Economist Terry Griffin To Join CrescoAg
Terry Griffin, PhD, has joined CrescoAg LLC as Vice President- Applied Economics. Griffin will join the company focused on developing new products that will help farmers utilize existing data from yield monitors and other precision ag equipment to make better decisions for their operations.
Griffin joins CrescoAg from the University of Arkansas where he was a professor of row crops economics, Extension specialist and team coordinator of the Working Group on Precision Agriculture.
Terry specialized in utilizing spatial technologies to improve agricultural production systems and quality of farm life. He also served as farm management and spatial technologies specialist for the University of Illinois Extension Service.
Cresco Ag LLC is an agriculture information management company based in Memphis, Tenn. For more information, interested parties can visit www.crescoag.com.
Monsanto Delivers GrantsTo Help Rural Schools
Statistics show that the United States ranks only 25th in math scores and 21st in science compared to 30 industrialized nations. These facts show that education is strongly in need of support. To help, Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is launching America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education to aid rural school districts by providing $10,000 and $25,000 grants in 1,245 counties across 39 states.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a public school district in their rural community to compete for a grant. Nominated school district administrators can then submit an application for either a $10,000 or $25,000 grant to support a science and/or math educational program by April 30, 2012.
The Monsanto Fund will award 199 grants this year. There will be 177 $10,000 grants and 22 grants of $25,000 awarded. Visit growruraleducation.com to see a complete list of eligible states and regions. Overall, the Monsanto Fund will donate more than $2.3 million to school districts in 39 states through this program.
Syngenta Increases Components In Avicta
Syngenta is helping producers stay one step ahead of cotton insect pests by increasing the rate of thiamethoxam (Cruiser insecticide seed treatment) 10 percent in Avicta Complete Cotton nematicide/insecticide/fungicide seed treatment for the 2012 growing season.
The enhanced rate will allow cotton producers across the Belt who have come to rely on Avicta as their standard seed treatment solution to better combat early season insects with more consistent performance.
To learn more about the program and register for text message alerts, interested parties may go online to www.SyngentaPestPatrol.com.
Cheminova, BASF Reach Accord On Trademark Issue
Cheminova, Inc., has announced an agreement with BASF under which Cheminova secures sole distribution rights and exclusive use of the Sovran trademark in the United States.
Effective immediately, Sovran (kresoxim-methyl) fungicide will be marketed and sold in the United States exclusively through Cheminova, Inc. A strobilurin fungicide, Sovran controls powdery mildew, Botrytis and other diseases on crops such as grapes, cucurbit vegetables, pome fruit and pecans.
Bayer Launches Smartphone Apps To Help Farmers
In the latest example of how Bayer CropScience strives to give farmers, consultants and seed dealers better tools to make the best FiberMax and Stoneville cotton variety selection, two new apps are being introduced in time for the 2012 planting season.
With the Variety Selector Tool and Seed Planner, users will have seed management decision tools in two convenient apps.
“At Bayer CropScience, our goal is to provide farmers with the tools they need for on-farm success, including important variety information for seed selection and planting decisions,” says Jeff Brehmer, U.S. marketing manager for FiberMax and Stoneville.”
The improved Variety Selector Tool that is currently found on www.fibermax.com and www.stoneville.com is now available as a tablet application for Android devices.
LACA To Host Special Ag Technology Workshop
An Agricultural Technology and Management Conference sponsored by the Louisiana Agricultural Consul-tants Association (LACA) will be conducted on Feb. 15-17 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, La.
Two pre-conference workshops will be available this year on the morning of Feb. 15. They are: Social Media Workshop facilitated by Natalie Hummel and Anna Meszaros of the LSU AgCenter; and FieldRecon and Field Rx Workshop facilitated by David Hydrick of Hydrick’s Crop Consulting, Inc.
These workshops are free to attendees. Facilitators do ask that attendees bring laptops, notebooks or I-pads to participate in the training. Other presentations will focus on the 2012 Farm Bill, marketing strategies and agronomic information that will be presented to attendees.
Attendance at this conference will re-certify independent consultants and commercial applicators. The preliminary program and other information are available at www.laagcon.org. Please contact Denise Wright, LACA Executive Director, at (337) 945-3694 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Valley Irrigation Adds Tire Pressure System
Valley Irrigation, the leader in precision irrigation, has announced the addition of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to its control technology product line. TPMS is not only the first product in the mechanized irrigation market to monitor tire pressure on center pivot irrigation equipment, but is also a proud recipient of a 2012 World Ag Expo Top-10 New Products award.
The Valley TPMS was developed in response to a need identified by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI). With more than 10,000 tires and wheel gearboxes in their operation, NAPI needed a way to monitor for low tire pressure without having to constantly replace parts.
The exclusive relationship between Valley Irrigation and Advantage PressurePro made this product possible, resulting in the Valley patent-pending TPMS design.”
For more information about the Tire Pressure Monitoring System and other control technology products from Valley Irrigation, producers can contact their local Valley Dealer or visit www.ValleyIrrigation.com.
Agronomist Russell Nuti Joins PhytoGen Team
Dow AgroSciences is pleased to announce that recognized research agronomist Dr. Russell Nuti has joined the newest PhytoGen cotton development team.
Nuti will provide agronomic support for PhytoGen cottonseed and Wide-Strike Insect Protection in Alabama and parts of Florida and Georgia.
Nuti holds a doctorate in crop science from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas A&M University, where he focused on crop production and cotton physiology. Prior to joining the PhytoGen team, Nuti was a research agronomist at the USDA ARS National Peanut Research Laboratory in Dawson, Ga.