April is Seed Month in Illinois
Illinois Seed Trade Update by Executive Director Richard Denhart
Governor J.B. Pritzker has proclaimed April 2020, as Seed Month in Illinois. This Proclamation is given in appreciation of the seed industry’s contribution in supplying food and fiber to the world. Please join us in displaying a copy of this proclamation in your place of business or on your website as shown below.
Remebering Joe Lamb - Seed Lab Manager
Remembering Joe Lamb by James R. Shearl
Joseph Lamb a former ICIA Seed Laboratory Manager passed on February 24, 2020, in Gifford, IL. Joe was 83 years old.
Joe and wife Karen (deceased in 2009) moved from their hometown of Morrisonville, IL to the St. Joseph, IL area in the 1960s when Joe accepted a position as a seed production field supervisor for Pioneer Hybrid International. From those years, Joe understood how seed was made. That basic training would help him during the rest of his career.
Uncertain Times by CEO Doug Miller
These are uncertain times. So uncertain that I felt the need to return to one of my first Illinois Seed News articles as a new CEO. The article is titled "A Clear Foundation" and is now going on 8 years old. I found it comforting as we face a world suffering from COVID-19. I hope you find it comforting as well. The CEO's report will be the only report for the First Quarter 2020 Edition of the Illinois Seed News. When we are back to normal we will publish Seed Lab, Winter Farm, and departmental reports.
Identity Preserved Grain Lab Report
The 2019/2020 Corn Harvest Quality Report is now available from the US Grains Council. The Identity Preserved Grain Lab provides much of the quality and composition testing for the report through the Centrec Consulting Group. The report provides transparency about crop conditions and consistently establishes the United States as the world's most reliable supplier of quality corn.