Iteris Signs Precision Ag Weather Agreement

iteris-logoIteris, Inc., a leader in providing intelligent traffic management and weather information solutions, has entered into an agreement with AgRenaissance Software LLC to integrate Iteris’ ClearAg™ Select high-resolution, field-level weather information into AgRenaissance’s FieldX™ suite of software for agricultural producers, agronomists and applicators.

Iteris’ ClearAg solution provides agribusinesses with actionable field-level weather and soil information needed for the data-driven decision making required for efficient crop management, resource allocation, and risk reduction and mitigation. ClearAg is a series of application programming interfaces (API’s) and mobile application products that can be readily integrated with third-party agricultural software applications like FieldX from AgRenaissance. FieldX is an easy-to-use, record-keeping tool for agricultural producers, agronomists and applicators. The FieldX suite includes PC software, an iPad® app, and a cloud-based data storage system.

“Through the integration of ClearAg field-level weather technology, we believe AgRenaissance customers will be able to make accurate, real-time decisions around scouting and other field operations,” said Tom Blair, senior vice president of iPerform at Iteris. “We are committed to providing our partners and customers with high-resolution, field-level weather, soil and crop analytics that drive productivity and enhanced value. Our agreement with AgRenaissance and other customers confirms the value proposition of our ClearAg product offering, as well as our strategy to unlock the true potential of our Big Data analytics capabilities for precision ag applications.”

“We look forward to integrating Iteris’ ClearAg Select solution into our FieldX suite of precision ag tools,” said David Krueger, president and CEO of AgRenaissance. “We see great value in providing our customers timely and accurate precision weather information to help them enhance crop management decisions, crop production planning, and record-keeping.”

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2015 Commodity Classic

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Corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers from all over the country are heading to Phoenix this week for the 20th annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.

Established
in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. Starting in 2016, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers joins as the newest affiliate of Commodity Classic.

Photos from the event can be found here: 2015 Commodity Classic Photo Album

Audio links:
BASF Awards SOY, Corn and Wheat Scholarships
Interview with Neil Bentley, Director of Marketing, U.S. Crop, BASF
Interview with 2015 SOY Scholarship winer
Interview with 2015 Corn Scholarship winners and NCGA representative
Interview with 2015 Wheat Scholarship winners and Wheat Foundation rep

New Holland 3-A-Day iPad GiveawayInterview with New Holland's Rebecca Gunderson

FARMLAND Available in Stores March 3rd
Interview with Lisa Lunz, USFRA board member

Propane Power Pays at #Classic15
Interview with Tom Uhlman, Nebraska farmer and propane user

Commodity Classic Groups Meet the Press
Classic ASA press conference
Classic NCGA press conference
Classic NAWG press conference
Classic NSP press conference

Sec. Vilsack Addresses Commodity Classic Attendees
Vilsack Addresses Commodity Classic
Vilsack Press Conference

Iteris’ ClearAg Crop Protection Beta Testing Program

iteris-logoIteris, Inc., a leader in providing intelligent traffic management and weather information solutions, announced the opening of its ClearAg™ Crop Protection application programming interfaces (API) beta testing program.

ClearAg Crop Protection APIs will provide leading agriculture retailers, manufacturers and growers access to the latest Iteris product capabilities for field-level analytics and visualization tools. The ClearAg Crop Protection APIs feature new endpoints for advisory services around planting and harvest timing, pest and disease emergence, crop nutrition, crop canopy conditions, and irrigation for integration into precision agriculture applications. Iteris’ ClearAg Mobile application offering is also available through the beta program.

“ClearAg Crop Protection is an exciting next stage of our ClearAg decision support tool set,” said Tom Blair, senior vice president of Iteris’ iPerform division. “Through our ClearAg solution set, agribusinesses will have access to real-time content and agricultural models that can enhance decision-making for all stages of crop production. From planning to planting, growing and harvesting, the latest ClearAg Crop Protection APIs will enable users to have the right information for the right field at the right time, providing the best information available to make the right decisions.”

ClearAg Crop Protection is the latest release in the ClearAg API decision-support and modeling-as-a-service product tool set. It follows the recent product launches of ClearAg Select field-level weather APIs and ClearAg Prime soil condition information, which are also designed to empower third-party precision ag applications with field-level analytics information for data-driven farming.

ClearAg Select and Prime API releases featured the application of historic field-level climatological information in context to current weather and soil conditions, combined with data science and scalable infrastructure. ClearAg Select and Prime also included API endpoints around field-level weather, accessibility index, growing degree days, and crop growth modeling. With the information ClearAg API solutions provide, agribusiness staff from crop consultants to agronomists can make better, faster and more informed decisions around everything from seed selection, to planting, and harvesting, through to commodity-based pricing decisions.

The ClearAg adaptive modeling solution is an intuitive application set that expands the power of agronomic models to solve complex agricultural challenges. Iteris’ patent-pending technology leverages ensemble modeling of weather conditions and agronomic models, multi-sensor, science-based analysis of current and past weather and soil conditions, all curated by a staff of degreed meteorologists. The ClearAg solution set provides real-time information where and when you need it.

To participate in the ClearAg Crop Protection beta program, please contact Iteris at ag@iteris.com.

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2015 BASF Science Behind the Chemistry

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BASF Crop Protection held its 9th Science Behind event prior to the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. The Science Behind the Right Chemistry focused on how BASF is helping farmers with risk management and the BASF booth at Commodity Classic featured experts in the company’s vast crop protection portfolio.

2015 BASF Science Behind Album

BASF Celebrates 150 Years of ScienceBASF Senior VP Crop Protection Paul Rea

BASF Survey Says Farmers Concerned About RiskInterview with Scott Kay, BASF

Learning More About BASF ecovio®Interview with Ruth Watts, BASF Biopolymers Group

2015 Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum

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Bayer CropScience held its 10th annual Ag Issues Forum February 24-25, 2015 in Phoenix ahead of the 2015 Commodity Classic. The theme was “Feeding Imagination Today, Nourishing Tomorrow.”

2015 Ag Issues Forum Photo Album

Bayer Ag Issues Forum Celebrates 10 YearsAg Issues Forum 10th Anniversary

2015 Ag Issues ForumInterview w/ Jim Blome, Bayer

Former Iowa Congressman at #AIF2015Remarks by former Iowa Cong. Tom Latham, Ag Issues Forum

Bayer Young Farmer Sustainability AwardAndrew Fansler Remarks, Award Recipient

Bayer Inaugural Produce Innovation Award

Astronaut Addresses Bayer Crop ScienceDr. Mae Carol Jemison, #AIF2015 remarks
Interview with Dr. Mae Carol Jemison, Making Science Make Sense

20th National Ethanol Conference

nec15-sign20th annual National Ethanol Conference was held Feb. 18-20, 2015 in Grapevine, Texas.

With the theme “Going Global” the Renewable Fuels Association’s annual conference focused on the opportunities for exports of ethanol and co-products worldwide.

2015 National Ethanol Conference Photo Album
NEC 2015 Golf Tournament Photos

Interview with Bob Dinneen, RFA

State of the Ethanol Industry

Live stream videos at Ustream

RFA CEO Unveils 10-Point Ethanol Industry Plan
RFA CEO Bob Dinneen Remarks at NEC 15

EPA Official Apologizes to Ethanol IndustryEPA's Chris Grundler at NEC 15
Where RFA and EPA DisagreeEPA's Chris Grundler press questions

Former USTR Praises Ethanol for Going GlobalFormer USTR Ron Kirk at NEC 15

Former USTR Talks Trade at Ethanol ConferenceInterview with Former USTR, Ron Kirk

NFL Hall of Fame Member Supports EthanolInterview with Kenny Houston

RFA Presents Ethanol Industry Awards
2015 RFA Lifetime Award, Bob Reynolds
Interview with Bob Reynolds, RFA Award Winner
2015 RFA Industry Award, Quad County Corn Processors
Ethanol Conference Scholarship WinnerInterview with NEC 15 Scholarship Winner

Links to Panel and Speaker Audio

NEC15 Panel on RFS and LCFS
NEC15 Going Global Panel
NEC15 Advanced Ethanol Panel
John Kingston, McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute
Owen Wagner, LMC International
NEC15 Higher Blends panel
NEC15 Rail Transportation Panel

RFA Chairman Pleased with 20th Ethanol ConferenceInterview with RFA Chairman Randy Doyal, Al-Corn

#NEC15 Wrap Up
NEC15 Wrap up with RFA CEO Bob Dinneen

USDA Under Secretary Talks Trade

missouri-state-undersec-24-editedThe Missouri State University William H. Darr School of Agriculture hosted the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, Michael Scuse at a luncheon with Missouri agriculture leaders on February 17.

Scuse mainly discussed trade negotiations, the importance of Congress granting the president Trade Promotion Authority, and issues such as the current ban on poultry imports by China due to high path avian flu.

Remarks from Under Secretary Michael Scuse Interview with Under Secretary Michael Scuse

Missouri State University School of Ag Hosts Under Sec. Scuse Photo Album

Morning Farm Report Launched

AGRIBLE logo_smallAgrible, Inc. launched Morning Farm Report, a predictive analytics tool that delivers field-specific data and forecasts to help with decision-making in the field. Designed for growers and agricultural companies, Morning Farm Report uses a subscription model to provide reports and big data views of rainfall, temperature, growing degree days, field work logistics, maximum ground pressures, and yield estimates.

“With Morning Farm Report, we want to provide growers with data that not only helps them with their daily decision making, but with forecasts that help with weekly, monthly, and seasonal planning,” said Chris Harbourt, CEO of Agrible, Inc. “Many of our developers are farmers themselves, so we know what growers are looking for and always strive to create products that we would use ourselves.”

Morning Farm Report launched with four tiered products: Rainfall, Field Intel, Tractor Time Logistics, and Yield Engine. All products are priced for unlimited fields and contain all features found in lower tiered options. For example, a subscription to Tractor Time Logistics also contains all of the features of Field Intel and Rainfall. Users choose a yearly subscription to whichever product best fits their operation. There is also the option to create a custom package based on specific needs.

Developed by an expert team in Champaign, Illinois, Morning Farm Report combines soils data, custom crop growth simulations and weather data to develop its products. Data sources include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS).

More information about Morning Farm Report and Pocket Rain Gauge can be found at MorningFarmReport.com

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2015 National Farm Machinery Show

nfms-50For 50 years, the National Farm Machinery Show has offered the most complete selection of cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment and services available in the farming industry. Attendees from around the world gain knowledge and hands-on access to various technological advancements needed for the upcoming farming season during the four-day show. The Kentucky Exposition Center is completely filled with exhibitors, making it the country’s largest indoor farm show.

2015 National Farm Machinery Show Photo Album

2015 National Farm Machinery Show Ribbon Cutting50th NFMS Ribbon Cutting

FMC Promotes Overlap Weed Control
Interview with Nick Husteede, FMC
Kentucky Proud of Farm Machinery Show
Interview with Kentucky Lt. Governor Crit Luallen
Interview with Rip Rippetoe, Kentucky State Fair Board
Deere Introduces Smaller Self-Propelled Sprayer
Interview with Dave Mulder, John Deere
National Farm Machinery Show Welcome

FMC Demos 3RIVE 3D at NFMS
Interview with Matt Hancock, FMC

Late Governor’s Daughter at NFMS CelebrationLinda Breathitt, daughter of late Kentucky Gov. Ned Breathitt
NFMS Honors Charter Exhibitors
Interview with Barry Nelson, John Deere
New Holland Celebrates 120 YearsInterview with New Holland's Dawn Pelon
New Holland’s T6 Line of TractorsInterview with Mark Lowery, Dairy & Livestock Specialist, New Holland
John Deere ExactEmerge UpdateInterview with Kelby Krueger, John Deere
FMC Infographic on Stewardship and Weed Management- Interview with David Wheeler, FMC
New Holland’s Utility Tractors Scream Value- Interview with Todd DeBock, New Holland
T4 Series Tractors from New Holland- Interview with Alex Booms, New Holland
Narrated Walk Through New Holland Exhibit

Update on FMC Marvel Herbicide- Interview with Tyler Tuttle, FMC
Bold New Look for the Case IH Maxxum Tractors- Interview with David Bogan, Case IH
Raven’s Hawkeye Nozzle Control System- Interview with Gary Esselink, Raven
Learn More About Miller’s Line of Sprayers- Interview with Brett Reis, Miller
Miller’s Ag Bag Silage Bagger- Interview with Stashia Bittner, Miller's Ag Bag

USDA Encourages Use of REAP Funds

usda-logoU.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced new funding under the Rural Energy for America (REAP) program under the 2014 Farm Bill. The more than $280 million in funds are open to rural agricultural producers and small business owners to install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

Listen to the press conference that includes Secretary Vilsack’s remarks as well as comments from Jennifer Womble, owner of James’ Supersave Foods and Jeffrey Marstaller, owner of Cozy Acres Greenhouse, here: USDA Announces REAP Funding

Solvay Novecare & Eco Agro Resources Join Forces

ec0 Solvay’s global business unit Novecare announced that it will team up with US-based Eco Agro Resources to develop market and product portfolio opportunities in North and South America.

The partnership is part of larger discussions aimed at leveraging the companies’ combined enhanced efficiency fertilizer products (EEFs) for agricultural distributors and customers. The partnership was announced today at the start of The Fertilizer Institute’s annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Andrew Semple, CEO of Eco Agro Resources, sees the partnership as a natural evolution of the business. “We’ve worked to identify and develop novel technologies to bring to the agricultural marketplace. To accomplish this takes the right people and relationships. Solvay Novecare’s culture, portfolio, and customer and market focus complements our own strategy and offerings.”

Formed last year, Eco Agro Resources is a specialty chemicals developer based out of Florida with a strong pedigree in nitrogen stabilizers and phosphorus enhancers. Solvay Novecare is one of the industry’s fastest growing specialty chemical players serving the agrochemicals, coatings, home & personal care, industrial and oil & gas markets. Its agrochemical portfolio includes sustainable solutions for fertilizer and crop protection, soil and water management, and anti-drift formulations for pesticides.

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Eco Agro Resources Teams with Ekompany

ec0US-based Eco Agro Resources announced a commercial agreement expanding its product range to include Ekote, a line of eco-friendly controlled-release fertilizers by Ekompany. Ekompany based in the Netherlands and Eco Agro Resources of the United States will work together leveraging the latest technology of both companies to bring innovative products to agriculture and horticulture markets in North America.

Andrew Semple, CEO of Eco Agro Resources anticipates great demand for an alternative source of controlled release fertilizers in the North American markets especially when they are manufactured in a more sustainable fashion. Ekompany developed Ekote coated mineral fertilizers with an eco-friendly patented process. The process and the resulting enhanced efficiency fertilizer significantly reduce the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions as compared to conventional processes and fertilizers. Sustainable organic polymers are used and harmful solvents are eliminated from the coating process. This new generation of controlled release fertilizer allows macro- and micro-nutrients as well as minerals to be delivered over a prescribed time period. By releasing just what the plant needs when it needs it, crop growth is maximized while minimizing environmental loss of nutrients.

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Farm Bill Celebrates First Birthday

farm-bill-knifeAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined USDA’s progress in implementing the 2014 farm bill during a press conference Thursday. Joining Secretary Vilsack in the 2014 Farm Bill birthday recognition Wednesday was Ben LaCross, the Michigan fruit farmer who was at the signing of the bill last year; Michael O’Gorman, Executive director of Farmer Veteran Coalition; and Edgar Pruitt, an Alabama farmer who discussed how the Farm Bill is helping producers preserve land and water resources, and support pollinator populations.
Secretary Vilsack and stakeholders discuss 2014 Farm Bill implementation
Secretary Vilsack Q&A

2015 Crop Insurance & Reinsurance Bureau Annual Meeting

cirb-2015Crop insurance leaders met February 4-6, 2015 in Bonita Springs, Florida for the Crop Insurance & Reinsurance 51st Annual Meeting with the theme “Charting the Course” to explore the future of the farm safety net.

2015 Crop Insurance & Reinsurance Bureau Annual Meeting Photo Album

Preview of CIRB Annual MeetingInterview with Mike Torrey, CIRB Executive VP
Past and Future CIRB Leadership
Interview with Greg Mills, outgoing CIRB chair
Interview with Sheri Bane, new CIRB chair
Proposed Crop Insurance Cuts Concern Ag GroupsInterview with Bev Paul, ASA lobbyist
CIRB Hears of Challenging Year for Ag
Interview with Mary Kay Thatcher, AFBF
Risk Management Agency Update from CIRBInterview with Brandon Willis, USDA-RMA
Ag Media Perspective from CIRBInterview with Sara Wyant & Jerry Hagstrom

Eco Agro Resources Introduces N YIELD AZ

N YIELD AZEco Agro Resources introduces a new stabilizer product, the latest breakthrough against the loss of nitrogen fertilizer. It combines the world’s most proven nitrogen stabilizer ingredient with the power of PENXCEL technology for unsurpassed performance.

Andrew Semple, CEO of Eco Agro Resources explains, “Our customers have shared with us the challenges of the standard formulations that are currently available. Application in freezing weather using cold fertilizer and ice-cold steel equipment causes problems, for example. To solve this, we’ve developed N YIELD AZ, a high-performance nitrogen stabilizer formulation that stays liquid, even at freezing. It coats fast and consistently in the blender. And it gives growers reliable protection for their nitrogen investment.”

The new, patent pending N YIELD AZ formulation was created to stay liquid at zero (AZ) using PENXCEL technology that contains unique anti-freeze additives. It delivers excellent performance, not only in cold weather, but also under tough field conditions. N YIELD AZ with PENXCEL technology penetrates deeper into granular urea and provides consistent coverage throughout the blend. It conditions as it coats. The benefit is as much as 25% less time in the blender than the industry standard. Its water-free formula doesn’t add moisture to the fertilizer or to equipment, keeping the blend as free-flowing as possible.

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