Precision Ag News 2/8

Carrie Muehling

  • The North American Plant Phenotyping Network, a partner of the International Plant Phenotyping Network, will host its annual conference at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center February 13–17.
  • Traction Ag Inc., the first cloud-based accounting software delivering solutions to growers across the Midwest, recognizes a momentous year of growth, solidifying their position as the leader in farm accounting technology.
  • John Deere is now offering HarvestLab 3000 Grain Sensing on 2018 or newer John Deere S700 Series Combines. Grain Sensing continuously measures and monitors protein, starch and oil values in wheat, barley or canola in real time as the combine is harvesting. This site-specific data can then be viewed in the combine, or in the John Deere Operations Center.
  • Thanks to new funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities, Agoro Carbon Alliance will ramp up efforts to empower orchard operations in some of the leading nut and fruit producing states to integrate regenerative agriculture practices.
  • CropX Technologies, a global leader in digital solutions for agronomic farm management, announced its acquisition of Tule Technologies, a precision irrigation company based in California. This acquisition brings new data capture technologies to the CropX Agronomic Farm Management System and expands its market in California drip-irrigated specialty crops.
  • Barry Fisher of Greencastle, Ind. was named this year’s recipient of the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Conservationist of the Year Award. The 2022 Award was announced by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Associate Chief Louis Aspey to Fisher during a ceremony hosted at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Case IH kicks off celebrations honoring the 100-year anniversary of the Farmall tractor. The iconic Farmall model was introduced in 1923 as the all-purpose tractor designed to revolutionize the agriculture industry. Over the last century, Farmall has evolved to meet farmers’ needs across the globe with each milestone, making it “The One For All.”
  • Golden Harvest announced the 14 winners of the Golden Harvest “Go for the Gold” soybean yield contest. The contest recognizes farmers who achieved top soybean yields with Golden Harvest soybeans during the 2022 growing season. The winning farmers earned a trip to the 2023 Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida.
  • Wilbur-Ellis announced the launch of the second annual Wilbur-Ellis Innovation Award. The program invites student teams from colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada to propose innovative approaches for providing food for more people – a critical imperative, since the world population is expected to increase by 2 billon people by 2050. The best idea will win a $25,000 grand prize and up to four $5,000 honorable mention awards may also be presented in 2023.
  • Bayer announced a partnership with French company M2i Group to supply fruit and vegetable growers around the world with pheromone-based biological crop protection products. Through the agreement, Bayer will become the exclusive distributor of select M2i products targeting lepidoptera pests in crops that include stone and pome fruits, tomatoes, and grapes.
  • Bayer and Kimitec announced a new strategic partnership focused on accelerating the development and commercialization of biological crop protection solutions and biostimulants. As part of a global agreement, both companies will become key partners to advance and establish biological solutions derived from natural sources: crop protection products that address pests, diseases and weeds, as well as biostimulants to promote plant growth.
  • Kubota Tractor Corporation announced that it will be the presenting sponsor of Blake Shelton’s “Back to the Honky Tonk” Tour kicking off in Lincoln, NE, February 16, 2023. This official tour sponsorship builds on an existing partnership with Blake Shelton who is an active part of the #KubotaCountry social community where he regularly shares what life is like on the farm using his Kubota equipment. To coincide with the tour, Kubota is also launching its Honky Tonk Concert Ticket Giveaway Sweepstakes to provide customers and fans a chance to win tickets to see Blake Shelton at one of four main tour venues.
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