New Holland Expands PLM Offerings

Kelly Marshall

The National Farm Machinery Show was a busy time for New Holland and Luke Zerby, who was introducing three new Precision Land Management (PLM) products. The first is Intelliturn, intelligent steering that make end-of-row automated turns. But this new product does more than just turn around; it knows where you’ve been in the field and steers the tractor around planted …

Agribusiness, National Farm Machinery Show, New Holland, technology

AgCompass Helps Make Tax Time Easier

Cindy Zimmerman

If you are ready to make tax time easier, a virtual desktop and your accounting software hosted by AgCompass may be just what you need for secure sharing. “Security and data independence are important concerns for farmers,” says Nick Chambers, Business Manager for AgCompass. “With a virtual desktop, while your data is technically in the cloud, unlike web-based applications, your …

technology

Frost & Sullivan Provide Analysis of Smart Ag

Kelly Marshall

With the concept of smart agriculture on the rise, Frost & Sullivan have released information concerning this hot topic.  The report covers advancements in agriculture such as: sensors, intelligent networks, UAVs and robotics. Frost & Sullivan believe that these smart farm resources will allow consumers better access to the type of food they’re seeking, be it ethically produce items, allergen-free options or sustainably …

technology

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 …

Contest, Syngenta, technology

TechAccel and Danforth Plant Science Center Partner

Kelly Marshall

Kansas City-based TechAccel and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis are working together to bring agriculture innovations to the marketplace.  A $250,000 grant from the Danforth Center will encourage projects expected to produce new assets– license-ready technology, processes or products, or new spin-off companies. “This partnership with the Danforth Center is an important milestone for TechAccel and …

Agribusiness, technology

New Advanta Seeds & Texas A&M Biotech Research Station

Joanna Schroeder

A new Advanta Seeds biotech research station is in the works following a new partnership between Advanta and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The goal of the facility, which will support all global Advanta Seeds research programs, is to further seed technology R&D. The research will focus on several key crops: sorghum, tropical and subtropical corn, hot peppers and corn. In …

seed, technology

AgTech Accelerator Gains Investor Syndicate

Kelly Marshall

AgTech Accelerator is a unique startup accelerator vehicle with a goal of developing emerging agricultural technology companies. Today they’ve announced they’ll be able to further their goal with the addition of $8.5 million in financing. This funding brings the company’s total capital to $20 million, thanks to Elanco, a leader in animal health and food production.  Other investors include Bayer, …

Agribusiness, technology

FarmLogs Hosting Second Annual User Conference

Lizzy Schultz

FarmLogs will host its second annual series of user conferences this January in Des Moines, Iowa, Champaign, Illinois and Lubbock, Texas. The events are free to attend but registration is required and accessible online here. This year’s conference theme is “Connecting the Dots to Profitability,” and the events will be focused on the future of precision agriculture. Over 500 farmers …

Agribusiness, agronomy, Company Announcement, Events, technology

Danforth Center Develops Field Phenotyping

Kelly Marshall

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center uses research, education and outreach to impact food security and improve the human condition through plant science.  Now researchers are announcing the development of the PheNode, a “smart”, farm-ready, solar-powered environmental sensor and phenotyping station for crops. “With a suite of diverse sensors on the PheNode, we can continuously monitor field crops for growth rate, …

Agribusiness, Data Collection, Research, technology

ERS Releases Precision Agriculture Adoption Report

Kelly Marshall

The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has released a report, Farm Profits and Adoption of Precision Agriculture. The report covers current trends in precision agriculture (PA), production practices and farm characteristics associated with adoption. The report also looks at corn data from 2010 to determine if PA practices lead to increased profitability. The report looked at three types of Precision …

technology, USDA