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 …

Agribusiness, Events, Irrigation

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 …

Agribusiness, agronomy, Variable rate

DPAC Awarded Training Program Grants

Melissa Sandfort

The Dakota Precision Ag Center (DPAC) has been awarded two grants totaling $3.28 million for the development of training programs in precision agriculture. DPAC will develop the programs to help fill in-demand jobs requiring high skill level in precision ag technologies and enhance current workplace training at North Dakota agribusinesses and implement dealers. Precision ag includes remote sensing or GPS; …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Resources

Drought Assistance Minimizes Impacts to Farmland

Melissa Sandfort

The USDA’s efforts to help producers rebound from drought have touched more than one million acres of farmland across the country as nearly 2,000 producers took advantage of conservation funding targeted to drought-stricken areas by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS made more than $27 million available to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements, spurring recovery and ensuring …

Agribusiness, USDA

No-Tillers Pick Romney For President

Melissa Sandfort

The readers of No-Till Farmer overwhelmingly support former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for president of the U.S. over President Barack Obama, as revealed in a just-concluded month-long poll conducted by No-Till Farmer. Romney outpolled Obama by more than a 4:1 margin, capturing 80% of the votes vs. just 17% for the president. Votes for “Another Candidate” came in at 2%, …

Agribusiness, General, Tillage

Effective Control of Resistant Weeds in Soybeans

Melissa Sandfort

Results from more than 300 soybean field trials conducted in 2011 and 2012 show soybean growers there’s hope for control of resistant weeds. Engenia herbicide, a technologically advanced dicamba formulation developed by BASF, demonstrated effective control of key broadleaf weeds including glyphosate resistant Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, marestail, and common and giant ragweed. BASF anticipates the commercial launch of Engenia herbicide …

Agribusiness, BASF

Seed Industry Making Strides in eBusiness

Melissa Sandfort

More than 20 leading companies in the seed industry are working collaboratively within AgGateway to improve eBusiness processes, with major improvements slated for the end of 2012 and more to come next year. The result will be faster, more accurate information, reduced costs of doing business and improved customer service. The project, “Seed Connectivity II,” will further streamline the seed …

Agribusiness, seed

Farming Shows: “More Power to You”

Melissa Sandfort

The Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association (I-NEDA) has introduced new themes for the Nebraska and Iowa Power Farming Shows. The new “More Power to You” themes are designed to showcase the powerful experience of attending the nation’s second and third largest indoor farm shows. More Buying Power To You becomes the new theme of the Nebraska Power Farming Show. The nation’s …

Agribusiness, Events

New Book: Soil Fertility and Productivity Aspects

Melissa Sandfort

Precision farming is the latest trend with sophisticated and large farms all over the world. Precision farming involves soil fertility and crop growth monitoring, electronic equipment, remote sensing, global information systems, global positioning systems, computer models, decision support systems, variable-rate technology, and accurate record-keeping. It potentially leads us to “Push Button Agriculture”. This new book on precision techniques is concise …

Agribusiness, Research

2012 Nebraska Power Farming Show

Melissa Sandfort

Mark your calendars for the 2012 Nebraska Power Farming Show, December 4-6 at the Lancaster Events Center in Lincoln, Neb. The show boasts: * Largest Indoor Farm Show west of the Missouri River * 9.2 Acres of Indoor Displays * 870 Companies/Brands Represented * Major Farm Equipment Manufacturer Represented (Case IH, Challenger, Massey, John Deere and New Holland) * End …

Agribusiness, Events