Former NAFB President Art Sechrest Passes

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting sadly notes the passing of 1984 NAFB President Art Sechrest. Sechrest joined NAFB at WVLN Radio in 1961 then continued his broadcast career at Illinois Farm Bureau and WJBC Radio. Art was noted for his professionalism, kindness, and solid presence reporting on the air. He served as NAFB President in 1984, was named 1991 …


John Deere Introduces New Combines

Carrie Muehling

Farmers can choose from two new John Deere combines as they look toward harvest in 2021. The company is introducing the X9 1000 and X9 1100 combines, as well as new front end products. Harvesting Product Manager Matt Badding compared the new X9 1100 combine to the current S790 model. “When we’re talking about high yielding, high moisture corn, we …

Audio, Equipment, John Deere, NAFB

Evaluating 2020 to Prepare for 2021

Carrie Muehling

Longer residual control from products like Miravis and Trivapro will help growers fight disease in 2021. “We’re protecting that plant longer and that’s what’s adding that extra ROI and benefit because we have maximized that photosynthetic area to put into that ear to get that yield and that’s where that benefit is coming from,” said Dean Grossnickle, Syngenta Agronomic Service …

Audio, Fungicide, NAFB, Syngenta

NK Corn Portfolio Offers Strong Genetics, Traits

Carrie Muehling

A focus on yield, consistency, and leveraging technology is bringing the NK corn portfolio into 2021, according to Joe Bollman, NK Corn Product Manager for Syngenta. “We have depth in our portfolio,” said Bollman, who participated in the National Association of Farm Broadcasting virtual Trade Talk event. “What that goes to show is that we’ve been doing a good job …

Audio, Corn, NAFB, Syngenta

Outlook for Beef in Trade Negotiations

Carrie Muehling

U.S. cattle producers are poised to recover from challenges during the global pandemic more quickly than their competitors, said Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Sr. Director of International Trade and Market Access. “It’s important that we’re able to deliver the greatest profit margin possible to our producers, and any way that trade policy can help in that process …

Animal Agriculture, Audio, Beef, NAFB, NCBA, Trade

Beef Drool Log Returns for the Holidays

Carrie Muehling

Fans of the Hallmark Channel can look for the return of the popular Beef Drool Log as they watch holiday movies throughout the month December. The successful online video from last year is now also a 15-second television advertisement. “The stars have kind of aligned for us,” said Alisa Harrison with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor with the …

Animal Agriculture, Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Meat, NAFB, NCBA

NCBA President Reviews 2020 for Cattle Industry

Carrie Muehling

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has continued to support cattle producers throughout a difficult year in 2020, said NCBA President Marty Smith. “Producers got direct money to cattle producers all over the country, and throughout all of that, NCBA was the only organization to submit any kind of economic damage studies,” said Smith, speaking of the group’s work on …

AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Beef, NAFB, NCBA

ZimmCast 660 – Interviews from Virtual 2020 NAFB

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week’s program Cindy and I share excerpts from interviews we recorded for the NAFB virtual convention. Some of these were before the convention so that they could be used in their virtual booth during Trade Talk. And some of them we recorded during the session. Included are now past NAFB President, Rita …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, Audio, NAFB, ZimmCast

Syngenta Offers Advice for CRW Pressure

Cindy Zimmerman

Weakened roots due to corn rootworm (CRW) pressure helped to result in more downed corn in several Midwestern states this year from windstorms and the infamous derecho. Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota were among the states most affected this year, according to Syngenta. Other areas seeing heavier than normal CRW pressure this year included key rootworm geographies of northern …

Audio, Corn, Crop Protection, Insecticides, NAFB, Syngenta

Seed Industry Met Challenges of 2020

Cindy Zimmerman

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President and CEO Andy LaVigne says the seed industry was able to adapt quickly to meet the challenges of 2020 and they are moving forward with new tools to reach out in new ways. “While we had a lot of adversity there, a lot of opportunity raised its head and I think we’ve seen some …

ASTA, Audio, NAFB, Seed