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“The Plant Destroyer”: Taking Fear Out of the Equation

The name Phytophthora literally means “plant destroyer” and certain species of the pathogen wreak havoc on almond trees in California.    “Phytophthora root and crown rot are extremely widespread in California,” said Maxwell Norton, retired University of California Cooperative Extension agriculture advisor and one of very few who specializes in tree fruit production. “Phytophthora causes disease in orchards globally. What makes it difficult […]

Trace Puts My Customers in a Position to Succeed

When agronomist Jared Jessen told his customers there was a better way to soil sample, he got some strange reactions.  “They looked at me a little cross-eyed,” admitted Jessen, CHS agronomy sales manager for the Wausa and Dixon, Neb., offices. CHS is the nation’s leading agribusiness cooperative. “Their response was, ‘How can there be anything new to soil sampling? Nothing has changed in 30 years.’”     But then he told them about the […]

Big Progress = Fast, Robust Results at Ames Lab

Agronomists rely on accurate, timely soil intelligence when making recommendations that impact yield and bottom line for their customers. To that end, the Trace Genomics Ames lab and its team of unparalleled experts has made big progress in reducing turnaround times so agronomists can put Trace Genomics’ unmatched soil DNA capabilities and other diagnostics to […]

Ag Biotech Engineer, Fraley Joins Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Monica Knickerbocker, monica@tracegenomics.com, (303) 638-0514  Ag Biotech Pioneer Fraley Joins Trace Genomics Board      REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Tues., April 13, 2021 – Trace Genomics announces the appointment of Dr. Robert (Robb) Fraley to its board of directors. Dr. Fraley, who served for nearly 40 years as chief technology officer at […]

New Bacterial Diversity Indicator Enables Deeper Insights 

 Farmers and agronomists now have new insight into the bacterial life present in their soil. The release of Trace Genomics’ Bacterial Diversity indicator is a delivery on the promise of continued learning from each sample. The new indicator enables a better picture of what’s happening to the bacterial portion of the soil microbiome. Just as […]

Iowa Farmer, Jerry Dove, On Measuring What’s In The Soil

Grower and agronomist Jerry Dove’s interest in science and technology first developed while earning his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy at Iowa State University. “I was always thinking about what’s going on below the surface,” says Jerry. After completing his degree in 1982, he returned to his family’s centennial farm in Janesville, Iowa. They primarily grow corn and soybeans and also grow alfalfa and cereal rye.

Soil Intelligence Helps Farmers on the Front Lines of Soil Health

As the original stewards of the land, farmers are on the front lines of one of the least understood and untapped frontiers of combating climate change – the soil. Because of soil’s massive potential to store carbon and its foundational role in growing our food and fostering biodiversity (there is more biodiversity below ground than above ground), soil presents an opportunity for farming to positively impact climate change, biodiversity and […]

Soil Health: We Can Do More

One of the greatest challenges we face in the world today is being responsible stewards of our natural resources – our air, water and soil – while at the same time producing the food needed for a growing global population. While we’ve made great strides to protect and improve our air and water, we can do more to protect the earth beneath our feet.   […]

The Ames Advantage: New Lab on Cutting Edge of Soil Science

California-based Trace Genomics has put down Midwestern roots with its new, state-of-the-art laboratory in Ames, Iowa. John Jansen, Vice President of Commercial Operations, shares his insights on the significance of the innovative technology, top-notch team and the lab’s central location. Having been involved in new agriculture technologies for the past two decades, Jansen is excited […]

A Day In The Life: Trace’s Lab

Researchers, scientists, inventory managers, progress trackers, communicators…life in Trace’s lab involves wearing many hats. Our founders, Diane and Poornima, met in a Stanford University laboratory and today Trace’s lab plays a vital role in internal operations. It’s a role we take very seriously because it is the first touch point of our customers’ soil once […]

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