Precision Ag News 11/25

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In 2018, an epidemic of corn tar spot plagued corn growers from Florida to Michigan. This plant disease, caused by the fungus Phyllachora maydis, reduced corn yields by as much as 60 bushels per acre. Compounding difficulties, the fungus cannot be grown in a lab, limiting scientists’ understanding of how to fight it. To combat its spread, the Foundation for …

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Precision Ag News 11/18

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A virtual InfoAg conference, brought to you by The Fertilizer Institute, is scheduled for December 15-17, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST. Register here. The 2nd anniversary of Living Soil, a documentary film about the soil health movement in the United States, celebrates its surpassing 1 million views. The 60-minute film, which is available for free on YouTube, …

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Precision Ag News 11/11

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has completed and published updates to its set of national conservation practice standards, which offer guidelines for planning, installing, operating and maintaining conservation practices used by farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners nationwide. Fifty-eight standards have been updated or revised since August. A new agricultural app makes it easier for farmers to keep barn equipment …

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Nebraska Farmer Beats Own Dryland Soybeans Record

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For the second time in three years, Jimmy Frederick of Rulo, Nebraska has set a new world record for rain-fed soybeans, producing 148.8 bu/acre over a five acre area on his farm, topping his previous record of 138 bu/A set in 2018 in the very same field. Supported by root systems resembling those of “baby trees,” Frederick described a typical …

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Precision Ag News 11/4

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American Farmland Trust has launched online access to the methods, tools, and training resources it used in developing case studies featuring soil health successful farmers in its Quantifying the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Soil Health project funded by a USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant. AgroLiquid announced Nick Bancroft stepped into the role of chief executive officer, …

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Heliae® Agriculture Offering Soil Productivity Webinar

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Heliae® Agriculture will offer an in-depth two-day soil health webinar on November 17th and 18th on Rethinking Soil Productivity to showcase soil health opportunities for farmers in every geography. “Soils are becoming severely degraded. It’s our mission at Heliae® Agriculture to help change that and provide growers with returns that deliver more than yield,” says Heliae President and CEO, Eric …

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Benson Hill Raises Funding to Grow Food Innovation

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St. Louis-based Benson Hill has just closed a $150 million Series D funding round led by Wheatsheaf Group and GV (formerly Google Ventures) to scale its commercial operations and its platform food innovation engine CropOS™ across multiple food and ingredients markets. The company’s leading food innovation engine CropOS™ taps nature’s genetic diversity to develop and commercialize healthier and more sustainable …

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Precision Ag News 10/28

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new 5-year registration for XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology, an important weed-control tool for many U.S. growers. The new EPA registration for XtendiMax herbicide follows Bayer’s recent launch announcement for XtendFlex® soybeans, which brings additional yield potential and weed-control flexibility to the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System. BASF announced the U.S. Environmental Protection …

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Precision Ag News 10/21

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University of Florida scientists achieved a major milestone in their quest to develop a citrus greening-resistant tree by sequencing the genome of a fruit plant that’s a close cousin to citrus trees. Farmers will have 20 new Channel® XtendFlex® soybean products for their farms and fields in 2021. During the 2020 season, these XtendFlex products have been widely planted and …

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Precision Ag News 10/14

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Cibus announced an additional 12 of its trait products have been designated as non-regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) Biotechnology Regulatory Services. This brings Cibus’ total number of designated non-GMO trait products to 14. All segments of ag equipment, small to large, grew in September 2020 continuing a positive trend for …

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