Seed Today The most complete tool for marketing your business in the seed processing industry Gearing Up for Spring, Elk Mound Seed Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:33:42 EDT Elk Mound, WI (March 24, 2017) -– The Elk Mound Seed staff is preparing for the upcoming planting season with pallets and bulk seed arriving weekly. “This time of year our warehouse space can become a daily challenge,” warehouse manager Bruce McIiquham commented. “Seed is coming and going nearly every day.” Elk Mound Seed has two warehouses that can hold approximately 30-35 semi-loads of seed combined. “It can be like a game of Tetris at times,” Mcliquham jokingly said, “organizing our warehouse so we can find specific seed for orders helps everyone when we get really busy.” Bulk storage NAS Releases Report on Preparing for Future Biotech Products Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:53:22 EDT The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) Committee on Future Biotechnology Products and Opportunities to Enhance the Capabilities of the Biotechnology Regulatory System has released the prepublication version of a new report, Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology on March 9, 2017. The new report is part of an effort that was initiated in July 2015 by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's (OSTP) to clarify the roles of agencies responsible in regulating products of biotechnology. The NAS was tasked by the three regulatory agencies (US Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], U.S. Food and Drug Administration New National Research Initiative Aims to Improve Cover Crops Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:12:49 EDT Washington, DC (March 22) The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation launched a national cover crop initiative today during a special press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The $6.6 million research initiative, made possible by a $2.2 million grant from FFAR, will promote soil health through the development and adoption of new cover crops across the United States. “The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is committed to improving the nation’s soil health, which is essential to ensuring a productive and sustainable future for food and agriculture,” said Sally Rockey, 10 New NK Corn hybrids Showcase Syngenta's Advanced Genetics, New Naming System Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:08:10 EDT Increased diversity of hybrids offers greater grower choice to help maximize crop return on every acre Naming system designed to help growers better identify hybrids by Minnetonka, MN (March 20, 2017) -– Syngenta is offering an early look at its next wave of advanced genetics, releasing a limited quantity of 10 additional new NK® Corn hybrids for 2017 planting. They represent the company’s latest seed innovations and are the first to be identified by a new, more grower-friendly naming system. The hybrids will be featured in 2017 trial plots and are available in limited commercial quantities this growing season, giving retailers Speak Out to Avoid GM Mistakes, Urges Bayer Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:36:54 EDT . San Antonio, TX (Mar. 16/WesternProducer) -— Bayer says the debate surrounding genetically modified crops is over in Europe. “To be honest, I think that battle is probably lost,” Adrian Percy, global head of research and development with Bayer, told delegates attending Bayer’s AgVocacy Forum. Bayer is set to become the world’s largest seed technology company if it is successful in its attempt to acquire Monsanto. Percy said countries such as France and Germany will not budge on their anti-GM stance, so there is no point continuing the fight. However, he believes it is critical that the scientific community get out in front of new Drought-Tolerant Wheat on the Way (SuccessfulFarming) Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:52:36 EDT . U.S. Cotton Breeding Gets $16.7 million Boost from Bayer Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:21:29 EDT A new Bayer breeding and research station near Lubbock, Texas, focuses on drought-resistant cotton varieties and traits for limited-input situations. Idalou, TX (March 9, 2017) – Cotton growers across the Southwest will benefit from research and development at the Lubbock Breeding and Trait Development Station, where Bayer is focusing on genetically-modified and native trait development to provide solutions to agronomic challenges. The innovative facility builds on a proven history of profitable, high-quality cotton varieties that Bayer brings to market through the FiberMax® and Stoneville® brands. The grand opening of the facility, which began operating in October 2016, will be celebrated today Maximize Soybean Yield with the Right Maturity Group Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:21:36 EDT . Credenz Maturity Zones Maximizing yield potential starts with the variety decision – and is greatly influenced by the maturity group chosen. Editor's note: This article provided by Bayer CropScience. (March 17) -- “If you want to maximize yield, you need to plant the right maturity group,” says Bayer U.S. Soybean Technology Manager William Johnson, Ph.D. Johnson recommends growers have a plan outlining when they want to plant and harvest their soybeans. Growers also need to know their area’s best time for pod development and factor that into their maturity group selection. Later maturing varieties have a longer vegetative period than early Research for Drought-resistant Crops Gets Boost as U.S.Joins Seeds Treaty Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:41:17 EDT Scientists are racing to find crops capable of tolerating increasingly high temperatures, water shortages and dry conditions ROME, Italy (March 14/Thomson Reuters Foundation) -- Scientists' efforts to develop new crops able to resist climate change, droughts and other shocks have been boosted by the United States joining an international seeds treaty, a research group said on Tuesday. The United States this week became the single largest party to a U.N. agreement under which countries allow researchers from other member states free access to their crop gene banks - collections of varieties of seeds, plants and roots. By joining, the United States ASA Asks FDA to Extend Comment Periods on Gene Editing Proposals Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:09:06 EDT (March 16, 2017) -- The American Soybean Association (ASA) and several others in the agriculture industry are asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an extension of the comment periods for two proposed regulations: Genome Editing in New Plant Varieties Used for Foods: FDA-2016-N-4389 Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals: FDA-2008-D-0394 The regulations were proposed on Jan. 19, just as the Obama administration was leaving office. The first is a request for information on “Genome Editing in New Plant Varieties Used for Foods,” which seeks input on food safety risks associated with foods