Vacation Mode

You may have noticed that we took last week off to enjoy some vacation time.  Our week off included some HOT weather, which was great for swimming lessons but was stressful on crops. The forecast is calling for more hot weather, and we are praying for rain.

We enjoyed a Sunday crop tour to end our vacation week and here is a look at how our sunflowers, fall rye, canola and wheat are developing.

2018 Gene Edited Crops

Calyxt became a publicly traded company in the United States in late 2017, and is based in New Brighton, MN.  They consider themselves a disruptor in the space, by using gene editing technology they are able to shorten the time to develop a new seed trait by at least 7 years and at a lesser cost.  A key differentiator currently is the lack or regulatory studies required, which to date gene edited crops do not require.

 In their April 1st shareholders meeting they shared their expectations for 2018:

  • As of March 13, 60 growers are signed on to grow high oleic soybeans in the 2018 season
  • ~12 small to large food companies have engaged across food service and food ingredient applications
  • 3 projects are currently in Phase II
    • High Oleic / Low Lin soybean
    • Cold Storable Potato
    • Powdery Mildew Resistent Wheat
  • 5 additional gene edited seeds are in Phase I
    • High Fibre Wheat
    • Improved Oil Composition Canola
    • Reduced Browning Potato
    • Herbicide Tolerant Wheat
    • Improved Quality Alfalfa
Calyxt trait development process as outlined on  calyx.com

Calyxt trait development process as outlined on calyx.com

What we are reading so far is interesting, and that our audience would want to be aware of what gene editing was, how it differentiates from GMO's and where development of agricultural applications stood.  You can read more about Calyxt on their website or check out their YouTube video here.

Global Big Data Conference: Precision Ag

We are looking forward to presenting at the Global Big Data Conference on Artificial Intelligence on Wednesday, in Santa Clara, California!  

This week we'll share the videos we have made for the presentation.  If you like them, please share them on your Facebook or Twitter accounts, we'd love to see how many people we can reach and we'd love your help!