) “The EU’s approval of these events … Read More

Monsanto and Remington Partner to Drive Sorghum

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Company Announcement, Sorghum, Traits

Innovation Seed Solution LLC is the new joint venture created by Monsanto Company and Remington Holding Company, LLC.  The global retail seed provider has joined with Monsanto’s broad range of solutions to focus on sorghum.  Together the companies hope to provide greater market access and a higher level of innovation for the crop using Monsanto’s global sorghum breeding business and … Read More

Stem Cells May Be Key To Increased Yields

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, biotechnology, Corn, Genetics, Research, technology, Traits, yields

Biologists at New York’s Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have discovered a regulatory pathway in corn that could help explain how plants regulate the proliferation of stem cells, and could potentially be used to increase yields of corn and other staple crops by as much as 50 percent. The pathway works by channeling signals from emerging young leaves in corn to … Read More

ABM Files Patent on New Trichoderma Strain

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Research, Traits

Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) has filed an application with US patent office for a Trichoderma strain that may mean new things for agriculture.  ABM currently uses other Trichoderma strains in their ag products, including the SabrEx line. This new strain is uniquely versatile in its capabilities and provides new and enhanced properties to ABM’s previously patented Trichoderma products. The benefits … Read More

LibertyLink Offers Simple Solution

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Bayer CropScience, Soybeans, Traits

Soybeans are no longer a simple crop to grow and market.  With new traits still pending approval for export to other countries, and some elevators announcing they won’t accept specific traits, choosing the right soybean for your operation may be down right complicated. LibertyLink soybeans, however, offer a simple solution.  These soybean traits have all been approved for domestic and … Read More

ASA Requests Pressure on EU to Approve Soybean Traits

Kelly MarshallAg Group, ASA, EU, Soybeans, Traits

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pressing the administration to urge the European Commission to approve three biotech soybean traits.  In a letter from the ASA to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the organization highlights the need for approval of Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant trait, Vistive Gold’s high-oleic soybeans, and Bayer CropScience’s isozaflutole-resistant soybean.  Theses traits have … Read More

“Farmer Speaks Study” Highlights Grower Concerns

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Markets, Monsanto, Planting, Traits

If you are reacting to low commodity prices in your operation this year, you are not alone.  Bill Farmakis, President of J.L. Farmakis, recently spoke with AgWired about their “Farmer Speaks Study.”  The results, Farmakis says, were striking. The study, conducted in February by Millennium Research, asked growers what they were thinking as they headed into the 2016 planting season. … Read More