Pre-Planting Precision Ag Expectations

Melissa Sandfort

Precision agriculture is growing in popularity each year. And for one Ag Leader customer, Don Batie, keeping up with the latest and challenging himself to increase productivity and efficiency by using precision farming tools has been on his “to do” list for the past five years. Don’s farm is located northeast of Lexington, Neb., and consists of irrigated corn, soybean …

Ag Leader, Agribusiness, Audio, Insights Weekly

USDA Extends Census Deadline

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Farmers and ranchers across the country are heeding the call to have their voices heard and their farms represented in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. With 1.4 million Census forms returned, the USDA is thanking everyone for speaking up for their communities, their industry and their future by sending in their Census form. For those who missed the deadline, USDA …

Agribusiness, USDA

Case IH & Ram Trucks Declare Year of the Farmer

Chuck Zimmerman

If you’ve been active in farm social media any time since last night then you have to know about a great Super Bowl commercial from Ram Trucks in alliance with sister company Case IH. Just in case you haven’t then here you go. In our newest Ram brand commercial, we dedicate 2013 to celebrating the American farmer. Share the video, …

Agribusiness, Case IH, Equipment, Trucks, Video

Vegetation Indices and Crop Stress

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The 2013 Precision Ag Action Summit was held on January 21 & 22 in North Dakota. Richard B. Ferguson of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln gave a presentation on “Vegetation Indices and Crop Stress”. Some indicators of crop stress include color, leaf or plant shape, patterns within leaves, patterns of leaves on plant and patterns of plants within a field. Vegetation …

Agribusiness, Nutrient Management

In-Field Sensors

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The 2013 Precision Ag Action Summit was held on January 21 & 22 in North Dakota. Newell Kitchen, USDA ARS gave a presentation on “In Field Sensors: Applications to Precision Agriculture”. Proximal soil sensing is the use of field based sensors to obtain signals from the soil when the sensor’s detector is in contact with or close to the soil. …

Agribusiness

Hemisphere GPS Sells Non-Ag Operations

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Hemisphere GPS Inc. signed and closed a definitive agreement to sell the business assets associated with its non-agricultural operations to the Canadian subsidiary of Beijing UniStrong Science & Technology Co. Ltd. (“UniStrong”) for cash of $14.96M. PI Financial Inc. acted as advisor on the transaction for Hemisphere GPS. The Company also announced that it plans to change its corporate name …

Agribusiness, GPS

Soy Booster Plot Program Announced

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The American Soybean Association announces a new partnership with FMC Corporation and NACHURS — the 2013 Soy Booster Plot Program. ASA is seeking 125 growers across the soybean-growing region to enroll by the March 2 deadline and conduct a Soy Booster field trial on their farm during the 2013 production season. ASA, FMC and NACHURS will work with the participating …

Agribusiness, FMC, Soybeans

Soil Sampling and Remote Sensing

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The 2013 Precision Ag Action Summit was held on January 21 & 22 in North Dakota. David Clay of South Dakota State University gave a presentation on “Precision farming, soil sampling, remote sensing for in‐season N recommendations”. In the presentation he asked the question “can we improve our management of an extremely variable system with remote sensing?” Summary from his …

Agribusiness, Remote sensing, Soil Sampling

Bill to Eliminate EPA Permit Requirements

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Senators Pat Roberts and Mike Johanns have introduced legislation to eliminate a burdensome, costly and redundant Environmental Protection Agency permit requirement for applications of pesticides. At issue is the January 2009, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in National Cotton Council v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that requires pesticide applications to be permitted under the Clean Water Act. This National …

Agribusiness, environment, Government