Farmers Use of Electricity on the Rise

Joanna Schroeder

According to a recent Today in Energy, published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), farmers make up a large share of electricity use in the industrial sector. A significant portion of a growers’ electricity needs is for farm irrigation systems, which are categorized by electric utilities as industrial load. For example, Nebraska is largely rural and agricultural, but it has …

Agribusiness, biomass, Energy, Irrigation, Renewable Energy

Hortau Tweet Gets our Attention

Cindy Zimmerman

As I said before, we were so busy at Commodity Classic even with four people we were unable to cover everything we wanted to cover, but one company did something that caught our attention and made us go out of our way to meet them. @Hortau Simplified Irrigation sent a tweet to @Agriblogger asking him to come by and do …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Farming, Irrigation, Precision Agriculture, Twitter

Bayer Panel Addresses Water Security

Cindy Zimmerman

What the world needs most is water – but beer is pretty important too! So water security was one of the issues addressed during a panel at the Bayer CropScience Ag Issues forum last week in San Antonio, and beer was a big part of the discussion. The panelists included (left to right) Dr. Marco Ugarte with MillerCoors, Gary Beck …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Commodity Classic, Farming, Irrigation

See Propane-Fueled Technology at Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

If you are heading to Commodity Classic this week, be sure to stop by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) booth to see what is new for the farm from propane. PERC will display new propane-fueled engines for irrigation and register producers for more than $4,000 in propane equipment incentives through the Propane Farm Incentive Program. Producers visiting PERC …

Commodity Classic, Farming, Irrigation, Propane

2012 World Food Prize Laureate

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2012 World Food Prize Laureate is credited with revolutionizing food production through micro-irrigation to allow farmers to produce “more crop per drop.” Dr. Daniel Hillel is pictured here during the World Food Prize ceremony last week flanked by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Food Prize Chairman John Ruan III. An Israeli-American, Dr. Hillel began his pioneering scientific work …

Audio, Elanco, Farming, Food, Irrigation, World Food Prize

TeeJet SraySelect App

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s ag app day I guess. TeeJet Technologies just announced their SraySelect App. TeeJet Technologies is pleased to offer growers and custom applicators a new tool for simplifying their spraying operations. The SpraySelect mobile app allows the user to quickly and easily choose the proper spray tip for a given application. Just enter speed, tip spacing and target rate, select …

Apps, Irrigation

PureSense Irrigation Manager Android App

Chuck Zimmerman

It looks like the Android app market is beginning to see some agricultural applications. PureSense Environmental Inc. announced today that its Irrigation Manager(TM) Android application is now available through the Android Market. The PureSense app allows growers to monitor their real-time field conditions and irrigation activity from their Android phones. Monitoring stations placed throughout growers’ fields send data through the …

Agribusiness, Internet, Irrigation

PureSense Adds Irrigation Manager iPhone App

Melissa Sandfort

PureSense Environmental Inc. announced that its Irrigation Manager iPhone application is now available through the iTunes App Store. Built as a mobile platform for PureSense subscribers, the PureSense app brings the reporting power growers have come to expect from Irrigation Manager to the iPhone, allowing the grower to be more informed, efficient and mobile than ever before. Growers can access …

Irrigation, Technology

Valmont Wins Two AE50 Awards During AG CONNECT

Joanna Schroeder

Valmont Industries took home two AE50 awards during the AG CONNECT Expo last week including one for its Base Station 2 with soil moisture monitor. Michele Stolte, with Valmont Industries, explained that with this system you can use the irrometer and then that information can be reported through their base stations and accessed at home. This aids the grower in …

AG CONNECT, Audio, Irrigation, Precision Agriculture

Zimmatic Irrigation Can Improve Biofuels ROI

Cindy Zimmerman

You know that we have to love the name of this company – Zimmatic! Lindsay Corporation, maker of Zimmatic® irrigation systems, has produced a new biofuels brochure called “Improving Biofuel ROI Through Efficient Irrigation Solutions.” The eight-page full-color brochure includes information on key biofuel crops, the benefits of biofuels, market growth opportunities for biofuels, and irrigation management recommendations to help …

Agribusiness, Biofuels, Irrigation