The @NHAgriculture NHDrive Concept Autonomous Tractor

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Carlo LambroWant a glimpse into the future of farming? You get it at the New Holland exhibit at the Farm Progress Show. On display is a concept tractor that is autonomous. I spoke with Carlo Lambro, Global President for New Holland, about this driverless tractor.

Actually, the owner has the option to drive it or remotely control it since the New Holland machine seen behind Carlo has a fully equipped cab. Carlo says, “It is a concept for the future, where New Holland is investing and looking to help the farming sector be more profitable, more environmentally friendly and to be at the forefront of our technology.”

At first glance, the T8 Blue Power tractor on display may have looked like a normal standard tractor to the numerous visitors who packed New Holland’s stand at the Farm Progress Show, the annual outdoor farming machinery show in Boone, Iowa (USA). But once the first images of the video dedicated to the tractor and its incredible operational capacities appeared on the screen, everyone understood that they were witnessing a glimpse into the future of farming, one that could feature fully autonomous machinery: something which could redefine the agriculture of tomorrow.

Developed by CNH Industrial in collaboration with its long-standing technology provider Autonomous Solutions Incorporated, ASI, a Utah-based company that is the industry leader in off-road autonomous solutions, the New Holland NHDrive autonomous tractor is an unmanned vehicle that is fully autonomous and can be monitored and controlled via a desktop computer or via a portable tablet interface. This enables farmers to access tractor and implement data, wherever they are, from different locations, while checking fields from the comfort of their pick-up, while tending livestock or from home, and always whenever they need. This facilitates right-time decision making to enhance operational efficiency and productivity. Furthermore, farmers will maintain full control and ownership of their data.

Listen to my interview with Carlo here: Interview with Carlo Lambro, New Holland


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US Soy Well Represented at Global Trade Event

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ussec-16-93-editedThe 4th annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange & Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show hosted by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Midwest Shippers Association (MSA), is taking place in Indianapolis, IN and is the premiere global soy and grain trade event. Over 700 attendees gathered with 300 of them representing 55 countries around the world, focused on U.S. soy.

The event brought in the North American grain and oilseed industry, international buyers and traders, the transportation community, grain elevator managers, farmer producers, agriculture researchers and many others interested in international agriculture trade and the latest food trends.

It didn’t take me long to grasp a common them and goal for all in attendance…creating connections and building relationships. Those 300 international representatives can put a face on the American farmer, have one-on-one conversations while touching on the nitty-gritty and visit the field in person to see research and sustainability in action.

To kick off the event I sat down with newly elected Chairman for the USSEC Board, Jim Miller. Going forward he said the boards two main objectives were to build preference for U.S. soy and work on market access issues. And he also hit on what this global trade event means for U.S. soybean growers and how it sets the framework for lasting relationships.

Listen to my complete interview with Jim here: Interview with Jim Miller, USSEC Chairman

View and download photos from the event here: 2016 US Soy Global Trade Exchange Photos

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Sunrise Over the @BASFAgProducts Media Tent

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fps16-sunriseIt was a beautiful sunrise this morning at the 2016 Farm Progress Show with the promise of the gorgeous day!

We’d like to thank BASF for their continued sponsorship of the media tent at the show. It is so wonderful to have a comfortable place to work in the air conditioning (or a little heat this morning!) with breakfast and lunch, nice work stations and just a generally welcoming atmosphere.

The team is already out gathering more interviews and photos – so stay tuned for more coverage!

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#FarmProgressShow Features BASF Butterfly Garden

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fps-16-basf-lukeAttendees at this year’s Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa are being greeting at the front gate by the BASF Living Acres Butterfly Garden, a new plot just planted this year with some milkweed to provide habitat for Monarch butterflies.

“What they are seeing is a fairly young planting of a diverse set of plants to help demonstrate how a farmer might approach waste or non-crop areas to encourage greater biodiversity on farm,” said Luke Bozeman, BASF Director for R&D North America, who was pleased to already see Monarch larvae in the garden. “That’s very encouraging.”

In this interview, Luke talks about BASF’s commitment to helping farmers learn how to develop and maintain habitat for the butterflies. Interview with Luke Bozeman, BASF

fps-16-basf-katieBASF has established two Midwest research sites for Monarch butterfly studies just this year, one in Illinois and one in Iowa. “This is our first year with the Living Acres project at the Illinois research farm,” says Katie Demers, tech service PDP at the farm. “We have two different trials going on – one looking at establishing milkweed transplants and root samples into an already established grass area, as well as a clean field area that was in production but was kind of an odd-shaped area of the field.”

Katie and other BASF representatives have been talking with visitors to the Farm Progress Show about the Living Acres project and giving away butterfly wings to the kids. “I like to think of the Monarch as an iconic insect species because it is native to North America,” she says. “Definitely trying to attract people just like butterflies have always attracted people’s eye.” Interview with Katie Demers, BASF

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Don Tourte Kicks Off 2016 #FarmProgressShow

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fps-16-tourteDon Tourte, VP of Sales for the Farm Progress Show kicked off the 63rd annual event in the BASF Media Tent this morning. He gave media a bit of a show preview and noted that the exhibitors look as good as ever and highlighted how they have gone all out this year.

“There are some really great things to see with technology being the leading word,” said Tourte in an interview with Cindy Zimmerman.

And the weather? Better than two years ago and Tourte said the crops for the field demonstrations look great and encouraged everyone to be sure to get down and see new technologies in action.

Listen to Cindy’s interview with Don Torte here: Interview with Don Tourte, Farm Progress Show

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Iowa Ag Water Alliance Announces Conservation Strategy

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Two years ago several Iowa-based agricultural groups launched the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA). Today during the 2016 Farm Progress Show, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced the organization’s new Conservation Infrastructure Strategy to assist in the identification of economic development opportunities associated with achieving the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The IAWA also announced the formation of a new IAWA Business Council that will be co-chaired by Northey and Ray Gaesser, a farmer from Corning, Iowa and past-president of the American Soybean Association.

fps-16-northey-IAWA-presserMany of the ag businesses located in Iowa and doing business here are already leading the way in integrating water quality efforts into their business and bringing new tools to farmers to help them keep nutrients on their farm,” said Northey during a press conference launching the new initiative. “This new effort is focused on seeing if there are opportunities to support additional business development as we continue to scale-up efforts to improve water quality and maintain the tremendous productivity of Iowa agriculture.

As part of the effort, the Business Council will identify current gaps in conservation/business infrastructure as well as develop an action plan focused on accelerated implementation of conservation practices focused on water quality. The action plan will focus on identifying economic drivers and market-based solutions to improving water quality and quantifying both the public and private benefits associated with successful implementation of water quality practices.

fps-16-IAWA-presserPreserving and enhancing Iowa’s resources benefits everyone,” Gaesser noted in his remarks. “This is really figuring out the additional expertise and finance needed to help farmers continue improving water quality while meeting the global needs of feeding people. Adapting requires continual research, inspiration, education and action. There’s opportunity in that for farmers and the business community.

IAWA Executive Director Sean McMahon said that the IAWA Business Council, will play a key role in helping to shape the conservation infrastructure strategy along with the existing IAWA Advisory Council. “We look forward to partnering with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and our many other highly valued partners to help align public and private efforts and identify business opportunities to improve Iowa’s water quality and strengthen rural communities.

Listen to the press conference here: IAWA Launches Conservation Strategy Presser

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Disruptive Innovation Goes Beyond Silicon Valley

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Disruptive Innovation: Not Just for Silicon Valley was the second panel discussion during the Rural Infrastructure Summit in Ames, Iowa. From left to right: Bert Farrish, Kevin Kimble, Darryl Matthews, John Engelen, Andrew Jacob and Sara Wyant.

Disruptive Innovation: Not Just for Silicon Valley was the second panel discussion during the Rural Infrastructure Summit in Ames, Iowa. From left to right: Bert Farrish, Kevin Kimble, Darryl Matthews, John Engelen, Andrew Jacob and Sara Wyant.

When many people hear the term disruptive innovation, they think of Silicon Valley start-ups in the 90s that changed the way we deliver information and communicate. But like many things born in California, disruptive innovation is just not limited to Silicon Valley and technology parks. Coined in 1995 by Clayton M. Christensen, disruptive innovation describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors. An example: precision ag.

But how will disruptive innovation change the rural infrastructure landscape? This was the topic of the second panel discussion during the inaugural Rural Infrastructure Summit – an event that really kicked off a long-term discussion about how agricultural products will be moved in the future. “Disruptive Innovation: Not Just for Silicon Valley,” was moderated by Agri-Pulse Communications Editor Sara Wyant. Each panelist gave a brief presentation on what disruptive innovations he thought were on the horizon and how they may change rural infrastructure and rural communities as we know them today.

Panelists included:

  • Andrew Jacob, Chief Vice President, Regulatory, Legislative and Compliance Officer, CoBank
  • John Engelen, Vice President, Government Affairs, CHS Inc.
  • Darryl Matthews, Senior Vice President and Sector Head, Agriculture, Forestry, Positioning Services and HarvestMark Divisions, Trimble Navigation, LTD
  • Kevin Kimle, Director, Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, Iowa State University
  • Bert Farrish, CEO, Big River Rice & Grain, Pioneer, LA

Listen to the panelist’s thoughts on Disruptive Innovation: Disruptive Innovation Panelist Remarks

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Bayer is into #Peanuts

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bayer-showcase-ga-keithThe recent Bayer Showcase plot tour near Dawson, Georgia showed the commitment that the company has to peanut growers.

“We’re really excited that we’re just launching a new nematicide for peanuts called Velum Total,” said Keith Rucker, Bayer tech service rep for the Southeast. “We had a limited launch last year, this year is really the first full blown year that we’ve had it in the field.”

Rucker says Velum Total, which is also for cotton, protects the young plant from being attacked by nematodes early in the season. “There’s just not a whole lot of options right now (to combat nematodes,” he said.

During the field day, Rucker also talked to growers about Proline, which provides early season disease protection from white mold and leaf spot. Learn more in this interview: Interview with Keith Rucker, Bayer

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ZimmComm Ready for #FarmProgressShow

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fps-16-groupThe ZimmComm team – with mascot Mini Z – are on the ground at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa ready to begin a full day of learning about the latest in agricultural equipment and technology.

Left to right here we have Energy.AgWired and AgNewsWire editor Joanna Schroeder, me and Chuck (and Mini Z), ZimmComm general manager Clint Underwood, and Precision AgWired editor Kelly Marshall. And here is what we have to look forward to this week:

A staple of the Farm Progress Show has always been the field demonstrations. This year is no exception with a full line up of demonstrations scheduled. The combines fire up at 11 a.m each show day. Additionally, you will see auger carts collecting grain on the go, and more. Tillage tools and other special machines will operate each day from 2 to 3 p.m. This gives visitors an opportunity to view all of the competitors in each segment running side by side.

There will also be a tillage class for tools that want to run faster to show their performance features. Most of the new tillage tools, with nearly a dozen on the market, are recommended to run at 7 to 9 miles per hour. When they are run at slower speeds, you don’t always get a true picture of how these machines work. The advent of vertical tillage has made it necessary to change the rules, and boost the longstanding speed limit on the demo field. Vertical-tillage tools can operate at their optimum speed once more traditional tillage tools have made their passes.

Another favorite attraction for Farm Progress Show visitors are the Ride ‘n Drives. This year, visitors can test drive a new truck, ATV and tractor tires. Yamaha, Ram Trucks, Michelin, Chevrolet, and Titan Tire are all participating in the Ride ‘n Drives. All Ride ‘n Drive participants will be located east of exhibit field by Tram Loading.

If you are at the show, hope to see you – if not, stay tuned here and on Precision.AgWired for all the latest!

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StarFire 6000 Receiver Shines at #JDReveal

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deere-starfireNearly 16 years ago, John Deere set the farming world aflame with the StarFire guidance system. This year, the company has taken satellite-based guidance to new heights with the introduction of the StarFire 6000 receiver and SF3 signal.

“One of the biggest new features is a new differential correction signal called our SF3,” said Deere Product Marketing Manager Jerred Karnei, which delivers 40 percent greater pass-to-pass accuracy, new in-season repeatability and 66 percent faster pull-in time than the previous SF2 correction level.

deere-media16-jarredIn addition, the StarFire 6000 also delivers improved up time that keeps precision ag systems running in challenging conditions. By using the latest navigation algorithms, the StarFire 6000 can track up to three StarFire satellite signals at once, intelligently choose the one that will deliver the best performance, and automatically switch to an alternate signal to help maintain accuracy and performance if the primary signal is blocked. “So if you run up against dense tree lines and you lose signal because GPS is blocked, once you get out of those tree lines we have a quicker time to get back to full accuracy,” said Karnei.

Learn more in this interview: Interview with Jarred Karnei

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