Author Archive | mary jane

February 2019

Winter Adventure Last month, we took the opportunity to get away from our nasty winter weather and go to South America for 10 days. We went to Quito, Ecuador with an altitude of 9,350 feet. It took a few days to adjust to the elevation. During the trip, we had the opportunity to talk to […]

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January 2019

Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) Conference Every year, we look forward to participating in the Practical Farmers of Iowa annual conference. It’s a fun time to say hi to some customers and to also get acquainted with farmers interested in learning about new corns.  We sponsored a table to display our specialties and conventional non-GMO hybrids.On the […]

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December 2018 Newsletter

ASTA In ReviewAmerica’s largest seed industry conference, Dec 3-6, 2018 Chicago, IL  We attended the American Seed Trade Association meetings in Chicago the first week of December. This is a meeting that brings a significant number of people involved in the seed industry; breeders, seed producers, sales and marketing and the suppliers of all aspects […]

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October 2018 Newsletter

Corn & Bean HarvestThe season has been one of the most unusual ones in recent record. Planting was normal for the most part in most of the area. The season heat unit accumulation was running about one week ahead compared to 2017, resulting in earlier flowering in July. There was an increased amount of rainfall during the […]

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July/August 2018 Newsletter

Research & Innovation We had a drone flyover of the GEI research site in mid-July. It was amazing the clarity and the high level of detail obtained with a drone camera. With a little bit of practice a drone could be a wonderful tool to collect data, inspect your fields, anticipate problems or take corrective measures. You […]

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May-June Newsletter 2018

Winter Nursery Corn Raising Crops for FeedWhen you talk to farmers you are bound to hear different conversations about their farm interest and the way they solve problems. One of my first conversations with farmers in Iowa was with a pig farmer in Winterset. I was explaining to this farmer one of the advantages of the […]

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April Newsletter 2018

What We’re Up To Ready for research planting While waiting impatiently for spring to spring…it sprung! Farmers have been chomping at the bit to get into the fields. From one last snowfall last week to full blown spring, the temperatures soared and the fields dried nicely.We have been very busy with incoming seed from our producers and […]

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February-March Newsletter 2018

Corn Growing in the Southern Hemisphere Winter nursery is a common term used by plant breeders to define the activities undertaken during the winter season to support the breeding activities after the summer season in their home location. Winter nurseries are used for advancing breeding generations, making seed of new hybrid combinations for testing, seed increases […]

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January Newsletter 2018

Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference This past weekend, we participated in the Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference . We were one of about 75 exhibitors. On our table, we featured jars of grain of GEI specialty hybrids, their respective brochures and products made from some of the specialties. We also had brochures and yield data for GEI conventional and […]

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December Newsletter 2017

Upcoming Event: Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference The Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference will be held on January 19-20. Where: Scheman Building, ISU, Ames, Iowa. We will have a table at the expo. Stop by and say hello. Evaluation of Three GEI Specialty Corns We recently underwent an evaluation of the nutritional value of the grain of […]

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