Monsanto Acquires Select Assets of Agradis, Inc.

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Monsanto Company announced it has purchased select assets of Agradis, Inc. Monsanto’s purchase includes the Agradis name and its collection of microbes that can improve crop productivity. Monsanto has also acquired the company’s R&D site in La Jolla, Calif. Agradis was formed in 2011 by Synthetic Genomics Inc and Plenus. The assets of Agradis not purchased by Monsanto include castor …

Agribusiness, Monsanto

DuPont Pioneer IMPACT Trials

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There is no one size fits all solution for growers when it comes to corn and soybean performance. The uniquely designed DuPont Pioneer IMPACT trials collect results that provide accurate information about how potential new Pioneerbrand corn hybrids and soybean varieties perform in real-world field environments. Pioneer products are targeted to meet specific grower needs and matched to local environments …

Agribusiness, Dupont Pioneer

Scientific Integrity Important to Koch Agronomic

Chuck Zimmerman

Koch Agronomic Services is on display here at AG CONNECT Expo. I visited with Greg Schwab, Director of Agronomy (pictured with the company team), to learn what he’s talking to farmer attendees about. Greg says the company has grown tremendously in the last two years with multiple acquisitions to add to their product lineup. One of the key issues he’s …

Ag Connect Expo, Agribusiness, AGROTAIN, Audio, Fertilizer

AgReliant Genetics, LLC uses Sage SalesLogix CRM

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Sage North America announced AgReliant Genetics, LLC has used a customized version of Sage SalesLogix on iPad tablets to achieve 95% CRM adoption among its 300 sales employees and accelerate its sales and marketing processes. AgReliant Genetics cites Sage SalesLogix as a key contributor to its growth. AgReliant Genetics markets five seed brands in Midwestern corn and soybean states. Each …

Agribusiness, Software

AG CONNECT Expo Displays Will Be High Tech

Chuck Zimmerman

John Deere is ready for AG CONNECT Expo. So says Barry Nelson who I spoke with at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention. Barry says one of the great features of AG CONNECT Expo is that John Deere is bringing a lot of their executives. He says customers will be able to talk directly to them. He says this …

Ag Connect Expo, Agribusiness, Audio, John Deere, technology

FarmLogs Gets Financial Boost

Chuck Zimmerman

More mobile farm applications are coming. This one from FarmLogs. The company will be exhibiting at this week’s Iowa Power Farming Show. FarmLogs, the Michigan startup and Y Combinator alum that helps farmers digitally manage their farm to increase profitability, today announced that it has closed a $1 million seed funding round co-led by Huron River Ventures and Hyde Park …

Agribusiness, Software

Precision Equipment on Display Next Week

Chuck Zimmerman

Precision agriculture products will be on display next week at the 2013 AG CONNECT Expo & Summit. The show runs January 29 to 31 in Kansas City, MO. Yours truly will be there taking photos and conducting interviews to share. ZimmComm New Media is proud to be the official new media sponsor of the show once again. While I am …

Ag Connect Expo, Agribusiness, Audio, Equipment, IA Power Farming Show

Testing Methods of Herbicide Resistance

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The journal Weed Science reports on methods of testing for herbicide resistance. The authors of a review article discuss testing techniques, including field surveys, plant sampling, and dose-response levels. Rapid resistance confirmations are contrasted with more thorough DNA-based tests. More than 200 plant species worldwide are resistant to herbicides. Modern agriculture depends on resistance testing to determine the best resistance …

Agribusiness, Weed control

T-Series Soybeans from Pioneer Announced Today

Chuck Zimmerman

This morning Dupont Pioneer announced a new series of Pioneer brand soybeans – the T Series (pdf). You can learn more about it from comments made by Don Schafer, soybean marketing manager, and Dr. Jessie Alt, research scientist, during a press call. It looks like there will be new product available throughout the soybean growing regions. The new soybean line …

Agribusiness, Audio, Dupont Pioneer