Update on John Deere Acquisitions

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Earlier this month John Deere announced a couple of big acquisitions that include Precision Planting and Monosem. During the NAFB convention I got an update on those from Barry Nelson. The Monosem purchase allows John Deere to expand their planter lineup on a truly global basis when included with the Precision Planting purchase. The brand names will be continued according …

Agribusiness, Audio, Equipment, John Deere, NAFB, Precision Agriculture

Missouri Ag Director Addresses Deere Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

Missouri’s Director of Agriculture, Richard Fordyce, spoke to this week’s Develop with Deere conference during lunch. After talking about all the blue color on the street due to the Kansas City Royals parade he talked about the challenges facing farming in Missouri. A key issue he says is what consumers think about what farmers are doing. He says this filters …

Audio, Government, John Deere, Precision Agriculture

DOT Announces Registration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that recreational users of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, must register their systems with the federal government. A task force will be created to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “Registering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially …

Ag Group, Corn, NCGA, Precision Agriculture, transportation

Total Factor Productivity Can Increase with Precision Ag

Joanna Schroeder

Total Factor Productivity (TFP) is a way to measure outputs versus inputs and the key tool of the annual GAP Report produced by the Global Harvest Initiative. This year’s report, “Global Agricultural Productivity Report: Building Sustainable Breadbaskets,” was released during World Food Prize and John Deere’s Kelly Winquist provided a preview of how countries are doing with TFP. “So its …

Agribusiness, Audio, John Deere, Precision Agriculture, World Food Prize

Ag Biologicals Can Play Starring Role in Productivity

Joanna Schroeder

Colin Bletsky, Vice President of BioAg, Novozymes was a participate in the panel discussion following the 2015 Gap Report release during World Food Prize. In an interview, he says that Novozymes came on board with Global Harvest Initiative because the company has a mission to help develop sustainable technologies. Bletsky is also passionate about this mission in his role as …

Audio, Education, Precision Agriculture, Soil, World Food Prize

John Deere Int’l Mobile Training Unit Sees Success

Joanna Schroeder

During the during the World Food Prize I had the opportunity to learn about a new mobile training unit pilot program from Geoff Andersen,  director, Global Citizenship and Strategic Planning with John Deere. The unit was first used in Ghana and Kenya to help more than 60,000 farmers learn how to increase productivity. Andersen was in country to work with …

Agribusiness, Audio, Education, John Deere, Precision Agriculture, World Food Prize

Check out the My New Holland Mobile App

Joanna Schroeder

Our phones are king and we get loads of information through them and now you can access additional agriculture information via New Holland’s My New Holland app. My New Holland is a personalized space for New Holland customers and a user can access instructional videos, operating and maintenance tips from New Holland product experts, educational white papers, and more. “Our …

Apps, Equipment, Farming, New Holland, Precision Agriculture

#GAPReport2015: Productivity, Sustainability Must Be Priority

Joanna Schroeder

The global productivity of agriculture has stagnated for the second year in a row and productive, sustainable agriculture must be a priority. This was one of the main findings of the 6th annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report: Building Sustainable Breadbaskets (#GAPReport2015) released by the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) today during the World Food Prize taking place this week in Des …

Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, Food, Food Security, John Deere, Precision Agriculture, Sustainability, World Food Prize