Precision Ag News 2/15

Carrie Muehling

  • The Soil Health Institute announced a $300,000 grant from Wells Fargo to establish achievable levels of soil health and soil carbon for the Des Moines Lobe Region in Iowa. The agriculturally important region spans 7.75 million acres, including approximately 3.4 million acres in corn and 2.6 million acres in soybean production.
  • At the National Association of Conservation District’s 77th Annual Meeting, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of Inflation Reduction Act funding to support oversubscribed voluntary conservation programs. In Fiscal Year 2023, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will make $850 million available for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
  • Certis Biologicals launched the newest copper product in the market, Kocide 50DF (copper hydroxide). Kocide 50DF enters the market with the same proven efficacy that growers have relied upon for generations, but in a high-load formulation that brings the power of Kocide to more growers who need solutions to protect their crops effectively and sustainably.
  • Kubota Tractor Corporation and ThorSport Racing announced a partnership for Kubota to become the Official Tractor Company of ThorSport and the Official Sponsor of Ben Rhodes’ No. 99 Ford in the 2023 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series.
  • Pattern Ag released its new Predictive Ag Report, a resource corn and soybean farmers can use to make better informed decisions about managing the most economically impactful pests and pathogens, including corn rootworm (CRW) and sudden death syndrome (SDS) in their fields.
  • Case IH recently introduced new productivity-boosting features to its Precision Air 5 Series air carts and Flex Hoe 900 air drills. Precision Air 5 Series carts help producers make the most of short seeding windows, while Flex Hoe air drills help them efficiently seed small grain in any ground conditions. New configurations, options and other features enhance productivity and versatility.
  • After almost 70 years of industry-leading performance, the lineup of Case IH Steiger series tractors now includes six all-new high-powered models. Introduced to tackle the toughest farm and job site challenges, Steiger 425, 475, 525, 555, 595 and 645 tractors feature greater horsepower — the highest of any articulated 4WD tractor in the industry — as well as exceptional cab comfort and AFS Connect data management technology to deliver unmatched efficiency and high-tech functionality in one signature, hyperefficient machine.
  • AgriTek announced the addition of Dr. Chris Underwood, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, to their growing team of agronomic and scientific experts throughout the U.S.
  • The National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC) is accepting entries for 2023. Farmers growing winter, spring, irrigated or dryland wheat are encouraged to get their entries in now. There are a couple of changes to this year’s contest rules. There is now only one deadline and one price for entries per growing season. Winter wheat entries are due May 15, 2023, and spring wheat entries are due August 1, 2023.
  • The 17th Annual CTIC Conservation in Action Tour will be July 10-11, 2023 in Frankenmuth, Michigan. This year’s tour theme, Connecting Through the Supply Chain, will help connect the circle from farmer to consumer.
  • John Deere announced that SmartApply Intelligent Control System users can now seamlessly flow their SmartApply data into the John Deere Operations Center to monitor and manage work, and to maximize profits of their farms. This change helps growers easily and efficiently analyze past work, helps guide future business decisions, and can help them document savings realized by using the SmartApply Intelligent Spray Control System, which can be added to and elevate the performance of most any blast sprayer, regardless of make or model.
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