Precision Ag Bytes 12/19

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  • Ceres Imaging, which provides science-backed aerial images to growers, has announced the release of its new Cumulative Stress Index. The index combines Ceres Imaging’s various imagery indices into a single metric to assess overall plant stress over a growing season and strongly correlates to actual yield results.
  • Topcon Agriculture announces the release of the NORAC Tillage Depth Control system, leveraging the same core technology used on the industry leading NORAC Boom Height Control system. The system utilizes ultrasonic sensors to automatically compensate for differing soil types and terrains, while maintaining the correct implement depth.
  • John D. Lagemann, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Ag & Turf Division – Regions 3 and 4 for John Deere, has been elected 2019 Chair of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
  • The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has named AgGateway‘s ADAPT and ISOXML Plugin the winner of a 2019 AE50 award. AE50 awards honor the year’s most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries.
  • Pioneer has added more than 100 new, top-performing corn and soybean products to its industry-leading product lineup for growers in the United States and Canada.
  • The Conservation Technology Information Center, a clearinghouse of information on conservation farming practices, has launched its brand-new website at
  • Seeing both forests and trees is about to get easier, thanks to a new open-access tool developed by US National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, with support from the Google Earth Engine Team and the US Government’s SilvaCarbon Program – allowing anyone to track land-use and landscape changes anywhere. Collect Earth Online can be accessed by simply clicking on a link and registering on the platform.
  • Colin Hurd, founder and CEO of Iowa-based Smart Ag, has been recognized by Forbes magazine as a leading young innovator and entrepreneur for 2019. Hurd has been honored by Forbes as a member of the eighth annual 30 Under 30 list in the category of manufacturing and industry.
  • With improved seed varieties, advanced production techniques and innovative growing practices, corn growers achieved impressive yields despite weather-related adversity in the National Corn Growers Association 2018 National Corn Yield Contest.
  • Pioneer congratulates farmers who placed in the National Corn Growers Association 2018 yield contest. In total, the NCGA awarded seven national and 189 state awards to growers using Pioneer brand products who entered the annual yield contest.
  • Farmers planting Pioneer brand sorghum hybrids won seven of nine first-place finishes and placed in 21 of the 24 national categories in the 2018 National Sorghum Producers Yield and Management Contest, representing 88 percent of all national winners.
  • Results are in for World Ag Expo’s® Top-10 New Products Competition, sponsored by Bank of America. The winners will be showcased February 12-14, 2019, during the World Ag Expo® in Tulare, California.