Precision Ag Bytes 6/6

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  • Farm Market iD has released the 2018 Annual Update of their database. The update will provide complete details on farmers, crops, livestock and land for the 2017 crop year. The database covers 94 percent of major crop production in the United States going back more than a decade, and is collected from a combination of public and private sources.
  • As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program. Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency office between June 4 and Aug. 17, 2018.
  • The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has presented Statistics Outstanding Merit Awards to 29 companies for their superior participation in AEM data reporting programs.
  • Building on its SeedCommand line of planting products, Ag Leader introduces SureForce. SureForce is a new, bidirectional hydraulic down force system with hydraulic uplift. Weight on the gauge wheels of every row is sensed 200 times per second, and force is automatically adjusted up or down to maintain consistent depth in changing soil conditions.
  • HELM Agro US, Inc. announced that the California Department of Pesticide Regulations has approved HELMET and HELMET SPC herbicides for use on selected crops in that state. HELMET and HELMET SPC are HELM Agro US’ newest additions to the metolachlor herbicide portfolio. Both products deliver superior grass and small-seeded broadleaf control with the added benefit of residual activity. One application controls tough-to-manage weeds, including those resistant to glyphosate, PPO and ALS herbicides.
  • AGCO Corporation announces a development partnership with agricultural technology company AgIntegrated (AGI) to deliver ag information management systems services to AGCO customers. The partnership will enable AGCO customers to connect more easily with their agronomy service providers, create seamless data connectivity, and digitize the farm.
  • Deere & Company took legal action against Precision Planting LLC and AGCO Corporation, claiming that the companies have infringed on 12 John Deere patents. The Deere patents relate to several of the unique and inventive aspects of John Deere planting equipment, many of which are embodied in the state-of-the-art technology Deere has named ExactEmerge.
  • Concentric Ag Corporation (formerly Inocucor), a developer and producer of proprietary biological and essential plant nutrient inputs for specialty and broadacre crops, has hired Mark Trostle as vice president of global regulatory affairs. Trostle is an expert in federal, state and international regulations for crop inputs.
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