Florida Citrus Starting to Assess Irma Damage

Cindy Zimmerman

As Floridians continue to dig out from the damage and debris caused by Hurricane Irma, the extent of damage to agriculture is starting to be assessed. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam took an aerial tour yesterday to survey areas impacted by Hurricane Irma, including citrus groves in Central and Southwest Florida. “It’s still too early to know the full …

Audio, Citrus, Weather

Harvey Hits Texas Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Rescuing people trapped in flood waters continues to be the number one priority in Texas but it’s clear that Hurricane Harvey has hit agriculture hard. Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller says cotton farmers who were looking at a bumper crop this year were especially hard hit. “Best estimate so far is about a 150 million dollar loss for the …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Audio, Weather

ZimmCast on Climate Change & Paris Accord

Chuck Zimmerman

The decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord has generated reactions from many I am connected with via social media that border on hysteria. But the majority have expressed approval of the decision. As we reported earlier this week, agricultural interests seem to be pretty quiet on the matter. I think that’s because they are more …

Audio, Weather, ZimmCast

Weather Outlook at #NFMS17

Cindy Zimmerman

Weather is always the main topic of discussion whenever farmers get together, so the weather outlook from Bryce Anderson, Senior Ag Meteorologist at DTN/The Progressive Farmer, is always a big draw at the National Farm Machinery Show. Anderson says the outlook for the corn belt is good this year as the Pacific Ocean has moved from a weak La Nina …

Audio, Farm Machinery, National Farm Machinery Show, Weather

Meteorologist Explains La Nina at #ExEx16

Cindy Zimmerman

No matter where on the supply chain you are, members of the agriculture industry are always interested in the weather. Kyle Tamely, a senior ag meteorologist with MDA Weather Services, spoke at the Export Exchange 2016 conference last week on weather trends and the global grain market to international buyers and domestic suppliers of corn, ethanol co-products, sorghum and barley. …

Audio, Events, Exports, Weather

CropTrak Partners with The Weather Company

Kelly Marshall

CropTrak President Aaron Hutchinson doesn’t believe in just sitting still. He’s always moving his company forward, from updating the company’s name (you may remember them as iCrop Trak) to upgrading the weathers solutions provided by his company. At InfoAg this week the company announced a move to partner with The Weather Company. This IBM owned weather solution will offer Crop …

Agribusiness, CropTrak, Info Ag, Weather

Climatologist Shares Predictions at CIRB

Kelly Marshall

Few things fascinate farmers more than weather– and it interests crop insurance agents quite a bit too!  Chuck Zimmermann managed to sneak in a few minutes with the historical climatologist who presented at the 2016 Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Annual Meeting. James Garriss of the Browning Report not only studies the history of climate and weather, but also has a …

Agribusiness, Insurance, Weather

Online Data Tool from FarmLink, Progressive Farmer

Kelly Marshall

Arriving for the 2016 planting season, growers will soon be able to subscribe to an online tool through DTN/The Progressive Farmer and FarmLink. The two companies have announced an agreement to develop a new dashboard product to help farmers evaluate productivity.  Combining DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s local weather stations and cash market information from FarmLink allows for a new product that will give …

Agribusiness, data, Marketing, Precision Agriculture, Technology, Weather

Illinois Farmers Dealing with Challenging Year

Cindy Zimmerman

Central Illinois has definitely gotten a lot of water this growing season so far and corn and soybean farmers are having to adjust their plans accordingly. During a panel discussion at the BASF Midwest Research Farm this week, we heard from a farmer and his team of advisers on just how this season is impacting crops in the region. From …

Audio, BASF, Crop Protection, Farming, GROWMARK, Weather, weed management

Iteris Signs Precision Ag Weather Agreement

Cindy Zimmerman

Iteris, Inc. has signed an agreement with AgRenaissance Software LLC to integrate Iteris’ ClearAg™ Select high-resolution, field-level weather information into AgRenaissance’s FieldX™ suite of software for agricultural producers, agronomists and applicators. Iteris’ ClearAg solution provides agribusinesses with actionable field-level weather and soil information needed for the data-driven decision making required for efficient crop management, resource allocation, and risk reduction and …

Precision Agriculture, Weather