Precision Ag News 11/11

Carrie Muehling

  • USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has completed and published updates to its set of national conservation practice standards, which offer guidelines for planning, installing, operating and maintaining conservation practices used by farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners nationwide. Fifty-eight standards have been updated or revised since August.
  • A new agricultural app makes it easier for farmers to keep barn equipment running efficiently, saving time and money on unexpected repairs and production downtime. The Rakr application is a free app that manages, schedules and tracks preventative maintenance on all barn equipment, and calculates the cost savings when recommended maintenance is complete.
  • This fall, Salford is releasing HALO, a next generation tillage product line that adds to Salford’s extensive line of tillage and application equipment. HALO is a new Salford tillage platform, which allows for new combinations of ground engaging equipment, narrow transport, and single point adjustments, which make for faster, easier field setting.
  • GSI is introducing the addition of either a 30-degree or 45-degree bend section to its VersaLoop round tube chain conveyor that provides more flexibility to maximize the space and efficiency of grain handling systems.
  • Increased corn rootworm pressure on corn crops throughout the Central and Northwest Midwest in 2020 suggests there will be a need for more application of corn soil insecticides in 2021, according to an extensive survey of agricultural retailers conducted in September by AMVAC®, an American Vanguard® company. Respondents, surveyed both online and in phone interviews, compared this year’s CRW pressure to that of 2012, after which, use of soil-applied insecticides was elevated for the three seasons of 2013-2015.
  • CommoditAg, the agriculture industry’s premier, trusted online retailer of high-quality farm products, has added Topcon as its newest supplier offering precision management tools to bring efficiency and productivity to nearly every phase of the farming operation. CommoditAg offers three precision feed management hardware and software tools, including Digi-Star Connected TMR, Digi-Star Pro Feeder TMR, and Digi-Star Expert TMR.
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