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Seed Today 11/13/2019 15:47
ICM News Resistant varieties continue to be a key tool for managing the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). With financial support from the soybean checkoff through the Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa State University annually compiles a list of SCN-resistant soybean varieties that are available for use in Iowa. The updated list of maturity group 0, I, II and III varieties is now available for free online in the Iowa State University Extension Store.
Seed Today 11/13/2019 11:17
Markus Heldt, former president of BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Agribusiness Intelligence Crop Science Awards held in London on Nov. 12. Heldt was honored for his achievements in the agricultural industry after a career spanning almost 40 years. The award recognizes exceptional individuals with a consistent history of service above and beyond the call of duty.
Seed Today 11/13/2019 10:17
Populations in Central America are rising rapidly, but staple crop production seems unable to keep up with increasing food demands. Maize yields are particularly low compared to other regions. Cumulatively, farmers in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua produce maize on nearly 2.5 million hectares, with a large proportion of these maize systems also including beans, either through relay cropping or intercropping. Though potential yields are estimated to be as high as 10 metric tons per hectare, average production remains low at around 2.28. There is clearly immense opportunity for improvement, but it is not always obvious which issues need tackling.
Seed Today 11/13/2019 09:42
Syngenta announced that it has sued agrochemical maker Atticus LLC (“Atticus”) for patent infringement. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, alleges, among other things, that Atticus’ Acadia 2 SC, Acadia ESQ, Aquila XL, Artavia 2 SC and Artavia Xcel products each infringe certain Syngenta patents relating to the manufacture of azoxystrobin fungicide.
Seed Today 11/12/2019 16:40
The Crop Protection Network (CPN) recently launched its new “Field Crop Disease Loss Calculator” research tool, complete with years of historical data for estimated losses caused by disease in corn and soybeans in the U.S. and Ontario, Canada. The calculator sources annual disease loss estimates from university experts, coupled with data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), and can be sorted by state, U.S. region, crop and disease.
Seed Today 11/12/2019 16:19
For the second year in a row, ten cereals growers each directed a $5,000 donation to a nonprofit organization of their choice as part of the Bayer Cereal Experts Grain for Good™ Sweepstakes. The $50,000 in donations will help provide materials, equipment and educational resources for local organizations.
Seed Today 11/12/2019 15:34
Plants make sugars to form leaves to grow and produce grains and fruits through the process of photosynthesis, but sugar accumulation can also slow down photosynthesis. Researching how sugars in plants control photosynthesis is therefore an important part of finding new ways of improving cereal production. Recent research into highly productive turbocharged crops such as maize and sorghum, show the secret to their productivity could lie in their sugar sensing responses which regulate photosynthesis inside their leaves.
Seed Today 11/12/2019 11:17
Verdeca, a joint venture between Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp., announced it has successfully completed the regulatory review process and received approval for its HB4® drought and herbicide tolerant soybeans from the Paraguayan Minister of Agriculture, through the National Commission for Agricultural and Forestry Biosafety.
Seed Today 11/12/2019 11:08
Thomas Payne, head of the Wheat Germplasm Bank at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), was awarded the Frank N. Meyer Medal for Plant Genetic Resources this morning at the annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America, held in San Antonio, Texas.
Seed Today 11/11/2019 16:44
Lauren Schreck (Junior; AGEC; Fishers) has always had a strong passion for policy and agriculture. To her, agriculture has a global impact on the basis of a strong economy and civilization. During her time as a student, Lauren has worked towards an internship that would combine both of these interests. This summer, Lauren served as a Communications and Policy Intern for the American Seed Trade Association in Alexandria, VA.

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