Precision Ag News 6/12

Carrie Muehling

  • The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) announced the winners of the organization’s 2024 Leadership in Agri-Biotechnology Awards — honoring Dr. Annette Kleiser, CEO of Dalan Animal Health, as the recipient of the George Washington Carver Award and Sylvia Wulf, president and CEO of AquaBounty Technologies, as the recipient of the Rosalind Franklin Award. The two awards recognize biotechnology leaders who are driving cutting-edge breakthroughs in agricultural, environmental, and industrial biotechnology.
  • The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) opened registration with a rejuvenated schedule for its annual Conference & Expo, to be held Dec. 3-5 in Houston, Texas.
  • Discover how a digital agronomy approach can help your company thrive in a competitive landscape and position itself as a go-to partner for farmers seeking cutting-edge digital expertise and guidance. Work smarter, not harder and unlock digitally-driven business growth in your retail operation. Secure your spot for a live webinar on Thursday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. EDT now.
  • The members of trade association CropLife International have issued an Industry Declaration renewing and reaffirming their commitment to the principles and standards of the International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management. The Declaration marks the first anniversary of the publication of their Guide to Industry on the Code’s implementation.
  • Campbell Tractor Co., a long-standing John Deere dealer since 1940, has partnered with Ecorobotix to introduce the ARA ultra-high precision sprayer to Idaho and Oregon. With six locations across these states, Campbell Tractor continues its legacy of offering quality agricultural products and services by incorporating this cutting-edge technology into its lineup.
  • A new genetically engineered potato developed by Michigan State University potato breeder Dave Douches has been granted exemption from the biotechnology regulations placed on genetically modified products by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS). The Kal91.3 potato is bred from an MSU potato variety named Kalkaska. The newly developed potato can be stored in cool temperatures for long periods of time without sucrose, the compound that sugar is typically stored in potatoes as, converting into reducing sugars such as fructose and glucose. Without as many reducing sugars, off-color browning and caramelization can be minimized in the Kal91.3 potato, leading to healthier and higher-quality products, including potato chips. The Kal91.3 potato can also reduce the environmental impact of the growing process without as many fertilizers and pesticides needed to maintain the potato during storage.
  • Emergent Connext announced the launch of its groundbreaking Internet-of-Things (IoT) network solution for AgTech in California’s Central Valley, revolutionizing the way farming is done. In a new strategic partnership with, headquartered in Shingle Springs, Calif., Emergent and are closing the connectivity gap that exists in agricultural fields and rural communities with its low-cost network that enables smart IoT sensors & devices for AgTech. This will improve farm and ranch profitability by reducing labor costs, minimizing farm inputs and protecting against overuse of precious natural resources.
  • BASF Agricultural Solutions has introduced Nemasphere nematode resistance trait, the most groundbreaking innovation in soybean cyst nematode (SCN) management in over 60 years. Nemasphere is the first and only biotechnology trait for SCN, the number one yield-robbing pest in soybeans in the United States. Harnessing a completely novel mode of action, Nemasphere will be stacked with the Enlist E3 technology and available in a full range of the top-performing and best-yielding soybean seed varieties, allowing farmers unmatched SCN resistance without compromising yield potential.
  • Sollum Technologies, the pioneer behind the only 100 percent full programmable dynamic lighting solution, proudly announces a strategic partnership with Leaficient, a leader in precision plant measurement and lighting control technologies. The collaboration aims to advance lighting strategies and recipes by integrating precise plant growth data in Sollum’s advanced algorithms in order to learn, adapt, and optimize cultivation in real time.
  • In response to the severe challenges wrought by the ongoing war in Ukraine, EOS Data Analytics has unveiled ‘Harvesting Hope,’ an initiative designed to spotlight the crisis engulfing Ukraine’s agricultural sector. This comprehensive webpage features an interactive map that showcases historical and forecasted yields of main crops in Ukraine in 2021-2024. Additionally, the initiative contextualizes the current state of Ukraine’s agriculture and its impact on global food security.
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