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Quality testing of seed still job No. 1
nies will cooperate to develop new tech-
HI-TECH FARMING nologies and maximize existing ones.
terest precisely into speciﬁc genes of
corn. It will make “genome editing” pos-
run on B100 for a year with no ill ef-
fects. It’s a cooperative study between
By TOM J. BECHMAN sible, and it’s another milestone with Penn State’s College of Ag Sciences and
Precision gene placement far-reaching implications. Case New Holland.
SEED that won’t grow Blindly shooting genes into plants with Neither tractor show signs of extra
doesn’t help anyone, no a “gene gun” may soon become an “an- Tractors run on B100 wear, says Glen Cauffman, Penn State’s
matter how many traits tique” technique. Dow AgroSciences A Midwest farm couple who started manager of farm operations and ser-
the seed carries. Pioneer and Sangamo Biosciences recently en- running older tractors and combines vices. Case New Holland added a third
Hi-Bred International Inc. tered into agreements allowing Dow on nearly pure B100 two years ago tractor to the Penn State study this
just invested $1.3 million to expand a AgroSciences to use Sangamo’s ZFP were ahead of their time. Word from spring. It’s a larger, 150-horsepower
seed testing facility at Tipton, Ind. The technology. Reportedly, the process Penn State University is that two new, tractor, a new model with a Tier III
newly expanded facility became opera- allows scientists to place genes of in- unmodiﬁed New Holland tractors have emissions- rated-engine.
tional this summer.
The 10,000-foot expansion allows
this single facility to handle 125,000
germination, vigor and purity quality
tests samples per year. But it’s not just
corn and soybeans that’s tested there.
Employees also evaluate wheat and
sorghum samples. Very little sorghum
grows in that part of the Corn Belt.
What’s key is that this lab is one of a
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testing to visitors at the new Tipton, Ind., Honoring Agricultural & Biological Engineers s 100 Years of Innovation