NCGA Officers at #FPS17

Cindy Zimmerman

Officers of the National Corn Growers Association are busy at the 2017 Farm Progress Show this week. I had a chance to chat with NCGA president Wesley Spurlock of Texas, first vice president Kevin Skunes from South Dakota, and 1st VP elect Lynn Chrisp first thing yesterday morning at show. We talked about a variety of topics, including crop conditions …

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Precision Ag Bytes 8/30

Kelly Marshall

Salford is introducing the new Valmar 56 series line of granular applicators to replace the 55 series line. The 56 series \ feature polyethylene hoppers, a new ISOBUS controller and the ability to control up to 4 separate metering sections. Equipment Technologies (ET) has unveiled a new series of hydrostatic sprayers.  The Bruin Sprayers were reengineered for durability required by …

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Bright Outlook for #FPS17

Cindy Zimmerman

The forecast for the 2017 Farm Progress Show is so bright Don Tourte has to wear shades inside the media tent! Tourte, who is Penton Agriculture vice president and Farm Progress Show manager, says the weather is great and the crowds are here, despite the downturn in the farm economy. “I say, maybe farmers need the Farm Progress Show more …

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Harvey Hits Texas Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Rescuing people trapped in flood waters continues to be the number one priority in Texas but it’s clear that Hurricane Harvey has hit agriculture hard. Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller says cotton farmers who were looking at a bumper crop this year were especially hard hit. “Best estimate so far is about a 150 million dollar loss for the …

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Taiwanese Rice Importers Visit Missouri

Kelly Marshall

No one traveled father for the Missouri Rice Council annual Rice Field Day in Campbell, Missouri than Taiwanese Rice Importer, Chris Lee.  Forty years ago his father began a rice business in Taiwan and today Lee and his brothers have taken that business global by importing rice from around the world.  Last week they were in the U.S. to learn more …

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U.S. Rice Production Finding New Markets

Kelly Marshall

Greg Yielding of the U.S. Rice Producers Association says rice is looking good this year. He brought an outlook message to attendees of the recent Missouri Rice Council Field Day and says growers with good crops need to be deciding now if they’ll sell or wait at harvest time. Indicators point to a pretty tight market, he says. Whatever farmers …

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New Joint Venture Capitalizes on Precision Platform

Kelly Marshall

Four leading agribusinesses, Wheat Growers, Landus Cooperative, Central Valley Ag and WinField United, are coming together in a joint venture called FieldReveal. Together they will provide ag retailers with a platform, allowing them to provide better service to growers and keep pace with new technologies. FieldReveal will offer ease in writing prescriptions for seed, fertility, and other inputs thanks to …

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AgriBlogging From Farm Progress Show

Chuck Zimmerman

Welcome to Farm Progress Show week. The ZimmComm Team, Cindy, Jamie, Joanna and myself will be on location by late afternoon to set ourselves up for a busy week. I want to thank our sponsors this year which include John Deere, Bayer CropScience and GROWMARK. We’ll be working with these companies and more to find out what’s new in the …

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SMART Farmer Anne Meis

Cindy Zimmerman

Anne Meis is a family farmer from Elgin, Nebraska who raises corn, soybeans, and beef with her husband Jim, and serves on the boards of the Nebraska Soybean Board and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). In this SMART farmer podcast episode, she talks about the importance of technology such as genetically modified crops for smart farmers. She also …

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