Precision Ag News 9/7

Carrie Muehling

  • NRCS is making $65 million in funding available for new tools, approaches, practices and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands through Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). Submit proposals by October 30. Two separate CIG funding opportunities are now available on $50 million through CIG On-Farm Trials and $15 million is available through CIG Classic.
  • Bayer significantly strengthens its commitment to innovation in regenerative agriculture with a EUR 220 million investment in research and development (R&D) at its Monheim site. This is the company’s largest single investment in its Crop Protection business in Germany since the founding of the Monheim campus in 1979. The new Product Safety complex with labs, offices, and a greenhouse area offers space for approximately 200 employees. Its principal focus will be on developing the next generation of chemicals for a sustainable future and enhancing the environmental and human safety of Crop Protection.
  • The SCN Coalition is declaring October 2 National Nematode Day, with support from BASF, Bayer, Nufarm and Syngenta, to increase soybean farmers’ awareness of soybean cyst nematode (SCN) — the No. 1 yield-grabbing pathogen of the soybean crop in North America.
  • AgGateway announced that registration is now open for its 2023 Annual Conference, November 13-15 at the Hilton Nashville Downtown in Nashville, TN.
  • Pivot Bio, Inc. has named Chris Abbott as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, to build upon the company’s success to date. As previously announced, Pivot Bio co-founder and current CEO Karsten Temme will become Chief Innovation Officer.
  • AgReliant Genetics has announced senior leadership changes to position the company for long-term success, while continuing to have a seed-only focus delivering high-performing hybrids for farmers. Brian Barker has been named the chief executive officer and president of AgReliant Genetics, effective August 31. Joining Brian on the executive leadership team is recently announced chief financial officer and vice president of finance, David Pugh, who began August 7.
  • Corteva Agriscience is dedicated to empowering farmers with outstanding performance and unwavering confidence through its expanding LumiGEN seed treatment portfolio. New LumiTreo fungicide seed treatment is a powerful three-way premix fungicide, with three effective modes of action for key early season diseases to help soybeans reach their full potential.
  • Ecorobotix unveiled the latest release, 3.0, of their Plant-by-Plant AI Software, introducing a diverse range of new capabilities for the ARA ultra-high precision smart sprayer. These developments significantly broaden the range of treatments achievable using Ecorobotix’s innovative Plant-by-Plant AI software system.
  • Soil health specialist Catie Geib has joined the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), a 41-year-old conservation agriculture non-profit, to provide technical support to Wisconsin farmers under the Farmers for Soil Health (FSH) program.
  • Indigo Ag, an innovative leader and trusted partner in sustainable agriculture, announced the publication of a peer-reviewed research article in the international soil science journal Geoderma. Written by Indigo’s internal team of scientific experts and leading researchers in the field, the article highlights the scientific rigor in Indigo’s use of the DayCent-CR model to quantify environmental benefits resulting from sustainable farming practices.
  • On September 1, the University of Missouri received the first autonomous, electric tractor available to a research university in the United States. The Monarch MK-V will serve as a proprietary model for research and learning in the precision and sustainable agriculture space while also serving to support farmers with disabilities. Researchers from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and College of Engineering received the tractor earlier this month as part of a grant awarded by the Department of Agriculture’s Equipment Grants Program. The new tractor will serve as an instrumental tool for both teaching and research in the agriculture and engineering programs.
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