Sentera and AgDNA Integrate With Deere Ops Center

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Sentera and AgDNA have completed integration work that allows users to seamlessly share real-time in-season precision ag information using the John Deere Operations Center. The digital insights delivered by the integrated capability help advisors and growers gather data, run analytics, manage protection and nutrition strategies, build management zones, and push prescriptions seamlessly to John Deere on-field equipment, all within the Operations Center.

“Integration with AgDNA and the Operations Center lowers barriers to accessing high accuracy Sentera sensor data and analytics products, and provides better, faster inputs to the AgDNA product suite’s own data analysis engine. The result is greater productivity and more accurate prescriptions,” remarked Eric Taipale, Sentera CEO.

“By combining real-time sensor data from Sentera with in-field agronomic data from John Deere equipment, AgDNA is able to provide growers and their trusted advisors with a deeper understanding of crop performance throughout the season,” said Paul Turner, AgDNA CEO.

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Precision Ag Bytes 12/13

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  • Valley Irrigation announced that the Valley ICON series of smart panels has been named New Product of the Year by Agri Marketing Magazine. The four smart panels in the series provide center pivot irrigation operators equipment with an intuitive, customizable graphical user interface they can utilize at the pivot point or from a tablet or smartphone. The panels are compatible with most center pivot brands, are easy to upgrade and have plenty of memory.
  • This year marked the 175th anniversary for Case IH. The history of Case IH goes back to 1842 when Jerome Increase Case founded Racine Threshing Machine Works to produce a revolutionary machine to speed up the separation of grain after harvest. This legacy combines with that of other historic agriculture equipment manufacturers to make the company Case IH is today. The iconic equipment used on farms throughout the world includes Farmall, Maxxum, Magnum and Steiger series tractors; Early Riser planters, Patriot series sprayers and Axial-Flow combines.
  • Case IH has announced seamless data transfer capabilities between its Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Connect farm management system and six new major service providers, including popular farm management system AgDNAUsers of AFS Connect will have the ability to share their agronomic data from their management portal directly to and from these third-party service providers.
  • Spensa​ ​Technologies​ ​Inc.,​ ​a​ ​precision​ ​agriculture​ ​technology​ ​company,​ ​announced​ ​its​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​TerrAvion,​ ​Inc.,​ ​a​ ​California-based​ ​startup​ ​which​ ​provides​ ​aerial​ ​imagery​ ​for agriculture. As​ ​customers​ ​of​ ​Spensa​ ​work​ ​with​ ​farmers​ ​to​ ​scout​ ​fields,​ ​they​ ​can​ ​subscribe​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​up-to-date​ ​aerial imagery​ ​of​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​fields​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​synthetic​ ​maps​ ​and​ ​analyses​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​growing​ ​season​ ​using TerrAvion’s​ ​image​ ​delivery​ ​platform,​ ​OverView.
  • TerrAvion,​ ​the​ ​market​ ​leader​ ​in​ ​aerial​ ​imagery​ ​for​ ​agriculture,​ ​announced a partnership​ ​and​ ​full​ ​integration​ ​with​ ​agX,​ ​the​ ​precision​ ​agriculture​ ​industry’s​ ​solution​ ​to​ ​data standardization​ ​and​ ​seamless​ ​exchange​ ​of​ ​data​ ​between​ ​software​ ​applications.
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AgriVisor’s Insight Program Kicks Off Eighth Year

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Farmers will again have the opportunity in 2018 to commit bushels into the Insight managed bushel program through participating elevators across the Midwest.

Participating farmers can choose any or all of four analysts including AgriVisor, who will then price grain out for them during a specific time period. Farmers can commit corn, soybean or wheat bushels to the program. They are notified anytime a transaction takes place. While the program doesn’t guarantee the best price, GROWMARK Manager for Grain Risk Cory Winstead explains it as another way to manage risk.

“The idea of the program is to diversify risk, take some of that marketing pressure off of the farmer and put it in someone else’s hands,” said Winstead.

The deadline to participate in the 2018 pricing period is December 31, 2017. The Insight program is offered by local elevators through Illinois and Iowa, as well as Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, Alabama and Ontario, Canada. AgriVisor is a partnership between GROWMARK and Illinois Farm Bureau.

Listen to Cindy’s interview with Cory Winstead here: Interview with Cory Winstead, GROWMARK

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Plant Breeders Award Grad Scholarships

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The National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders (NCCPB) represents member companies in the business of plant improvement. So, a perfect place for them to award their Graduate Student Plant Breeding Award was the recent American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS & Seed Expo in Chicago, IL.

NCCPB offered three graduate student currently pursuing a PhD. in plant breeding awards of $2,500 each and an invitation to attend the CSS 2017 meeting with expenses paid.

We were able to sit down with the three recipients to learn more about their research and future plans in the seed industry. Meet Race Higgins, Iowa State University; Mitchell Schumann, Texas A&M Univerisity; and Stacie Shuler, University of Wisconsin.

Listen here: Interview with NCCPB Scholarship Winners

2017 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo photo album

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StollerUSA at #ASTACSS

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The 2017 American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS & Seed Expo has grown into quite the show over the years and serves as a great place for agribusinesses to communicate their works with their peers and ag media. StollerUSA took advantage of that holding a press conference to discuss their focus.

“We are not growing anymore land so we have to optimize the acreage that we currently have in corn, soybeans, wheat, etc. Utilizing our seed treatment platform and our other products throughout the growing season is when you will see the yield bump, which the grower needs,” said Don Botkin, Division Sales Manager.

Botkin says Stoller is optimistic looking into 2018. During the press conference, they reported a good 2017 in terms of sales globally. “We do have a new product guide that was introduced during the show. We are revamping our website and we are investing dollars into training initiatives,” Botkin said.

Listen to my complete interview with Don and the press conference held at #ASTACSS here: Interview with Don Botkin, StollerUSA StollerUSA Press Conference

2017 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo photo album

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John Deere Announces New Generation 4 Display Applications

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John Deere has announced four new precision applications for the Generation 4 Displays. These are being sold in a bundle activation deal for the John Deere 4600 CommandCenter™ and as bundled subscriptions for 4640 Universal Displays. I visited with John Misher, John Deere, to learn more about each of them.

“These new applications are machine-specific bundled activations with the 4600 CommandCenter and provide late-model John Deere machine owners with outstanding technology value,” said Misher, precision agriculture product marketing manager with John Deere.

The four applications are:
AutoTrac Turn Automation
AutoTrac Implement Guidance
AutoTrac Vision for Tractors
In-Field Data Sharing

Learn more in this interview: Interview with John Misher, John Deere

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Clariant Agrocer™ Now Granulated

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Clariant once again brightened up the trade show floor at the CSS 2017 and Seed Expo last week in Chicago and announced the latest development in their dedicated range of colorants for the agricultural industry.

Clariant’s Agrocer seed colorants are now available in pre-dispersed granulated pigments with a very small particle size making them easy to disperse in cold water. “These are actually dried granules and are dust-free,” said Mark Self, market segment manager for Clariant. “They require minimal effort – just basically a stir-in.”

Self says Clariant has learned quite a bit from exhibiting at the seed expo for the last three years, and actually developed the new granulated product based on customer feedback at the show. “We get to meet a lot of seed companies and major producers of seed so we get to learn more of their needs and what they are looking for,” he said.

The new pre-dispersed granules flow like liquid, can be metered and are suitable for applications where a dust-free dry stir in process is needed. Agrocer Green 007 Gran. and Agrocer Yellow 001 Gran. are currently available in the granulated form. More colors will be added in the coming months.

Learn more in this interview: Interview with Mark Self, Clariant

2017 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo photo album

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Digital Ag and Big Data

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As our digital world expands in agriculture, big data keeps getting bigger and making a bigger difference in how farmers make decisions.

Digital Agriculture: Big Data was a session this week at the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS 2017 & Seed Expo. University of Wisconsin agronomy professor Shawn Conley moderated the session which included presentations from:

Paul Schrimpf
Meister Media Worldwide

John Fulton, associate professor
The Ohio State University

Ariel Zajdband, head of product

Jeremy Wilson, farmer

Listen to the session here: ASTA CSS Digital Ag, Big Data session

2017 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo photo album

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John Deere Connect Support Tool Receives Award

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The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently honored John Deere Connected Support – Expert Alerts with its AE50 Award for 2018. Expert Alerts helps producers to minimize downtime during their busiest seasons by predicting service needs and reducing diagnostic time using JDLink machine connectivity and data analytics. Customers and dealers can reduce service costs and experience fewer service interruptions when they use this technology.

“Expert Alerts provides remote machine monitoring and notification to John Deere dealers, which enables them to contact customers about an impending or potential issue, and often gives dealers solutions to resolve the issue,” said Jeremy Goebel, aftermarket product development manager for John Deere. “John Deere Connected Support tools enable dealers to proactively support customers, which results in customers experiencing less downtime, or sometimes avoid downtime altogether, leading to increased productivity and profitability.”

The AE50 award highlights the year’s most innovative designs in product engineering in the food and agriculture industry, as chosen by a panel of international engineering experts.

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FarmLead Launches GrainCents Advisory Service

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A new subscription service from FarmLead has been launched that can provides specific recommendations to farmers on when to sell, hold and/or hedge in various market conditions to improve balance sheets, operations, and grain marketing schedules.

The new service called GrainCents also educates farmers by providing expert insights on global market conditions and how they impact farm operations for specific crops.

GrainCents offers a cost-effective solution to make sense of what is really moving the markets for 12 crops grown in North America, including corn, soybeans, three wheat varieties, and canola. “Too often I hear about ‘just-in-time’ grain marketing; hoping and wishing for better prices,” FarmLead President & CEO Brennan Turner said. “We think that knowing the market you’re in, and the main factors influencing it, can generate a successful grain marketing plan.”

GrainCents is built on Turner’s accurate track record of 93% right calls of when to sell, hold or hedge grain over the past two years. The cost for the annual GrainCents subscription ranges from $250 to $450 per crop, and discounted packages for multiple crops are available.

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