ASTA CSS 2014 and Seed Expo Coming Up

Leah Guffey Leave a Comment

I had a chance to catch up with American Seed Trade Association president and CEO Andy LaVigne at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention last week and talk about the upcoming CSS 2014 & Seed Expo coming up just around the corner. The event, being held December 8-12 in Chicago, is America’s largest seed industry conference. Over 2,600 attendees …

ASTA, Audio, NAFB, Seed

Seed Trade Expo Redesigned

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This year’s American Seed Trade Association’s CSS 2014 & Seed Expo has been redesigned to focus on the most relevant and cutting-edge issues facing the seed industry. Organizers are inviting potential attendees to take a look at the schedule and see the topics for the Dec. 8-12 event in Chicago, Illinois, the largest seed industry conference in the country. Keynote …

ASTA, Seed

EPA Findings on Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments

Jamie Johansen 1 Comment

The EPA released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans. Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides widely used on U.S. crops that EPA is reviewing with particular emphasis for their impact on pollinators. The analysis concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed treatments when …

Ag Group, EPA, Seed, Soybean

Verdeisan Adds Sales Expertise

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Verdesian Life Sciences has increased its sales staff with the hiring of four sales experts: Bob Bischoff, John Henize, Brad Meckle and Mark Seipel who will join Verdesian as regional sales managers. The new team members will help to drive sales growth and support relationships with key customers in the plant nutrition, seed treatment and inoculants product categories. “As we …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Seed, Verdesian

Wyffels Hybrids’ Growth Spurs Organizational Changes

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

Starting the season with its third-largest sales increase in company history, Wyffels Hybrids announced key changes to its sales and marketing department, including opening a new vice president of sales and marketing position. “Our business is growing and we need to be able to continue to service our customers with the quality and expediency they have come to expect,” said …

Agribusiness, Agronomy, Company Announcement, Seed

Bayer Synergy Between Biologics and Vegetables

Cindy Zimmerman 1 Comment

The new Bayer CropScience $80 million dollar integrated research and development facility is a great marriage between the company’s biologics and vegetable seeds businesses. The courtship started when Bayer acquired AgraQuest in 2012 and Mike Millie was part of that acquisition. “Started with AgraQuest back in 2004,” said Millie. When Bayer came in, “at that point we were already out …

Audio, Bayer, Crop Protection, Seed, Vegetables

On Track with Bayer CropScience Biologics

Cindy Zimmerman 1 Comment

The California Railroad Museum was the venue for Bayer CropScience to gather with friends and dignitaries in the warm up show for the grand opening of the new Biologics and Vegetable Seeds Research & Development Center in West Sacramento, California. Liam Condon, CEO of Bayer CropScience and Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer CropScience AG, made a connection …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Crop Protection, Seed, specialty crops, Vegetables

Ag Leader Focuses on Seed, Water, and Nutrient Management

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The first Ag Leader Technology Tech Meets Dirt Road Tour around Illinois is now history now and it seems like it was a big success. I attended the event near Peoria and was able to chat with presenters in each of the main focus areas – seed, water, and nutrient management. Matt Cannon, a farmer from central Iowa, talked about …

Ag Leader, Audio, Precision Agriculture, Seed, Technology, Water

ABM Announces New Patent to Improve Plant Growth

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Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) announces the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,716,001 for a Trichoderma strain that induces resistance to plant diseases and increases plant growth. The patent was issued to Cornell University and ABM has exclusive worldwide rights. The patent covers the technology that induces gene expression triggers for healthier and more productive plants. The Trichoderma works by first …

Ag Group, Agronomy, Seed

Bayer CropScience Introduces Credenz Soybean Seed

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Offering growers a new level of choice and performance, Bayer CropScience announced the introduction of Credenz, the company’s first global soybean seed brand, commercially available in U.S. markets this month. Delivering a wide range of varieties and traits, Credenz builds on Bayer CropScience’s substantial technology platform, integrating smart genetics, traits and varieties to maximize yield performance. The new brand will …

Agribusiness, Bayer, Seed, Soybean