CropTrak Continues Steady Success

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In an industry where tech start-ups abound, CropTrak is a self-made success story in the precision ag space by simply selling a good product that people want to buy. The company started in 2009 and has just continued to grow year after year “with a little rinky dink booth at InfoAg” and little to no marketing, as VP of sales …

John Deere Works for Ag Retailers

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Randy Kasperbauer and Chip Donahue at InfoAg The ag retailers who supply products and services are the main point of contact between John Deere and the farmers who put them to work. “They’re the ones that really serve the customer at the local level,” said Chip Donahue, manager of business segment strategy for Deere. He and colleague Randy Kasperbauer, product …

ASTA Shares Story of Plant Breeding

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The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has released a new animated video as the latest installment in ASTA’s Better Seed, Better Life initiative. The video, produced in conjunction with CropLife International, explores the history, and future, of plant breeding-from the ancient domestication of wild crops, to gene editing and beyond. Check out the video below, and share it using the …

Adapt-N Brings Big Data Value to Farmers a Million Times a Day

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Agronomic Technology Corp – a leader in agricultural field modeling for soil, water, crops, and fertilizer – has just surpassed over one million daily nitrogen recommendations and is nearing one billion cumulative platform recommendations. The company provides Adapt-N and N-Insight and is adding additional crop, nutrient, soil, and yield solutions to its platform. “We’ve gained traction because the value to …

Better Seed, Better Life Video Contest

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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 …

Taking DC Bureaucrats to the Farm

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The National Corn Growers Association recently joined with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the American Seed Trade Association to host officials from EPA and USDA for demonstrations on planting practices, seed treatments, and equipment innovations in an effort to help them understand modern farming. The event took place on the working farm of NCGA Chairman Chip Bowling in …

Perdue Answers Questions From NAFTA to Wildfires

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Yesterday newly confirmed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spent his third day on the job visiting the USDA office in Kansas City, Missouri. He also addressed members of the press, answering questions on topics from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to wildfires. “I was a grain trader, and President Trump is a trader,” Perdue said when asked about …

Water for Food Improving Sub-Saharan Security

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The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference took place this week at at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  More than 400 experts attended the event to focus on ways to grow more food with less water.  One of the major topics of concern at the conference was finding new ways to increase sustainable irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa for increased water …

3RIVE 3D Means Farming Faster

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Rick Ekins from FMC, and Chuck have talked about their 3RIVE 3D platform several times since it was introduced and Commodity Classic provided another opportunity.  With spring planting upon us, here’s a quick summation of what 3RIVE 3D can provide: 3RIVE 3D is a new way to deliver crop protection products for seedling defense and yield enhancement Easily mounts to …

Bayer Celebrates New $8 Million Research Center

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On Thursday, Bayer wrapped up a week of grand openings by celebrating the expansion of the Soybean Breeding and Trait Development Center in Champaign County, Illinois. The new station will house research and development to identify, develop and test new varieties, using modern breeding methods, pushing the limits of yield potential for growers in the Midwest. The expansion is part …