Calcium Products Opens World Headquarters in Iowa

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Calcium Products recently celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters located at the Iowa State University Research Park, including a new research and development laboratory and customer support center. Calcium Products produces of precision soil amendments that improve soil quality to maximize nutrient uptake and strengthen yields. “Our new headquarters and R&D lab is located in the heart of …

Agribusiness, Precision Agriculture, Soil

Learn More About Plant Sap Analysis

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Michelle Gregg is the Executive Director for Crop Health Laboratories (CHL) and Leah spoke with her about the new company’s upcoming event and opportunities they have for growers across the country. Part of CHL’s business model is using an existing technology that is new to North America. This new technology is called plant sap analysis which offers a different management …

Agribusiness, Audio, Events, Precision Agriculture, Technology

Analysis of Soil Samples Using LIBS

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Science is fun. Let me explain. During the Vedesian Life Sciences Los Alamos Media Tour we learned about a cool soil sampling technology coined Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LBIS). In an attempt to not use to much technical jargon, LBIS is a focused pulse laser beam that generates a microplasma (think spec or dot). From here, the emission from the plasma …

Agribusiness, Agronomy, Precision Agriculture, Verdesian, Video

Global Water For Food Conference Preview

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Mobilizing new data gathering capabilities to improve global water and food security is the subject of the sixth annual Water for Food Global Conference, hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska in association with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Oct. 19-22 in Seattle, Wash. This year’s conference theme, “Harnessing the Data …

Audio, data, Food, Precision Agriculture, Water

Ag Analytics Company aWhere Raises $7M Via Crowdfunding

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Agricultural data analytics company aWhere has raised $7 million with the help of Elixir Capital and AgFunder, an online investment company. The investment will help aWhere bring its data analytics platform to international markets and help farmers increase yields and profitability as they incorporate cutting-edge technology into their growing operations. “aWhere’s big data platform brings tremendous value across the agricultural …

Agribusiness, data, Precision Agriculture

iCropTrak 5 Application Goes Native

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iCropTrak 5 has gone native. Cogent3D has released its newest version of iCropTrak and the application now features “on-board” processing for mobile analytics that is based on technology originally developed for the military. This technology is a bit different than many that are based in the “cloud” or on your desktop. According to Cogent3D, iCropTrak version 5 performs all the …

Agribusiness, data, iCropTrak, Precision Agriculture

New Holland PLM Connect Telematics

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New Holland’s Chris Carrier, PLM and T7 Tractor Manager, started his presentation on the new PLM Connect Telematics by mentioning New Holland’s four strategic pillars PLM which are Open, Connected, Smart and Supported. During New Holland Media Day Chris led us through some of the features of the new services and then walked ag media representatives through it on tablets …

Agribusiness, Audio, Equipment, New Holland, Precision Agriculture

AgWorks User Conference

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The 2014 AgWorks User Conference is underway in Davenport, IA. Welcoming us this morning is Greg Duhachek, President. I spoke with him during last night’s reception to get a preview of what this conference is all about. It’s an annual conference to bring customer users together to show new features of their software and share the vision of the company. …

AgWorks, Audio, Precision Agriculture, Technology

Precision and Data Brings Companies Together

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One of the great aspects of the InfoAg Conference is company-to-company communications and partnerships for the benefit of farmers. We talked with Kevin Krieg, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group Product Line Manager, about how important it is to work with other companies. “It’s one of the biggest roadblocks to being able to get more adoption of precision technologies – the …

Audio, Info Ag, John Deere, MapShots, Precision Agriculture

SPADE Digs into Data Sharing

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Many booths at the recent InfoAg Conference sported this little sign: AgGateway – SPADE Participant. We caught up with AgGateway Standards Director Jim Wilson at the John Deere booth to learn more about the SPADE project. “SPADE stands for Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange,” Wilson explained. As a non-profit industry consortium, AgGateway is facilitating the project which will ultimately benefit …

Ag Leader, Agribusiness, Audio, Info Ag, John Deere, MapShots, Precision Agriculture, Technology