Food, Conservation Groups Invest in Soil

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Some major consumer and conservation organizations are working together to help create better soil health and enhance farm sustainability. A $2 million investment from General Mills will provide tools and resources for The Nature Conservancy, Soil Health Institute, and Soil Health Partnership to use in working with farmers, landowners, and supply chain leaders to create healthier soil while providing food …

Ag Group, Conservation, Soil, Soil Health Partnership

Veris Unveils On-the-Go Sensors at #NFMS17

Kelly Marshall

Corn prices are not going up and land prices aren’t going down, so farmers need to be more efficient with what they have, said Tyler Lund of Veris Technologies. Farmers drive through the field during harvest and watch yields go up and down where the soil changes, but it takes software to better understand and make the most of those …

Agribusiness, Audio, National Farm Machinery Show, Sensors, Soil, Variable rate

Smartphone App Balances Conservation and Production

Kelly Marshall

The LandPKS suite of mobile apps provides specific information about soils to anyone with a smartphone, says USDA soil scientist Jeff Herrick. LandPKS, (Land-Potential Knowledge System) is made up of the LandInfo and LandCover modules, including cloud computing, digital soil-mapping data, and the Global Positioning System (GPS) to give information about the sustainable potential and future climate of a piece …

Apps, Conservation, Soil, USDA

Des Moines Hosts 3rd Soil Health Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Nearly 200 scientists, industry leaders, environmentalists, water quality experts and farmers gathered in Des Moines last week for third annual summit of the Soil Health Partnership, a project to make agriculture more productive and sustainable through healthy soil. “Through this program, we have powerful analytics underway providing early indicators of tangible links between soil health and enhanced farm performance,” said …

Soil, Soil Health Partnership

Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality

Kelly Marshall

In parts of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas the loss of topsoil leaves growers to work with difficult claypan soil, but researchers at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources are hopeful about a solution.  Studies show switchgrass, a perennial plant commonly used for biofuels, can build up the soil quality on farms that have …

Conservation, erosion, Research, Soil

Maryland Cattle Operation Shows Conservation Success

Kelly Marshall

Conservation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed has been on the national radar for years. Now the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Catoctin and Frederick Soil Conservation Districts are showing off successful conservation efforts by local farmers and ranchers. A recent event at Hedgeapple Farm, a Maryland Angus operation, highlighted the volunteer efforts that have lead to improvement of the Bay’s …

Ag Group, Conservation, livestock, Soil, USDA, Water Quality

Michelin Earns SIMA 2017 Innovation Gold Medal

Kelly Marshall

Michelin‘s new “2 in 1 tire” has earned a 2017 Innovation Gold Medal from SIMA at the Paris International Agri-Business Show. The new technology allows farmers to be more efficient in the field by increasing contact with soil by up to 20 percent. When travel on roads the tire alters with a central continuous tread band that grips the pavement …

Award, Soil

Trelleborg Earns SIMA Innovation Gold Medal

Kelly Marshall

Trelleborg has earned top honors at the 2017 SIMA Innovation Awards with a gold medal for their newly developed Variable Inflation Pressure (VIP) system. These soon-to-be-launched tires were developed in conjuncture with AGCO FENDT.  It consists of an autonomous wheel that can self-adjust the tire’s pressure based on the load from the combine.  This innovation optimizes the tire’s footprint to reduce …

Agribusiness, Award, Equipment, Soil

Soil Health Roadmap Could Deliver Billions

Kelly Marshall

The Nature Conservancy has been working with General Mills on a project called the Soil Health Roadmap.  With funding from General Mills, the organizations have put together a group of Conservancy scientists, economists and agriculture experts to create a Roadmap to sustainable, healthy soil.  The project builds a case for economic benefits for U.S. farmers and businesses and outlines the environmental advantages for future …

Ag Group, Soil

New Holland Acquires Grass & Soil Business

Jamie Johansen

New Holland Agriculture will expand its wide offering with new implement product lines as a result of CNH Industrial’s agreement to acquire the agricultural Grass and Soil business of Kongskilde Industries, part of the Danish Group Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab. This business develops, manufactures and sells solutions for agricultural applications in the Tillage and Hay & Forage segments under various brands, …

Agribusiness, Equipment, Forage, Hay, Machinery, New Holland, Soil, Tillage