Air Cart Maximizer from Beyond Agronomy

Chuck Zimmerman

There’s a new app out from Beyond Agronomy for all you Apple fans. It’s called the Air Cart Maximizer. The air cart maximizer quickly calculates the maximum number of acres per fill based the size of each compartment in your air cart and the desired fertilizer and seeding rates. The app indicates which compartments should be dedicated to seed or …

Agribusiness, Apps, seed

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 Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Rio Grande Center for Ag Water Efficiency. The Center is located just south of Harlingen, Texas, in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The workshop – designed specifically for agricultural producers – is offered by the Texas Project for …

Agribusiness, Events, Irrigation

Tools for Saving Water and Keeping Peaches Healthy

Melissa Sandfort

Peach growers in California may soon have better tools for saving water because of work by USDA scientists in Parlier, Calif. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Dong Wang is evaluating whether infrared sensors and thermal technology can help peach growers decide precisely when to irrigate in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Irrigation is the primary source of water for agriculture in …

Agribusiness, Irrigation

Saving Soil, Nutrients and Money with Cover Crops

Melissa Sandfort

Oregon State University (OSU) Extension specialists have spent six years studying the role cover crops play in fertility management, to the benefit of hundreds of farmers in the highly productive Willamette Valley. To date, the OSU researchers’ main contribution is a calculator for estimating the cost and nitrogen (N) contribution of cover crops, compost, and organic and synthetic fertilizers. The …

Agribusiness, Nutrient Management

Ranchers Reach 50M-Acre Mark in CRP Program

Melissa Sandfort

In just four years, America’s top conservationists have enrolled 50 million acres in USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), a program that helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners take conservation to the next level. CSP is aimed at producers who are already established conservation stewards, helping them to deliver multiple conservation benefits on working lands, including improved water and soil quality …

Agribusiness, Conservation, USDA

Monsanto agSeedSelect App

Chuck Zimmerman

During the 2012 National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention I spoke with Dan Kurdys, Asgrow Brand Manager. In a challenging year he says they had great harvest results with a greater than four bushel advantage over their competition. He attributes that to their “diverse germplasm pool, Genuity Roundup Ready trait and defensive and agronomic traits that are available to purchase.” …

Agribusiness, Apps, Audio, NAFB, seed

AgSync Helping with Logistics

Chuck Zimmerman

During last week’s National Agricultural Aviation Association convention I met Clay Rassi, AgSync. We’ve visited with AgSync at the NAAA convention for the last several years. It’s always nice to find out what’s new. Clay says this year AgSync is focused on letting ag aviators better communicate with the office using real time order processing without having to be distracted …

Aerial Application, Agribusiness, Audio, NAAA

Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference

Melissa Sandfort

The Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference has announced its program for the 2013 event, which features a special presentation of the Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar, an industry trade show and tremendous fundraising auction. Sponsored by the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association (N.A.M.A.), the Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference will be held at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, Neb., Feb. 5-6, …

Agribusiness, Events

Announcing Formation of Valley Water Management

Melissa Sandfort

Valley Irrigation continues to provide water management solutions for agriculture with the formation of Valley Water Management (VWM), a new division of the Valmont company Cascade Earth Sciences (CES). Initially, Valley Water Management will enter the North American market with custom engineered pumping stations. Service for these solutions will be provided by Valley dealers – the most extensive sales network …

Agribusiness, Irrigation

Helping Rice Growers Manage Tough Weeds

Melissa Sandfort

During the 2012 Rice Outlook Conference, BASF Crop Protection and FMC Corporation announced that Command herbicide is now recommended for use in the Clearfield Production System for rice. Command herbicide adds value to growers by controlling tough grasses in rice production, which can rob growers of yield. Weed management in rice has become more challenging as weed species are developing …

Agribusiness, BASF, FMC