Better Seed, Better Life Video Contest

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB), and the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America (Tri-Societies) are sponsoring the Better Seed, Better Life video contest. All graduate and undergraduate students in a plant-science discipline are invited to submit a video focusing on plant breeding innovations and …

Submit #RootedinAg Contest Entries Now

Kelly Marshall

If you’re thankful for your agriculture roots take time and celebrate the person who inspired you the most by entering the Syngenta #RootinAg challenge. Fill out the form, describing in 200 words or less the parent, grandparent, teacher or friend who inspired you and upload a photo or video that supports your entry before June 30, 2017. Five finalists will …

2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge Winner Announced

Kelly Marshall

A team from the BioSense Institute in Serbia has been selected as this year’s first-place winner of the Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. Their winning entry provided a model that predicts the seed varieties growers in a specific region were likely to select. Oskar Marko, Sanja Brdar, Marko Panić, Isidora Šašić, Milivoje Knežević, Danica Despotović, Vladmir Crnojević and Zorana Djindjica …

2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge Finalists Selected

Kelly Marshall

Five teams have been selected as finalists in the 2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. The challenge asked participants to develop a model to predict what soybean varieties are most likely to be selected by farmers in a specific region. Finalists were selected by the Analytics Society of INFORMS, a leading association for professionals in operations research and analytics. “After …

Land O’ Lakes Inc. Issues Drone Challenge

Kelly Marshall

Land O’Lakes, Inc. has issued the Drone Challenge, to urge developers to create solutions for precision agriculture. A $140,000 grand prize will be awarded, along with two $5,000 runner-up awards. “We’re offering the Land O’Lakes Prize to accelerate the development of drones for the ag industry. We believe with a few more years of work and the direction we’re providing, …

Syngenta AI Challenge to Address World Hunger

Kelly Marshall

The Syngenta AI Challange competition has been launched to find solutions to world hunger by developing a model that can be used to analyze large amounts of seed data, leading to improvements in production without sacrificing resources. The project is sponsored by Syngenta and the AI for Good Foundation, who are now accepting submissions for the chance to win $7,500. “This new …

Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest Winners Announced

Kelly Marshall

Twenty-two winners of the National Corn Growers Association‘s 2016 Fields of Corn Photo Contest have visually communicated the message of hard work and beauty that are the hallmark of our nation’s agriculture. “For the third year in a row, we opened up this photo contest to the general public, and we are again impressed with the high quality of the …

Do You Qualify for Stoneville Legacy Club

Kelly Marshall

Stoneville cotton seed is celebrating the history of the south with a special Legacy Club to honor growers averaging more than 1,794 lb/acre of Stoneville seed cotton grown on 20- acres or more.  The 1,794 mark was chosen to remember the year Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin. Those who qualify for membership also have the opportunity to attend a …

First Wheat Yield Contest Winners in 20 Years

Cindy Zimmerman

The winners of the first National Wheat Yield Contest in 20 years used new techniques, advanced seed varieties, and innovative production practices to produce an average of 135 bushels per acre. The National Wheat Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2016 National Wheat Yield Contest, sponsored by Monsanto, BASF, John Deere, and Winfield, which drew nearly 170 entrants. The …

NCGA Announces 2016 Yield Contest Winners

Kelly Marshall

This year’s entires into the National Corn Growers Association 2016 National Corn yield Contest showed some of the highest results ever, with a record five entries surpassing the 400 bushel per acre mark.  Six production categories mean there is no overall winner, but the top three entries in each of the six categories averaged more than 375 bushels per acre.  When …