WANTED: On-the-Farm Conservation Stories

Melissa Sandfort

U.S. soybean farmers are invited to tell the story of conservation on their farms by entering the 2012-2013 Conservation Legacy Awards. Winning entries will help tell the story to the public about how soybean farmers are committed to protecting the soil, water and air through outstanding environmental and conservation practices while continuing to farm profitably. Conservation Legacy Award winners from …

Commodity Classic, Conservation, Soybeans

Farm Bill Priorities Discussed at Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

The biggest topic of discussion at the 2012 Commodity Classic last week was the farm bill – what should be in it and whether we will even see one this year. It was the main question that the presidents of the four farm organizations that participate in Classic answered during their time on stage during the general session with emcee …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Soybeans, wheat

How Precision Ag Helps the Environment

Cindy Zimmerman

The South Dakota Soybean Council has posted a video on YouTube of a TV segment by reporter Michelle Rook that aired recently on KELO-TV news. The spot briefly describes how farmers are using precision agriculture technology to be even better stewards of the environment. Great message for non-farmers to hear!

Soybeans, Video

2011 Commodity Classic Shatters Records

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2011 Commodity Classic is one for the record books. Attendance at the annual meeting of corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers shattered previous records. Total attendance was more than 4826, breaking the previous record at Nashville three years ago by almost 300. Total number of growers was over 1600, compared to the previous record of 1513 in 2009 in …

Commodity Classic, Corn, Farmers, John Deere, Soybeans, wheat

Top 10 Ag Technologies from 2010 by Farm Progress

Kurt Lawton

Take a look at a story in Indiana Prairie Farmer that selected ten different agricultural technologies of interest this year. They listed: – Raven Sling Shot system – Connected Farm concept – GSI Binspector – Grain entrapment rescue tubes – Votivo nematicide seed treatment – SmartStax corn – Agrisure Viptera trait – Surveillance sunglasses – Vertical till revolution – Kixor …

Corn, Guidance, Harvesting, Industry News, Planting, Raven, seed, Software, Soybeans, Tillage, Variable rate

Calibrate For Variable-Rate Precision Farming Success

Kurt Lawton

While every farmer knows the value of preparing and calibrating the planter and sprayer, the same holds true when calibrating the electronics and software that control these implements—especially if you vary rates across the field on the go. Hopefully you pulled out that owner’s manual, or enlisted your local dealer’s help, several weeks ahead of pulling into the first field …

Ag Leader, Corn, Displays, Education, Equipment, Insights Weekly, Planting, seed, Soybeans

Precision.AgWired.com for ASA Scholarship Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

This year’s winner of the American Soybean Association scholarship has a passion for precision. Ben Bellar, a high school senior from Howard, Kansas, was named the 2010-2011 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship recipient during the 2010 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. The scholarship package, made possible through a grant by BASF, included a one-time $5,000 education award, a trip to …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Education, John Deere, Soybeans

New Smaller Deere Self-Propelled Sprayer

Kurt Lawton

John Deere adds a new economy-sized, versatile 4630 self-propelled sprayer to it’s 30-Series lineup that is wired to add valuable precision farming tools. The new 4630 Sprayer is ideal for cotton farmers who want a low-cost, comfortable, and productive machine that’s simple to operate. It’s also ideal for corn, soybean, or small-grain producers that want a productive yet comfortable machine …

Company Announcement, Corn, Cotton, Equipment, John Deere, Soybeans, Spraying

Time To Kick Pre-harvest Checks Into Gear

Kurt Lawton

As we’re well into the dog days of summer, Midwest corn and soybean harvest is looming larger. If you haven’t started combine prep already, it’s time to dust off those owner’s manuals to fine-tune the machine and its data-gathering electronics. Ag Leader Technology, a sponsor of precision.agwired.com, offers some good advice in a pre-harvest checklist for owners of their InSight …

Ag Leader, Corn, Education, Equipment, Insights Weekly, Soybeans

Satellites Show Ozone Cutting Soybean Yields

Kurt Lawton

Losses of up to $2 billion per year (10%) in soybean yield is due to rising surface ozone, according to satellite measurements by NASA, as outlined in a recent study.  Above a threshold concentration, ozone inhibits photosynthesis and reduces yield in soybeans, one of the more sensitive crops to high surface ozone levels. On the left are plants that have …

Education, GPS, Industry News, Research, Satellite, Soybeans, sustainability