Snowless Ohio, Future Crop Genetics, and January Travel Plans

hello again welcome to another edition
of croplife retail week culture up in Eric Sfiligoj together first of 2019
yeah awesome so I’m still gonna have to get used to
ringing then on my checks yeah there’s nothing outside to clue us and it’s
actually winter since it’s been numb all in the 40s and we have not had a
measurable snowfall you had one day so far where I’ve been able to make a snow
wall I really wanted to throw it at the neighbor but no I have not
we just haven’t had any kind of anything so no no it is definitely men of brown
Christmas brown holiday season here in Ohio so if
you have snow where you’re at too bad so yeah I think I can take her partial
credit for it because we had I bought a snow blower last year uh-huh so you did
it okay yeah I finally invested in that my wife is after much Kazuo Ling said
you know you really need to you know because I spent my life working really
really hard behind a computer and God knows I’ve you know text my muscles and
joints yeah feel really bad for me so so now I need a snowblower of course I’m
not using it at all so all right you go in someplace though where they might use
snow blower I am I’m going to Kansas next week see Sims fertilizer and talked
to some talked to some farmer folks there about some of the some of the
issues they want to talk about gamba although I’ll only lightly touch on it
because they’re saving their rotten tomatoes for the poor extension guys
have to go and actually explain what farmers have to do differently next year
which will be you know it’ll vary from state to state I know I’ve seen some I
saw 30 or 40 point list from Indiana that came out about some of the
differences this year but again it’s as they said it at the very top it’s
Indiana only so so there are specific things that everyone’s gonna have to do
training wise and product wise and otherwise so I’m sure they’ll be a group
of Happy’s but I’m gonna go out first if it gets ugly I’ll just step out
quickly yes quickly out of the door so that Campbell decid that came but will
definitely be on the agenda and then of some just the one here about tariffs
just talked about the market in general and where things or things are headed a
little bit from the from the retail perspective I I’m sure it’d be
interesting to hear what’s going on in other states as well as nationally and
some of the things that we might be picking up on its own funding and you
mentioned the tariffs I know the only thing add about that is I know that a
lot of the growers were going to get some relief help from the government
because of the tariffs and and they’re suffering through a program that the
Trump administration announced earlier back in 2018 but I guess Paul from what
I’m reading the government shutdown may affect that in some way regarding new
claims so we’ll have to stay tuned and see what happens there
yeah who can predict what will happen it’s crazy really very crazy so you had
we were talking a little bit beforehand about genetic genetics and promises
modification and terminology and right yeah I guess some researchers at the
University of Illinois have announced that they’ve been able to increase the
yield for tobacco plants using a gene technology basically kind of tweaks the
genes in the plants that are already there to increase the photo respiration
ability of the plant making it faster which means that the plant has more time
to focus on increasing its yield down the line so this is new technology Paul
I know folks online we’re saying no GMOs it doesn’t sound like it’s GMO
technology in in the classic sense but the scientists are now gonna try to
replicate this yield boost in crops like potatoes and soybeans so possibly down
the line maybe 10 years or so we might be seeing some of this gene boosting
ability for crops in the u.s. come to fruition yeah we’ve been hearing a lot
about that over the years technology and I’m bringing that yes supplanting
you know the genetic modification and really being you know an improvement
your your your finding ways to actually yes you know use the plant that you have
and make modifications as opposed to actually modifying the genes putting
them back in the plant and more of us much less of a shotgun approach than
it’s ever been there was a there was a discussion on Twitter about a termite I
saw it was synthetic biology my friend Kevin falta down in them down in Florida
tweeted about a he’s a nutritionist and he’s been a defender of GMOs and you
know the whole you know the biotech and trying to get people to understand what
they really are and to dispel some of the some of the false notions and I kind
of said yeah and he had listed or shared a story with four synthetic biology
developments or and they’re really amazing things that they can do I just
kind of pointed out synthetic biology it’s not exactly the happiest termite I
would I would use to describe some of these things and some are certainly
related to food food and nutrition and it’s gonna you know the technology
should allow smaller companies to come in you get more startups startups that
are looking to share the technology so that other companies can can take that
technology to the next level so there’s really a you know as opposed to what we
saw earlier in Monsanto if to their credit were fully committed but they
were a single company really as the driving force behind it and became more
of a villain I think unfortunately for you know for everyone
there’s mall smaller companies developing these technologies hopefully
that will allow more development come to come organically but but to come from
smaller companies that are that are kind of working together to to make a
difference as opposed to one giant behemoth that can be pointed at this I’m
sort of no help to I don’t know I wouldn’t say it’s interesting as always
you know when we’ve transitioned from one year to the next a lot of the talk
in the early part of the year which was we are now in has to do with looking a
little farther forward than just the coming growing season so yeah these
technologies that are being developed again plant genetics are very efficient
I know people but the canva earlier folks have
mentioned that even with that kamba damage the last year or two with the
unwanted drift out there that the yields were still pretty good for the plants so
you know scientists improving that even more I mean again boosting the yield
that’s what we’re looking for to feed a growing population so the rest of
January we got coming you you have something soon yes actually yes in two
weeks I’ll be at the Wisconsin agribusiness Classic visiting my friends
up there and then at the end of the month change in scheduling for the folks
at the illinois’ for eliezer and chemical Association they’re holding
their annual meeting in Peoria on the 29th and 30th of January this year so
Paul I’ll be heading north myself as you were heading south yeah I’ve got said
Sims next week and then I’m in I’m in Seattle the week after for their
pursuing a vision conference really looking forward to that for most of that
week and then a week after that I’m going to North Dakota no so you are yeah
you were I thought you were heading north
yeah north dakota’s who talked about precision and ashlee precision value and
it’s I think it’s growers in the room and some retailer some agronomist and
we’ll talk about just I create value and success stories and things like that so
it should be should be interesting very good until everyone out there
watches us happy new year enjoy 2019 as we get going and hopefully
it’ll be a good successful year for everyone that’s it for this retail week
and we’ll see you next week you

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