Field Notes from Koch Agronomic Services

Precision Ag News 9/23

Carrie Muehling

  • Brightseed, a 2020 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and developer of Forager™, the world’s first and only AI technology for phytonutrient discovery, has closed $27M in growth financing led by Lewis & Clark AgriFood.
  • Two global companies are combining forces to offer a full range of integrated product development and regulatory services to agriculture technology companies, multinational or regional crop protection companies, and biologic-based commercial entities. This strategic alliance brings together AgriThority®, a global agricultural product, market and business development company with focus on new technologies, and knoell, specialists in product regulatory compliance for a variety of industries with worldwide reach.
  • Syngenta Seeds and the Analytics Society of INFORMS launched the 2021 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics, a competition that focuses on analytical approaches to improve complex crop breeding processes. The 2021 competition is aimed at optimizing year-round corn hybrid breeding processes. Data analytics, mathematics and statistics students, and professionals worldwide are invited to enter by Jan. 20, 2021.
  • Scientists from conservation and academic institutions have launched AgEvidence, a visualization dashboard of data from nearly 300 peer-reviewed research papers and curated expert insights derived from those studies. The research compiled in AgEvidence focuses on the environmental and agronomic impacts of cover crops, tillage management, pest management, and nutrient management practices used in growing corn and/or soybean crops in the Midwest.
  • The GROWMARK System is growing its endure sustainability initiative in 2020 and beyond to promote positive environmental change in all of the communities it serves.
  • Thank you to everyone who attended Soil Health: The Foundation for Regenerative Agriculture, the Soil Health Institute’s 5th Annual Meeting. Videos of the Keynote and Plenary Sessions are available now on the Soil Health Institute YouTube Channel.
  • Producers Cooperative Association, an agricultural supply cooperative serving the Brazos Valley and Central Texas, has joined the expanding CommoditAg network.
  • Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. announced that company President and Chief Financial Officer James Boyd will retire from his positions. A national search process for the new Chief Financial Officer is underway, and Mr. Boyd will continue as President and CFO during the search process.
  • The Agroview system has been recognized as the University of Florida Invention of the Year. The system utilizes images from drones and satellites and from the ground – along with artificial intelligence — to assess plant stress, count and categorize plants based on their height and canopy area and estimate plant nutrient content.
  • American Farmland Trust shares publicly its CaRPE Tool TM, a web-based interactive tool that allows users to quickly visualize and quantify net greenhouse gas, or GHG, emission reductions resulting from the implementation of cropland and grazing land management practices. The user can quantify the current use and impact of key regenerative practices and then estimate the potential to sequester more carbon if these practices are applied more broadly, given the specific farmland resources in a state or region.
  • BRANDT Specialty Formulations has added two new territory sales managers, Cody Massey and Nate Britt, to its North American Ag sales team, covering the US Pacific Northwest and Canada.
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