Approach fungicide introduced for 2013

From seed selection to fertility to crop protection inputs, maximizing production is more important to farmers now than ever before.

DuPont Crop Protection is introducing a new fungicide in time for the 2013 growing season that Project Manager Todd Robran told Brownfield is unique in number of ways, giving growers a difference they’ll be able to see on their own farm. Much goes in to raising a successful crop, but Robran said the use of fungicides has given the crop that extra boost by helping manage disease and plant health.

Robran said 2012 taught us that it is more critical than ever that a farmer is truly engaged with every acre he or she manages. He said it starts with a clean seed bed and goes through to using a product like Approach fungicide to manage disease by redistributing within the crop and the crop canopy itself.

Todd Robran, is Project Manager focused on the launch of Approach fungicide and Prevathon insecticide for DuPont Crop Protection.

Conversation with Todd Robran

Syngenta offers integrative approach

Bruce Battles, Crop Specialist with Syngenta had plenty to talk to farmers about during Farm Progress Show. Battles told Brownfield that Syngenta can put a whole package together to address all farmer needs, from seed treatments to hybrids with rootworm management traits to direct injection of insecticide into starter fertilizer to deliver insecticide. Many farmers facing rootworm issues today are covering a lot of acres and can’t risk a yield penalty. They are especially receptive to this integrative approach.

Battles said in this drought year, he is especially excited about the new technology of AgriSure Artesian. This technology, which is part of the Agrisure portfolio of high-performance traits, better manage water within the plant with up to 15% higher yield on moisture-stressed acres.

Conversation with Bruce Battles

Genetics, traits and crop protection chemicals are important tools

Miloud Araba, Product Lead, Technical Traits for Syngenta was busy talking to farmers at the 2012 Farm Progress Show about solutions to help growers improve corn and soybean performance through genetics, traits, and crop protection chemicals.  Growers are investing heavily into crops, so protecting genetic potential through trait selection is very important.  A great concern for many farmers is corn rootworm.  Araba said having a number of tools to use in a strategic manner – such as traits and soil applied insecticide – is key.

Araba said Syngenta has all the tools from genetics to water resistance hybrids to insect traits to provide solutions for growers. 

Conversation with Miloud Araba

Organic agriculture provides opportunity

Opportunity exists in organic agriculture, with double digit growth rates in almost every area of the industry. Currently, organic represents about 5% of agriculture in this country.

Joe Pedretti, Organic Education Specialist with Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) told Brownfield he expects to see the percentage increase to 8 – 10% in the next few years. He said organic agriculture is not for everybody. Transitioning to an organic system requires a 3-year committment to receive certification on the land. Organic farming also requires a new skill set and could require a capital investment, so Pedretti said it is a good idea to identify your market before investing the time, labor and money before making the transition.

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Conversation with Joe Pedretti

Winfield is data driven

Incremental changes in crop inputs and placement strategies can make a difference on any farm. During Farm Progress Show, Dave Gebhardt, Research Director for Winfield told Brownfield his company is data driven.  Recommendations made to farmers are backed up by data. In an extaordinary year like 2012, Gebhardt said knowledge, information and data will be especially important to sort out. Most growers could visibly see the variability in the field during the 2012 growing season. Understanding and managing variability across every acre, using technology and data can help growers get more out of every field.

With nearly 200 Answer Plot locations across the U.S., Winfield is uniquely prepared to make recommendations.

Conversation with Dave Gebhardt

Apache Sprayers get ‘Power to the Ground’

In an industry dominated by hydro-static driven sprayers, Apache Sprayers feature a mechanical drive.

“It means taking the energy and the horsepower that’s produced in the engine and getting the maximum amount of power to the ground,” says Charlie May, marketing manager of Equipment Technologies, the home of Apache Sprayers.

In addition to a weight savings, May says the mechanical drive ultimately means that about 98 percent of the machine’s power makes it to the ground.

AUDIO: Charlie May (3 min. MP3)

Midwest Farm Mom of 2011 is much more

April Hemmes loves to talk. And the more she reveals about herself and her family, the more the listener wants to know. She was the 2011 Midwest Farm Mom of the Year, the result of promotion conducted by Monsanto. April does much of the ‘mom’ things that are common in an active farm family, but she juggles that with the farming of 1,000 acres of Franklin County, Iowa corn and soybean ground.

“My husband has the real job in town,” she says. Entering farming in the middle of the 80s farm crisis, Hemmes knows challenges, but she strives to be like her grandfather who “combined corn at 100 and planted beans at 100.” He died at the age of 101. Her father, she says still helps on the farm.

She knew from an early age that farming was for her. “There was, I think, five percent women in animal science at Iowa State when I was there from ’78 to ’82,” she explained. Upon graduation, she worked a few years for a lawmaker in Washington, D.C., and has been on the farm since leaving that position.

AUDIO: April Hemmes (9 min. MP3)

Dow’s ‘new’ logo is familiar

Some things seem to come back into style. That seems to be the case with the recently changed branding logo for Dow AgroSciences. The company’s “global thrust” logo was adopted with the late-80s joint venture between Dow and Eli Lilly.

Stan Howell, vice-president of Dow AgroSciences for North America, explains to Brownfield Ag News that farmer customers of Dow AgroSciences related more closely to the red diamond logo.

AUDIO: Stan Howell (4 min. MP3)

Lester Buildings are made to last

What sets Lester Buildings apart from other steel post-frame buildings is the way the company stands behind them.

“Lester’s one of the few that have a lifetime structural warranty,” said Rick Sagness, an area manager for Lester Buildings. “If we load your trusses, engineer you building and we have a failure, Lester stands behind it 100 percent for its lifetime.”

Lester Buildings are commonly constructed as machine sheds, hog buildings, cattle barns and fertilizer plants, but their uses have expanded. “In the last few years we’ve actually broadened out into commercial buildings, churches, and even have quoted a few apartment buildings,” said Sagness.

AUDIO: Rick Sagness (2 min. MP3)

Precision Planting introduces Delta Force

“Delta means change,” says John Larkin, with Precision Planting, referring to a concept, Delta Force, newly launched by the company. “We pioneered the idea of controlling the amount of down-force on a row unit with our Air Force system.” Now, says Larkin their planters can react to tire tracks, small tillage zone differences or soil type changes that happen very frequently within a field.

AUDIO: John Larkin (3 min. MP3)