Precision Ag News 7/14

Carrie Muehling

  • Smaller tractors led declines in U.S. and Canada farm tractor unit sales while overall tractor inventories are down more than 40 percent year-over-year according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).
  • Nutrien eKonomics, Nutrien’s online resource for growers and advisors, announced the launch of a nutrient management app that enables customized agronomic advice for optimum nutrient management, growing degree days, and local rainfall.
  • AgLaunch announced the expansion of their Entrepreneurship Team. Building off the success of the annual AgLaunch365 Accelerator program, AgLaunch is bringing on an expert group of agricultural innovation and entrepreneurship experts to expand their offerings for entrepreneurs.
  • The only event bringing together precision agriculture professionals from all segments of the industry is Tech Hub LIVE 2021. And it’s happening in less than a week, on July 20 to 21 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
  • Bayer announced the opening of its application window for the company’s annual Grants4Ag initiative. For more than five years, the agricultural leader has offered researchers both financial and scientific support to develop their ideas for novel solutions to research and development challenges in agriculture. Since its inception in 2015, over 100 grants have been awarded. This year Bayer’s Grants4Ag winning projects will focus on advancing a more sustainable food system. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2021.
  • Vermeer Corporation introduces four industry-leading concepts to help customers optimize their hay operations: a patent-pending autonomous bale mover, patent-pending onboard bearing temperature sensors, automated baling assistance technology and Forage Commander –– a field data management app.
  • Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) announced that they have found an innovative way to treat pathogens (harmful bacteria) and pests in citrus trees, potato, and tomato plants without the use of antibiotics. In collaboration with the University of Florida and AUM LifeTech Inc., researchers found that the molecule FANA ASO (antisense oligonucleotide) when used in a water solution attacks the inner part of the pest’s cells and also reduces the harmful bacteria the insects transmit.
  • John Deere is now offering customers JDLink™ connectivity service at no additional charge, making it easy for customers to connect machines and to stay connected. The change allows customers to quickly activate the JDLink connectivity service and manage their connected machines within their John Deere Operations Center account, either on the web or the mobile app.
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