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Tips and Tricks for At-Home Seed Treatment

Weigh the pros and cons of at-home treatment before making the investment

Just 2" beneath the soil lies the pea-sized keys to your future—seeds. Many farmers are turning to seed treatments to get their crop off to the right start, but in years when wallets are thin does this additional cost make the cut?

In soybeans, treatment accounts for $12 to $15 of additional cost. Tight margins in 2016 led Illinois farmer Dale Pitstick and a handful of other farmers to gather materials and begin treating their own soybean seeds.

4 Residue Risks to Monitor

Tips for conventional and no-till seedbed establishment

You only get one chance to give your crop the right start, so it’s important to understand how previous tillage and crops impact seed’s access to soil. While crop residue breaks down to provide additional nutrients, it can also impede seed success if not managed correctly.

“There are four key risks we identified associated with residue at planting: reduced seed-to-soil contact, physical impedance of emergence, nutrient tie up and slower soil warm up,” says Pauley Bradley, John Deere product manager.

9 Ways Seeds Affect Input Decisions

Whether you’re buying your first bag of seed or finishing up 2017’s order, hasty decisions can result in less than desirable yields. “The thing about the seed decision is you can’t make it in a vacuum,” says Jeff Hartz, communication manager at Wyffels Hybrids. “A lot of other decisions are locked in with it, so it’s important to get it right.”

Here are some important considerations to ponder while selecting seed.

Why Do Some Seed Prices Vary?

You might pay more than others if your seed choice benefits you more, companies say

The farm community is buzzing with farmers’ new-found ability to see what their neighbors pay for the same bag of seed, thanks to a few companies, such as Farmers Business Network and Granular. Many farmers are fueling their seed decisions based on this new information. At the same time, seed companies warn it’s critical farmers have all the facts to ensure they’re truly comparing “apples to apples” before deciding where to spend their seed investment next season.

New Technology Aims to Speed Up Crop Genetic Enhancements

Through non-GMO technology, Kaiima’s EP platform helps plant breeders find and identify desirable genetic traits faster. The Israel based company was founded in 2007 and works with major row crops such as corn, soybeans, rice and wheat.

EP introduces diversity within a plant’s individual genome by identifying desirable traits from seed provided by germplasm partners. Currently the group is focusing on increasing yield, but will add focus on disease and stress tolerances.

Arkansas Scientist Pleads in Rice Seed Theft Case

A 61-year-old scientist has pleaded guilty to a federal charge nearly three years after he was accused of stealing proprietary seeds developed in the U.S. and giving them to a delegation visiting from China.

Wengui Yan, of Stuttgart, Arkansas, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, to one count of making false statements to the FBI, the Justice Department said in a release Wednesday.

Verdict in Seed Espionage Case

Florida man from China sentenced to prison for stealing trade secrets from seed makers

Mo Hailong, a permanent U.S. resident from China, was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing trade secrets from Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer.

Mo, who is also known as Robert Mo of Florida, first became the subject of a criminal investigation in 2011, after a farmer and a DuPont Pioneer field manager found him and other Chinese men digging in a corn field where test plots of new seed corn varieties were growing in central Iowa. 

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