Sep 17, 2014
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Seed News

  • FMC Buys Danish Agriculture Firm Cheminova For $1.8 Billion
    Diversified chemical company FMC Corp. said today that it will acquire Danish firm Cheminova for $1.8 billion in cash and expand its agricultural business.
  • Expansion Plans For Argentina's Top Agribusiness Firm
    Grupo Los Grobo LLC, Argentina’s biggest agribusiness company, is looking to buy farm service providers as the industry consolidates, and may revive plans to sell shares to fund expansion, its controller said.
  • Chinese Woman Charged With Stealing Patented Seed Wants December Trial
    She is one of seven people connected to Chinese agriculture biotechnology company DBN Group, which prosecutors say stole patented seed corn from fields in Iowa and Illinois and shipped it to China to try to reproduce its traits.
  • Hawaii Judge Calls GMO Labeling Law Invalid
    U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai's new law from going into effect in October.
  • Forecast: Farm Net Income to Slip 14% in 2014
    Farmers should prepare themselves for a thinner profit margin in 2014, according to numbers released by the USDA’s Economic Research Service.
  • DuPont Pioneer Sued by Migrant Workers in Michigan
    The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Grand Rapids, accuses Johnston, Iowa-based DuPont Pioneer and two recruiters of violating federal wage and migrant labor laws.
  • Monsanto Profit Growth to Slow Next Year on Lower Corn Prices
    Monsanto Co., the biggest developer of genetically modified crops, said profit in fiscal 2015 may increase less than in recent years because lower corn futures will probably constrain its ability to raise seed prices.
  • DuPont Plans Soybean Research Facility in Delaware
    The facility is part of the DuPont Pioneer subsidiary, and will focus on developing seed varieties that yield higher oil and protein content, which will make the crop more valuable to farmers who plant it.
  • Decision Could Boost Use of Popular Weed Killer
    Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide — and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist it.
  • Cool Summer Sets Expectations For a Record Harvest
    A mild summer across much of the nation's heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation's corn and soybean crops. Pair that with high-yield seeds and other new farming technologies, and the U.S. is looking at busting records come harvest time.
  • Where Imported Corn Seed Comes From
    See a full list of countries that grow corn seed for the U.S. market.
  • Farming with Microbes
    Dave Hula is cognizant of the potential benefits of taking care of microbes in the soil and seeks to boost their populations with additional carbon.
  • 360 Yield Center
    Watch this AgDay clip about the 360 Yield Center, featuring Gregg Sauder and Jim Hedges.
  • Small Data a Big Deal
    Precision technology monitors provide specific details on planting speed, seeding population and seed spacing.
  • A Global Strategy
    The lion’s share of corn seed for U.S. farmers is produced in the heart of the Corn Belt, but that’s not the only place.

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