News Briefs February 12, 2018


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Research and development are the lifeblood of many companies. Things are no different at the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, which used research and development to create high oleic soybeans and recently reinvested in R&D with the opening of the Bay Area Innovation Center. This week’s briefs cover those topics, as well as alfalfa stand and the importance of sulfur fertilization.

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In the News

Labeling Will Be No Barrier to Plenish®, Says Trade Group

Pioneer® brand Plenish® soybeans recently received EU approval and, despite the fact that the EU requires foods containing 0.9 percent or more of genetically modified ingredients to be labeled, there is already strong interest in the beans. Richard Galloway, consultant and oils expert at US trade group Qualisoy, told European manufacturers of consumer packaged goods have expressed interest in the high oleic ingredient…Read more

Agriculture Division of DowDuPont Strengthens R&D

The Agriculture Division of DowDuPont recently announced the grand opening of the Bay Area Innovation Center, a newly expanded state-of-the-art research and development facility focused on agricultural biotechnology discovery, enabling technology development and leading-edge informatics.

“The Bay Area Innovation Center is a testament to the Agriculture Division’s growing commitment to promoting innovation in California and the Agriculture industry,” said James C. Collins, Jr., chief operating officer, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont"…Read more

Crop Insights

Alfalfa Stand Establishment

Establishing a uniform alfalfa stand is critical to maximizing yield potential. Growers should aim for 20 - 25 plants per square foot, ideally surviving the winter with 55 stems per square foot, in order to reach yield potential…Read more

Importance of Sulfur Fertilization

One of the 17 essential nutrients for crop production, sulfur fertility has historically not been a major concern for growers on most soils. However, reductions in the amount of sulfur contributed by soil organic matter, atmospheric deposition, manure application and incidental sulfur contained in fertilizers combined with increased sulfur removal with greater crop yields have made sulfur deficiencies more common…Read more

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