FMC Introduces Solstice at Classic

classic14-fmcThis year at the Commodity Classic, FMC Corporation was excited to announce the registration of new Solstice herbicide to be used early post-emerge in corn.

Technical Service Rep Nick Hustedde says Solstice is a pre-mix of two modes of action – PPD and HPPD – that creates rapid activity that works especially well on large-seeded broadleaf escapes, such as waterhemp and Palmer Amaranth.

Nick also talked about Authority Maxx, which received EPA registration last fall, as well as Anthem now registered for soybeans. Interview with Nick Hustedde, FMC

While at the FMC booth, I was also able to talk with Matt Hancock about FMC’s Capture LFR insecticide, which he says is now the leading soil-applied insecticide in corn. Matt says one of the main reasons for that is that Capture LFR helps improve yield “by protecting your stand from corn root worms, including resistant corn root worms, and secondary pests like white grubs, root aphids, seed corn maggots, cut worms, wire worms, all those pests that are out there in the soil waiting to damage your stand before it ever really gets started good.”

Matt adds that farmers can visit ZoneOfProtection.com to find out more about Capture LFR – and listen to him explain more in this interview. Interview with Matt Hancock, FMC

2014 Commodity Classic Photos

FMC Expands Web Series to Offer New Content

fmc-watch-winStarting this month, Authority Minute, an online web series offered by FMC Agricultural Solutions, will transition to a new name. The Minute by FMC will feature an expanded territory covering more growing topics, more crops and more issues. Episodes of The Minute can be viewed online at www.news.FMCMinute.com.

“Since launching Authority Minute nearly a year ago, we’ve received numerous comments from growers and retailers who want information beyond soybeans and weed management,” said Paul Redhage, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America strategic communications manager. “By adding more content for a wider audience, others will be able to learn from experts around the country.”

Host Jake Turner will continue to lead viewers as he travels across the country talking with experts on topics from insect resistance and starter fertilizers to tank mixing and sprayer calibrations. Upcoming new episodes will feature a weed identification challenge and the topic of tackling summer annuals.

The transition also includes a Watch and Win Sweepstakes. Account holders who view the online episodes will automatically be entered to win the grand prize – a dream vacation of their choice from one of six destinations, valued up to $5,000. Five first-place winners will receive $500 airfare vouchers and 20 additional winners will receive digital cameras. The sweepstakes entry period ends May 30, 2014. Winners are selected at random and will be notified in June. Sweepstakes rules and regulations are posted online.

For more information on FMC crop protection products, please visit www.FMCcrop.com. Like us on Facebook.

Chuck spoke with Paul at the National Farm Machinery Show about FMC’s Watch and Win Sweepstakes. Listen to the complete interview here: Interview with Paul Redhage

Ginners Unite at Farm Show

farm-gin-14-robert-royalDuring the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, Chuck spoke with Robert Royal, a cotton farmer and operator of Midnight Gin in Midnight, MS. Robert is also the past President of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association.

“It’s been a wild ride in the cotton market with acreage. Grains have taken a huge chunk out of cotton acreage that was traditionally a big crop in Mississippi. We are weathering that storm and curious to see how things change in the future. We will be a predominately a grain growing state or will cotton be king again?”

As Robert wraps up his term as President, he shared that the overall mission of the association is to make sure the best interests of the organization are at the forefront. They also have a safety program that helps members tackle issues that are hard to do alone.

Regulations continue to be an issue for cotton growers, but Robert said the most concerning issue the industry is facing is low acreage. He has seen many neighboring gins fold because they don’t have the volume to make ends meet.

You can listen to Chuck’s interview with Robert here: Interview with Robert Royal

2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Photo Album

Coverage is sponsored by FMC

Preserving Our Nations Cotton History

farm-gin-14-anna-mullinsExecutive Director of The Cotton Museum, Anna Mullins, was present at the 3rd Annual Season Starter Party during the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show and sat down with Chuck to share what the museum offers to visitors.

Anna has a strong history in agriculture specifically centered in the south. She grew up around cotton and started her career in ag media working for Cotton International Magazine. There she met a number of cotton traders who were intimately involved in creating the museum and continuing to support it.

“Our museum endeavors to cover the entirety of cotton history. But we focus on the history of the U.S. cotton industry and more specifically on how Memphis was founded as a cotton port and how the cotton industry shaped this city. It covers everything from slavery and share-cropping to modern day cotton growing.”

The museum hosts a party every year during the Gin Show and they consider it a fun way to kick off the growing season. It also it a great opportunity for growers across the south and ag industry reps to take in the lush history cotton has on the U.S.

The Cotton Museum operates on memberships and corporate sponsorships. If you are interested in helping to support their efforts in preserving our nations history checkout their website at MemphisCottonMuseum.org

You can listen to my interview with Anna here: Interview with Anna Mullins

2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Photo Album

Coverage is sponsored by FMC

FMC’s Solutions for Southern Rice Growers

farm-gin-14-don-johnsonDon Johnson is FMC’s Tech Service Sales Manager for the Southern Region. Chuck met up with him during the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis last week and talked about what FMC has available for rice farmers. Don also reminded attendees as they walked through their booth that FMC has a wide product portfolio that includes something for all crops.

Obey was launched in 2013 and has dual modes of action. Obey provides effective weed management for Southern rice growers fighting barnyardgrass and hemp sesbania. It also offers the flexibility to be used in a sequential (split) application program with Command® 3ME herbicide.

“Our universities have been supporting FMC the last three or four years trying to get that window expanded in order to manage resistant barnyardgrass in rice fields and now we are happy to announce this year that we finally got that expanded for the growers.”

As growers know barnyardgrass is the number one yield robber in rice fields. Fighting resistance has been an uphill problem for years, but with the use of these two FMC products growers have a solution.

“This show is more than just a cotton show. It is a gin show as well. It has been expanded to cover all crops. FMC also is diversified in the crops we cover whether it’s soybeans, corn, rice or cotton. We have products that cover each crop.”

You can listen to my interview with Don here: Interview with Don Johnson

2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Photo Album

Coverage is sponsored by FMC

FMC Tackles Weeds in the South

farm-gin-14-rusty-mitchellFMC representatives were eager to visit with attendees of the recent Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis, TN. Chuck spoke with Rusty Mitchell during the event about some of their products corn and soybean growers across the South can and should take advantage of.

“We’ve got a couple of new products that we have available for both corn and soybean. Of course we have our Authority brand, our pre-herbicide. We have a couple new Authority products that we introduced last summer. One was Authority Elite. It has done really well this past year. We also are introducing this year, Authority Maxx, which has mulitple modes of action all pointed towards control on Palmer Amaranth.”

Rusty also talks about their product Anthem that was originally slated for corn, but recently has been approved for use on soybeans. They both have a very flexible application window and it controls a broad spectrum of broadleaves.

On the topic of Anthem, FMC is investing in farming’s future by hosting their 3rd Annual Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest. It is officially underway and youth can submit their entires here.

“Always remember regardless of what crop you are producing from the standpoint of weed control is to start clean, utilize a good burn down program, utilize a residual pre and then come back in with a follow up application of some kind of overlapping residual.”

You can listen to my interview with Rusty here: Interview with Rusty Mitchell

2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Photo Album

Coverage is sponsored by FMC

FMC Shares Cotton Products to Growers

FMC at Farm and Gin ShowWhile in the FMC exhibit at the recent Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, Chuck spoke with Don Johnson and Rusty Mitchell about some new products cotton growers can take advantage of.

Rusty shared how proud they are of their newest cotton harvest aid for cotton growers.

“We have Display, our cotton defoliation product, that we launched year. We had very good success with it.” “Very low-rate. Less warehouse space for our customers to stock product compared to competitive products out there in the marketplace.”

FMC is also offering an online web series call The Minute and hosted by Jake Turner. The series will cover growing topics, crops and other agricultural issues. They are also incorporating a Watch and Win Sweepstakes. Account holders who view the online episodes will automatically be entered to win the grand prize – a dream vacation of their choice from one of six destinations. Five first-place winners will receive $500 airfare vouchers and 20 additional winners will receive digital cameras. The sweepstakes entry period ends May 30, 2014. Winners are selected at random and will be notified in June. Sweepstakes rules and regulations are posted online at www.news.FMCMinute.com.

“It gives producers the opportunity to learn about the products we have available now. Help them with their production practices and at the same time a great opportunity to register and win some great prizes.”

Don added the importance of FMC’s presence at the event and how much they enjoy getting the chance to meet and greet their customers.

“This show gives us the opportunity for the growers, dealers, customers and distributors to come in and see what’s new and what our company brings to the market. We always say that a bad show is when the weather is great and they are out there in the field. We always hope for a little rain so it drives them to the show and we can stand here all day and visit with our customers when they come through.”

You can listen to my interview with Rusty & Don here: Interview with Rusty Mitchell & Don Johnson

2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Photo Album

Coverage is sponsored by FMC

2014 FMC Stand and Be Heard Contest

classic14-fmc-noelleFMC says “We’re Investing in farming’s future℠ with our new Anthem® and Anthem® ATZ herbicides and $25,000 in college scholarships as prizes in the 2014 Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest.”

Last year’s winner – Noelle Goodson, a freshman at Cornerstone University – was on stage singing the National Anthem opening the general session at the 2014 Commodity Classic where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed more than 7,000 attendees. She said it was a privilege and an honor to be able to perform for such a large crowd of people. Noelle says her time with the National FFA Choir helped her prepare for the future.

Applications for the 2014 “Stand and Be Heard Contest” are now being accepted. To learn more about entering the contest go to www.fmccrop.com/contest.

Listen to my interview with Noelle here: 2013 FMC Anthem Winner, Noelle Goodson

Listen to Noelle sing the National Anthem here: Noelle Goodson sings at Commodity Classic General Session


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FMC Investing in Farming’s Future

FMC at Mid-South Farm & Gin ShowHere’s a big thank you to FMC for sponsoring my first time ever coverage of the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. For all my friends who said, “Gin Show?” I’ve got an interview coming up with the show manager that will answer all your questions.

While I was spending time with FMC today here in Memphis I met Tim Thompson who is row crop product manager for the southeast. I asked Tim to give me an overview of the products that FMC offers for corn, soybeans, peanuts, rice and cotton. Farmers of all these crops are represented here at the the show which has a strong cotton background. Tim says that at FMC, investing in farming’s future, is their mantra. One of their key areas of focus is resistance management. He provided me with several crop examples. Tim also talks about some new products FMC has in the field and even in the future.

You can listen to my interview with Tim here: Interview with Tim Thompson

2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Photo Album

Coverage is sponsored by FMC

Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Farm and Gin ShowHello from Memphis, TN. While the rest of the ZimmComm Team continues our annual coverage of the Commodity Classic I’m attending my first ever Mid-South Farm & Gin Show.

We’ve got a big crowd at the Cook Convention Center. I’m collecting some interviews to share of course so expect more from Memphis over the coming days mixed in with lots from Commodity Classic.

Yes, I have photos:

2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Photo Album

Coverage is sponsored by FMC

FMC’s Anthem Singing Contest Supports Youth in Ag

nfms-14-14FMC is investing in farming’s future with their new Anthem® and Anthem® ATZ herbicides and $25,000 in college scholarships as prizes in their third annual Anthem Singing Contest. Chuck spoke with Paul Redhage with FMC about this once in a life-time opportunity for students across the county.

“It’s our third year and has grown each year. The first year we had about 160 students and over 200 the second year that entered. We have done some pre-recording to get ready for year three in two different ways. We showed up here in the fall for the National FFA Convention. We acquired a sound booth and we had over 400 FFA students enter the contest. We brought that same booth here to the National Farm Machinery Show.”

The contest doesn’t officially start until March 1st. Students across the county can enter by simply recording themselves singing the National Anthem using their smart phones or digital cameras. Then they can upload it to FMCcrop.com/contest. Voting takes place this summer online to determine finalists. FMC will bring the four finalist and their families to Nashville to record in the House of Blues recording studio. Then, the grand prize winner is selected through another online voting poll.

“FMC comes up with a lot of new products. So we are investing in farmings future with new products that we offer to farmers. We looked at what are the other kinds of ways we can invest in farmings future and the youth in agriculture is one of those definite ways. The contest was basically born with that in mind.”

Chuck also got a chance to talk with one of those students who took advantage of the pre-recording opportunity at the farm show, Nathan Chambers, from West Virginia. Nathan has been playing the guitar and singing for about four years now and involved in music since he was very little.

“I was walking around and somebody from my school gave me a pamphlet and told be to go sing. I am a junior in high school and if I can sing I plan on joining the army.”

You can listen to the interview with Paul here: Interview with Paul Redhage

You can listen to the interview with Nathan here: Interview with Nathan Chambers

National Farm Machinery Show Photo Album


Coverage of the National Farm Machinery Show is sponsored by FMC and New Holland Agriculture

Going to Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Mid-South Farm & Gin ShowLet’s look ahead to next week. Of course the big show is Commodity Classic right? Yes, the ZimmComm Team will be there.

But there’s also the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. I will also be there courtesy of our sponsor, FMC Agricultural Solutions. It will be my first time. Another new experience for the AgriBlogger and more of those are coming soon. More on them later.

FMC Watch & Win Winner

FMC Contest WinnerFMC does more at the National Farm Machinery Show than talk products in their booth. They also get together for a little fun and fellowship with their customers at the end of each day. It was in their reception room that I met Dan Bender, Indiana family farmer. FMC made Dan a very happy man when he won their last Watch and Win contest!

You can listen to my interview with Dan here: Interview with Dan Bender

There is a new Watch and Win contest underway. All growers have to do is watch episodes of the The Minute, brought to you by FMC. Easy, eh? And there are lots of prizes.

National Farm Machinery Show Photo Album


Coverage of the National Farm Machinery Show is sponsored by FMC and New Holland Agriculture

Get Maxx Authority from FMC

FMC AuthorityIt’s almost time for some serious planting to get underway across the country. That means it is also time for farmers to start thinking about how they’re going to handle weed control, especially in light of concerns over weed resistance.

FMC has a new option this season to think about. It’s their Authority Maxx product that received EPA registration last fall. At the National Farm Machinery Show to talk about this addition to the Authority line of products was Nick Hustedde, Technical Service Representative. He says the product offers soybean growers a very flexible product with a dual mode of action.

A dual-action herbicide, Authority Maxx is a pre-mix of two herbicides with different modes of action, providing burndown activity and residual control of many glyphosate and ALS-resistant small-seeded broadleaves. As with other Authority products, Authority Maxx can be applied as part of fall burndown, or in the spring to prevent yield-robbing weed competition.

You can listen to my interview with Nick here: Interview with Nick Hustedde

National Farm Machinery Show Photo Album


Coverage of the National Farm Machinery Show is sponsored by FMC and New Holland Agriculture

FMC Anthem Provides Greater Flexibility

FMC AnthemAs we prepare for the 2014 planting season corn and soybean growers have some new flexibility with the announcement of FMC Anthem herbicide registration in soybeans. FMC’s Nick Hustedde told me, “The Anthem registration in soybeans is really going to help allow growers to be flexible because it can be applied in corn or soybeans so we have that flexibility in one tank with no clean out concerns at all.”

FMC Agricultural Solutions announces a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) crop registration of its Anthem® SE herbicide now for use on soybeans. Anthem herbicide offers both corn and soybean growers control of broadleaf weeds and grasses with flexible application timing up to 45 days preplant, preemergence and early postemergence.

You can listen to my interview with Nick here: Interview with Nick Hustedde

National Farm Machinery Show Photo Album


Coverage of the National Farm Machinery Show is sponsored by FMC and New Holland Agriculture

#NFMS14 Media Room by FMC

Paul Redhage FMCThe media room at the National Farm Machinery Show is sponsored again this year by FMC. Thank you FMC!

Only the media know how important this is. For one thing, it provides us a place to get away from the crowds to work and publish information. It’s also a great meeting place for interviews. I remember covering this show with no media room. It is a much more enjoyable experience now.

I talked with Paul Redhage about their support and also what they’re doing this year at the show which includes a first ever effort. You can listen to my interview with Paul here: Interview with Paul Redhage

By the way. This interview was done with my new Zoom iQ5 mic on my iPhone 5S. Sounds pretty good!

National Farm Machinery Show Photo Album


Coverage of the National Farm Machinery Show is sponsored by FMC and New Holland Agriculture

Live From National Farm Machinery Show

National Farm Machinery ShowIt’s the miracle with no ice. Cindy and I arrived in Louisville, KY this afternoon for the National Farm Machinery Show after traveling through Atlanta. The timing just worked out since it was only raining when we went through.

We took a quick peek inside the show as final preparations are being made at all the exhibits. Our coverage on AgWired this year is sponsored. Here are a couple of clues to who our sponsors are. The action gets started tomorrow morning.

FMCBesides the huge display of farm machinery and more the 46th Annual Championship Tractor Pull will be taking place each evening. The estimate is 70,000 fans who will pack Freedom Hall for the oldest indoor tractor pull in America.

Cindy and I will be in the stands at least one night of the event. Some of our most downloaded video clips are the short 12-13 second ones of a competitor in action.
New HollandOf course there’s a free app for the NFMS. Just search your favorite app store for “NFMS 14.” There’s a map which you have to have at this show because it’s so big. And if you’re a tractor pull fan it has the whole schedule. It also does text alerts about events happening at the show.

Also, don’t forget that the Twitter hashtag for the show is #NFMS14.

Ag Weather Advisor Keeps Farmers Up to Date

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 1.27.45 PMThe “polar vortex” seems to be a hot topic the last couple of days and that means farmers have to work extra hard to stay updated on what to expect while they prepare for planting. The NCGA-FMC Ag Weather Advisor, prepared by Blue Water Outlook, is a special free member benefit that can help growers stay a step ahead.

“The weather that is occurring this winter are setting the stage for spring and summer growing conditions,” said John Feldt of Blue Water Outlook. “The NCGA-FMC Ag Weather Advisor provides valuable insight, analysis and information not easily found elsewhere on the key factors shaping the weather right now and well into the future. This information can help growers make critical weather-related decisions throughout the entire year.”

Subscribers to this free service receive each week the BWO Agriculture Weather Outlook that will help farmers understand how much rain to expect, days in advance. BWO is a 10-minute video briefing discussing precipitation and temperature trends for the up-coming week. Subscribers will also receive a pre and post-event analysis of precipitation events.

Authority Minute Now “The Minute” by FMC

The MinuteJake Turner must be kicking butt as the Minute Man for FMC Crop Protection. We’ve known his online video series as the Authority Minute. Well, now it’s going to be just “The Minute” by FMC. The content will include an expanded territory and more topics, crops and issues. You can find in online at www.news.FMCMinute.com.

“Since launching Authority Minute nearly a year ago, we’ve received numerous comments from growers and retailers who want information beyond soybeans and weed management,” said Paul Redhage, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America strategic communications manager. “By adding more content for a wider audience, others will be able to learn from experts around the country.”

Host Jake Turner will continue to lead viewers as he travels across the country talking with experts on topics from insect resistance and starter fertilizers to tank mixing and sprayer calibrations. Upcoming new episodes will feature a weed identification challenge and the topic of tackling summer annuals.

The transition also includes a Watch and Win Sweepstakes. Account holders who view the online episodes will automatically be entered to win the grand prize – a dream vacation of their choice from one of six destinations, valued up to $5,000. Five first-place winners will receive $500 airfare vouchers and 20 additional winners will receive digital cameras. The sweepstakes entry period ends May 30, 2014. Winners are selected at random and will be notified in June. Sweepstakes rules and regulations are posted online at www.news.FMCMinute.com.

Weed Control for Soybean Growers

fmcFMC Agricultural Solutions announces a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) crop registration of its Anthem SE herbicide now for use on soybeans. Anthem herbicide offers both corn and soybean growers control of broadleaf weeds and grasses with flexible application timing up to 45 days preplant, preemergence and early postemergence.

Introduced for corn in fall of 2012, Anthem herbicide provides powerful control of broadleaf weeds and grasses. Now available for soybeans, Anthem offers growers a soybean application window up to 45 days preplant through V3 with 4-8 weeks of residual activity. Applied in-season, growers can easily combine the concentrated liquid formulation of Anthem with tank mixes of companion herbicides with effective rates as low as 4 to 11 ounces per acre.

With preemergence and postemergence application flexibility, Anthem provides growers with a residual herbicide that also has postemergence activity on several broadleaf weeds including pigweed species, like waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, before or after soybean emergence. Anthem also is an excellent tool as part of an OverlapSM system when used postemergence in conjunction with Authority® herbicides preemergence as part of a sequential program for outstanding, season-long residual on key grasses and broadleaf weeds that challenge growers’ ability to maximize yield potential.