Precision Ag News 6/19

Carrie Muehling

  • At the 17th annual Conservation in Action Tour, Dr. Linda Prokopy, department head and professor at Purdue University, was honored with induction into the CTIC (Conservation Technology Information Center) Hall of Fame. Prokopy’s dedication to advancing conservation agriculture and her contributions to the field have earned her this recognition as only the fifth conservation leader to ever receive this prestigious recognition from CTIC. Her research, more than 140 publications and commitment to sustainability are making a significant impact on the conservation community.
  • U.S. sales of 4-Wheel-Drive tractors increased 9.4 percent in May compared to 2023, according to new data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). This increase follows April 2024’s uptick of 24 percent compared to the year before. The data also indicates U.S. year-to-date sales of 4-Wheel-Drive tractors are up 3.2 percent. Total U.S. agriculture tractor sales dropped 11.5 percent compared to May 2023, while combine sales dropped 17.7 percent compared to last year.
  • During the week of June 17-23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is recognizing and celebrating National Pollinator Week. Pollinator species, such as bees, other insects, birds and bats play a critical role in producing more than 100 crops grown in the United States. Learn more about USDA pollinator work at
  • Pearl millet, an annual grass used for grain and forage, can be a good food source for honey bees and hover flies, according to a recent study. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers studied the impact of pearl millet as a source of insect food by surveying insects collecting and consuming the sucrose-rich pollen of this crop. Researchers planted Tift Long-Headed Bulk, a type of pearl millet known for its long candlestick-like heads, at a research farm in Tifton, Georgia, during the past summer.
  • AgGateway announced the release of ADAPT Standard version 1.0 (ADAPT Standard), another high-value tool in the ADAPT set of resources alongside the ADAPT Framework, ADAPT plugins, and the ADAPT Serialization Specification. It is freely available for download with a business-friendly license.
  • Cropler has introduced what is believed to be the world’s first agri-camera designed for remote real-time plant monitoring. Unlike traditional plant monitoring systems, Cropler utilizes plants as a primary data source, revolutionizing the way agricultural insights are obtained.
  • Nutrien Ag Solutions announces the acquisition of Suncor Energy’s AgroScience assets, which consists of several patented and patent pending technologies in the area of biocontrol. The acquisition is aligned with Nutrien Ag Solutions’ strategy to invest in novel, patented, and effective biocontrol technologies through its Loveland Products business. The proprietary technology for use in the global agriculture industry aims to offer a new mode of action, plus advantages in resistance management. Categorized as a biocontrol tool, research and field-trial data show the technology as having market-competing potential in delivering efficacy, stability, and economic value comparable to traditional synthetic crop protection inputs.
  • AgriThority, an agricultural product, business and market development company, welcomes regulatory affairs expert, George Fountas to the leadership team. Specializing in accelerating new technologies to commercialization around the world, AgriThority expands regulatory expertise with the addition of Fountas.
  • Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. announced that U.K.-based Rothamsted Research Limited has granted to the Company an exclusive global, commercial license to advanced technology for producing sustainable omega-3 products in Camelina sativa. Yield10 is executing a plan to use engineered Camelina to commercially produce omega-3 oil and meal products targeting the aquafeed, pet food, and nutritional markets for omega-3 fatty acids. In consideration for the commercial license, Yield10 is expected to pay certain license fees, future milestone payments, and royalties based on commercialization of Rothamsted’s omega-3 technology.
  • Syngenta Seeds, one of the world’s leading global agriculture technology companies, announced a collaboration with AI company, InstaDeep, to bring Syngenta’s proprietary trait research and development capabilities together with InstaDeep’s Large Language Model (LLM) platform to accelerate the development of solution-providing crop traits for farmers.
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