Feeding Cull Cows

Laura McNamara

Cull cows and their feeding habits are at the center of research underway at North Dakota State University’s Hettinger Research Extension Center. The study is being done in cooperation with South Dakota State University. The Center’s Michelle Stamm says the multi-state southwest feeders project is monitoring the feeding of a group of cull cows for 100 days and then will …

Agribusiness, Farming, Livestock, Research

BASF in Germany

Laura McNamara

It’s certainly no surprise that crops are cultivated in Germany, but some of the country’s farms, equipment and practices held a few surprises. Both the German Agricultural Society and John Deere hosted a visit to the BASF Gutsbetrieb Rehhütte, or the BASF Deer’s Den Farm, in Limburgerhof, Germany left a couple reporters from our group incredulous at how clean a …

Agribusiness, BASF, Corn, Ethanol, Farming, John Deere, Research, Tractor

Ceres, Texas A&M Partnering in High-Biomass Sorghum Production

Laura McNamara

Biofuel development and marketing is getting a boost. Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station of The Texas A&M University System are collaborating in high biomass sorghum production for biofuels, through an exclusive, multi-year joint research and commercialization agreement. These plants are not designed to produce grain, but rather vast amounts of biomass — the raw …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, Education, Ethanol, Farming, Research, Technology

K-State Research Developing Biosecurity Tracking Software for Cattle Producers

Laura McNamara

Software enabling cattle producers to safeguard the health of their herds will soon be online. Researchers at Kansas State University are developing software that will help producers maintain secure feedlots and give them an informational database for understanding the impact of specific diseases. The feed yard security project is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Kansas …

Farming, Livestock, Research, Technology

ABM Agri-Council Starts Agri-Intelligence Report

Chuck Zimmerman

The American Business Media Agri-Council is starting a quarterly report for those of us in the ag media called, “Agri-Intelligence Report.” It’s an e-newsletter filled with information from research they’ve conducted among other things. For example the first issue includes this summary statement from the 2005 Harris Interactive, Agricultural Media Study. . . . which concluded that farmers and ranchers …

Publication, Research

Lower Insurance Premiums for Farmers Using Monsanto Hybrid

Laura McNamara

Monsanto says its latest agreement with the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation means farmers can opt to have their insurance premiums slashed by up to 24 percent in four states. Monsanto is launching an innovative crop insurance pilot program with its hybrid corn seeds. A new pilot program recently approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) will provide farmers an …

Agribusiness, Corn, Farming, Research, Technology

CropLife America Elects Board Members

Laura McNamara

Leaders from top crop science companies monitor pesticide management regulation as newly elected and re-elected board members of CropLife America. CropLife has elected its new Board of Directors. Eric Wintemute, president and chief executive officer of American Vanguard Corporation, was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of CropLife America, the nation’s largest trade association for pesticide manufacturers, formulators, developers …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, BASF, Research, Technology

CropLife Rewards Pesticide Excellence

Laura McNamara

The nation’s largest trade organization for agriculture pest management, CropLife, has named the recipients of its annual awards for excellence in pesticide development. The CropLife awards are meant to recognize responsible and effective use of pesticides to provide a safe, affordable and abundant food supply. Fourteen recipients of 2007 CropLife America industry awards were honored in six categories for excellence …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, BASF, Research, Technology

DuPont Funds Biofuel Projects

Laura McNamara

A million dollar pledge from DuPont means Iowa State University can begin development of its “New Century Farm.” The farm will be the center for biofuel and biomaterial farm production research on the Iowa State campus. DuPont has announced a pledge of $1 million to the Iowa State University (ISU) New Century Farm, the first research effort in the United …

Ag Groups, Farming, Research, Technology

BASF Fungi Guy

Cindy Zimmerman

This is a guy who really loves fungi. Mycologist Dr. John-Bryan Speakman is a research scientist with BASF Fungicide Research and you wouldn’t believe how excited he can get talking about fungi. But some of them are really very pretty. I never knew there were so many different types of fungi with so many colors and shapes and sizes. We …

BASF, International, Research