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From Our Desk: Innovations that Move the Needle

Mother Nature isn’t pulling any punches, insects continue to attack, diseases are evolving and countless other threats are bearing down on crops. As farmers fight to protect yields, the seed industry is aligned to help these producers from around the globe rise to meet the challenge of providing food and fiber to a growing world.

From digital technologies, to seed treatments, to genetics, innovations in the seed industry are limitless. Keeping up with innovation, however, is challenging. To learn more about innovations that are or will make a difference, Seed World Group is taking a closer look at individuals and companies tackling agriculture’s biggest challenges in this season of Seed Speaks.

To get the full scoop, we’re taking a deep dive into Innovations that Move the Needle. Check out the season’s preview on our YouTube channel or Seed World’s Facebook page Jan. 5 at 12:00 CDT. Or, here:

This series marks our third season of Seed Speaks. Every week you’ll find hosts Alex Martin, editor of Seed World; Ashley Robinson, editor of Alberta Seed Guide; Marc Zienkiewicz, editor of Germination; and me, at 12:00 CDT on Seed World’s Facebook page and Seed World Group’s YouTube channel. Our goal is to engage with people across the industry to get questions answered, curiosity piqued and information exchanged.

We’ll kick off the season by interviewing Seed World’s 10 Most Innovative Product winners including (listed alphabetically by product):

  • AgVoice, by AgVoice Global
  • Air-Dryable™ Direct DNA qPCR Plant, Meridian Life Science
  • Ampha P20, Amphasys
  • Kan-7, Kannar Earth Science, Ltd.
  • PhycoTerra ST, Heliae
  • ROXY Rice Production System, Albaugh LLC
  • SuperSede Line of Seed Treatment Products, FBSciences
  • Teraxxa Seed Treatment, BASF
  • XtendFlex soybean, Bayer

You’ll hear from not only Seed World’s Top 10 Innovations of 2021, but other movers-and-shakers of the industry. Speakers range from college students to multi-national corporations; the only criteria are they must be doing something new and impactful for the industry.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Seed Speaks, each half-hour episode features experts from across the world who will provide insights into different kinds of innovations, their potential, availability and use in seed. Episodes are available on-demand on Seed World, Germination, European Seed and Alberta Seed Guide websites.

Have ideas for future topics or want to be a panelist? Reach out to me at We’re eager to add more topics that matter to our readers. In the meantime, be sure to tune in each week and check out last season!

Catch Up on Past Episodes

If you’re eager to learn more about Seed Speaks you’re in luck. The first two seasons of Seed Speaks are available on-demand on Seed World Group’s YouTube channel under the Seed Speaks playlist.

Season one features experts from around the world who provide an inside look at common human resource bottlenecks and solutions to help overcome these issues. From labor shortages, to incorporating more diversity in the workforce, to handling COVID vaccines and travel, there’s sure to be something to learn.

Season two, Science Under Fire, showcases experts from around the world who dive into controversial – yet critical – agricultural practices. The speakers discuss the seed industry’s hits and misses when it comes to communicating about the promise of these technology to the masses, and what it will take to encourage acceptance.

Tune in to these episodes here:

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