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

New Corner Pivot ROI Calculator

Melissa Sandfort

Lindsay Corporation recently released a new online calculator which can be used to determine the return on investment of installing a custom corner pivot irrigation system. The calculator tabulates the upfront investment of Zimmatic by Lindsay’s 9500CC Customer Corner with GPS Corner Guidance. According to Tanner Hoffman, Zimmatic product manager, the calculator takes into account fuel or electricity cost, the …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Irrigation

Farm Groups to MC Farm Bill Now Rally

Joanna Schroeder

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) president Bob Stallman and National Farmers Union (NFU) president Roger Johnson will be masters of ceremony for the Farm Bill Now rally on September 12 by the Capitol Reflecting Pool The rally is an effort to build public awareness of the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current one …

AFBF, Agribusiness, Equipment, Farm Bill

Using Long-Term Trends as Planning Guide for 2013

Joanna Schroeder

There was a lot of talk during the Farm Progress Show this year about the epic drought and how it was impacting growers across the country. Brent Wilson, DuPont Pioneer technical services manager, was out interacting with growers and when talking with them heard quite often that they just want to put the epic drought of 2012 behind them. But …

Agribusiness, agronomy, Audio, Farm Progress Show

Harvesting Corn at Farm Progress Show

Chuck Zimmerman

The weather cooperated big time this year at the Farm Progress Show so that field demonstrations got in a full schedule. We had a nice breeze to tone down a hot day in the field during the show. Corn harvest demonstrations began at 11am and there were crowds on hand to watch the large combines, tractors and grain carts in …

Agribusiness, Corn, Farm Progress Show, Harvesting, John Deere, Video

Nod to Trailblazers Helping Up and Coming Precision Ag Companies

John Davis

New players in the game of precision agriculture owe a lot of thanks to some of the bigger companies that went before them. Some of those giving credit for their success of helping farmers use precision agriculture to get the most out of their fields are the folks at Solum. At the recent International Conference on Precision Agriculture, Chuck caught …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, ICPA

MapShots to Offer MAPP… Mobile App… for Its Software

John Davis

One of the issues about some of the data collection methods for precision agriculture is the fact that many times the data still has to be manually transferred from data device, such as a USB, to office software. The folks at MapShots hope to change that. At the International Conference on Precision Agriculture in Indianapolis, IN, Chuck talked to the …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Apps, Audio, Data Collection, ICPA, Wireless