Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and Bioceres S.A. announced that Verdeca, their soybean technology joint venture, received notification that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed the Early Food Safety Evaluation (EFSE) process for HAHB4, the plant protein responsible for Verdeca’s HB4 stress tolerance trait. Completion of this review is a major milestone in the development of commercial soybean seed products based on the HB4 stress tolerance trait, as well as the development of HB4-based products in other crops.
Dow AgroSciences celebrated the opening of its new Seeds Research & Development (R&D) Field Station in Huron, S.D. A community open house was held at the new site to showcase the company’s new Field Research Station which includes an office building/seed processing building and a machine storage shed.
Rob Robinson, CEO of Rob-See-Co, LLC, announced the expansion of their sales territory for the Innotech brand of seeds. Beginning this fall, Rob-See-Co will actively expand its marketing efforts to areas east of the Mississippi River.
Cargill has just completed its new seed innovation center in Ft. Collins, Colo. The facility will be the center of Cargill’s specialty canola hybrid development. The building is also stacked with sustainable features, such as energy-efficient LED lighting, a recycling center and water-saving fixtures.
Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced that the registration of its all-in-one formulation of Intego Suite Soybeans, a new seed protectant to control multiple species of Pythium and Phytophthora. The new formulation eliminates the hassle of mixing components prior to treating seed, making the treating process easier for seed companies and retailers.
May rains brought on weeds and delayed wheat harvest in some areas of Kansas to the extent that herbicide applications had to be made to burn down weeds prior to harvest. Farmers intending to hold back some of their harvest for use as seed this fall should have that wheat tested for germination.
By Romulo Lollato, Wheat and Forages Specialist; Erick De Wolf, Extension Plant Pathology; and Eric Fabrizius, Seed Laboratory Manager, Kansas Crop Improvement Association
The 2014-15 wheat harvest was delayed in some parts of Kansas due to precipitation after the kernels achieved physiological maturity, which resulted in wetting and drying of mature kernels still in the spike. A direct consequence of wetting and drying of mature wheat kernels is a decrease in test weight, which is a measure of kernels’ volume weight or bulk density.