Seed Today The most complete tool for marketing your business in the seed processing industry Forrest Chumley Receives International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium Award Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:08:11 EST In January 2017, at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG) in San Diego, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) presented Forrest Chumley with a Certificate of Appreciation for his vision and 10 years of dedication to and support of the IWGSC. Forrest Chumley, a veteran of the agricultural biotechnology industry, spent more than thirsty years in research and business leadership roles with Heartland Plant Innovations, DuPont Company, K-State Research and Extension, and Edenspace Systems Corporation. Chumley is currently a Senior Advisor on science and special projects with Heartland Plant Innovations, Manhattan, KS. At the award ceremony, IWGSC Executive Director Kellye Working Hard on the Next Generation of Waxy Corn Hybrids Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:49:14 EST Breeders are helping fight the devastating maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease in Sub-Saharan Africa (February 22, 2017) Marcel Bruins, EuropeanSeed) -- DuPont Pioneer is committed to helping growers produce more and better food, with fewer resources, through improved plant genetics. They have been fulfilling this mission over the past 90 years, beginning with the commercialization of the first corn hybrids in the 1920s, co-developing one of the first biotech traits with Dow AgroSciences in the 1990s. Now, DuPont Pioneer is an early adopter of one of the most exciting biological breakthroughs of the 21st century — CRISPR-Cas as an Bayer CEO Confident Monsanto Purchase Will Be Approved by End of Year Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:44:48 EST German conglomerate outlines ambitious guidance for 2017 after posting lower quarterly profit Leverkusen, Germany (Feb. 22/WSJ) -— The chief executive of German chemical conglomerate Bayer AG said Wednesday that he was confident the company’s planned $57 billion acquisition of U.S. seed maker Monsanto Co. would overcome any regulatory obstacles and close by the end of the year, despite delays with U.S. and European antitrust authorities. Werner Baumann, speaking at the company’s annual earnings conference, said Bayer was in the process of responding to a second request for information from the U.S. Department of Justice. He also said the company had pushed Origin Agritech, Arcadia Biosciences Enter Corn Collaboration Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:09:16 EST Arcadia and Origin signed an agreement under which Arcadia will assist Origin in developing information for submission to regulatory authorities in the U.S., China, and other countries for the approval of their traits in corn (February 22) -- Origin Agritech, Beijing, China and Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., Davis, CA, announced their collaboration to achieve the first-ever export of a key corn biotechnology product developed in China to the United States for completion of global regulatory trials. The successful movement of this corn seed, containing an insect resistance/herbicide tolerance trait discovered and developed in China, to the Arcadia greenhouse represents COPeO Prime Seed Treatment Offers Broad Spectrum Cotton Nematode Control Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:12 EST New solution from Bayer to protect cotton roots from nematodes Research Triangle Park, NC (Feb. 22) – Growers who choose Stoneville® and FiberMax® cotton seed varieties now benefit from additional nematode protection. COPeO™ Prime nematicide brings a new mode of action to cotton seed treatments, and is now available exclusively on Stoneville and FiberMax varieties. COPeO Prime protects cotton roots from all species of plant parasitic nematodes, including root-knot and reniform nematodes. This enables growers to produce cotton with healthier roots and more uniform plant stands and height, and ultimately helps realize the full yield potential of their varieties. COPeO Prime provides 'Hungry for Truth' Launches Pro-GMO commercial Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:31:13 EST Sioux Falls, SD (Feb. 20/AgWeek) -- The Hungry for Truth initiative has released a new television commercial addressing the safety of the genetically modified or biotech crops farmers raise in South Dakota. The commercial shares a positive message about these crops, which have been the center of controversy with consumers in recent years. The spot features Kimball, S.D., soybean farmer Bradee Pazour talking to moms about the safety of GMOs. Pazour can speak about GMOs because she not only raises biotech crops on her farm, she feeds them to her family. "As a mother and a farmer, this is a Camelina, Canola Show Promise As Cool Season Cash Crops Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:16:28 EST When deciding what crops to grow during a season, growers look at several factors. Do the crops have a good yield in their area? Does the area currently have the resources - usually water - to grow that crop? Will the crop give a return on the investment? And, what are the future effects that growing that crop might have on the grower’s fields? That’s many factors! In California, growers usually choose warm season crops: ones that grow from March to October. But, extension agronomist Stephen Kaffka, and his team at UC Davis, including project scientist Nic George, explored growing cool season Overlapping Residual Herbicides Best for New Dual-Trait Soybeans Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:01:07 EST Overlapping residual herbicides used in conjunction with glyphosate and dicamba resulted in better weed control and higher yields than the post-emergent treatments used alone. Philadelphia (February 21, 2017) -– Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® crop system and Dow’s Enlist Duo® herbicide-resistant seed traits are the next wave of trait technology designed to allow growers to spray herbicides without damaging the crop. The efficacy of these tools, however, could be short-lived if growers rely too heavily on them. “There are a couple of things I have been telling growers with regard to this technology,” says Dr. Kevin Bradley, state extension weed scientist at Dow AgroSciences, MS Technologies Receive Patent for Unique Gene Insertion in Enlist E3 Soybeans Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:12:49 EST Insianapolis and West Point, IA (Feb. 21) -– Technology innovation and integration help advance modern agriculture, and an example of this progress comes from Dow AgroSciences LLC, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), and MSTechnologies™ , as the companies announce receipt of a significant patent covering soybean plants and seeds containing the innovative Enlist E3™ event. U.S. Patent No. 9,540,655 acknowledges the proprietary work done to develop new soybean products tolerant to three herbicides’ modes of action, providing farmers significantly improved cropping systems to address resistant and hard-to-control weeds. The ability to combine multiple herbicide tolerance A Slow Shift to Non-GM Corn and Soybeans in Minnesota Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:44:51 EST Lakefield, MN (February 20/LakefieldStandard) -- The seed business has changed during the nearly 35 years that Mike Hansen has worked for, managed and owned Ivanhoe Seed and Feed. One of the most significant changes is the development of genetically engineered (GM) crops. “Years ago, when Monsanto came out with Roundup Ready soybeans, our main business was cleaning soybeans,” Hansen said. “That, I would say, amounted to 80,000-100,000 bushels of cleaning that went away.” That was in the 1990s. Recently, however, Hansen has noticed increased demand for conventional non-GMO soybeans. “We grew a conventional soybean this past year for seed sales for this