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Seed Today 02/14/2020 09:19
For alfalfa producers needing to renovate fields suffering from winterkill or looking to increase the quality and yield of this season’s hay crop, improved cover crop varieties are a viable solution. Take berseem clover, for example. The synergistic relationship between berseem clover and alfalfa make the legume an effective companion crop due to its rapid summer growth, notable nitrogen fixation and similar appearance. Research in Saudi Arabia found a seeded mixture of 80 percent alfalfa to 20 percent berseem clover to significantly improve the quality and yield of forage. Here in the USA, GO SEED has seen similar results, with berseem clover and alfalfa companion crops yielding more than 4 tons of dry matter per acre on a two-cut system w.
Seed Today 02/13/2020 14:56
Growers facing the threat of tar spot in corn and white mold in soybeans can now use Delaro® fungicide to manage those diseases, thanks to a recent label amendment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the revision of the federal registration, adding tar spot and white mold to the long list of diseases that Delaro helps farmers manage.
Seed Today 02/13/2020 10:42
Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. announced that Sherri M. Brown, Ph.D. was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors effective February 11, 2020. In connection with her appointment, Dr. Brown will serve as chair of a newly formed Science and Technology Committee of the Board. Dr. Brown previously served as a Special Commercial and Technical Advisor to the Company.
Seed Today 02/13/2020 10:30
Certis USA announced that President and CEO, Jow-Lih Su, PhD will transition his duties this year after nearly 20 years building Certis USA into one of the world’s leading biopesticides companies. Amy O’Shea, a veteran of the agriculture, food and pharmaceutical industries joins Certis USA as President effective immediately and will assume the CEO role on July 1. Dr. Su will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of Certis USA after July 1.
Seed Today 02/13/2020 10:26
Transmitted by insects, especially the aster leafhopper, aster yellows (AY) outbreaks can cause severe production losses in many crops, including carrots, lettuce, and canola. Canola is a billion-dollar crop for Canada but the growing season in Western Canada is very short. Depending on the environmental conditions and number of infected leafhoppers, AY can be transmitted to canola in less than 24 hours and the leafhoppers can continue spreading the disease for the rest of their lives.
Seed Today 02/13/2020 10:04
Bayer announced pipeline project advancements and newly unveiled research in a dedicated research and development (R&D) pipeline update for the Crop Science Division. In 2019, Bayer’s pipeline delivered 55 key project and formulation advancements while providing farmers around the world with more than 450 newly commercialized hybrids and varieties of corn, soybeans, cotton and vegetables. Bayer’s annual investment of 2.3 billion euros in crop science R&D powers the most productive pipeline in the industry. With an estimated peak sales value of up to 30 billion euros, Bayer continually converts its R&D investment into innovative products that match the complexities farmers, consumers and the planet are anticipated to face.
Seed Today 02/12/2020 15:01
Appiphany Technologies Holdings Corp. (OTC: APHD), a company focused on the emerging and dynamic Hemp industry, today announced that it has signed a joint venture agreement with Tsilaan, LLC and Kola Venture Group, LLC (KVG), providing for the formation of a new company which will cultivate and distribute throughout North America valuable seeds and genetics for the industrial hemp industry.
Seed Today 02/12/2020 11:59
S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW) announced financial results for the first half and second quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended December 31, 2019. “Our financial results for the first half and second quarter of fiscal year 2020 are in line with our expectations as our refined sales and marketing approach continues to result in growth in our core business,” commented Mark Wong, President & CEO of S&W Seed Company. “I believe we continue to be well-positioned to deliver core revenue growth and gross margin expansion as we enter the high-volume selling season, which we expect to be driven by the investments we have made to integrate and align our sales organizations to benefit from a multi-crop portfolio.”
Seed Today 02/12/2020 10:48
Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), co-led by Michigan State University (MSU) faculty members Julia Bello-Bravo and Barry Pittendrigh, is a research and outreach program connecting global experts for on-the-ground local impact. Bello-Bravo’s research program is focused on informal learning within the context of low-literate learners in rural areas in developing countries. SAWBO’s unique approach uses animations to communicate timely information of emerging global problems that impact farmers locally – like the maize pest, the Fall Armyworm (FAW; Spodoptera frugiperda).
Seed Today 02/12/2020 10:46
SGS is pleased to launch a new soil microbiological analysis service, using microbial biomass and soil respiration indicators, which will help farmers to improve productivity, soil sustainability and product quality. Increasingly, microorganisms are used in agricultural processes because of the overall positive outcomes seen from their application. The concept of "friendly microorganisms" was first proposed by Professor Teru o Higa, from the University of Ryukyus, Japan back in the 1980s, when he discussed how a recipe of different microorganisms is capable of positively influencing decomposing organic matter so that it returns to a "living" substance. Modern agricultural practices have come to rely heavily on chemicals, however these metho.
Seed Today 02/12/2020 10:41
Doctors often tell their patients to reduce their salt intake as part of a healthy lifestyle. When we start looking at food labels, we may find salt in surprising places – like baked goods, drinks and canned foods. While you may try to keep an eye on your personal salt intake, you have probably never given much thought to how much salt there is in the soil under your feet. As many people are finding salt creeping into their diets, scientists are seeing increased levels of salt in water sources.
Seed Today 02/11/2020 11:22
Clean Seed Capital Group Ltd. (“Clean Seed” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: CSX) announces it has closed the joint venture (the “Joint Venture”) agreement with Norwood Sales Inc. (“Norwood”) announced on November 7, 2019. The Joint Venture combines Norwood’s significant market experience, technologies, engineering, supply chain and manufacturing resources with Clean Seed’s award-winning SMART technologies. The Joint Venture provides Clean Seed a clear path to commercializing its SMART technologies without the financial requirements of a manufacturing plant, thus dramatically reducing its capital needs going forward.
Seed Today 02/11/2020 10:48
And now Western Illinois University students interested in careers in what Leafly calls America's hidden job boom will have the opportunity through a new Cannabis Production minor set to debut at WIU in Fall 2020. Western's Faculty Senate approved the new minor at its meeting Feb. 4. Offered through WIU's School of Agriculture, the majority of courses for the 18-19 credit hour minor will be offered through the school, with additional coursework offered through the Department of Biological Sciences. A new course within the program, "Cannabis Biology and Production," as well as the minor itself, will assist with developing employees for the new Illinois industry in cannabis production, said School of Agriculture Director Andy Baker.
Seed Today 02/10/2020 14:58
The French government must in the coming months change its policy on crops developed using a breeding technique called mutagenesis to adhere to stricter rules for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a court ruled on Friday. The decision by France’s top administrative court follows a ruling by the Europe Union’s highest court in 2018 that mutagenesis, often called gene-editing, should be subject to GMO regulations.
Seed Today 02/10/2020 11:47
The 34th annual IL-IN Seed Conditioning Workshop will be March 11, 2020, in Champaign, IL. The day will kick off with Alan Gaul, Iowa State University, and A "Trip Through the Plant" - Air Screen, Sizing and Gravity. As always seed treatment topics are included along with plans for a panel discussion currently titled Seed Treatments - Current and Future Application Technology, PPE and Other Plant Considerations. The program will also have sessions on the future of seed conditioning, organic seed handling, safety and pride in the workplace.
Seed Today 02/10/2020 10:26
FieldWatch, Inc®, a non-profit company that enhances communication and stewardship among diverse agriculture stakeholders, announced the addition of industrial hemp to the list of sensitive crops included in its registry. This step will enable licensed hemp growers to protect their plots from accidental pesticide exposure, which can damage this sensitive crop. Hemp growers in 16 states where FieldWatch operates and have legalized industrial hemp production can map their sites in DriftWatch®, FieldWatch’s online specialty crop registry. This information helps pesticide applicators exercise caution when spraying in the vicinity of hemp plots.

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