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Re-evaluating Your Soil Fertility Plans

While some crops have already been planted, there is seed still going into the ground. And in order for those seeds to grow a healthy crop, they need good soil fertility. And according to Monsanto agronomist, Greg Ferguson, it’s important for growers to re-evaluate their soil fertility plans.

ASTA Annual Convention Coming in June

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) will hold their 134th Annual Convention next month, as the event will take place June 21-24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ASTA President and CEO, Andy LaVigne, said they will focus on science and policy issues. The Annual Convention 2017 Registration Brochure is available for download as a PDF.  Special programming descriptions are included in this PDF.

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ASTA Hosts Meeting to Discuss Palmer Amaranth, other Weed Issues

On May 9, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) hosted a meeting of grower groups, seed companies, and state government officials to discuss a collaborative approach to addressing Palmer amaranth and other weed seed issues. The meeting, which took place in Des Moines, Iowa, served as a productive information-exchange and strategic dialog about potential short- and long-term solutions. “Weeds like …

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Long Awaited International Seed Standard is Good News for U.S. Seed Industry

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is praising the passage of a final International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) for Seed. The standard was agreed to yesterday during the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in Korea. ASTA has been advocating for a seed ISPM for nearly 20 years. The need for a standard has become more apparent, as many National …

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Seed Demand Prompts First Half Gains for Monsanto

Monsanto this week announced increased sales and profits for the first half of its current fiscal year. Monsanto’s net sales for the second quarter increased to approximately $5.1 billion, up from $4.5 billion in the prior year period. Gross profit for the quarter also increased over the prior year to $3.0 billion versus $2.6 billion. For the first six months, …