Precision Ag News 9/14

Carrie Muehling

  • The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) commends USDA for its consideration and selection of pilot projects through its Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities.
  • CLAAS announces three new products to its North American baler and hay tool lineup – the VARIANT 500 series round baler, the QUADRANT 5300 EVOLUTION series square baler, and the DISCO 9300 TREND disc mower. These products provide growers with new technology and options to increase output and maximize efficiency.
  • National Cotton Council Chairman Ted Schneider said the U.S. cotton industry applauds USDA for promoting sustainable farming practices through its Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities — including the new Climate Smart Cotton Program led by the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol.
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, continues its focus on advancing agricultural innovation by supporting start-up business from across the nation. AFBF and Farm Credit announced the 10 semi-finalist teams in the 2023 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge.
  • The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) held its annual business meeting this week in St. Louis, Missouri, and elected officers and several board of director positions for 2022-2023. New officers are President Joe Olson, Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC; Vice President Jaime Yanes, Albaugh, LLC; and Secretary/Treasurer is Michael Lehman, AMVAC. Rodney Schmidt, Bayer CropScience will serve as immediate past president.
  • Combine harvester sales grew for August in both the U.S. and Canada, while total tractors fell in the U.S., but grew in Canada according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Total U.S. ag equipment unit sales rose above the 5-year average for the first time since April 2022. U.S. total farm tractor sales fell 11.7 percent for the month of August compared to 2021, while U.S. self- propelled combine sales for the month grew 25.8 percent to 790 units sold, making for a three-month growth streak for that segment.
  • Summit Nutrients, LLC, a precision-based manufacturer and marketer of bio-nutritional and fertilizer products, announced that it has acquired AGVNT, LLC., an R&D company known for pioneering the industry’s most recognized technology platform of nutrient efficiency innovations.
  • Biodel Ag, Inc., an ag-tech company, announced the launch of Sequester®, a soil reclamation product, used to restore the soils’ ability to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and help reverse climate change. Sequester enables farmers to transition to regenerative agriculture practices and earn carbon credits.
  • ThorSport Racing has partnered with Kubota Tractor Corporation to serve as the Official Tractor Company of ThorSport Racing in multiple NASCAR Truck Series events starting this weekend in Kansas with Ben Rhodes’ No. 99 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.
  • Meristem announced the commercial launch of two patent-pending biological delivery systems – BIO-CAPSULE™ and MICROBILIZE™ – building on their effort to bring real productivity gains to farmers.
  • With the introduction of the 2150S Early Riser front-fold trailing planter in February 2022, Case IH gave producers a high-performance split-row configuration option to increase planting productivity. Now the latest updates include greater liquid capacity for the 2150 Early Riser front-fold planter, a dealer-installed 48th row option for the 2160 Early Riser large front-fold planter, and planter software updates for the AFS Pro 1200 display.
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