Managing Soil Copper Buildup

Melissa Sandfort

Getting a head start on stopping soil copper buildup will now be a bit easier, thanks to studies by USDA scientists. This research could help Pacific Northwest farmers develop long-term irrigation management strategies to protect crops from potentially dangerous soil copper levels. Scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) conducted a laboratory investigation to assess how copper levels in wastewater …

Agribusiness, Research, USDA

2012 ARA/AgGateway Technology Contest

Melissa Sandfort

About: The following products were nominated by the ag retail community via the ARA website to be presented during the ARA Annual Conference & Expo held November 27th – 29th in San Diego, CA. The product with the most votes by Friday, October 19th will receive 30 minutes to demonstrate their product during the Technology Breakout Session, a complimentary conference …

Agribusiness, General, Retailers

E-marketplace Connecting Farmers

Melissa Sandfort

A new website recently launched, www.Sproutrade.com, which is a U.S.-based niche e-marketplace to connect farmers, growers and agriculture companies in a similar way as they might through broad e-commerce platforms, such as Amazon. Essentially, it is a way for farmers, growers and agriculture companies to market their products directly to consumers and other companies, via an online platform. One of …

Agribusiness, Farmers, Resources

Topcon partners with PrecisionAg Institute

Melissa Sandfort

Topcon Precision Agriculture has announced support for the PrecisionAg Institute, the industry’s independent global initiative dedicated to the sharing of precision agriculture practices, ideas, research, products, services and success stories. The company has joined as a “PrecisionAg Institute Partner,” reinforcing its commitment to the greater adoption and efficient, effective use of precision agriculture technology. Topcon joins other leading agricultural companies …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement

AgGateway’s New Grain Council

Melissa Sandfort

AgGateway recently launched a new Grain Council in order to identify, develop and implement standards and guidelines to bring eBusiness efficiencies to grain, oilseed and renewable-fuel companies. The new Grain Council will work to identify and define industry business processes, electronic business messages, and information standards that support those processes. Importantly – as with other AgGateway councils, the Grain Council …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement

USDA Expands Drought Assistance

Melissa Sandfort

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $11.8 million in additional financial and technical assistance to help crop and livestock producers in 22 states apply conservation practices that reduce the impacts of drought and improve soil health and productivity. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides this assistance through its Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). …

Agribusiness, USDA

Kinze’s Autonomous Harvest System

Melissa Sandfort

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. has continued its progress on Kinze Autonomy, refining the capabilities of its groundbreaking autonomous row-crop solution and undertaking release previews on three large Illinois farms this harvest season. The system was recently showcased for the first time at a farm in Monmouth, Ill. As the world’s first large-scale, truly autonomous row-crop solution, Kinze’s autonomous system is capable …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Corn

Wildlife Conservation Efforts on Working Agricultural Lands

Melissa Sandfort

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe announced an agreement that will provide long-term regulatory predictability for up to 30 years to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Initiative. Participants voluntarily implement proven conservation practices designed to protect …

Agribusiness, USDA

PrecisionAg’s Top 5 Trends List

Melissa Sandfort

No matter what way you look at it, precision agriculture continues to play an ever more important role in the world today. Right now, precision ag technologies almost run the gambit of alphabet letters, from automatic steering to yield monitors. And each year, more and more customers get involved in the precision agriculture marketplace, looking for ways to maximize their …

Agribusiness, General, Industry News