USDA Provides $9M For Mitigation Opportunities

Taylor Truckey

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the establishment of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program will provide $9 million to help states, local governments or other qualified partners develop wetland mitigation banks that restore, create, or enhance wetland ecosystems, broadening the conservation options available to farmers and …

Ready, Set, Farm Progress Show

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2014 Farm Progress Show is underway in Boone, Iowa and the weather has cleared but the grounds are still a little muddy. The ZimmComm team thankful for the air-conditioned BASF Media Tent which is humming with activity from press conferences, to interviews, to broadcasters doing live reports. Happy to be both cool and dry inside! If you want to …

Media Staying Busy at NFMS

Cindy Zimmerman

Thanks to FMC Corporation, members of the agricultural media – like your ZimmComm team pictured here – have a nice place to work and rest at the 2014 National Farm Machinery Show. FMC took on the job of making the media comfortable about five years ago, according Strategic Communications Manager Paul Redhage. “There really wasn’t a good place for (the …

Documenting Precision Agriculture On The Farm

Chuck Zimmerman

Farmers wanting to see how other farmers are using new technologies like precision agriculture can see and hear it from the folks at Successful Farming. It’s called the Crop Tech Tour. Regular updates are printed in the magazine but for the most up to date information you’ll need to keep your eye on Agriculture Online where they’ll be posting pictures, …

In-season N management

Melissa Sandfort

The key to maximizing corn yields. Planting is complete, fields have been sprayed for weeds and insects, and as you drive by your fields and gaze at the first three rows of healthy corn from your truck window, everything looks as it should…but is it? It’s impossible to know exactly what is going on throughout your entire field, but you …

New Self-Propelled Sprayers

Cindy Zimmerman

John Deere has just introduced a completely new line of sprayers – the 4730, 4830 and 4930 Series Self–Propelled Sprayers. According to Deere, this new line–up sets new standards for sprayer performance, versatility and productivity. “We’ve put together a complete family of self–propelled sprayers to meet the productivity demands of all markets, from growers to commercial applicators,” says Craig Weynand, …

SD Reach for the Stars Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

Lyle Romaine with American Ag Network recently talked with one of the John Deere/American Soybean Association (ASA) Reach for the Stars contest winners. Colin Dutenhoffer of Aberdeen, S.D. says he is impressed with John Deere’s AutoTrac System. “I’m able to set a line in my field, punch a button, tell it I want to go from this end to that …

Drought Concerns “Reach for the Stars” Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision technology can do a lot of things, but so far it can’t make rain. So, Roger Godwin of Pelham, Georgia has not been able to do much with his new John Deere a premium-level precision ag system since his area has received no rain since March 3 of this year! As one of this year’s “Reach for the Stars” …

Reach for the Stars Winner Update

Melissa Sandfort

Rick Crawford, broadcaster with AgWatch Radio Network, recently caught up with one of the John Deere/American Soybean Association (ASA) Reach for the Stars contest winners. Nathan Wright, Harrisburg, Ark., who farms over 3,000 acres, recently started using his John Deere AutoTrac System. Listen here to Rick’s interview with Nathan: Nathan Wright (1 min mp3) Stay tuned to Precision.AgWired.com for more …

iTEC Pro Video

Cindy Zimmerman

John Deere’s iTEC Pro (intelligent Total Equipment Control) is a completely automated system that can be used on 8030 Series Wheel Tractors with integrated AutoTrac. The system not only guides the tractor precisely through the field, but also automates implement controls, ground speed, and end turns at headland and interior boundaries. Check out the YouTube video to see and hear …