ASTA Honors Industry Pioneers

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association honored industry pioneers during the 2024 ASTA Leadership Summit this week in Nashville, Tennessee. Awardees were recognized in the following categories: Heritage, Distinguished Service, Lifetime Honorary Member, and Excellence in Science. The Heritage Award serves to preserve and build seed industry history by honoring and recognizing individuals who have significantly impacted the American seed industry …

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Golden Harvest Corn Still Growing Strong

Cindy Zimmerman

With corn planting underway now across the Midwest, there are likely quite a few Golden Harvest hybrids going in the ground after a successful 2023. “Golden Harvest has made a lot of innovation over the past 50 years,” said Rex Gray, Golden Harvest Corn Product Manager, at the recent Commodity Classic. “Over the past two years we’ve brought 39 new …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Golden Harvest, Seed, Syngenta

How GHX Improves Seed Buying Experience

Cindy Zimmerman

More farmers have been able to improve their seed buying experience with the GHX™ Mobile App in the past year With GHX Yield Intelligence for example, Christy Schrader, GHX Marketing Manager for Syngenta, says farmers can turn data into decisions with customized MaxScript™ seeding recommendations focused on getting the right products and the right seeding rates for their fields, backed …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Seed, Syngenta

ASTA Survey Finds 10.5 Million New Cover Crop Acres

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) were at the Commodity Classic last week with member GO Seed to talk about cover crops. A recent ASTA survey found that an added 10.5 million acres of cover crops will be planted in the next five years as a result of USDA’s Partnerships for Climate Smart-Commodities projects. The program, announced in …

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Syngenta Announces Upcoming Seed Treatment Addition

Cindy Zimmerman

At the Commodity Classic last week, Syngenta had a new seed treatment in development for soybeans and cotton to talk about called Victrato®. Upon approval by the Environmental Protection Agency for registration, which is anticipated by the 2025 growing season, the new seed treatment will introduce targeted technology to stop nematodes, Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and Cotton Root Rot (CRR) …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Seed, Soybean, Syngenta

ASTA FCSC Farm Bill Session

Cindy Zimmerman

As most of agriculture knows, Congress agreed last month to an extension of the current farm bill to avoid a lapse in funding for critical agricultural programs and provide certainty to producers, but when a new farm bill will be crafted remains uncertain. At the recent American Seed Trade Association Field Crop Seed Convention, Syngenta’s Mary Kay Thatcher moderated a …

ASTA, Audio, Farm Bill, Farm Policy, Seed, Syngenta

ASTA Chair Pleased With Industry Direction

Cindy Zimmerman

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Chair Dave Armstrong, President and CEO of Sakata Seed America, sees a lot of opportunity for the seed industry right now. “Conservation and cover crops is one area ASTA has been spending a lot of time on because that’s an emerging and rapidly evolving segment for the seed industry,” said Armstrong. “Treated seed is another …

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The Majors Take the Stage at ASTA FCSC

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives from the seed industry’s four largest companies sat down with Ag Resource Company’s Dan Basse at the American Seed Trade Association Field Crop Seed Convention Tuesday to discuss what the future of the seed industry may hold. Eric Boeck with Syngenta Seeds, Tom Schuler of BASF, Jagresh Rana with Bayer, and Tim Glenn with Corteva Agriscience talked about global …

ASTA, Audio, Seed, Syngenta

New Name, New Place, Same Basse

Cindy Zimmerman

Just about everything is different this year about the American Seed Trade Association’s annual winter conference now called the Field Crop Seed Conference, starting with the new name and the new location in Orlando instead of Chicago. But one constant is the popular and traditional Dan Basse Agricultural Economy Report. Basse of AgResource has been presenting his outlook every year …

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Seed Industry Conference Starts Next Week

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association‘s newly-branded Field Crop Seed Convention kicks off its first year next week in Orlando. The convention will host seed industry professionals from over 30 countries for educational sessions, networking and the Seed Expo. “We’re excited about it,” said ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne during an interview at the recent NAFB Trade Talk. “We’ve got …

ASTA, Audio, NAFB, Seed