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Ethanol Report on E15 Hurricane Help

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Fuel disruptions due to Hurricane Harvey were mitigated somewhat, thanks to an early end to the summer restriction on sales of E15 (15% ethanol fuel) that helped offset gasoline supply shortfalls and limit fuel price spikes.

In this edition of the Ethanol Report podcast, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about how this should make the EPA rethink the outdated summer volatility regulation that shuts down E15 pumps across the country in the summer months. He also discusses his recent testimony to the EPA that high-octane ethanol blends in optimized engines can help the country meet 2022-2025 fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards, as well as comments on the latest proposed volume obligations under the RFS, and the hypocrisy of Brazil’s tariff on ethanol imports.

Listen to the podcast here: Ethanol Report on E15 Hurricane Help

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AgWired Energy, Audio, Ethanol, Podcasting, RFA

Deere Gives 3E Tractors a Facelift

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The John Deere 3E series tractors have received a makeover from head to toe or should we say tire. It’s one of the most popular tractors that comes off the line in Augusta, GA. The redesign was on display for attendees at the recent Farm Progress Show and there we spoke with Product Marketing Manager, Michelle Bentley to give us the details.

“It’s a really simple, easy to use machine a lot of folks really appreciate. What we are introducing is a new styling update with a few comfort and convenience features,” Bentley said.

Beyond the cosmetic facelift, Bentley said the 3E tractors are now equipped with new attachability features such as telescoping draft links at the rear and an updated loader. The fuel tank was also relocated keeping convenience in mind.

“The ideal customer for the 3E series is the large property owner who uses the tractor to maintain acres and move materials around. The most popular attachment is the rotary cutter and the loader basically comes standard for customers. Another segment this tractor reaches is our equine customers due to its tight turning radius,” Bentley said.

Listen to our complete chat with Michelle here: Interview with Michelle Bentley, John Deere

View John Deere photos here: John Deere at #FPS17 Photo Album

View all our photos from FPS here: 2017 Farm Progress Show Photo Album

Coverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by Coverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by John DeereCoverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by GrowmarkCoverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by Bayer CropScience
Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Audio, Equipment, Farm Progress Show, John Deere, Livestock

GROWMARK’s FS Simulator Makes Training Fun

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GROWMARK’s FS applicator simulator was on display for media this week in Bloomington, IL. The simulator was created as a training module for FS System operators to practice, study, and enhance their ability, knowledge, and safety skills.

“To the best of my knowledge, this simulator is the first of its kind in agriculture being used for training,” said Erik Wilcox, GROWMARK manager, crop protection application and equipment. “We continue to identify ways to develop best-in-class operators, and this is one part of our System’s robust training program.”

With the focus on teaching efficiency and not selling machines, Wilcox said the simulation truly puts you in a real environment. The random obstacles give trainees new challenges each time they sit down. Modules include a road course, a basic field navigation, and an open course. Three screens give operators a full view of surroundings, steering wheel and controls guide the booms and machine’s direction and speed, and the mechanical seat moves to simulate real-life bumps and turns.

Listen to all the details from my complete conversation with Erik here: Interview with Erik Wilcox, GROWMARK

View and download photos from the event here: GROWMARK FS Simulator Media Event Photo Album

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Audio, Crop Protection, Fertilizer, FS System, GROWMARK

Ag Secretary Heads Home to Survey Irma Damage

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Irma damage to mature pecan tree in Georgia – UGA Extension

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will travel to Georgia today to see first-hand the damage the Hurricane Irma caused to crops in his home state.

“We’ve been in constant contact with Secretary Perdue,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black in an interview this week with Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman. “We swapped some texts and within minutes had confirmation that ‘yes, I’ll be there’. That’s the kind of secretary that all of America has and we’re sure proud he’s from Georgia.”

Perdue’s tour will take in damage to the state’s pecan crop, which Black says was hit the worst. “If we have 30 percent crop loss, I think we’d be tickled to death, that’s just a starting point,” said Black. Georgia is the number one pecan producing state.

The secretary will also travel to Florida and Texas next week to survey agricultural damage from both hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

Audio file: Southeast AgNet interview with GA Ag Commissioner Gary Black

Audio, USDA, Weather

Can-Am Can Get The Job Done

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One of the newest members of the #GoldenMic Club is Andrew Howard, Can-Am. Andrew and I spoke on the closing day of the Farm Progress Show. I was really hoping to meet Andrew and learn more about the company and their models that are designed and built for my kind of activity- hunting – and pretty much anything outdoors. The company makes products especially geared to work on the farm too, including crops, dairy and other livestock.

Andrew and I are standing next to one of the new Defender series models of outdoors side by side vehicles. This Defender series has lots of options that include a six-seater version and my favorite, the Mossy Oak Hunting Edition.

Defender offers up to 20% more torque than rivals, to help you tow up to 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) or carry a total payload up to 1,500 lb (680 kg). Getting there is easy, and getting it done is, too.

You can listen to my interview with Andrew to learn a lot more about these vehicles: Interview with Andrew Howard, Can-Am

View photos from FPS here: 2017 Farm Progress Show Photo Album

Coverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by Coverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by John DeereCoverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by GrowmarkCoverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by Bayer CropScience
Audio, Farm Machinery, Farm Progress Show, Hunting

Florida Citrus Starting to Assess Irma Damage

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Flooded citrus groves in Hardee and DeSoto counties – Adam Putnam

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 extent of the damage to Florida citrus,” said Putname. “But after touring groves on foot and by air, it’s clear that our signature crop has suffered serious and devastating losses from Hurricane Irma.”

Southeast AgNet has been talking with ag organizations and officials in both Florida and Georgia this week to find out how crops and livestock weathered the storm. For citrus, the early reports from Peace River Valley Citrus Growers, Gulf Citrus Growers Association, and Highlands County Citrus Growers all indicate widespread damage.

Audio file: Comments from Florida citrus groups on Irma

AgWired AgNewsWire, Audio, Citrus, Weather

Biostimulants World Congress Coming to Miami

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The use of biostimulants in agriculture has grown dramatically over recent years and could reach $2 billion by next year, but there is still much that needs to be learned about the diverse formulations on the market and being developed that are applied to plants or soils to regulate and enhance the crop’s physiological processes.

The 3rd Biostimulants World Congress coming up November 27-30 in Miami is an international scientific and technical congress that was specifically designed to review the latest information about these products. Professor Patrick Brown with the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis is the chairman of this Congress, which he says was developed to answer growers’ questions about the efficacy of biostimulant products.

“Many growers were suspicious of these products, thinking of them as snake oils or magical elixirs,” said Brown, who said his interest in working with New Ag International in starting the conference was to help growers make their decisions and to determine which products were truly valuable. The congresses are also helping provide information for decision-makers around the globe when it comes to legislation and regulations impacting biostimulants, which can help protect the R&D investments of manufacturers in a segment where IP protection is difficult.

The first congress was held in Strasbourg, France in 2012 and the second in 2015 in Florence. “We build the conference around five or six world experts on all aspects of plant growth and soil science,” Brown said. Among this year’s speakers are Professor Raj Khosla of Colorado State University, who will discuss Precision Agriculture and Biostimulants, and EPA scientist Dr. Russell Jones, who will speak about regulatory guidance on plant biostimulants in the U.S. The Congress will be held as scheduled in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami, which was not damaged by Hurricane Irma.

Find the program and get registration information at BiostimulantsWorldCongress.com and learn more in this interview: Interview with Patrick Brown, Biostimulants Congress Chair

AgWired Precision, Audio, Biostimulants, Events

Would Your Soil Pass the Tighty Whitey Test?

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The Illinois Corn Growers Association had a head turning display at the 2017 Farm Progress Show centered around soil health. The question is, would your soil pass the tighty whitey test?

“Search #SoilYourUndies online and you will find how farmers from all over the U.S. and Canada are taking this approach to learning more about soil health. The better health a soil is in equals more microbiological activities. We would anticipate soil which has been under cover crops, no-till systems or pastured would have higher soil health if measured by microbial activity and organic matter,” explained Tricia Braid, director of communications, Illinois Corn.

Braid said the white cotton underwear buried in conventional fields were more intact than their counterparts buried in soil with more active microbes. A simple and very visual example of how improved soil health combined with organic matter content will equal increased microbial activity.

Listen to or download my complete chat with Tricia here: Interview with Tricia Braid, Illinois Corn Growers Association

AgWired Precision, Audio, Farm Progress Show, Soil

Bayer Advancing Toward the Next Era of Ag

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Bayer offers a great deal of technology in today’s marketplace, with a pipeline of new technologies coming to growers in the future.

“We’re reinvesting into agriculture. We’re reinvesting into growers,” says Rob Schrick, Bayer Strategic Business Lead for North American Corn and Soy. “We’re taking our returns and hiring scientists and putting scientists to work to not only bring the next chemistry, but maybe bring the next trait or bring that next soil microbe that’s going to help the grower improve his efficiency and improve his end of the day profit.”

Schrick believes digitization and the ability to target challenges down the square foot in a farm field represents the future of the industry. He says breakthroughs in data collection and management will help the next generation of growers to reach higher yields while improving sustainability.

Listen to Jamie’s interview with Rob Schrick at the 2017 Farm Progress Show: Interview with Rob Schrick, Bayer

View all photos from FPS here: 2017 Farm Progress Show Photo Album

Coverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by Coverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by John DeereCoverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by GrowmarkCoverage of the Farm Progress Show is sponsored by Bayer CropScience
Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Bayer, Crop Science, Farm Progress Show