The seed industry is no stranger to mergers and acquisitions—but nothing like what’s been in the works the past three years. Companies claim they’re working to minimize the impact for farmers, but only time will tell. These five companies will represent about 80% of planted corn and soybean acres.
What would you do with one silver bullet that allowed complete control over a single pest that plagues your fields? Would you use it against insects, weeds, diseases or nematodes? See the Farm Journal Pulse results at right to learn what your fellow farmers said. While silver bullets are hard to come by, there are other resilient options you can load in the chamber against pests.
All the talk about mergers, acquisitions and divestments is finally close to reality
As technology increases within the seed, the protection coating the seed improves as well. Nearly 50% of the multibillion-dollar seed treatment market is owned by five key players; the other half is owned by dozens of smaller companies. By 2020, this market will be worth $11.31 billion, according to MarketsandMarkets, a global research company.
Buy from reliable suppliers who certify what they sell
More Palmer amaranth is hitchhiking on native seed mixes
But hybridization could jump-start research investment
Research indicates quality aspects of some varieties make them worth more
Farmers are looking for used equipment—and planters and drills are at the top of their list. Comparing January through June 2017 to the same six months in 2018, searches for planters are up 23.7% and 98.6% for drills on MachineryPete.com.
Five reasons to be proactive and pencil out a blueprint
Lifetime of Yield
Seed selection is one of the most important decisions you make each year as it influences numerous other factors. The right—or wrong—choice sets the tone for the season. Be sure to consider the following to set up your fields for success.
The Seeds for the Future Act sets aside $50 million to develop new varieties each year
Each spring, Farm Journal surveys farmers to understand what influences their seed and planting decisions.
As input decisions change based on cost savings, new choices and production challenges, it could be interesting to see how you align with fellow farmers from across the U.S. Take a look at the survey results below to see how your decisions compare.
Researchers blaze a trail for photosynthetic efficiency and yield boost
High rewards greet farmers willing to take additional risk
Farmers need to act quickly to be eligible for collecting funds
100-bu. yield jump spurs Minnesota grower
Farmers continue to need and want, and as a result, shop around for, used equipment in the very nicest condition. This applies for all types of used equipment, from large horsepower tractors to seed tenders.
In 1986, California’s voters approved a ballot initiative with admirable aspirations. Proposition 65 requires businesses to display clear warnings about the presence of any chemicals that could cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm. Although the law initially raised awareness about potential hazards, it has steered off course in recent years. Now, California residents are inundated with warnings on everything from coffee to parking garages.
Understanding hybrid characteristics will help ready you for variable-rate practices