USDA to Provide $4 million For Honey Bee Habitat

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USDA is providing more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important role in crop production. “The future of America’s food supply depends on honey bees, and this effort is one way USDA is helping improve the health of honey bee populations,” …

Bees, pollinators, USDA

Propane Powered Engines for Ag

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2014 World LP Gas Forum Photo Album The new Tier 4 emission standards for diesel engines have opened up new opportunities for propane in the agricultural engine market. At the World LP Gas Forum in Miami this week, Propane Education and Research Council agricultural director Cinch Munson talked about how they have worked with OEMs to develop and commercialize new …

Audio, Energy, Irrigation, propane, Video

Contest Winner Gets New Holland CR8090 for Harvest

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A Missouri farmer has won the use of a CR8090 combine with a New Holland Twin Rotor® CR8090 combine corn head for the 2014 harvest season, thanks to New Holland and Growth Energy. Robert Baker of Sue City, Missouri has been named the 2014 Growth Energy Individual Membership Sweepstakes winner. “I am very excited, and I have a son and …

Ethanol, Harvesting, New Holland

FS Crop Advisers Help with Nutrient Management Plans

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This is the final installment of a four part series on Nutrient Management sponsored by FS/GROWMARK John Musser, a crop adviser with Stephenson Service Company, has been a crop consultant for over 30 years and a Certified Crop Adviser for the past two decades. He was the 2012 winner of the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Award for helping his growers …

Audio, Data, Growmark, Nutrient Management

Biotechnology a Focus at Export Exchange

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Dr. Howard Minigh, president and chief executive officer of CropLife International, was one of the presenters at the 2014 Export Exchange in Seattle this week. The event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Speaking to nearly 500 attendees representing over 40 countries, Minigh talked about how biotechnology benefits farmers and consumers worldwide, and …

Agribusiness, biotechnology, Exports, Grain

PERC Calculators Estimate Propane Cost Savings

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The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has just released a suite of cost calculator tools for customers in three of the industry’s fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets. The calculators are designed to estimate potential fuel savings and ROI with clean, American-made propane when compared with conventional fuels like gasoline and diesel. “At PERC, we’ve have …

Audio, Irrigation, propane

Valent and MGK Enter into Agreement

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Valent U.S.A. Corporation (Valent) has entered into an agreement to manage the marketing and sales of Minneapolis-based MGK’s crop protection line of insect control products within the United States. The marketing agreement, which broadens Valent’s agricultural insecticide portfolio in the U.S. market, will start on April 1, 2015. MGK will continue to manufacture their products, provide regulatory support for the …

Agribusiness, Crop Protection

Precision Sugarcane Harvesting

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2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour Photo Album In addition to seeing sugarcane planting on the the 2014 CTIC Conservation in Action tour, we also got to see harvesting – yes, they can do both at the same time of year in the sunny south! “We harvest with one mechanical harvester per row, each one geared with auto steer and …

Audio, Conservation, CTIC, Harvesting, John Deere

EPA Findings on Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments

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The Environmental Protection Agency has released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans. Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides widely used on U.S. crops that EPA is reviewing with particular emphasis for their impact on pollinators. The analysis concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid …

Government, seed, Soybeans

Water Policy in Florida

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Florida is the third largest state in terms of population and the 14th in agricultural production, so competition for water resources is fierce in the Sunshine State. “Population growth is a big factor in driving water use demand and that will continue in Florida,” said Richard Budell, who is director of water policy for the Florida Department of Agriculture and …

Audio, Conservation, CTIC, water, Water Management