Iowa Offers Water Quality Cost-Share

Kelly MarshallConservation, Cover Crops

Funds will soon be available to help farmers in the state of Iowa to install nutrient reduction practices.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced a cost share plan for first-time users of cover crops at $25 per acer, $10 per acer for not-till or strip till, and $3 per acre for using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer. … Read More

MSU Selected by FAA for National Center

Kelly MarshallGovernment, UAS

Mississippi State University has been selected by the FAA to lead the team operating the new National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  The flagship university will bring together partners in academics and industry for the purpose or research and development of UAS, as well has integration into national airspace. Congress has charged the FAA with developing rules regulating … Read More

2014 Water for Food Report Released

Kelly MarshallConservation, Data, environment, Water Management

Proceedings from the 2014 Water For Food Global Conference are now available for viewing.  This annual conference was hosted last October in Seattle, WA by the Water for Food Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The summary report provides a synopsis of the speakers and presentations relating to the theme: “Harnessing the Data Revolution: Ensuring Water and Food … Read More

Company Receives Exemption to Fly Commercial UAVs

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, drone, UAV

A Tuscan-based company, FVP CATALOG, has received a rare exemption from the FAA to fly UAVs for commercial purposes.  The Section 333 exemption was granted to only 247 people in the country.  FVP CATALOG owner Bruce Pogosaew spent six months in the complicated process and received it in part because of his willingness to venture into agriculture inspections if farmers begin … Read More

FarmLogs Unveils Yield Threat Alerts

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Data, Scouting

FarmLogs has released a program designed to help growers identify the exact location of crop issues.  The field satellite system alerts farmers to potential problems without layers of mapping that need interpretation, but rather pinpoints a precise location in a field. “Today we are breaking ground by launching our most valuable feature ever. FarmLogs users now have access to high-resolution in-season … Read More

Conklin Pro Grower Day Events for 2015

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Corn, Events, Soybeans

Conklin Pro Grower Day events have been scheduled for various locations across the country this spring and summer.  Key speakers include Kip Cullers, world-record holder for soybean yield, along with Jerry Cox, 24-time National Corn Growers Association winner.  Cullers and Cox will provide attendees insights on new ag technologies and recommendations for the current growing year. Conklin AgroVantage is one … Read More

FAA Announces UAS Development Program

Kelly MarshallAudio, Aviation, Government, UAS, UAV

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced new partnerships with industries, including agriculture, to explore the next steps in unmanned aircraft operations beyond the type of operations the agency proposed in the draft small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule it published in February. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the initiative today at the Association for Unmanned … Read More