October Newsletter: New Specialty Hybrids & More

Our Luther, IA Nursery: The Season in Review The planting season for corn in Luther, Iowa started in April for the early starters, with some farmers beginning around April 10th. For most farmers, April 20th is the official starting point to comply with the crop insurance terms. We planted our breeding plot and yield test field […]

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September Newsletter: Field Day Recap & Current Activities

Thank You to All Field Day Attendees: Our field day on September 7 th turned out well. We were delighted to welcome old friends and new people interested in what we do. There was a lot of interaction with questions and answers. For those who couldn’t make it, we can recap a few highlights. Agronomic Practices to Maximize […]

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You’re Invited: Our Upcoming Field Day

Field Day: Agricultural Technologies for Maximum Yield in Organic & Conventional Production Systems On September 7th, GEI corn breeders Mary Jane and Alix Paez will be hosting a field day at their Luther, IA research location. The field day will include a seminar covering topics of current interest to farmers producing conventional or organic corn. There […]

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June Newsletter: A Note From Your Corn Breeders

Our Focus on Innovation Hybrid corn development requires a continuous and sustained effort. It takes 5-7 years to develop a new hybrid using standard breeding schemes; shorter breeding cycles could be accomplished using biotechnology tools, double haploid, etc. Currently there is lots of excitement about the possibilities with gene editing and the possibility of creating […]

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May Newsletter: Notes From the Nursery

Season, Planting, & Field Updates This year we finished planting our nursery, yield test and expo on May 7th.  Other farmers in the area had planted their corn about two weeks earlier.  It took awhile for their seed to sprout because the soil was a little bit cool.  Because we plant inbred seed for our […]

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March Newsletter: Specialty Corns

Maximizing Yield & Quality in Growing Corn Specialties One of the main factors in improving yield and quality is breeding and the application of appropriate agronomic technologies. Yield improvement is done primarily through continuous breeding and selection. Agronomic improvements are usually part of the hybrid selection index. Quality traits could be primarily single gene genetics […]

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January Newsletter: A New Year of Featured Products, Industry News, & a Tasty Recipe

Biofortification Gets the Attention of Crop Researchers What is Biofortification? This term is used to indicate a category of hybrids or varieties with genetic characteristics that enhance the nutritional value of the grain. The new interest in breeding for enhanced nutrition in crops is fueling the attention of crop researchers. The American Society of Agronomy is […]

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December Newsletter: Our Seed Conference Takeaways, Hybrid Data, & a Holiday Recipe

Visit to Chicago: America’s Largest Seed Conference  The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) had their annual meeting in Chicago December 5-9. This is America’s largest seed industry conference and seed expo.  Every year, there are more than 4,000 attendees representing the U.S. seed industry and overseas seed companies. During the week there are events targeted […]

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