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July 2015 Industry News

Tractor To Army Soldier
Rush Limbaugh and Mahindra USA announced the winner of the Mahindra Tractors Military Salute Giveaway on The Rush Limbaugh Show. Shep Snow, an Army veteran from Sagle, Idaho, will receive a new Mahindra eMax 22HST tractor with loader in recognition for his service to the military. Entries in the promotion nearly doubled in its second year. Snow was randomly selected from almost 7,000 active or retired military personnel who were recently nominated in the sweepstakes. Mahindra USA is an active yearround supporter of the military through various programs, including the Mahindra Pride Military Appreciation Program, recognizing the loyal commitment of members of the armed forces. For additional information, go to MahindraUSA.com/financing/programs or MahindraPromotion.com.

Agronomist Ken Legé Joins Dow PhytoGen
PhytoGen has announced the addition of Ken Legé to the company’s team of cotton development specialists (CDSs). Legé will provide agronomic advice, cottonseed recommendations and consulting expertise to cotton producers in the Texas Northern Plains region and Oklahoma. He joins PhytoGen CDSs Scott Fuchs and Robert Lemon to provide agronomic support for producers in Texas. A native of Winnie, Texas, Legé has worked in cotton for nearly three decades throughout the Cotton Belt. He received a bachelor’s degree in horticulture/ crop science at Sam Houston State University. He earned a master’s degree in plant breeding and doctorate of philosophy in agronomy, both from Texas A&M University. For additional information, go to www.PhytoGen.com.

EPA Approves Warrant Ultra For Additional Weed Control
Soybean and cotton producers looking for new and effective tools to manage troublesome weeds will have a first-of-its-kind option in 2016 with Warrant Ultra herbicide, a premix of acetochlor and fomesafen, which was approved recently by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Warrant herbicide – with its active ingredient acetochlor – was launched in 2010. It quickly became a favorite among soybean and cotton producers for its residual weed control – including control of glyphosate-resistant and tough-to-control weeds – as well as its crop safety due to its unique microencapsulated formulation. When fully approved, Warrant Ultra will be the only premix on the market to formulate microencapsulated acetochlor with fomesafen and will provide two mechanisms of action (MOA) for residual weed control. Warrant Ultra received EPA approval on April 14, and state registrations are anticipated for key soybean and cotton geographies in the coming weeks. For additional information, go to www.monsanto.com.

Valley Irrigation Launches New Mobile Website
As smartphones become more integral in farm management and increasingly prevalent among producers, it’s essential for agriculture companies to provide useful mobile tools. To that end, Valley Irrigation has launched a new mobile website. The new site, m.valleyirrigation. com or simply www.valleyirrigation.com from a smartphone or tablet, now provides all the features and benefits of the full Valley Irrigation website in a mobile-friendly format. The fully responsive website adapts to all mobile devices.

Topcon Announces Acquisition Of NORAC
Topcon Positioning Group has announced the acquisition of NORAC Systems International, a pioneer and the world’s leading developer of ultrasonic sensing and boom control technology for agricultural equipment, in a private transaction. NORAC provides advanced automated boom height control technology for the global agricultural marketplace. Its current product line includes systems to precisely maintain a spray boom height above the top of the crop or the ground to ensure optimum application of needed fertilizers and plant protection products. For more information, interested persons can go to www.topcon.com.