Lindsay Irrigation has introduced FieldNET Mobile pivot control, which allows growers to fully control and monitor their irrigation pivots anywhere through the convenience of smartphones. According to Reece Andrews, GrowSmart product manager at Lindsay, FieldNET Mobile provides a labor-saving innovation with the convenience of web-enabled phones. He says with full control and monitoring from anywhere, growers are more efficient with their time and always know the status of their irrigation systems. We visited with Reece at Husker Harvest Days.
North Carolina soybean grower Ken Bartlett, a director on the United Soybean Board, spent time at the Nebraska Soybean display at Husker Harvest Days. We visited with Ken about some of the soybean checkoff’s current activities, including negotiations with Vietnam to obtain some of that country’s high-yielding, drought-tolerant soybean germplasm. He also talked about the USB’s nationwide survey of the oil and protein content of soybeans, an effort to determine what causes those characteristics to vary so much from region to region and from variety to variety.
According to Bo-Jac’s web site, true freedom to offer multiple seed choices is what Bo-Jac has fought for since the introduction of biotech traits. In holding true to that principal, Bo-Jac has carefully selected the companies and products they market. In an interview with Brownfield at Husker Harvest Days, Bo-Jac sales manager Allen Messman said the key is coming to the grower with real choices and an open no-bias perspective. He said they start by finding the right hybrid for the right situation—then asking what traits the grower wants.
One might think that the recent run-up in grain and soybean prices would make life less stressful for row crop farmers. But as he talked to farmers at Husker Harvest Days, Sam Hudson of Water Street Solutions says he heard a lot of confusion and skepticism. The reason, he says, is that marketing creates a tremendous amount of stress and frustration for farmers. He says many of them don’t know where they are now or where they want to be in the future–and that’s where Water Street can help.
Extending the ethanol blender’s tax credit was a major topic of discussion at the Nebraska Corn Board display at Husker Harvest Days. We discussed that issue with Kelly Brunkhorst, director of research for the Corn Board. We also visited again with Curt Tomasevicz, Olympic gold medalist and spokesman for Nebraska corn farmers. Tomasevicz is partnering with the Nebraska Corn Board to promote the positive and important advancements made by Nebraska corn farmers and agriculture.
At the Producers Hybrids’ display, we visited with sales manager Matt Foley and marketing manager Steve Gottsch. Matt discussed Producers’ continued growth in sales and new product offerings for 2011. Steve talked about the importance of genetic diversity, which Producers is able to offer growers through its connection with the global seed company AgReliant Genetics.
The TouchPro Control Panel, Variable Rate Irrigation controls and the Bender30 were some of the new products to be found at the Valley Irrigation display at Husker Harvest Days. Valmont vice president of marketing and engineering Craig Malsam discussed what’s new in technology, while product manager Wade Sikkink explained Valley’s “The Perfect Fit” approach—offering more choices and options to fit each farmer’s individual needs.
At Husker Harvest Days, Monsanto officials were expressing confidence that their Genuity SmartStax corn is going to produce some excellent yields this fall. Monsanto’s corn traits product lead, Holly Butka, reviews the advantages of planting SmartStax. Those advantages include a reduction in the insect refuge requirement from 20 percent to 5 percent. Holly also discusses the anticipated 2012 launch of Monsanto’s 5 percent refuge-in-the-bag (RIB) product—Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete.
The Nebraska Wheat Board and Nebraska Wheat Growers Association will be participating in the Wheat Council’s Urban Wheat Field experience in Washington, D.C. on September 23rd and 24th. In an interview with Brownfield at Husker Harvest Days, Nebraska Wheat Board executive director Royce Schaneman said it will be a great opportunity to present the wheat farmer’s story to members of Congress and their staff, as well as other “influencers” in the nation’s capital.
Houston PolyTank of Hopkins, Missouri designs, produces and installs plastic storage tanks. Their tanks are produced by extruding polypropylene or polyethylene around a drum. Tanks range is sizes from a few hundred gallons up to 50-thousand gallons. According to Houston Polytank’s Ron Elkana and Jason Anderson, they’ve had good interest from farmers who are looking at their 35-thousand gallon tanks for fertilizer storage.