Precision Ag News 5/4

Carrie Muehling

  • National Corn Growers Association has cancelled the in-person Corn Utilization and Technology Conference due to continuing travel complications in the wake of COVID. NCGA will be refunding all registration fees and hotel arrangements will be automatically cancelled. The organization is working on alternative plans to disseminate the quality information in the confirmed sessions.
  • The FieldLink® Podcast from Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC debuted in March. With new episodes premiering every other week, it tells the story of agriculture through the eyes of farmers, industry experts and trusted advisors.
  • A new peer-reviewed research report published by the Soil Health Institute provides fresh insights into the vital role that soil organic carbon levels can play in preventing drought, reducing flooding and improving the health and water retention of the soils used to grow crops.
  • HELM Agro US, Inc announces Reviton™ herbicide has received approval for aerial application according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. The Reviton label expansion will increase aerial spring burndown options and soybean plant back intervals which have been troublesome for many growers.
  • Salford Group Inc. has announced it will be acquired by Linamar Corporation. The purchase is expected to close during the second quarter of 2022, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the receipt of required regulatory approval.
  • Mark Williams, a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist, was named a finalist for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in recognition of his pioneering research to protect water quality and aquatic life from pollutants in agricultural runoff.
  • The World Food Prize Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the renowned Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by The Rockefeller Foundation. This award recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under the age of 40. Nomination criteria, the selection procedure and other information can be found at Nominations will be accepted through June 15, 2022, for the 2022 Award.
  • AGCO announced it has acquired JCA Industries, Inc. JCA, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, specializes in the design of electronic systems and software development to automate and control agricultural equipment.
  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting more than 2 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and landowners through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General signup, the first of the program’s multiple signups occurring in 2022. With about 3.4 million acres expiring this year, Vilsack encourages producers and landowners to consider the Grassland and Continuous signups, both of which are currently open.
  • The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium and the Conservation Innovation Fund announced the kick-off of a project to streamline the creation and sale of environmental credits from dairy and beef producers in the Mid-Atlantic.
  • #Plant22 is underway and the BeSure! initiative is back with its fourth annual national campaign to promote best management practices (BMPs) when applying neonicotinoid insecticides.
  • Globally farmers are facing a massive fertilizer shortage due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and rising input costs resulting from supply chain constraints. To remain competitive, more growers are turning to bio-solutions like H2OExcel to conserve water and reduce inputs during these challenging times.
  • The Seed Association of the Americas invites you to the Seed Congress of the Americas, to be held in Punta del Este, Uruguay on Sept. 26-28, 2022.
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