Precision Ag News 2/22

Carrie Muehling

  • NK Seeds revealed their soybean lineup for the 2023 growing season, offering a diverse soybean class with the trait choices farmers want and need, including Enlist E3 and XtendFlex soybean technologies.
  • U.S. ag tractor sales finish January 2023 in the negative, while all segments of ag equipment grew in Canada according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Total U.S. ag tractor unit sales fell for the month of January in all segments except one, with 100+hp 2WD tractors growing 22.8 percent. U.S. self-propelled combine sales, however, continued its growth streak, climbing 132.7 percent year-over-year. All other segments fell, with the sub-40hp segment continuing to lead losses for the month of January. Total farm tractor sales in the U.S. for the month fell 14.1 percent versus January 2022.
  • Two North Carolina-based agriculture technology providers, FieldX Inc., and GROWERS announced the integration of their platforms, FieldX and The GROWERS App. The integration brings enhanced value to farmers who work with agronomists enabled by the FieldX platform. FieldX, an independent agricultural software platform for agronomists, and The GROWERS App, a free input management platform for farmers, are now integrated to allow farmers to turn agronomic recommendations from their agronomists into input purchases.
  • Case IH is expanding the lineup of Farmall N series tractors with two new models — the Farmall 90N and 120N — in addition to existing 80N, 100N and 110N tractors. All five Farmall N models offer new styling and advanced displays; upgraded cab comfort and controls; and improved fuel tank capacity. Reinforcing the brand commitment to emissions reductions, these tractors are improved to now meet Tier 4 B/Final emissions. The Farmall N series tractor is known for wide flexibility and a narrow footprint where space is at a premium, such as in orchards and vineyards.
  • Case IH is also proud to build on the legacy of AFS Soil Command and AFS Harvest Command with AFS Furrow Command downforce automation — designed to maximize producers’ yield potential. Available to order for spring 2023, the Precision Disk series air drill with AFS Furrow Command will help producers get the most out of every seed. AFS Furrow Command adds to the accuracy of our patented parallel-link row-unit by helping automate downforce setting and maintain consistent seed depth regardless of terrain.
  • The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) administered oaths of office to its new Officers and Executive Board members. Kim LaFleur of Plympton, MA, was sworn in as president of the association.
  • The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) also recognized winners of its national service awards at the association’s 77th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The Hugh Hammond Bennett Conservation Planner Award was presented to Pamela Pavek of Moscow, ID. The Hugh Hammond Bennett Conservation Producer Award was presented to Charles Holmes of Marion, AL. The Olin Sims Award was presented to Wade Troutman of Bridgeport, WA. The Friends of Conservation Award was presented to Brian Ponder of Tifton, GA. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Brian Sneeringer of Gettysburg, PA.
  • Producers selling grains, pulses, oilseeds, and organics to Columbia Grain International now can take advantage of an improved digital experience with a new mobile app and web portal on the Bushel platform. The new mobile app, named Columbia Grain International, is available in both Android and iPhone devices to allow producers easy access to real-time information, including electronic scale tickets, contracts and on holds.
  • The world-record-holding crop production partners at Total Acre will present the latest information on advances in farm equipment and crop production insights during two upcoming sessions designed to help farmers secure a higher return on investment for their 2023 crops.
  • Thunder Seed of Dilworth, Minn. has selected Meristem Crop Performance to be their marketing partner for specialty crop input products, including the newly patented BIOCAPSULE and MICROBILIZE biological delivery systems.
  • The Global Ag Tech Awards of Excellence — North America, program sheds light on some of the most important people and programs that have helped agriculture realize the full benefits of technology to improve agronomy, efficiency, and stewardship in crop production. The nominations for the 2023 Awards of Excellence must be received by April 15, 2023.
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