Precision Ag News 9/22

Carrie Muehling

  • BASF has expanded its Xitavo™ soybean seed portfolio with the addition of 14 new high-performing Enlist E3® soybean varieties. Xitavo soybean seed is owned by MS Technologies and is exclusively distributed by BASF.
  • Researchers at the Salk Institute’s Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI) have established a five-year, $6.2 million collaboration with Nadia Shakoor, PhD, principal investigator and senior research scientist and her team at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to identify and develop sorghum plants that can better capture and store atmospheric carbon.
  • JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and leading global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms and telehandlers, marked its entry into the North American agricultural industry at Ag Progress Days in Furnace, Pennsylvania, Farm Progress in Decatur, Illinois, and Husker Harvest Days in Grand Isle, Nebraska, where the company featured its new AG925 telehandler.
  • CNH Industrial N.V. announced that it has joined the 5G Open Innovation Lab, a global applied innovation ecosystem for corporations, academia and government institutions working on developing 5G technologies, as corporate partner.
  • Available for fall 2022, the VT-Flex™ 435 vertical tillage tool from Case IH offers simple, variable gang angle adjustments, allowing producers to meet the soil management needs of any field with greater flexibility and precision. With adjustments that can be performed on the go and a rugged, durable design built to withstand tough conditions, this vertical tillage tool is ideal for mixed farms and small to midsize grain operations. The VT-Flex 435 is available in widths 11 to 25 feet.
  • U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), members of the Senate Agriculture committee, introduced the Precision Agriculture Loan (PAL) Act. The bipartisan legislation would create a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide loan financing to farmers and ranchers interested in purchasing precision agriculture equipment.
  • The Soil Health Academy announced it has selected Jason Marmon to serve in the role of secretary on the non-profit organization’s board of directors. Marmon, who also serves as development director for US Energy, a social impact non-profit focused on sustainable system design coordination, is an accomplished program advisor and business development leader with 10 years of experience helping companies, communities, causes and individuals achieve measurable results through effective programs.
  • On Thursday, September 30th, Wayne Honeycutt, CEO & President of the Soil Health Institute will present the Economics of Soil Health on 100 Farms. In this study, farmers, who have successfully implemented soil health systems, reported the economic and productivity benefits they achieved through improving soil health. Registration is free and required to attend, so sign up today!
  • Registration is open for the 33rd IPSA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN, January 24-27, 2022. The IPSA Annual Conference will be held in conjunction with the Corn Belt Seed Conference.
  • THRIVE and Bayer have announced that MagGrow, the company behind the patented, proprietary technology that is reducing waste associated with conventional pesticide spray applications, has won the THRIVE | Bayer Sustainability Challenge “Sustainable Scaleup Award.” MagGrow is one of three winners chosen from a global pool of approximately 300 applicants from across 57 countries.
  • Cargill has been enrolling farmers in Cargill RegenConnect™, a new regenerative agriculture program that pays farmers for improved soil health and positive environmental outcomes, including payment per metric ton of carbon sequestered. The new program connects farmers to the growing carbon marketplace and will help scale the voluntary adoption of regenerative agriculture practices.
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