Precision Ag Bytes – 7/11

Chuck Zimmerman

  • Golden Harvest is growing its strong portfolio for the 2019 planting season with the release of 37 new corn hybrids—21 of which are from our 16 new genetic families—and 17 new soybean varieties. Earlier this year, Golden Harvest announced it would benefit from an incremental $400 million investment. The breadth and quality of its 2019 seed portfolio showcases that pledge.
  • USDA has launched a new soil health webpage with the needs of America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters in mind. Visit today to learn more about the principles of soil health, and give feedback.
  • A novel gene editing approach could hold the key to broad-spectrum disease resistance in certain staple food crops without causing physical detriment to the plants, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Junqi Song, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Dallas, explores how a “knock-in” gene editing approach might achieve better disease resistance in a wide range of crop plants. His team places special focus on addressing late blight disease in tomato and potato.
  • Nutrien Ltd. has officially rebranded its retail business to Nutrien Ag Solutions, aligning the company’s retail operations across the globe. The rebrand also features the roll out of an integrated digital platform designed to empower growers to effectively manage their agronomic and commercial needs.
  • Nutrien Ltd. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Waypoint Analytical, Inc. and its operating subsidiaries. Waypoint is the largest agriculture laboratory group in the U.S. and among the top 25 U.S. environmental lab groups.
  • Tate Mesbergen of Mesbergen Farms feels the need for speed — and so do his customers. On July 1, Mesbergen put the hammer down on his DISCO 1100 RC triple mower, behind the wheel of an AXION 880 tractor, both made by CLAAS. Exactly eight hours later, he stepped out of the cab of his tractor as a new world record holder. A survey crew and independent witnesses would later confirm that Tate had cut a total of 348.7 acres in four different fields, beating the previous record by more than 100 acres.
  • NewLeaf Symbiotics has announced that Aaron Kelley, Ph.D. has joined the company as Vice President of Manufacturing.
  • American Farmland Trust joins other major agriculture and conservation organizations at a “Learning Lab” for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. A team of over 50 technical experts from government, academia and industry will provide technical assistance to state governments on how to draw down carbon from the air and sequester it in the soil across diverse systems such as farms, rangelands, forests and wetlands. The lab also will help states develop strategies related to policy development and funding projects.
  • The replacement for the AyrMesh IndoorAP is now available. The AyrMesh IndoorHub is a tiny but powerful indoor 2×2 access point with meshing.
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