Yield10 Bioscience Renames Canadian Subsidiary

Cindy Zimmerman

Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:YTEN), an agricultural bioscience company, today announced a name change for its Canadian subsidiary to Yield10 Oilseeds Inc. from Metabolix Oilseeds. Yield10 Bioscience is focused on innovation in oilseed crops to develop crop-based solutions to address global food security, climate change and plastic waste in the environment. Yield10 Oilseeds was founded in 2010 and is based in …

Biofuels, Biotech, Seed, Sustainability

New ASTA Leadership Elected

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) elected its 2022-23 officer team during the association’s Leadership Summit this week in Indianapolis. Jim Schweigert, Gro Alliance, is the new chair for the organization, replacing Brad May of BASF. Both are pictured here during the “ASTA Night at the Ball Game” pre-summit event. A third-generation seedsman, Schweigert is the president of Gro Alliance, …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Seed

ASTA Honors Past, Present Industry Leaders

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) honored past and present seed industry leaders during its Leadership Summit this week in Indianapolis. In addition to the time-honored Lifetime Honorary Member and Distinguished Service Awards, this year’s slate of honors included the all-new Heritage Award and the Seed Science Foundation’s Excellence in Science Award. ASTA’s Lifetime Honorary Member Award was presented to …

ASTA, Seed

Crow’s Seed Being Re-Launched in Eastern Corn Belt

Cindy Zimmerman

Crow’s Seed is being re-launched in the Eastern Corn Belt, by Outward Ag, LLC. This follows the re-establishment a few years ago of Midwest Seed Genetics in the Central and Northern Corn Belt and NC+ in the West, which have become two of the fastest growing seed brands in U.S. row crop agriculture. Crow’s Hybrids, originally from Milford, IL, was …

Corn, Seed, Soybean

Passing of Don Funk, Seedsman

Cindy Zimmerman

We are sad to report the passing of Don E. Funk, fourth generation seedsman and grandson of seed industry pioneer, Edward J. Funk, who died June 9, 2022 of natural causes, according to his family. Don became president of Edward J. Funk & Sons at the age of 25. It was later purchased by British Petroleum. In 1999, Don formed …

people, Seed

Syngenta Group Sales Up 23% in 2021

Cindy Zimmerman

Syngenta Group today announced sales for 2021 grew 23 percent ($5.2 billion) year-on-year to $28.2 billion. In 2021, Syngenta Crop Protection sales grew 19 percent to $13.5 billion with sales in North America up 14 percent. VAYANTIS®, a broad-spectrum novel seed treatment fungicide dedicated to protecting soybean and corn from key diseases such as pythium, was launched in the U.S. …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Seed, Syngenta

NK Seeds Launches 2023 Field Forged Series

Carrie Muehling

NK Seeds was happy to be at Commodity Classic last week to talk about the new 2023 Field Forged Series just introduced on the heels of a great first year of the Field Forged program. The company is launching 28 total products for 2023 that have been put through extreme tests to ensure they are top performers regardless of trait …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Audio, Commodity Classic, Seed, Syngenta

Syngenta News at #Classic22

Cindy Zimmerman

Syngenta had so much news to share at the 2022 Commodity Classic that it could barely fit into one press conference. Syngenta North America Corporate Communications Head Paul Minehart, far right, moderated the panel of company experts, who are from right to left: Eric Boeck, North American Seeds Head of Marketing; Eric Miller, NK Soybean Product Manager; Stephanie Porter, Golden …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Seed, Soybean, Syngenta, Technology

SEED+™ GRAPHITE Shows Results

Cindy Zimmerman

Verdesian Life Sciences wants to show farmers how SEED+™ GRAPHITE with corn can average a 10% yield increase. SEED+™ GRAPHITE is a nutritional seed treatment that improves germination, crop emergence, seedling vigor, and plant tolerance under abiotic stress, leading to higher yields. Product Manager Joe Vaillancourt and Mike Canady, Director of Agronomy, held a virtual media day recently to introduce …

Agronomy, Audio, Biologicals, Seed, Technology, Verdesian

Merry Christmas from IPSA

Chuck Zimmerman

Just sharing another Christmas greeting. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis in the New Year for the IPSA Annual Conference! Be sure to REGISTER before the hotel deadline on January 3, 2022. WARMEST WISHES, The IPSA Team

Holiday, Seed