As Kent Bennis, Dow AgroSciences market developer for the state of Iowa tells us, having flexibility and options in weed management and weed control are vital to the famers bottom line.
Thad Haes, Seed Treatment Marketing Manager for Valent provides the latest news from Valent on weed and pest control products for the 2014 growing season. He also provides tips on better weed management.
AGP has improved its export facility in Washington state. Terry McClatchey, Marketing Manager at AGP in St. Joseph, Missouri shares what that expansion means for soybean producers in the Midwest.
“This is a yield driven business,” said Jody Foutch, a technical agronomist with DeKalb and Asgrow, talking to Brownfield Ag News about the goals of soybean breeding.
“We have to make sure that we’re bringing increased value to our customers and that we’re keeping the growers healthy from a yield perspective,” he said, at a recent meeting during which preliminary results of the Missouri Soybean Yield Contest were revealed.
Foutch explained that DeKalb and Asgrow breeding programs on both corn and soybeans are aimed at increasing yield as well as improving the agronomic traits from one year to the next.
“Hopefully, in a perfect world, you’d get those increases in yield combined with better agronomics across those products,” said Foutch.
At the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City, we visited with Dr. Brianne Reeves, a technical market specialist in fungicides with BASF. Reeves discussed the three pillars of plant health (disease control, growth efficiency, stress tolerance) and how improved growth efficiency can increase the photosynthetic capability of plants.
Investments in biotechnology and breeding led to a great year for crop yields, according to Morgan Dugan, Channel Brand Lead. Dugan tells Brownfield there were many challenges in the 2013 growing season, including later planting and weed control problems due to wet conditions, but in the end, it was a good year. The year was made better, he explains, because of the Channel Seedsmen line-up. Due to product success, Dugan tells Brownfield, Channel has drawn some good, quality dealers to join the Channel Brand.
Why Channel? Dugan tells Brownfield that Channel offers a full line-up of traits, maturities and genetic diversity.
Looking toward the 2014 growing season, Dugan suggests farmers think about contingencies before they start so they are better prepared to deal with whatever Mother Nature throws out at them.
Channel refreshes nearly 20% of its line-up every year, so there will be many new products in the next growing season. Dugan suggests keeping an eye out for Genuity Droughtgard, the first biotech drought product in the market, combined with breeding for drought characteristics. He is also hopeful that in the near future, depending upon regulatory approval, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend, Monsanto’s newest Genuity soybean trait that includes tolerance to dicamba, will be on market. This trait will be helpful with weed control.
Machinery Link/Farm Link marketing manager Justin Miller says there is a lot of interest coming out of this harvest season for growers who want to rent combines for 2014. Machinery Link rents combines in 26 states. Miller says renting a combine, the most underused piece of farm equipment, is “a win/win for farmers, cost-wise and time-wise.”
Asgrow Brand Manager Becca Waller says they are excited about rolling out their Rock Star LineUp for growers in 2014. She tells Brownfield they have 11 “tried and true” high-yielding Asgrow Genuity RoundupReady-to-yield products across all seven maturities. Waller spoke with Brownfield at the NAFB Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Mosaic is very interested in keeping people educated about crop nutrition.” Mara Ryan says that is why they have built a number of websites to help growers learn more and see results from their area. The Pursuit of 300 effort has been working with six growers around the country and their goal of getting 300 bushels of corn per acre. Ryan says today’s hybrids have some great potential built into them and proper nutrition can help get that out.
Things are always changing and growing with Bayer Animal Health. Jim Lovin, Product Manager Food Animal and Equine Products talks about two new hormones approved for use, one in cattle, swine and horses, and the other for dairy cattle.
Larry Hawkins is Senior Veterinarian, Technical Services Animal Health; he talks about a new residual fly control product that sticks to the walls longer and oral larvicides.