Digital Commodity Classic Attracts Thousands

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2021 Special Edition of Commodity Classic last week appears to have been a virtual success. According to the organizers, by Thursday, the total number of attendees was nearly 6,000, with more than 4,000 farms represented from 49 states and 24 countries. The online event concluded Friday with a live keynote address from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. If you missed …

Commodity Classic, Corn

Vilsack Speaks at 2021 Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2021 Commodity Classic Special Edition ended today with a closing general session featuring U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Moderating was National Association of Farm Broadcasting president Gale Cunningham, WYXY, who posed questions to the Secretary after his opening remarks. Secretary Vilsack addressed a number of topics, including COVID relief, trade with China, renewable fuels, and conservation and carbon …

Audio, Commodity Classic, USDA

Syngenta Press Conference at 2021 Commodity Classic

Chuck Zimmerman

It is early on day one of the 2021 Commodity Classic Special Edition. First up on the schedule have been press conferences. I sat in on the Syngenta press conference which featured the following speakers and was moderated by Paul Minehart, Head, Corporate Communications, North America at Syngenta. You can listen in to the conference below. Syngenta announced the new …

Agribusiness, Audio, Commodity Classic, Seed, Syngenta

2021 Commodity Classic Special Edition Week

Chuck Zimmerman

Welcome to 2021 Commodity Classic Special Edition Week. It is being “Delivered Right to Your Farm” since it is online only this year. For most people I know, the 2020 event was the last in-person one they attended. Cindy and I have attended many of these over the years. In fact, Cindy has a Commodity Classic photo album collection from …

Commodity Classic

2021 Commodity Classic Will Be Virtual

Cindy Zimmerman

Even though we all expected it, the news is still sad. Commodity Classic will be virtual in 2021. The annual conference and trade show was originally scheduled for March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. The new format is expected to be offered the first week in March 2021. The 2022 Commodity Classic will be held in New Orleans on …

AEM, Commodity Classic, Corn, NAWG, NCGA, sorghum, Soybean, Virtual, Wheat

Syngenta News from Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

Syngenta had a couple of big announcements at the 2020 Commodity Classic, including a collaboration with Truterra (formerly Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN) to offer a “step-change in stewardship and conservation best practices for U.S. growers while helping them focus on maximizing acre-by-acre productivity and profitability.” This technology-based alliance will make use of data analytics from both the Truterra™ Insights Engine and …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Soybean, Sustainability, Syngenta

USB Puts Protein First

Carrie Muehling

A panel at the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio discussed the role played by all types of protein when it comes to global nutrition efforts. “We know that worldwide we are going to have an extreme need for protein by the year 2050,” said Polly Ruhland, United Soybean Board (USB) CEO. “We know that protein is one of the …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Soybean, USB

Herbicide Acquisitions Enhance AMVAC Portfolio

Cindy Zimmerman

AMVAC was pleased to announce 10 new products at the 2020 Commodity Classic, including the recent acquisition of four herbicide brands from Corteva Agriscience™. These products are complementary tank-mix partners for a variety of primary herbicides used in the U.S agricultural market. They are particularly valuable for enhancing weed control performance against increasing numbers of troublesome weed species. The products …

AMVAC, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Herbicide

Bayer Initiatives Focus on Sustainability

Carrie Muehling

Bayer is focused on sustainability with three specific commitments to bring about positive changes within the agriculture industry over the next 10 years. “Bayer has the opportunity and the responsibility to really be part of the solution when we think about the major challenges that are facing ag today, and those might include climate change, growing population and limited resources,” …

Audio, Bayer, Commodity Classic, Sustainability

Climate FieldView Guarantees Success

Carrie Muehling

Farmers heading into the 2020 growing season might want to consider using Climate FieldView’s Seed Scripts program to help develop a variable rate planting prescription for each field. “We’ve shown through research that farms and fields that use variable rate prescriptions have a better yield performance and ultimately revenue performance than fields that focus just on a static rate planting …

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