Farmers Expected to Plant More Corn, Record Low Wheat

Cindy Zimmerman

More corn, but less soybeans, wheat and cotton is USDA’s forecast for Prospective Plantings this season. The report released on Friday puts corn planted acres for this year at 92.8 million acres, up 4 percent or 3.66 million acres from last year. Soybean planted area for 2019 is estimated at 84.6 million acres, down 5 percent from last year. All …

Audio, Corn, Cotton, MGEX, Soybean, USDA, Wheat

New Specialty Soya Alliance Names Executive Director

Cindy Zimmerman

The new Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance (SSGA) now has an executive director. Eric Wenberg has been named executive director of the organization and began work on Monday with meetings in Washington, D.C. and a visit to the 2019 Agri-Pulse Ag and Food Policy Summit. He is pictured here, second from right, with (LtoR) former American Soybean Association president and …

Agri-Pulse, Agribusiness, Audio, Grains, Soybean

BASF at #Classic19

Cindy Zimmerman

As it has for many years, BASF once again partnered with the American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the National Sorghum Foundation (NSF) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) to award $20,000 in academic scholarships to 11 agriculture industry students. Jessica Olson of Warren, Minnesota received the $5000 2019–2020 ASA Soy Scholarship. NCGA presented scholarships to …

Audio, Award, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, sorghum, Soybean, Wheat

FMC Launches Lucento™ Fungicide for 2019 Season

Cindy Zimmerman

FMC Corporation has officially launched Lucento™ fungicide for the 2019 growing season. The launch was announced after Environmental Protection Agency granted FMC registration for Lucento in corn, soybeans, peanuts, sugarbeets and wheat. Lucento fungicide encompasses two separate modes of action (flutriafol, FRAC Group 3, and bixafen, FRAC Group 7) to deliver broad-spectrum disease efficacy, fungicide resistance management, plant mobility and …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Corn, FMC, Fungicide, Peanuts, Soybean, Wheat

ZimmCast 605 – ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

ZimmCast #605 is the last one for 2018, featuring interviews from the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) 2018 CSS and Seed Expo, our last event for the year. This ZimmCast includes comments from ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne, Bayer seed treatment tech service rep Chip Graham, BASF Seed Solutions U.S. marketing lead Kerry Grossweiler, and Wheat Pete, a podcaster …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, Bayer, Corn, Seed, sorghum, Soybean, Wheat, ZimmCast

Corn Growers Request Changes in Trade Relief Package

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider changes to the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) ahead of the second round of payments. In a letter to Perdue, NCGA president Lynn Chrisp said that many farmers are “disappointed in USDA’s approach to calculating the first round of MFP payments because it was too narrow in …

Corn, distillers grains, Ethanol, Exports, NCGA, Soybean

AMVAC Collaborates with Iowa Soybean Association

Chuck Zimmerman

I would like to thank AMVAC for helping make it possible for ZimmComm to attend the NAFB Convention and provide a robust virtual ag newsroom on our AgNewsWire service. During the annual Trade Talk session I got to sit down with Jim Lappin, Amvac Chemical Marketing Manager Corn & Soybeans. We talked about AMVAC’s collaboration with the Iowa Soybean Association …

AMVAC, Audio, NAFB, Soybean

Pork, Soy and Corn Groups Unite for Sustainability Research

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Pork Board (NPB), United Soybean Board (USB) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) are joining together on a sustainability research platform that will benefit all three organizations and their producers. The CEOs and farmer leaders of all three organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the 2018 NAFB Convention Wednesday in Kansas City, MO. The research program will …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Audio, Corn, NAFB, NCGA, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Soybean, Sustainability

Triazole Chemistry Sets Lucento Apart

Cindy Zimmerman

When FMC’s Lucento fungicide is approved for use later this year in corn, soybeans and peanuts, it will offer a new, effective tool for managing fungicide resistance. “The first thing that sets Lucento apart is the triazole part of that chemistry, that flutriafol,” said FMC Technical Service Manager Matt Wiggins during a recent field day in Sparks, Georgia. “You’re getting …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Corn, Crop Protection, FMC, Fungicide, Peanuts, Soybean