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Sarah Foster

No, Your Seed Has Not Gone to Sleep

Dormancy. It’s a loaded word in the seed world.People often think dormant seed is simply asleep, waiting to come out of hibernation, like a...

Recognizing Loyalty and Long-Term Service Within a Corporation

We recently celebrated 30 years in the agricultural business. It was truly a great honour to  celebrate this milestone and know that we have...

Virtual Lab Tour Part 3: Why Purity is the First Step in Seed Quality

We continue our virtual tour of how an ISTA-accredited lab functions! If you haven't viewed them yet, watch Part 1 and Part 2.Purity testing...

Don’t Underestimate the Value of a Plant Analysis

A quick visit to look at a farmer’s field turned out to be very worthwhile. An agronomist I am not, but an analyst I...

Virtual Lab Tour Part 2: An Inside Look at a Key Seed Test

It’s the basic yet most fundamental test that is conducted under optimum conditions. A germination test gives you the number of seedlings that are...

Virtual Lab Tour Part 1: A Crucial Difference You’ll See in an ISTA-Accredited Lab

What’s the difference between a seed testing lab accredited by the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) and one that isn’t?As an International Seed Testing...

Why Seed Testing Standards are Key to Global Food Security

I remember when there was no provision for standardized methods for seed vigour. It took a lot of foresight and hard work with our...

One Simple Seed Test can be Your Secret Weapon in 2019

Last year, many areas across the Prairies experienced less-than-ideal harvesting conditions. It became apparent that seed dormancy was going to hide unexpected detrimental effects...

This One Technique Helps Keep Brazil at the Forefront of Technology

I recently attended the advanced technology committee of the International Seed Testing Association at the Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ) which is...

What is TKW and why is it so Valuable?

For years, germination/vigour has been the standard by which seed quality has been measured. The longer I’m in this business, the more convinced I...
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