Cutting Edge CropClimate Platform Launched

Taylor Truckey

CropClimate, a state-of-the-art platform that uses cutting edge technology in climate-, soil- and crop-modeling is able to link the effects of environmental conditions, weather and crop yield history and field management to develop more resilient crop production systems. The platform has the ability to transform trillions of model realizations into a simple website platform that will help farmers reduce risk …

Agribusiness, agronomy, climate, Corn, Crop Protection, environment, University

Monsanto Moving to Carbon Neutral Crop Production

Kelly Marshall

Monsanto Company is addressing global climate change with plans to make their operation carbon neutral by 2021.  The company has plans that target their seed and crop operations as well as best practice and data sharing with farmers. “Climate change is one of the biggest issues we face in agriculture, as well as one of the most pressing challenges facing …

Agribusiness, climate, Monsanto

Soil Health Symposium Addresses Climate Change

Kelly Marshall

The recent Synergy in Science ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting was held in Minneapolis to highlight the need for improved soil health and how these farm management practices can benefit growers. As part of the event southeast Iowa farmer, Steve Berger, presented before and after pictures of the soil on his farm. “This soil has been to the gym, …

climate, Events, Soil, sustainability, weather

Ag Industry Commits to Reducing Climate Impact

Joanna Schroeder

The precision agriculture industry has made a public commitment to reduce their environmental impacts – especially those related to climate change effects. While not news from an industry who is committed to developing more sustainable technologies and practices, 81 companies have gone a step further and pledged to reduce climate emissions through the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The …

Agribusiness, climate, environment, sustainability

Climate Corp Tech Increases Sustainable Production

Lizzy Schultz

Spirits were high for representatives from The Climate Corporation, a division of Monsanto, at this year’s Ag Media Summit following an exciting announcement earlier this year: Their digital agriculture platform has officially been used to map over 75 million acres of United States farmland. “We’re seeing widespread adoption of these digital tools,” representative Chelsea Shepherd said during an interview at …

Ag Media Summit, climate, Data, Monsanto, sustainability, technology

Prez Candidate Rand Paul Wants an End to WOTUS

Joanna Schroeder

Republican Presidential Candidate and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wants to end the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the US legislation. He said that the EPA is perpetrating the largest land grab of American farmland in history and non one is paying attention. He kicked off a statewide radio campaign in Iowa week “decrying the Obama Administration’s land grab of Iowa farmland”. The …

Agribusiness, climate, environment, Fertilizer, Pesticides

Climate Corp Reports Record Adoption of Digital Services

Kelly Marshall

Growers have mapped more than 75 million acres, announces the Climate Corporation.  This number represents nearly 45% of all corn and soybean acres planted in the US.  The company’s digital agriculture platform includes Climate Basic™, Climate Pro™ and FieldView® from Precision Planting.  Their premium web and mobile products have also grown considerably, from 1 million to 5 million in the last …

Agribusiness, climate, Data

Pope Francis’ Encyclical Looks at Ag & Technology

Joanna Schroeder

Addressing all persons living on the planet, Pope Francis’ LAUDATO SI on Care for Our Common Home, calls on mankind to address climate change and heal earth. Throughout the encyclical he looks at human’s interactions with earth, one of which has caused climate change. He writes that our lifestyles of a “throw-away” society – consumption and waste – must change or humans will …

Agribusiness, biotechnology, climate, environment

White House Climate Initiative Announced

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and presidential advisor Brian Deese visited Michigan State University Thursday to announce a comprehensive national strategy to partner with farmers, ranchers and forest land owners to address the threat of climate change. The new initiative, “Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry”, will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas …

Audio, climate, USDA

Climate Corp Free Offer for Farmers

John Davis

To get more farmers to try its premium web and mobile service, Climate ProTM, Monsanto’s The Climate Corporation will offer it free for farmers’ first fields and the opportunity to use the service across their entire operation after their purchase of 500 acres. “We’re excited about the value Climate Pro can provide farmers, with advanced nitrogen and field health insights …

Agribusiness, climate, Monsanto