Precision Ag News 11/30

Carrie Muehling

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, and the Auburn Research Technology Foundation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new research facility housing the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory.
  • Bushel, an independently-owned software technology company focused on developing digital tools for the agricultural supply chain, announced AGRIServices of Brunswick LLC (ASB) has added Bushel digital payments feature to its mobile and web offering.
  • John Dodd is the new Limagrain Cereal Seeds (LCS) Pacific Northwest regional commercial manager.
  • NeuAG, a leading North American supplier of ammonium sulfate fertilizer solutions, announced its partnership with Tuf Cooper, world champion tie-down roper and all-around cowboy. Together, NeuAG and Cooper will be working toward supporting the agriculture industry and sharing sustainable, locally produced inputs with American producers.
  • The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced $1.5 million in grants to restore, improve and conserve sagebrush, mesic wet meadow and big game migratory corridor habitats in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. The grants will generate $2.5 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $4 million. The grants were awarded through the Rocky Mountain Rangelands Program, a partnership between NFWF, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Cargill and Darden Restaurants, Inc.
  • Lawns, playing fields, golf courses, parks and many other outdoor areas are part of the multi-billion-dollar turfgrass industry. Valued in the billions and planted on millions of acres in Florida, that same industry struggles with parasitic nematodes and fungal diseases that prove costly for growers, homeowners and commercial industries. A University of Florida scientist at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) based in Fort Lauderdale is the principal investigator on a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Over the next three years, he will lead a team of UF/IFAS and USDA scientists to develop cost-effective methods for managing these pests and diseases.
  • Indigo Agriculture announced the commercial launch of the industry’s first biological fungicide based on the microbe Kosakonia cowanii, giving farmers a leg up on the 2023 growing season. Initially registered and announced by the company in April 2022, biotrinsic X19 is the first fungicide in Indigo’s line of biological seed treatments, which offers farmers the flexibility to design effective crop protection plans based on their specific field conditions. The product establishes Indigo’s biotrinsic portfolio as one of the few in the industry capable of helping farmers address both biotic and abiotic stresses.
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