ZimmCast 627 – Commercial UAV Expo Americas

Cindy Zimmerman

Drones, drones and more drones! In this week’s program you will hear Jeremiah Karpowicz, Executive Editor of Commercial UAV News, talk about this year’s Commercial UAV Expo Americas. This trade show and conference focuses on commercial drone integration and operation in a variety of industries, including agriculture. Here’s some more information about the conference. In the Conference Program, UAV industry …

UAV, ZimmCast

BASF Launches Operation Weed Eradication

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s time to change the conversation from weed control to on-farm eradication, according to a new strategy announced this week by BASF Agricultural Solutions. BASF launched Operation Weed Eradication, which calls on growers and partners to take action against troublesome weeds in their fields, through cultural practices, chemical control and enhanced diligence. “Our approach to on-farm eradication will uproot problem …

Audio, BASF

Precision Ag Bytes 9/25

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm Market iD’s updated, in-season data now includes this season’s “lost acres”. In total, 17.4 million crop production acres have been lost in key broad-acre states compared to 18 million acres reported by USDA in the same states. Lost acres include fields and acres that are normally planted and now have a failed crop, were never planted or contain a …

Precision Agriculture

President Trump Signs Farm Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

President Donald Trump gave Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue a happy birthday Thursday when he signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 with many members of the agricultural community in attendance. “Mr. President, it is a great birthday present not only for me, but for all of agriculture, to give the producers, the ranchers, and farmers across America the peace of …

Audio, Farm Bill

USFRA Keeping Agriculture EngAGed

Cindy Zimmerman

Before they got rained out, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) chairman Brad Greenway and new CEO Erin Fiztgerald had the opportunity to spend some time at the Farm Progress Show and highlight “Honoring the Harvest,” which elevates stewardship and sustainability on today’s farms and ranches. “When we Honor the Harvest, it’s crucial that everyone is involved,” says Greenway. “In …

Apps, Audio, USFRA

Sentera and AgDNA Integrate With Deere Ops Center

Cindy Zimmerman

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 …

Drones, John Deere, technology

ASTA Announces Student Video Awards

Cindy Zimmerman

The first-place winner of the first “Better Seed, Better Life” student video contest was awarded this week during the CSS 2017 & Seed Expo in Chicago. Sponsored by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB), and the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America (Tri-Societies), the …

ASTA, Audio, seed

New Ag Retailers Chair Has Game Plan

Cindy Zimmerman

The new chairman of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) says 2017 was a championship year for the organization and he hopes to sustain that excellence moving forward. John Oster with Morral Companies in Ohio says one area where ARA will be very active in the coming year is in development of the new farm bill. “Although we are a small …

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ASTA Spotlights Seed at NAFB

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is excited about the role of seed in soil conservation and new plant breeding technology that could revolutionize the industry. Those were two of the topics ASTA officers addressed at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) annual trade talk last week. ASTA chair Tracy Tally with Justin Seed Company in Texas says they …

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USFRA Continues to Grow and EngAGe

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) celebrated its seventh anniversary of helping provide a voice for agriculture on the national stage at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City last week. “There were six original organizations…we’re up to over 100 now,” said USFRA CEO Randy Krotz. USFRA elected four new board members at the meeting – …

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