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Seed Guide 2013
The Race Is On
Syngenta’s unique high-tech greenhouse is one of at least three research and development facilities that opened this year.
Demand Hoes New Rows
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
Invest in high-quality seed to get cover crops off to a strong start.
Seed Selection Best Practices
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
The plant’s contribution from below ground is increasingly a focus to manage hybrids for maximum yield.
Challenging King Cotton
“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
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
In an increasingly competitive landscape, independent seed companies have managed to increase their share of farmers’ business.
Researchers explain the science behind coated seeds.
Wheat Quits Wandering
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 has been part of Chris Curtis’ crop portfolio for the past several years. In 2012, sorghum was a standout on his Osborn, Mo., farm.
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.
Research raises the bar on cotton yields and quality, while high yields pay the bills, fiber quality is equally important.
Raven technology plants two hybrids by prescription in what they hope will be a win-win in precision.
Read the latest announcements, releases and updates from Beck’s Hybrids, Bio S.I. Technology, The Mosaic Company, and more.
The ‘New’ Sales Force
A professional, highly trained network of seed reps strives to maintain a high level of trust with farmers.
Focus on Fertility
Instead of expanding his acreage base like many farmers in his area, Matt Lantz is focusing on plant fertility to boost yields.
Pinch-row compaction is the culprit, and the consequences are more than aesthetic.
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
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
As popularity for bulk packaged seed increases, so do the farmer innovations to help ensure safe handling.
Mining for Germplasm
Genome-wide selection (GWS) is the “new wave” of technology that plant breeders are riding.
The Name Blame Game
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.
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
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
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
The foundation of success with high populations is hybrid selection, says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie.
Tech Trends That Supersize Yields
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
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
Corn rootworm beetles might thrive this summer.
More Weed Seed Control Tips
In addition to tillage and herbicides, other basic practices can help farmers manage weed seeds.
Season-Long Hybrid Nutrient Research
During the study, university researchers evaluated six triple-stack hybrids at two locations near DeKalb and Urbana, Ill.
Corn and Soybean Performance Trials
Check out a compilation of corn and soybean performance trials from across the country.
Video: The Box Opener System
Watch a short video of the Box Opener System and Nester in action.
Companies Focus on Research and Development
To read more about DuPont and Syngenta's new research and development facilities.
Tips for Selecting Cover Crop Seed
Learn how to select the best cover crop seed for your area, from the owners of KB Seed Solutions.
Read the Complete Section 735 of H.R. 933
Read the complete Section 735 of H.R. 933 concerning USDA’s regulatory process of GMO crops.
States that Do and Don't Require Seed Bag Variety Names
Here's a list of states that require the actual variety name on seed bags and those that allow “Variety Not Listed.”
The Latest on the Food Labeling Debate
Read more information on food labeling initiatives and how it affects farmers.
How to Reverse Herbicide Resistance in Cotton
Check out this online resource from the National Cotton Council.
12 Best Practices for Resistant Weeds
The Weed Science Society of America recently published a report with the following 12 best management practices for targeting resistant weeds.
Legal Ease: Beans Go to Court
Without patent protection, saved seed schemes would become prevalent and innovation would suffer.
The Bottom Line: The Absolute Value of Traits
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
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.
John's World: The Lost Art of Seeduction
Will we ever return to those innocent days of lighthearted seed courtship?
While bee rental isn’t necessary for grain and livestock farmers, many vegetable, nut and fruit producers depend on bees—and lots of them.
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
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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