On the opening day of the 70th National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention the NAFB Foundation awarded this year’s scholarship recipients during a luncheon sponsored by the CME Group.
Gina Olsen is the first recipient of the George Logan Scholarship. She is attending the University of Missouri and seeking a degree in agriculture. Interview with Gina Olsen
Amie Burke is the recipient of the Glenn Kummerow Scholarship. She is attending Illinois is State University and will graduate in December and will soon join the communications team at GROWMARK. Interview with Amie Burke
Stacie Seger received the NAFB Foundation Scholarship and is a junior at The Ohio State University. There she is pursuing a BS in Agriculture Communications. Interview with Stacie Seger
Checkout photos from NAFB Convention: 2013 NAFB Convention Photo Album
Montana State University is having what they plan to be the first of a new annual seminar on precision agriculture.
Coordinator Olga Walsh, an assistant professor of soil nutrient management who works at the Western Triangle Ag Research Center, is hoping to get 150-200 producers to attend the seminar, which will feature several important precision topics and a couple of experts in the field.
Robert Blair, who was the 2009 Precision Ag Farmer of the Year, will present his “Precision Ag Journey” and USDA-NRCS agronomist Pat Hensleigh will talk about “USDA-NRCS Nutrient Management Programs.”
The seminar is free and lunch is provided – check here for more info.
At the 2013 Farm Progress Show on Tuesday, GROWMARK announced a major donation of $70,000 to the Illinois Ag in the Classroom programs.
The funding will go to support IAA Foundation’s grassroot efforts to aid Agriculture Literacy Coalitions across the state of Illinois. These programs reach over 500,000 students in both rural and urban areas.
GROWMARK is a regional cooperative providing agriculture-related products and services, as well as grain marketing in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at www.growmark.com
Here you can listen to the complete press conference announcing the donation. Growmark Press Conference
2013 Farm Progress Show Photo Album
Recent research is definitive: As much as 60 percent of yield depends on soil fertility. Unfortunately, the science behind this imperative aspect of farming isn’t always so clear, confusing even the most veteran agriculture professionals. A new initiative from The Mosaic Company aims to better explain the various scientific aspects vital to achieving maximum yield.
Mosaic’s CropNutrition initiative is an integrated campaign designed to inform growers and retailers about key issues and trends affecting soil fertility. By using various vehicles to spread this message, Mosaic hopes to spread awareness of the fact that, for many farmers, the key to higher yield is right under their feet.
At the center of this program is CropNutrition.com, an educational digital hub that serves as a one-stop soil fertility resource for ag retailers, growers and industry experts looking to better understand the yield-sensitive scientific aspects of soil.
CropNutrition.com combines the best research and soil fertility resources from The Mosaic Company’s previous crop nutrition resource (Back-to-Basics.net) with new information from Mosaic’s global network of research partners. Additionally, research findings and insights from The Mosaic Company’s top agronomists provide timely, useful information on soil fertility.
During the 2012 drought, corn and soybean yields improved following cover crops, according to a recently released report with detailed results from a farmer survey on cover crops.
The survey was carried out in partnership between the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and the USDA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. More than 750 farmers, primarily from the Upper Mississippi River watershed, were surveyed during the winter of 2012-13. Questions on cover crop adoption, benefits, challenges and yield impacts were included in the survey. Key findings include:
• During the fall of 2012, corn planted after cover crops had a 9.6 percent increase in yield compared to side-by-side fields with no cover crops. Likewise, soybean yields were improved 11.6 percent following cover crops.
• In the hardest hit drought areas of the Corn Belt, yield differences were even larger, with an 11 percent yield increase for corn and a 14.3 percent increase for soybeans.
The Mid-Summer Classic, known as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, is coming soon, but for soybean producers the best place to see all-stars is at the ASA Soybean Marketing and Production College on July 30 in St. Paul, Minn.
ASA is announcing Dr. Christy Sprague, Associate Professor, Michigan State University; Dr. Aaron Hager, Associate Professor, University of Illinois; and Dr. Jason Norsworthy, Associate Professor, University of Arkansas as its all-star lineup of speakers for its Herbicide and Weed Resistance Management session.
The Herbicide and Weed Resistance Management session at the ASA Soybean Marketing and Production College will use the soybean industry’s “Take Action HRM” approach and will provide attendees with the tools needed to develop a three- to five-year integrated management plan.
Guarantee your participation by registering by Tuesday, July 9, at www.SoyGrowers.com/MarketingProductionCollege.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont Pioneer are seeking applicants for the 2014 Young Leader Program. Now in its historic 30th year, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program is recognized throughout agriculture for its tradition of identifying and cultivating farmer leaders who are shaping not only the U.S. soybean industry but all of agriculture.
A challenging and educational two-part training program, the 2014 class of ASA/DuPont Young Leaders will meet for the first time at Pioneer’s headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 19-22, 2013. The program will continue Feb. 25-March 1, 2014 in San Antonio, with training held in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.
The ASA/DuPont Young Leader program offers the opportunity for participants to strengthen and build upon their natural leadership skills, meet and learn from other young leaders from around the country and expand their agricultural knowledge.
Applications will be accepted online beginning June 3. Interested applicants should go to www.SoyGrowers.com/dyl.
Growers can now easily identify and manage insects while in the field using smart phones and tablets with a new online tool developed by Oregon State University and partners.
Last year, if a grower found a glob of frothy, white foam smeared on a patch of young alfalfa hay, one option was to comb through 600-plus pages in a three-ring binder to identify the culprit as a meadow spittlebug.
Now, growers can check the revamped Pacific Northwest Insect Management Handbook website.
The website is designed for easy viewing on all screen sizes – from desktop computers to mobile devices. It includes all content from the printed handbook. Plus, most webpages on the site include photos and links. Website users can also print factsheets on individual pests and share handbook content on social media.
Two related publications, the PNW Plant Disease Management Handbook and PNW Weed Management Handbook also have companion websites.
A new publication on Palmer amaranth, one of the most aggressive weeds to compete with crops, is now available for free through Purdue Extension’s The Education Store.
Palmer Amaranth Biology, Identification and Management was created by Purdue Extension weed scientists Bill Johnson and Travis Legleiter in an effort to curb the weed’s expansion to the northern U.S. The 11-page publication can be downloaded at www.the-education-store.com.
Palmer amaranth is a green, hairless, flowering weed with multiple seed heads. In recent years, Palmer amaranth has spread north to Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.
The publication offers management recommendations based on research from the South and Michigan State University since this is a relatively new problem in Indiana.
Farmers throughout the country will have many opportunities to attend learning events this summer as the industry pushes for more education on diversified weed management practices (DWMPs) and insight into the seed, trait and herbicide technologies expected to soon become available.
A greater number of in-field, educational events in 2013 reflects the motivation of academics, farmers, manufacturers and retailers to get ahead of the learning curve for using new weed management technologies before the products enter the marketplace.
This summer, Monsanto is planning a robust educational program called the Roundup Ready Learning Xperience, a series of events aimed at transferring knowledge about the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System to seed dealers, retailers and others. Pending regulatory approvals, the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System will introduce Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, which are tolerant to dicamba and glyphosate herbicides. Featuring in-field training demonstrations, the Learning Xperience events will be held at more than 20 locations across major U.S. soybean-growing regions, specifically selected to show how the system will work across many environments.
Legends Seed Genetic Researcher and Agronomist, Mike Knight, reports that growers can glean valuable information by evaluating their plants within days of emergence. Early stage development sets the tone for the rest of the plant’s development. Evaluating plants is key for growers to know if the plant is developing to it’s full potential. By evaluating plants throughout the growing season growers can gauge plant development and seed performance; verify planting depth and detect, as well as, remedy nutrient deficiency
When evaluating newly emerged plants growers should begin by looking at a portion of the field to determine the actual emergence population. Like many aspects of plant evaluation, this helps growers determine if the seed is performing as it should. Measuring the mesocotyl, which is the distance from the seed to the soil’s surface, allows growers to determine actual planting depth and if their planter was correctly calibrated.
While initial plant evaluation can provide growers with useful information to use when planning 2014 management practices and selecting seed; it’s important to evaluate plants throughout the entire growing season. In some cases growers can actually increase yields through plant evaluation. For example, when looking at leaf coloration to determine if the plant is taking up the proper nutrients; if they catch a nutrient deficiency early enough in the plant’s development, there is the opportunity to side dress before yields are negatively impacted.
A new publication designed to help farmers make fungicide-related decisions is now available through Purdue Extension.
The guide, Fungicides for Field Crops, was edited by specialists from five universities and printed by the American Phytopathological Society. The full-color publication includes photos and covers all aspects of fungicide use, including different modes of action, how to use them in various crops and ways for farmers to test efficacy through their own on-farm trials.
Fungicides for Field Crops is $19 and can be ordered through Purdue Extension’s The Education Store at http://www.the-education-store.com by searching for ID-455.
InfoAg 2013 will be held July 16-18 in Springfield, Ill., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. InfoAg continues to be the premier precision agriculture event for producers, consultants, and the crop production industry. For 2013, we will feature four tracks of concurrent sessions with two tracks repeating to allow attendees to hear more of the presentations while offering a wide variety of topics. Mark your calendar and make plans to join us.
InfoAg earned its reputation as the premier precision ag conference through its high-quality educational program and speakers. This year’s conference will build on that reputation as we offer a wide variety of topics with speakers knowledgable and experienced in their field. Take a look at the program and plan your personalized conference itinerary.
* Chuck will be blogging from the event and on July 17th, 3 o’clock p.m. he will be presenting a social media tools workshop.
Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that critically affects the lungs, the pancreas, the liver, and the intestines.
Iowa farmer Bill Horan and his brother Joe have been growing crops that have been genetically altered to produce the proteins used by pharmaceutical companies to treat diseases. One of those is canine lipase that is used in one of the pharmaceuticals used to treat Cystic Fibrosis.
In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we’ll talk to Iowa farmer Bill Horan and take a closer look at the future of “pharming”.
Precision Pays Podcast
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The Precision Pays Podcast is sponsored by Ag Leader Technology.
Some people were born with a voice destined for radio. Fortunately, Ag Leader training specialist Jessica Ahrens, who possesses all the qualities of a great broadcaster, decided to pursue a career in precision agriculture and is a member of the SMS Support Team! Many have heard her voice through a number of educational resources available including classroom training, free online webinars and the video tutorial series created to help growers use the software to manage their data.
Jessica tells us what you can find on the YouTube channel. Listen to Jessica explain
The SMS tutorial videos are fast and easy to access from home or the tractor cab through Ag Leader’s YouTube channel. No more shuffling through a mix of guidance, hardware and software videos on the Ag Leader YouTube channel – SMS tutorials now have their own home at http://www.youtube.com/agleadersmstutorials. This YouTube channel is solely committed to all things SMS. Let Jessica walk you through your SMS software, and then take a minute to “favorite” the channel in your browser – this is one site you won’t want to forget!
And you can access the videos anywhere! Listen to Jessica explain
Become a fan of Ag Leader on Facebook today, and get the latest precision ag videos on the YouTube channel. For more information about Ag Leader products and services, or to visit the blog site, go to www.agleader.com.