ChemChina Bids to Acquire Syngenta

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Syngenta confirmed Monday that ChemChina, a Chinese state-owned company, has offered to acquire the company with the cash purchase of all Syngenta shares. The $43 billion deal must still be approved by two-thirds of Syngenta shareholders and receive regulatory approval. A Swiss and U.S. tender offer will be coming shortly and the transaction is expected to be concluded by the …

Agribusiness, Audio, International, Syngenta

Sen. Thune on What Now for WOTUS

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Sen. John Thune (R-SD) was named one of the Legislators of the Year this week by the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and he spent some time with organization leaders on Tuesday talking about industry priorities. One priority for all of agriculture is the EPA’s Waters of the United States or WOTUS, which was the subject of a disapproval resolution passed …

ARA, Audio, Government, Regulation, water

Ag Retailers Meeting on Capitol Hill

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Members of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) board of directors have been in Washington DC this week taking their priorities to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The agribusiness company representatives were able to meet with many of their elected representatives and senators and/or their staff members, as well as officials from agencies such as OSHA. “We do a February board meeting …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio, Government

Monsanto Marks 20th Biotech Anniversary

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of GMO crop technology and Monsanto has played a key role in the advancement of biotechnology playing a key role in the process of creating a food secure world. Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robert Fraley visited the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention last week to talk about the innovations behind the brand, as well …

Agribusiness, Audio, biotechnology, GMO, Monsanto

IA Corn Farmer Discussion on Soil Health

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The Iowa Corn Growers Association recently held a Farmer to Farmer event focused on soil health at Iowa State University and also offered via live stream. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey moderated the discussion and noted progress that has been made since introducing the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy three years ago. “We’re very proud of what farmers across the …

Farmers, NCGA, Soil, sustainability

Asgrow Yield Contest Winners

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Over 50 farmers have been named winners in the 2015 Asgrow Yield Contest. Thirteen of the winners achieved soybean yields exceeding 100 bushels per acre, including the top yield of 134.5 bushels/acre by John Rigdon of Jarrettsville, Maryland, who planted Asgrow® AG3832 Brand. Others who surpassed the 100-bushel threshold were: Jed and James Schneckloth, of Eldridge, Iowa, with 121.9 bu./acre …

seed, Soybeans, yields

DuPont Pioneer Enhances Planting Rate Estimator

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Looking for enhanced Variable Rate Seeding Data? There’s an app for that. DuPont Pioneer has just launched an enhanced Planting Rate Estimator tool for the 2016 planting season. The new version, which is available on and in the Apple App Store®, gives growers the ability to select seeding rates across a range of yield goals and corn hybrids, while …

Apps, Corn, Dupont Pioneer, Planting, seed, Variable rate

The Economics of Cover Crops

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At the first Soil Health Summit last year, I talked with Purdue University agricultural economist Dr. Wally Tyner about the need to quantify the economic benefits for farmers of using cover crops. This year, Chuck talked with him again about where they are at with that initiative. “We’ve designed some new studies…to get statistically, economically valid comparisons on farm fields …

Cover Crops, Soil, Soil Health Partnership, sustainability

GROWMARK Introduces Sustainability Initiative

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GROWMARK is launching a new system-wide initiative called Endure that will reinforce the company’s commitment to sustainability. “In the GROWMARK System, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure our earth and industry perform sustainably,” said GROWMARK Chief Executive Officer Jim Spradlin. “We go to great lengths to apply business ethics, invest in communities, and engage our employees in practices …

agronomy, Audio, FS System, Growmark, sustainability

#SHPsummit16 Soil Health From the Ground Up

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The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is not even two years old yet, but already the group has made some great strides in learning more about soil health to share with farmers. Hans Kok is a field manager for SHP in Indiana, where the second Soil Health Summit is being held this week. “We’re setting up a network of demonstration farms …

Nutrient Management, Research, Soil, Soil Health Partnership, sustainability