Precision Ag News 4/1

Carrie Muehling

  • A new soybean variety – with resistance to soybean cyst nematode (SCN) derived from the breeding line PI 89772 – is being released by Syngenta in small quantities in 2020. Syngenta is sharing seed with university researchers and farm cooperators now, and full commercial launch is coming next year.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the registration of the use of isoxaflutole on genetically engineered soybeans, providing soybean farmers with a new tool they can use to control weeds that have become resistant to many other herbicides.
  • BASF has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration of Alite™ 27 herbicide for use in select counties across Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee. Alite 27 herbicide is the first and only group 27 herbicide (4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase, HPPD) available for use in soybeans as part of the LibertyLink® GT27™ soybean trait system.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will host its annual USDA Data Users’ Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st as a virtual meeting. To participate in the 2020 USDA Data Users’ Meeting, please register online at
  • The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) announced the award of $8.5 million in new technical assistance grants to over 300 conservation districts in 49 states and territories.
  • Farm Market iD announced that it is making its data accessible to clients in real-time through the launch of its new API (application programming interface).
  • The Mosaic Company announced Ben Pratt has been named SVP-Government and Public Affairs and will join the company’s Senior Leadership Team effective April 1.
  • SVG Ventures-THRIVE in partnership with Forbes Live is delighted to announce the release of the 2020 THRIVE TOP 50 AgTech and TOP 50 FoodTech Research Reports. For the past three years, SVG Ventures has compiled a list of the TOP 50 AgTech growth stage companies and new this year, have introduced the TOP 50 FoodTech companies.
  • A strategic partnership between Specialty Granules LLC, Monty’s Plant Food Company and OrganoCat has developed MagmaHume™, a mineral-rich soil and plant fortifier, that shows promise in boosting crop yield while having potential to reduce a farmer’s carbon footprint.
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