Trimble Introduces VRI Pressure Tech for Center Pivots

Kelly Marshall

Trimble has announced an industry-first technology that gets the right amount of water to the right places. Their new Irrigate-IQ optimal flow variable rate irrigation (VRI) solution allows farmers to use VRI on center pivot systems with a standard pumping system or limited well capacity. In the past a grower couldn’t use VRI on a center pivot without risking damage …

Agribusiness, Irrigation, Variable rate

ChemChina Acquisition of Syngenta Approved by US and EU

Kelly Marshall

Both the European Union and the United States approved the acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina last week, and today it was announced that Mexico has also approved the deal. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) granted approval for the deal pending the divestment of three types of pesticides from ChemChina’s subsidiary, ADAMA, because Syngenta is a supplier of the same …

Agribusiness, Syngenta

Haagen-Dazs Brand Helps Bees Thrive

Kelly Marshall

The Häagen-Dazs Brand® is helping to support bee populations by working together with their farmer suppliers. The ice cream brand has planted one of the largest, privately-funded pollinator habitats on a almond farmer’s land in Chowchilla, California. The “Häagen-Dazs Loves Honey Bees” program was originally launched in 2008 and began with research and educational funding. This new six and a half …

Agribusiness, Bees, Honeybees, pollinators

BZ Media, Skylogic Research Release Drone Report

Kelly Marshall

BZ Media LLC and Skylogic Research have announced the release of their report, “5 Valuable Lessons Learned About Drones in Agriculture.” This is the second white paper to be released in a series of critical examination of trends and strategies in the drone market. “A rising number of software vendors are targeting the agriculture space with increasingly useful solutions. And …

Agribusiness, drone

TechAccel Invests Again in Benson Hill Bio

Kelly Marshall

Benson Hill Biosystems is a St. Louis based company focusing on getting them most from the genetic potential of plants using data analytics. Technology Acceleration Partners (TechAccel) has made a recent investment in Benson Hill, making up a part of their recent drive to raise $25 million. TechAccel’s was also part of Benson Hill’s earlier fundraising efforts. “Benson Hill brings cloud biology …

Agribusiness, Data

Pioneer Provides Proprietary Tech to Purdue

Kelly Marshall

DuPont Pioneer has announced it will grant access of their proprietary phenotyping and ear photometry technology to Purdue University as part of a collaboration to support students in agriculture-related majors and plant science research. In addition, DuPont will sponsor the Henry Wallace Chair in Plant Sciences in the Purdue University College of Agriculture. “We could not be more excited to …

Agribusiness, Dupont Pioneer, Education, Phenotyping, Research

Applications Open for Iowa AgriTech Accelerator Class

Kelly Marshall

Iowa AgriTech Accelerator is accepting applications for startups wishing to participate in their 2017 class. Six, early-stage companies will be selected for the program, which offers mentor-led, in-residence opportunities for those with agriculture innovation ideas. “An accelerator’s core purpose is to find innovative companies that are just starting out and to find a way to accelerate their business far beyond …

Agribusiness, Agtech

NutrientStar Provides Third-Party Review of Tools

Kelly Marshall

NutrientStar is an independent, science-based program that offers farmers reports and assessments of commercial nutrient management products and decision-making tools. The company launched a year ago at Commodity Classic and compares themselves to Carfax. Thus far nine tools have gone through their third-party review process, a process more and more farmers valuable. This new video features farmers from the Midwest explaining …

Agribusiness, Nutrient Management

FMC Plans to Acquire DuPont Crop Protection

Kelly Marshall

In an early morning call FMC and DuPont made a major announcement: FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) and DuPont (NYSE: DD) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for FMC to acquire the portion of DuPont’s Crop Protection business it must divest to comply with the European Commission ruling related to its merger with The Dow Chemical Company. Additionally, DuPont …

Agribusiness, Crop Protection, Dupont Crop Protection, FMC