Precision Ag Bytes 3/6

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  • South Dakota State University and University of Kentucky plant pathologists have confirmed that Cercospora sojina, a soybean pathogen that causes frogeye leaf spot, has shown resistance to QoI fungicides (quinone outside inhibitor, strobilurin, e.g. active ingredients in Headline and Quadris) in South Dakota.
  • Dr. Todd Wehner has been added to the team of instructors for the upcoming class of the UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (PBA). Dr. Wehner has been with the UC Davis PBA since its inception in 2006 and lectured in U.S., Africa and Asia.
  • Concentric Ag Corporation announced that its President and CEO Donald R. Marvin will transition within the next few months to become the executive chairman of its board of directors. The search for a new President and CEO is being conducted by executive search firm Hobbs & Towne.
  • Blockchain, remote sensing and finding ways to build a 21st-century workforce for California agriculture are just a few of the timely topics that headline this year’s Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit, themed “Tomorrow’s Technology You Can Use Today.” The sixth annual summit, to be held March 26-27 at Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif., also will feature a spectrum of women leaders and entrepreneurs as panelists or keynote speakers.
  • The Yield Lab is pleased to announce the new companies of the 2019 Yield Lab North America. These companies were selected out of a pool of 100+ applicants from around the world that are focused on solutions for more sustainable agriculture and food. The Yield Lab runs a business development program and invests $100,000 into each new portfolio company. The companies include: Aggio, Arch Innotek, Eiwa, Foodshed, Planetarians, and VakSea.
  • AGBRIDGE has developed the AGBRIDGE Drive, which acts like a regular USB drive, but transmits data via Wifi to their cloud automatically. AGBRIDGE is teaming up with Ayrstone Productivity to simplify data movement for farmers.
  • Register now for the Soil Health Institute’s annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif. This year’s theme is Soil Health – A Global Imperative, reflecting just how critically imminent it is that we safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soils to address food, water, climate, wildlife, fiber, fuel, and other global issues.
  • The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) presented the second annual Davidson Prize to the top three innovative products, selected from the AE50 honorees last week at Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida.
  • Syngenta has teamed up with Ram Trucks to help U.S. farmers overcome the challenges of today and tomorrow. AgriEdge®, a whole-farm program that combines secure data management across digital platforms and innovative product choices for every crop, is now included in the Ram AgPack.
  • The American Soybean Association congratulates the following regional winners of the 2019 Conservation Legacy Awards. They are: Rob Stout, Washington, Iowa; Dan Gillespie, Battle Creek, Neb.; Rick Clark, Williamsport, Ind.; and Fred Sipes, Ekron, Ky.
  • Midwest farmers now have a resource nearby to provide soil biology assessments quickly and accurately. Midwest Bio-Tech recently opened Illinois’ first dedicated soil health lab.
  • Ceres Imaging, the aerial imagery provider that enables proactive farm management by combining scientific-grade imagery with data analytics and expert customer support, announced the release of its Center-Pivot Analytics Suite, a full-service imagery solution designed specifically for center-pivot irrigated row crops.
  • Deere & Company announced that its Board of Directors elected John C. May, 49, as President, Chief Operating Officer, effective April 1. May will be responsible for leading Deere’s efforts to maximize operational excellence throughout the company.
  • U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has appointed Dr. Nick Goeser as Vice President, Sustainability Sciences and Strategy. Announced at the Commodity Classic event in Orlando, Goeser’s appointment is directly tied to USFRA’s focus on ensuring farmers and ranchers are recognized for their use of sustainable science and data solutions.