International Year of the Pulses in 2016

Taylor Truckey

2016 has been declared as the International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations. Pulses are edible grain legumes – think pinto, kidney, garbanzo, lentils, and peas. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization wants the public to recognize pulses “as a primary source of protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients.” “We want to increase awareness of the importance of …

Agronomy, Crop Science, Food, Vegetables

Future of Crop Science Institute Attracts Students

John Davis

Des Moines, Iowa, recently played host to 62 student delegates meeting for the inaugural Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Crop Science Institute. This news release from the group says this one of four AFA Leader Institutes, which connect passionate, talented college students from 25 universities from 21 different states to various sectors of the agriculture industry. “Career exploration is an …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, Crop Science, GROWMARK, Syngenta

A Different Approach to Nutrient Management

Jamie Johansen

Growers who are interested in reducing crop inputs and increasing profits can learn more about a program to achieve both from Crop Health Labs. This nutrient management tool is plant sap analysis and they are hosting webinars throughout July to educate growers about this different approach to very common nutrient management problems. I spoke with Crop Health Labs Executive Director, …

Agribusiness, Audio, Crop Science, Nutrition

FMC Acquires Cheminova

John Davis

FMC Corporation has completed its acquisition of Cheminova A/S, a multinational crop protection company based in Denmark and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Auriga Industries A/S. “Cheminova gives us direct market access to key countries in Europe and enhances our customer reach in India, Australia and throughout Latin America, bringing greater balance to our agricultural business,” said Pierre Brondeau, FMC president, …

Agribusiness, Crop Science, FMC

Update on Alltech Crop Science

Jamie Johansen

Alltech Crop Science provides growers worldwide with natural solutions to reduce harmful effects of abiotic stress in plants. Their soil health products offer root support development and contribute to a healthy soil agribiome. Danielle Palmer, North American PR Coordinator talked Alltech’s crop science program at NAFB’s recent Trade Talk with Chuck. “Crop science is a huge part of the business. …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Audio, Crop Science

Improving Plant Health Through Nutritional Balance

Jamie Johansen

Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) is a plant nutrition consulting company that works with fruit and vegetable growers from across the country. They have become known for helping farmers grow crops that are completely resistant to diseases and insects using nutrition and enhancing plant immunity through nutritional balance. During Crop Health Laboratories’ Power Growers Seminar I spoke with founder and CEO …

Agribusiness, Audio, Crop Science, Nutrition, Vegetables

Bayer CropScience Dedicated to Corn & Soybeans

Chuck Zimmerman

Providing the welcome address at the 2014 Bayer CropScience Corn & Soybean Future Forum is Mathias Kremer, Head of Strategy. In his comments Mathias talks about the company outlook for the growth of the corn and soybean markets. Additionally, he says they are investing a billion euros in research and development. Listen to my interview with Mathias to hear a …

Agribusiness, Audio, Corn, Crop Protection, Crop Science, Soybean

Crop Health Laboratories Presents Sap Analysis Seminar

Jamie Johansen

Available for the first time in North America, Plant Sap Analysis is transforming the landscape of American agriculture. With proven success in Europe for over 10 years, this technology reveals nutrient deficiency four to six weeks before standard tissue analysis. Crop Health Laboratories is hosting a Power Growers Seminar, November 7-8, 2014 in Santa Clara, inviting growers, researchers, and consultants …

Agribusiness, Agronomy, Crop Science

How BASF Innovation Yields Results

Cindy Zimmerman

Innovation and new technology are what have enabled farmers to continue feeding a growing population throughout history, and BASF Plant Science President Peter Eckes says that is what will take us into the future. “Ag is a great place to be and I think if you look at the last 100 years, technology has driven that,” said Eckes. “That has …

Agribusiness, Audio, BASF, Crop Protection, Crop Science

Iowa Corn Board Receives Nitrogen Gene Patent

Jamie Johansen

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board is the recipient of a newly issued patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This is the first U.S. patent that the Board has received for its work in nitrogen use efficiency in corn and related to transgenic plants that have increased nitrogen use efficiency, and/or increased yield using a patented gene. Specifically, patent …

Ag Groups, Corn, Crop Science