Shaping Agri Through New Seed Varieties and Innovative Seed-Applied Technologies

Monheim/Nice, June 2019 – Farmers make many decisions over the year, but only a few are as important as the seed purchase decisions they make. The right seed treatment preserves the seed’s value, enabling the best possible development of healthy plants,
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Corteva™ Separates from DowDuPont to Form Leading Pure-Play Agriculture Company

Wilmington, Del. — June 2019 — Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) successfully completed its separation from DowDuPont, becoming a leading, global pure-play agriculture company that offers the complete solutions farmers need to maximize yield and profitability.
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Andhra to become seed hub of India

Vijayawada: Stating that AP is going to become the seed hub of the country, agriculture minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy observed that producing the global standard quality seed will be high on the agenda of the proposed mega seed park in Kurnool.
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Shriram Bioseed and KeyGene Join Forces To Develop Improved Hybrid Rice

Shriram Bioseed and KeyGene announce a multi-year strategic co-development research program for development of improved rice hybrids with higher yields, increased tolerance to abiotic stresses, and better grain quality for consumers in India and south east Asia.
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India All Set for the Biotech Bounce

The seeds of ATGC Biotech were sown more than a decade ago, when Markandeya Gorantla and his colleagues returned to India after working in the US as Rockefeller Fellows.
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Germains Seed Technology Attended ASSBT Meeting

The biennial meeting for American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists (ASSBT) occurred the week of February 27- March 2 in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Germains Offers ProSize™ Sunflower Seed Pellet

Sunflower seeds vary in size with seeding rates that range from 15,000 to 25,000 seeds per acre. The size of the seed can require you to make planter modifications such as buying new seed plates or finger pickups before planting your field.
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Inauguration of Seed Potato Plant in Mohali By Mahindra HZPC

The facility to produce high quality seeds of potatoes that could boost yield by 10-30 per cent is inaugurated in Mohali by Mahindra group's joint venture firm Mahindra HZPC.
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Seed Tech News- Soilborne Diseases Prevented by Organic Seed Coating for Alfalfa.

USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) scientists have found that a natural seed coating can protect alfalfa against some soil borne diseases. Alfalfa is a $10 billion-a-year crop in the U.S., but producing it can be a challenge. Farmers in the Midwest often plant it early in the spring when the soil is cold and damp. That makes the seeds vulnerable to a number of soil borne diseases.

To minimize the damage, most alfalfa seeds are coated with a fungicidal treatment. But the treatment, mefenoxam, is ineffective against the pathogen causing Aphanomyces root rot (ARR), which is common to Midwestern soils.

Demand for organic alfalfa for organic dairy operations also is increasing, and alfalfa treated with a fungicide can't be labelled as organic. Many organic dairy farmers would like to expand but may face a roadblock due to a lack of available organic feed, according to Deborah Samac, a plant pathologist in the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Plant Science Research Unit in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Samac wanted to see if coating alfalfa seeds with a naturally occurring mineral would protect them from soil diseases, including ARR. The mineral, zeolite, comes from degraded volcanic rock, has antifungal activity, and qualifies as an organic soil treatment. Samac also wanted to assess zeolite's effects on the health of plant roots and beneficial soil microbes.

The results showed that the mineral coating was as effective as mefenoxam in protecting seeds from most soil pathogens, but unlike mefenoxam, zeolite protected the seeds from ARR. It also did not inhibit production of healthy roots or beneficial microbes in the soil. The coated seeds need to be evaluated further, but the findings show they could prove useful in both conventional and organic alfalfa operations, Samac says. The results were published May 29, 2015, in the journal Plant Disease.

Source: http://www.ars.usda.gov/
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