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Farm Journal Summer 2019 - Seed Guide

Your Decision-Making Resource

Rhonda Brooks

Rhonda Brooks: Eyes On The Future

Small seeds of ideas can often be nurtured and grown into something useful and meaningful. That’s what we have accomplished with our 10th annual Seed Guide — and the first edition of Farm Journal that
Corn seed process

2020 Seed Supply On Target For Now

The fury of Mother Nature swept across much of the Corn Belt this spring with relentless rains that kept farmers and planters stuck in machine sheds well past optimal planting dates. Now, the wait is
Herbicide Tolerances Available For 2020

How to Pick the Right Soybean Traits

In 2019, farmers could choose from five primary traits, not including conventional soybeans. Next year, there will be at least one more. “The new traits open up some different options, but ultimately
6 Pointers For Buying Seed

Six Pointers for Buying Seed

With commodity prices under pressure, purchasing decisions can be even more stressful. “It’s a fine line between being prudent and being cheap,” says Chris Barron, president of Carson and Barron Farms
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Independent Seed Companies Find Opportunity

Ten years ago, Ernest Hallock bought seed from just one multinational company. This spring, he and his son-in-law, Erik Johnson, planted four seed brands — a number that fluctuates each year and
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Independent Seed Companies

While large-scale consolidation might seem like it limits seed choices, there are more than 120 regional or unaffiliated companies across the U.S. Delta Grow Seed Co. GDM Seed Grabow Seed Services

Meet Harry Stine, Father of the Modern Soybean

He set up each light with care, double checked the watering rates and took one last look at the soybeans. This was it — this had to work. In 1966, when every other seed company was investing in corn,
Hemp seed

Hemp Production What’s Old is New Again

Hemp presents a tremendous amount of opportunity — and risk. “While there are opportunities with genetics and developing strains, there are a lot of issues,” says Charles Wellso, co-founder of Sanitas
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The Faces Behind Technology: AgReliant Genetics

Seed companies invest billions in R&D annually to bring new genetics, traits and more to your farm. We want to introduce you to a few of the faces behind the innovations. Learn more about their story
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The Faces Behind Technology: BASF

Seed companies invest billions in R&D annually to bring new genetics, traits and more to your farm. We want to introduce you to a few of the faces behind the innovations. Learn more about their story
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The Faces Behind Technology: Bayer

Seed companies invest billions in R&D annually to bring new genetics, traits and more to your farm. We want to introduce you to a few of the faces behind the innovations. Learn more about their story
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The Faces Behind Technology: Beck’s Hybrids

Seed companies invest billions in R&D annually to bring new genetics, traits and more to your farm. We want to introduce you to a few of the faces behind the innovations. Learn more about their story
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The Faces Behind Technology: Corteva

Seed companies invest billions in R&D annually to bring new genetics, traits and more to your farm. We want to introduce you to a few of the faces behind the innovations. Learn more about their story
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The Faces Behind Technology: Stine

Seed companies invest billions in R&D annually to bring new genetics, traits and more to your farm. We want to introduce you to a few of the faces behind the innovations. Learn more about their story
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The Faces Behind Technology: Syngenta

Seed companies invest billions in R&D annually to bring new genetics, traits and more to your farm. We want to introduce you to a few of the faces behind the innovations. Learn more about their story
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The Faces Behind Technology: Wyffels

Seed companies invest billions in R&D annually to bring new genetics, traits and more to your farm. We want to introduce you to a few of the faces behind the innovations. Learn more about their story
Machinery Pete: Auction Prices, Second Quarter 2019

Machinery Pete: Planter Prices Inch Up

So, what’s happening with used planter values you ask? It’s really difficult to generalize all used planters into one blanket statement, but here it goes. Used values have been on a slow increase
Farm Journal Pulse: Are you planting cover crops this year?

Cover Crop Concerns

Whether you’re intent on using cover crops for weed suppression on prevented plant acres or want more traditional benefits (to prevent erosion, improve water-holding capacity and reduce fertilizer use
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Buyer Beware

Policies for returned seed corn vary by company. Here‘s what often happens to that seed. Put To The Test Companies typically run it back through their internal evaluation and conditioning processes,
1 Billion Acres of Bt Crops

Tailgate Talk - Summer 2019

Farmers have been taking advantage of insect-resistance technology for the past 20 years. Take a look at the global adoption of Bt corn, cotton and soybeans in countries where the biotech crops are
John Phipps

John Phipps: A New Technique For Double Planting

This year has been all about planting. When can we get started? When can we get started again? What if I never get done? Remind me again why I look forward to planting? In the idle days between wind
Seed treater

Coat and Protect Seeds

Treating seed in the shop carries appeal for many growers, whether attracted by savings, control or planting logistics. Four growers from Indiana, Manitoba, Nebraska and North Dakota weigh in on the
Young soybeans

When it Pays To Treat Soybeans

Seed treatments can act as an easy insurance policy to protect young seedlings, but do they pay in low commodity years? Unlike corn, soybean treatment isn’t automatic. This legume puts decision power
Seed delivery

Peer-to-Peer Sales

You tend to trust those who walk in your shoes. That‘s true when buying seed. According to Farm Journal research, more farmers buy a majority of their seed from a farmer-dealer versus ag retailer, co

Rewards and Risks of Buying Seed Online

Minnesota farmer Lance Petersen estimates he saved between 10% and 15% on his seed corn for 2019 by buying all of it online. Like many farmers, Petersen was unable to plant all his corn acres and now
Pest control

Hybrid Weaknesses Impact Pest Control

Hybrids are primarily chosen for the strengths they bring to each field. However, knowing their weaknesses is just as important. Planning how to protect each hybrid begins by understanding each of
Farm Journal Test Plots

Seed and Planting Research You Can Use

For 27 years, Farm Journal Field Agronomists Ken Ferrie and Missy Bauer have studied numerous aspects of planting and seed. Take what they’ve learned to your fields. How Do Your Hybrids Flex? When
Cover crops

Keep It Clean

You might be scrambling this summer to find sufficient cover-crop seed because of an ongoing tight supply of many key species. In your haste, don’t end up using a less-than-ideal seed product. You can
Biologicals

Biological Options Come of Age

There’s a lot of promise packed in microbials. These tiny organisms, also known as biologicals, could hold the key to unlocking yields — and companies are investing more time and money into