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Farm Journal: Seed Guide 2013


Magazine Features

  • The Race Is On
    07/27/2013
    Syngenta’s unique high-tech greenhouse is one of at least three research and development facilities that opened this year.
  • Demand Hoes New Rows
    07/27/2013
    Niche crops such as chickpeas, flaxseed and industrial hemp have a toehold on farmland—and in some cases have the interest of advocacy groups and lawmakers.
  • A Good Cover Up
    07/27/2013
    Invest in high-quality seed to get cover crops off to a strong start.
  • Seed Selection Best Practices
    07/27/2013
    Because the turnover time for new hybrids and varieties is ever shorter, choose those that have performed well across three or more locations.
  • Root of the Matter
    07/27/2013
    The plant’s contribution from below ground is increasingly a focus to manage hybrids for maximum yield.
  • Challenging King Cotton
    07/27/2013
    “Delta corn acreage took a huge leap in 2007 and has been increasing since then, with more growth anticipated in coming years,” says Charlie Robinette, general manager at Dulaney Seed.
  • Honeybees in Crisis
    07/27/2013
    This year a honeybee crisis is playing out in California almond fields, where producers can’t get enough hives to pollinate their crops.
  • Independents Stand Tall
    07/27/2013
    In an increasingly competitive landscape, independent seed companies have managed to increase their share of farmers’ business.
  • Targeted Treatments
    07/27/2013
    Researchers explain the science behind coated seeds.
  • Wheat Quits Wandering
    07/27/2013
    For the past 30 years or so, the U.S. wheat yield trend line has kept a slow-but-steady average but that might be about to change.
  • Sorghum Revival
    07/27/2013
    Sorghum has been part of Chris Curtis’ crop portfolio for the past several years. In 2012, sorghum was a standout on his Osborn, Mo., farm.
  • Canola Craze
    07/27/2013
    Just call canola “the little yellow flower that could.” More acres were devoted to this crop in 2012 and 2013 than any other years on record.
  • Tough-Enough Fluff
    07/27/2013
    Research raises the bar on cotton yields and quality, while high yields pay the bills, fiber quality is equally important.
  • Seed Splitter
    07/27/2013
    Raven technology plants two hybrids by prescription in what they hope will be a win-win in precision.
  • Industry Briefs
    07/27/2013
    Read the latest announcements, releases and updates from Beck’s Hybrids, Bio S.I. Technology, The Mosaic Company, and more.
  • The ‘New’ Sales Force
    07/27/2013
    A professional, highly trained network of seed reps strives to maintain a high level of trust with farmers.
  • Focus on Fertility
    07/27/2013
    Instead of expanding his acreage base like many farmers in his area, Matt Lantz is focusing on plant fertility to boost yields.
  • Pinch-Row Problems
    07/27/2013
    Pinch-row compaction is the culprit, and the consequences are more than aesthetic.
  • Bean Booster
    07/27/2013
    Weather extremes at planting, such as too little or too much moisture, are a sign your soybean crop might benefit from a commercial inoculant.
  • The Genius of GEMAA
    07/27/2013
    Key seed companies agreed this past fall to a seed patent accord for biotech products that offers potentially big benefits to farmers of all major crops.
  • Better to Be Safe
    07/27/2013
    As popularity for bulk packaged seed increases, so do the farmer innovations to help ensure safe handling.
  • Mining for Germplasm
    07/27/2013
    Genome-wide selection (GWS) is the “new wave” of technology that plant breeders are riding.
  • The Name Blame Game
    07/27/2013
    An urgent e-mail was sent out this past spring requesting President Barack Obama veto H.R. 933 because of a “poison pill” an activist group says is tucked into Section 735 of the bill.
  • Aliases Untangled
    07/27/2013
    Dave Nanda, director of genetics and technology for Seed Consultants Inc., offers six smart ways to avoid planting brands with identical genetics.
  • Make Your Weeds Queasy
    07/27/2013
    Missouri farmer Ryan Britt recently adopted no-till and manages weed seedbanks using different chemistries and modes of action, as well as cover crops.
  • The Trait Debate
    07/27/2013
    Genetically modified (GM) seed is the cornerstone of modern crop production, boosting corn and soybean yields and making it possible to feed a rapidly multiplying global population, but clouds loom on the horizon.
  • Narrow Rows: Fixate on Structure and Population
    07/26/2013
    The foundation of success with high populations is hybrid selection, says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie.
  • Tech Trends That Supersize Yields
    07/26/2013
    The key to discovering what technology works and what doesn’t work on your farm is to “map everything,” says Illinois farmer Brian Corkill.
  • Inside the Seed Industry
    07/25/2013
    Not even the worst drought in recent history could dampen the vitality of the seed industry. Seed sales for the major companies in the corn and soybean sector remain at $13 billion.
  • Be on the Lookout
    07/25/2013
    Corn rootworm beetles might thrive this summer.

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Columnists

  • Legal Ease: Beans Go to Court
    07/27/2013
    Without patent protection, saved seed schemes would become prevalent and innovation would suffer.
  • The Bottom Line: The Absolute Value of Traits
    07/27/2013
    The cost of growing corn and soybeans has significantly increased, however, seed costs still represent a good value and is generally a good return on investment.
  • Machinery Pete: A Split Decision
    07/27/2013
    Welcome to my world. For almost 24 years, I’ve been compiling auction sale price data on farm and construction equipment sold in the U.S. and Canada.
  • The Lost Art of Seeduction
    07/26/2013
    Will we ever return to those innocent days of lighthearted seed courtship?

Departments

  • Tailgate Talk
    07/27/2013
    While bee rental isn’t necessary for grain and livestock farmers, many vegetable, nut and fruit producers depend on bees—and lots of them.
  • Crop Tech
    07/27/2013
    With the growth of most corn crops slightly past the mid-point for the year, it’s not too early to start thinking about when to begin harvest.
  • Editor’s Notebook: The Pieces to the Puzzle
    07/25/2013
    As you read the articles that follow, you’ll see our staff has decoded puzzles and unlocked information that can help you make more informed decisions for your farm.
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