Precision Ag News 2/7

Carrie Muehling

  • Case IH is launching the AF11 combine, an industry-leading powerhouse purposefully redesigned from the ground up to maximize time in the field. The AF11 brings together runtime advancements through speed and technology to maximize in-field productivity in this 775 hp machine. By coupling Case IH’s first-ever dual rotor, the AFXL2, with an active and dynamic cleaning system, the AF11 delivers industry-leading capacity.
  • The next wave of automation is coming to large square baling in 2024 through Case IH Baler Automation. Designed for hands-free efficiency, Large Square Baler Automation maximizes throughput and delivers consistent, high-quality bales regardless of operator experience level. The dealer-installed automation kit connects seamlessly with Class 3 ISOBUS Puma, Optum and Magnum tractors.
  • American Farmland Trust (AFT) released a white paper summarizing the climate benefits associated with agricultural conservation easements. The paper comes when global attention is focused on addressing climate change on the heels of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai last December.
  • The Agtools team is getting ready to share its substantial experience on the first-mile (origin) supply chain at Fruit Logistica, Europe’s largest tradeshow for Food and Agriculture, to be held in Berlin, Germany, from February 7th to 9th, 2024. Agtools is succeeding at converting raw data into reliable, curated and audited data to make it simple for every food supply chain stakeholder.
  • Yanmar Compact Equipment rolls its first compact track loader production models, the TL100VS, off the line for the North American market. This expansion to Yanmar’s compact equipment offering is the culmination of four years of extensive research and development following the company’s acquisition of a U.S. manufacturing facility and engineering team focused on compact track loaders.
  • Yanmar Agribusiness Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Yanmar Holdings, has revealed its e-X1 concept, an electric drive compact electric agricultural machine designed to achieve zero emissions in agriculture.
  • A collaborative effort led by scientists from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), in partnership with researchers from various institutions, dove into the long-term ramifications of advancing agricultural production on the delicate ecosystems of grasslands and wetlands to gain critical insights. In the process they devised strategies for policymakers and land managers that facilitate sustainable agricultural productivity across these expansive landscapes. The study is published in the journal Nature Communications.
  • Michigan State University has hired a new farm manager for its Pollinator Performance Center, a recently developed on-campus station dedicated to pollinator research, education and outreach. Dan Wyns, who previously served as an academic specialist for honey bee colony health and management in the MSU Department of Entomology, will direct daily operations.
  • BioWake Prime, the new EPA-registered corn rootworm bioinsecticide from AMVAC GreenSolutions, is now available through retail facilities for the 2024 growing season. BioWake Prime contains unique microbes that colonize corn plants, priming their natural defenses to protect against corn rootworm, which has exerted significant pressure on growers across the Corn Belt. Larval feeding of corn rootworm has led to millions of dollars in crop damage in recent years.
  • CropX Technologies, a global leader in digital agriculture solutions, announced the launch of a new product in partnership with Reinke Irrigation to refine water management for farmers through field-specific Evapotranspiration (ET) measurements of crop water use. Reinke Direct ET by CropX is an innovation that provides affordable Actual Evapotranspiration (ETa) measurements with a sensor mounted on a Reinke center pivot irrigation system, available exclusively through Reinke.
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