Precision Ag News 9/13

Carrie Muehling

  • Agtech startup FarmSense announced that it has been awarded the top prize in Bayer’s global Grants4Tech Pest Monitor Challenge. The FarmSense team recently spent multiple days demonstrating the capabilities of their FlightSensor technology during the finalists’ event at Bayer’s headquarters in Germany.
  • Rob-See-Co, an independent seed company located in Elkhorn, Neb. announced the establishment of its new forage division and the introduction of an advanced evaluation system, designed to amplify the value delivered to Every Farm, Every Crop, Every Acre. The new division will be led by Scott Harris, Forage Division Manager.
  • Heavy duty row crop tractor unit sales continued to increase in the U.S., while overall farm tractor unit sales in the U.S. and Canada declined in August, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). In the U.S., 100+hp 2WD tractors, and 4WD tractors were the only segments to grow year-over-year. Both those segments, along with self-propelled combines remain positive for the year. The biggest overall growth among tractors happened in 4WD units, growing more than 20 percent in August.
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is shining a spotlight on start-up companies focused on advancing agricultural innovation by naming the top 10 teams in the 2024 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge.
  • Agricultural technology is affecting row crops and specialty crop production, ag retail, and international agribusiness. Agricultural data and tools have applications that impact the full food value supply chain, from inputs through the farm and all the way to retail and the consumer. But with so much advancements, where are we in the adoption of ag tech? Join five ag tech experts on September 27 at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) for a free one-hour webinar discussing the State of the Ag Tech Industry, hosted by Ag Global Tech Initiative.
  • Rain Bird Agriculture, a leading global manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, has expanded its dripline portfolio with the addition of the GritX DSV (Dual Seal Valve) and the GritX SDI (Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation) Pressure Compensating Heavywall Driplines. With GritX technology, these products deliver water directly to the plant while preventing debris from clogging emitters through a self-flushing action.
  • Have you ever taken a closer look at your spending and been shocked by how much you pay for subscription services? The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) can be a similar drain on your finances, flying under the radar and chipping away yield potential as years pass. The SCN Coalition’s new SCN Profit Checker tool works like a budget audit, laying bare just how much yield and money SCN is costing you.
  • From high tech, unmanned spraying systems to state-of-the art environmental recycling to business ‘incubator’ facilities that support water, energy and ag-tech innovators – all will be part of local touring opportunities for those attending the 2023 Annual Conference of the American Society of Agricultural Consultants (ASAC) in Fresno, Calif., November 5 – 7.
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