New Website Boosts AgGateway Strategic Plan

Melissa Sandfort

AgGateway has revised and re-launched its corporate website (www.AgGateway.org) to support its 2013-15 strategic plan. The new website is easier for members and prospective members to navigate, and contains additional information on how and why agricultural companies should engage in eBusiness efforts. The site also unveils AgGateway’s new tagline, “Collaboration for eConnectivity”. The strategic plan, developed by AgGateway members, contains …

GROWMARK supports Farm Safety 4 Just Kids

Melissa Sandfort

GROWMARK generously supports the non-profit organization Farm Safety 4 Just Kids in their effort to keep youth safe in rural areas. GROWMARK provides their customers with agricultural products as well as the means to deliver, market, and store those products. “GROWMARK’s sponsorship of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids demonstrates their commitment to their curstomers,” David Schweitz, executive director of Farm …

Calculator Helps Determine Costs, Benefits of Energy Crops

Melissa Sandfort

Agricultural economists at the University of Illinois have been calculating the costs for farmers to produce biomass energy crops as renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. In fact, they have created a feedstock cost and profitability calculator for farmers to make their own assessment using their parameters. Illinois Ag Economist Madhu Khanna says farmers can customize the costs based on their …

Commodity Classic Caps Off with Classic Rock

Melissa Sandfort

What’s a better way to conclude Commodity Classic than with some classic rock? The Monsanto Evening of Entertainment at the 2013 Commodity Classic will feature World Classic Rockers, a group of standout performers from legendary rock bands. Commodity Classic is the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused conference and trade show, presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, …

Soil Test Results May Not Reveal Accurate Field Nutrient Availability

Melissa Sandfort

Growers conducting soil tests this fall may be surprised at unexpectedly low potassium (K) levels. It’s likely, however, that fields tested in drought-stricken areas have plenty of nutrients waiting to move back into the soil, according to DuPont Pioneer agronomy experts. With little rain on most fields in 2012, K, absorbed by corn plants during the growing season, has not …

Field Connect Helps Producers Monitor Soil Moisture

Melissa Sandfort

With water management becoming an increasingly important factor in crop production, John Deere introduces John Deere Field Connect to provide site specific water management data to facilitate the decision making process surrounding irrigation practices. With site specific information, producers are able to more efficiently utilize irrigation inputs resulting in fuel savings and additional yield potential. The Field Connect system continuously …

Winterize Farm Equipment With Slip Plate

Melissa Sandfort

With the fall harvest ending in the near future it’s time to look at winterizing all that equipment. That means you need a good lubricant and that means you might want to check out Slip Plate. You can find out all they ways you can use this product from Superior Graphite on their website. Go ahead. Visit now. Here are …

Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator Available

Melissa Sandfort

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach highlighted the Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator that is available to help farmers find the maximum return to nitrogen fertilizer applications and the most profitable application rate for their farm. The Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator can be found here. This online tool is rapidly updated to …

Workshops on Low‐Cost, High Efficiency Irrigation Techniques

Melissa Sandfort

Hands‐on training in proven strategies for maximizing ag water efficiency while minimizing cost will be held Nov. 7‐9, 2012, at the Rio Grande Center for Ag Water Efficiency near Harlingen, TX. The two workshops – designed specifically for irrigation district personnel and producers – are offered by the Texas Project for Ag Water Efficiency (Texas AWE), a project managed by …

Winfield Solutions’ R7 Agronomy Tool Voted Top in Technology

Melissa Sandfort

In May, ARA invited members to nominate technologies and/or presenters to be featured during the Technology Breakout Session during the ARA Annual Conference & Expo. The 11 nominees were then presented to ARA membership for voting. Voting concluded on Thursday, October 18 with WinField Solutions’ R7 Tool winning with 173 votes. The R7 Tool is a comprehensive precision farming solution …