Almond Growers Invited to Participate in BetterSoil Alliance

Cindy Zimmerman

Yara North America, Inc., together with Heliae® Agriculture, has launched the BetterSoil Alliance to help California almond producers in the pursuit of sustainable farming practices to improve water productivity and soil health, while decreasing their carbon footprint. Almond growers and advisors are invited to participate in implementing the solutions through customized crop and soil nutrition programs that will be developed …

specialty crops, Sustainability, Water

Yara North America Launches Irrigation Solution for CA Farmers

Cindy Zimmerman

Yara North America today launched Farm Water Advisor, an irrigation solution now offered free of charge for all California growers and advisors for immediate use. Developed in partnership with The Weather Company, an IBM business, Farm Water Advisor uses a range of data to provide hyper-local weather forecasts and recommend the best schedule for maximum yields. “We have focused on …

AgWired Precision, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Produce, specialty crops, Water

Yara Expands Southeast Distribution Support

Cindy Zimmerman

To further support retail partners and growers across Florida, Yara North America will now distribute their flagship calcium-based nitrogen and other Premium Products through Ambassador Services International located at Port Canaveral, Florida. The first Yara vessel was welcomed at Port Canaveral on Thursday, November 5th. The move positions Yara to better serve key markets including citrus, specialty crops and turf …

Citrus, Produce, specialty crops, transportation

Agricultural Solutions LLC Announces New Ownership

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural Solutions LLC has ended its financial partnership with Intergro, Inc., but Intergro will remain a distributor for crustacean meal products. The newly independent leadership team responsible for the creation of the crustacean meal product line is excited to now take the brand in a new direction. Agricultural Solutions’ Managing Partner Don Long pioneered the conventional and organic production of …

Biologicals, Organic, Precision Agriculture, specialty crops

Farm Credit Shares Produce Farmers’ COVID-19 Challenges

Cindy Zimmerman

Like every other sector of agriculture, fruit and vegetable producers are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic response. Many farmers around the country have experienced devastating losses from the shutdown of the foodservice supply chain and slowdown at retail. Farm Credit held a webinar panel discussion last week with specialty crop producers on the challenges they are facing. Participants included …

Audio, Farm Credit, Produce, specialty crops, Vegetables

Deere Offers New Compact Utility and Specialty Tractors

Cindy Zimmerman

John Deere has announced a new compact utility tractor line up and a new specialty tractor, along with some updates. The new John Deere 3D Series compact utility tractors, including the 3025D, 3035D and 3043D models, offer a powerful, affordable and easy to use solution for a wide range of jobs. Equipped with a gear-drive transmission and available in three …

AgWired Precision, John Deere, specialty crops, Tractor

New Alliance Promotes Specialty Grains

Carrie Muehling

The merger of two agricultural organizations promises stronger representation for U.S.-grown identity preserved crops on the global stage. The Northern Food Grade Soybean Association and Midwest Shippers Association will now operate as the Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance (SSGA). “As the specialty grains market has grown, the demand for containerized processed soy and especially grains has grown across the world,” …

Audio, Grains, specialty crops

Ag Export Coalition Urges Increased Funding for Export Programs

Cindy Zimmerman

More than 120 members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports are urging leaders of the House Committee on Agriculture to increase funding for USDA export promotion programs in the new farm bill. The coalition ssent a letter to Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX), and Ranking Minority Member Collin Peterson (D-MN), asking them to increase funding for the Market …

Ag Groups, AgWired Precision, Audio, Exports, specialty crops

Ag Secretary Surveying Hurricane Damage

Cindy Zimmerman

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is in Florida today after surveying Hurricane Irma damage in his home state of Georgia last week. In Georgia, Perdue toured pecan farms where thousands of trees were lost and will take years to replace, with estimates that 20-30% of this year’s crop was lost, and also visited with cotton farmers who may have lost …

Audio, Cotton, specialty crops, USDA

House Ag Hearing on Specialty Crop Innovations

Cindy Zimmerman

The House Agriculture Committee heard testimony Wednesday on technology and innovation in specialty crops as input toward the making of the 2018 farm bill. “As we look at the farm bill through the lens of the current farm economy, innovation and technology will remain essential for farmers and ranchers to continue producing more food and fiber with fewer resources,” said …

AgWired Precision, ASTA, Audio, Biotech, Farm Bill, Seed, specialty crops, Technology