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. …


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

What to do With All That Data

Chuck Zimmerman

At a networking breakfast this morning at AG CONNECT Expo, sponsored by CaseIH, Dr. Terry Griffin, VP – Applied Economics CrescoAG, spoke on the “Making the Most of Precision Ag: I have all this data. Now What?” It is a good example of the type of sessions you’ll find at throughout the show. I recorded Terry’s remarks which include a …

Ag Connect Expo, Agribusiness, Audio, Data Collection

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