Allowing Growers to Irrigate Additional Acres

Melissa Sandfort

Valley Irrigation continues to give growers more choices by introducing the new Valley DropSpan for center pivots. The DropSpan allows growers to irrigate additional acres with a center pivot by “dropping” spans upon arriving at a large obstruction in a field, allowing the center pivot to continue irrigating. Valley Irrigation is focused on engineering new products that allow growers to …

Agribusiness, Irrigation

Harvest for Kids World Record!

Melissa Sandfort

The most combines harvesting simultaneously, ever. That just happened in Saskatchewan for a Harvest for Kids project. Can you imagine seeing 249 combines in action all at once. Combines of all colors! And they did it: farmers from many different communities in Saskatchewan came together to bring in a Guinness World Record harvest. 249 combines rolled down the field in …

Agribusiness, Harvesting

Discussing the Future of Hi-Tech Farming

Melissa Sandfort

The U.S. agriculture industry is facing a serious problem with being able to feed a rapidly expanding global population, as well as responding to climatic changes much like the recent drought that hit the United States. Technology is now playing an ever increasing role on the farm, allowing farmers to make the most out of every acre and to prepare …

Agribusiness, Events

Monsanto Commits to Invest An Acre Program

Melissa Sandfort

In keeping with the company’s commitment to sustainable agriculture and improving lives, Monsanto Company is partnering in Invest an Acre, which is focused on addressing rural hunger in America. In partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Feeding America and Archer Daniels Midland Company, Monsanto is proud to be the first seed company to join the program and match the …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Monsanto

AEM Defends Biofuels Mandate

Melissa Sandfort

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has spoken out in defense of an important driver of agricultural equipment demand, urging the EPA to deny requests to waive the required use of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Several governors have filed waiver requests with the EPA to waive the RFS claiming economic hardships from higher corn prices due to the …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, Equipment, Ethanol

Unlock the Secrets in the Soil

Melissa Sandfort

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the start of a USDA effort meant to highlight the benefits of improving and maintaining America’s soil. “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” is an awareness and education effort that features farmers from communities in numerous states — Ohio, Indiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Indiana, Utah, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Montana and Kansas …

Agribusiness, Conservation, USDA, Video

SCR Dairy Precision

Chuck Zimmerman

Let me introduce you to SCR Dairy, Inc., Precise Dairy Farming. We’re in a precision world in agriculture and that includes the dairy industry. In the case of SCR Dairy it’s all about cow monitoring systems. Just prior to the recent World Dairy Expo, ag media got a close up look at SCR Dairy via management presentations and a tour …

Agribusiness, Audio, Dairy

Celebrating Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

Melissa Sandfort

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson joined private landowners, conservation organizations and natural resource agency leaders to celebrate partnership efforts in association with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Missouri, recognizing the Missouri/Mississippi Rivers Confluence Conservation Partnership as a signature demonstration of partnering for …

Agribusiness, USDA

Benefits of Long-Range Forecasts

Melissa Sandfort

MDA EarthSat Weather and EarthRisk Technologies, a pioneer in the research, analysis and visualization of extreme temperature and weather pattern risks, announced a strategic partnership. Under the partnership, MDA EarthSat Weather will distribute EarthRisk’s cutting-edge weather risk platform to help traders in natural gas, power, and agriculture sectors project extreme weather patterns up to 40 days in advance. Powering the …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Software, weather

More Conservation Acres for Wildlife Habitat Restoration

Melissa Sandfort

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack underscored the Obama Administration’s commitment to partnerships in conservation by announcing the allocation of 400,000 acres to support conservation and restoration of wildlife and their habitats as part of the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP. Under Vilsack’s leadership, the USDA has enrolled more than 12 million acres in CRP, a voluntary program available to agricultural producers …

Agribusiness, USDA