Genuine Genuity From Monsanto

Chuck Zimmerman

At last week’s Commodity Classic I learned a new word – Genuity. My teacher was Dion McBay, Monsanto trait marketing lead. Genuity is a new brand that provides Monsanto with a new platform to deliver new technologies to the marketplace. The name came from the work of a brand development team that talked to farmers across the country. The name …

Agribusiness, Audio, Commodity Classic, Monsanto, Seed

Some Crop Scientists Are Frustrated

Chuck Zimmerman

There’s an interesting story in yesterday’s N.Y. Times titled, “Crop Scientists Say Biotechnology Seed Companies Are Thwarting Research.” Apparently a group of university scientists has filed this statement to the EPA which the story says will be holding meetings next week on biotech crops and was seeking public comments. “Technology/stewardship agreements required for the purchase of genetically modified seed explicitly …

Agribusiness, Seed

Schillinger Seeds Technology Day

Chuck Zimmerman

I couldn’t attend the Schillinger Seed Technology Day last week but thanks to Jess Held, Lessing-Flynn, I did get a photo. The purpose of the event, held in Queenstown, MD, was to provide a glimpse of: At a glimpse: • Behind the Schillinger Story • Revolutionizing the soybean industry • Launch of soybean industry firsts • Meet with several international …

Agribusiness, Seed

RR2Y Soybean Technology Coming In 2009

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the people bringing technology to farmers in the field here at the Farm Science Review is Agrow/Dekalb Field Advisor, Troy Putnam (pictured on the Monsanto Mobile Greenhouse). Troy says that the exhibit is helping promote the Roundup Ready 2 Yield launch. He describes it as second generation technology that will be in the Asgrow line. Farmers, he says, …

Audio, Farm Science Review, Monsanto, Propane, Seed, Soybean

iCORN.com Video Contest

Chuck Zimmerman

An “almost anything goes” video contest for a seed corn company sounds very cutting edge doesn’t it? That’s what iCORN.com is doing. iCORN.com has launched a new $30,000 video contest as a way to help students pay for college and to show appreciation to its customers. The new video contest gives students an opportunity to win a share of $30,000 …

Agribusiness, Corn, Seed

More Plant, More Yield

Chuck Zimmerman

This seems like common sense on the surface but University research backs it up. To get more corn yield per acre, plant more plants per acre. That’s what Dan Johnson, Kruger Seeds, says. He’s in charge of their corn lineup and technical training. At the Monsanto Technology Showcase Tour stop in Elkhart, IA he had a field station devoted to …

Audio, Corn, Monsanto, Seed

Dow AgroSciences to Acquire Dairyland Seed

Cindy Zimmerman

Dow AgroSciences announced today it is acquiring Dairyland Seed Company and affiliate Bio-Plant Research. According to a company release, the addition of Dairyland Seed will build upon Dow AgroSciences’ current seeds business and will expand its broad range of product offerings. The agreement includes all crop genetics, brands, plant breeding programs in hybrid corn, soybeans and alfalfa as well as …

Agribusiness, Seed

Chris Romas New Burpee President

Chuck Zimmerman

I’ve always loved the name, Burpee. It’s just a cool name for any company. I’ve seen their seeds around for as long as I can remember. W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the nation’s largest and best-known purveyor of seeds, plants and home gardening supplies, announced today that Burpee’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Romas, has been promoted to the position of …

Agribusiness, Seed

SmartStaxing Seed Traits

Chuck Zimmerman

In another co-development kind of deal, both Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences just announced that they’ve submitted their SmartStax for regulatory review. Thanks to Dow for the picture of Mark Rooney (foreground), Mycogen Seeds field biologist, and Matthew Moeller, Mycogen Seeds research technician, supervise planting of SmartStax™ test plots at the Mycogen research station near Huxley, IA. In anticipation of SmartStax …

Agribusiness, Dow AgroScience, Monsanto, Seed

Monsanto Completes Acquisition of De Ruiter Seeds

Chuck Zimmerman

Monsanto continues to grow its seed business. This time with De Ruiter Seeds. Monsanto Company announced today that it has completed its proposed acquisition of De Ruiter Seeds Group B.V., a Dutch-holding company that owns and operates De Ruiter Seeds, for EUR546 million in cash, or approximately $850 million at current exchange rates, less net debt. Monsanto will start to …

Agribusiness, Monsanto, Seed