Precision Ag News 10/12

Carrie Muehling

  • According to Syngenta agronomists, environmental conditions in many geographies are prime this year for above-ground ear-feeding insects such as corn earworm and western bean cutworm. As corn harvest begins, Syngenta agronomists remind growers to assess this year’s pest pressure and use the information to build a plan that protects yield potential in 2023.
  • The Walmart Foundation has awarded the National FFA Foundation Inc. a grant of $750,000 to incorporate sustainability principles in school education. The National FFA Foundation will leverage the expertise of the National FFA Organization to develop these educational resources.
  • Fusionware, a leading end-to-end ‘cloud-based’ supply chain platform, announces integration with John Deere Operation Center™ precision ag, data management software.
  • American Farmland Trust, Edelen Renewables and Arcadia announced a partnership, Farmers Powering Communities, to combat climate change through solar energy development while protecting America’s farmland and ranchland for growing food, fuel and fiber. The partnership provides more farmers with the opportunity for a new revenue stream and brings renewable energy to communities where it has not yet been available.
  • Farmers for Sustainable Food, a collaborative, industry-supported effort to promote and support farmer-led solutions to environmental challenges, released its first annual progress report. The nonprofit organization of food system partners grew to 40 members in 2021, up 14 from 2020.
  • Isaac Mazor, Founder and CEO of Nanovel Ltd. reveals a revolutionary autonomous tree fruit harvester. Mazor is a successful serial entrepreneur in the field of semiconductors leveraging his experience to solve this complex technological challenge in agriculture.
  • In honor of National Farmer’s Day on Oct. 12, the National Inventors Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate 2022 Inductee Frank Zybach, inventor of center-pivot irrigation. In the mid-20th century, Nebraska farmer Frank Zybach invented center-pivot irrigation and transformed agricultural production worldwide. Using Zybach’s machine, farmers in the semi-arid regions of the Great Plains could efficiently irrigate acres at a time and thereby increase yields on previously marginal land. By 2013, center pivots irrigated nearly 28 million acres on 57,000 U.S. farms, making it the most widely used irrigation technology in the country.
  • AMVAC announced the launch of AMVAC Academy, a new online learning management system (LMS) for continuing education and training in agriculture. The state-of-the-art LMS provides retailers, farmers, advisors, and consultants a new opportunity to stay current with technical, agronomic, and product information. Registration verified by AMVAC and a login utilizing the user’s email address and password are required for access to AMVAC Academy.
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