USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

USDAUSDA has extended by one week the deadline for producers to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to make the decision, update yield history or reallocate base acres will now be April 7, 2015.

Val Dolcini, administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) hosted a media conference call on the deadline extension.

Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini

2015 ACE Fly-In

ace-flyi-n-15-13-editedThe 2015 American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) brought the troops to Washington D.C. this week to talk with our Nation’s leaders about the importance of the Renewable Fuels Standard. The troops were a diverse group of growers, manufactures, retailers and others in the industry with a keen interest in renewable energy.

Photos from the event can be found here: 2015 ACE Fly-In Photo Album

Audio from the event can be found here:
Ethanol Fly-In Focus on RFS
Interview with ACE president Ron Alverson
Ethanol Advocate on a MissionInterview with Bill Couser, America's Renewable Future
Motor Club Rep: No Ethanol-Related ClaimsInterview with Mike Hammond, AMCM and Travelers Motor Club
Retailer Takes Ethanol Story to HillInterview with Charlie Good, ethanol retailer
Another Successful ACE Fly-inInterview with Brian Jennings, American Coalition for Ethanol

Doane Releases Planting Intentions Survey Results

doaneDoane’s 2015 Planting Intentions Survey was released to subscribers and clients Friday, March 20th. Results from this year’s survey show a continuation of recent trends toward more soybeans and less corn acreage. Last year’s corn acreage declined significantly in 2014, down 4.8 million acres from the 2013 level, just a bit more than the 4.5 million acre decline implied by Doane’s 2014 survey results and more accurate than USDA’s March Prospective Plantings report last year which showed only a 3.7 million acre decline.

The 2015 results show another big decline in corn acreage in the works for this year, to 87 million acres which is the lowest level since 2009. While traders are expecting a slight drop in 2015 based on USDA’s preliminary estimate of 89 million acres at its February Outlook Forum, the Doane survey would most likely prove bullish if confirmed by USDA’s March 31 Prospective Plantings report.

Soybean acreage on the other hand will rise sharply according to Doane survey results, which imply national acreage of a record 87 million acres, with largest increases percentage-wise for the Northern Plains states. The Doane survey results imply a significant increase in sorghum acreage this year.

While some forecasts show significant year-over-year declines in total crop acreage planted to the principle crops for 2015, Doane results suggest otherwise. Expected declines for corn, cotton, and winter wheat acreage will be offset with more acres of sorghum, barley, durum wheat, soybeans, sunflower, canola and hay.

Link to full release here.

2015 National Agriculture Day

agdayNational Agriculture Day was March 18, 2015 but events celebrating farmers and ranchers lasted throughout the week in Washington DC, starting with the Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics Kickoff.

Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics Photo Album
National Ag Day Photo Album

Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics
Farm to Fork Politics
Rep. Lucas on Protecting AgInterview with Rep. Frank Lucas, R-OK
Wheat Bagel Breakfast with Side of Politics - Interview with Senate Ag Committee economist Matt Erickson
House Ag Committee Chair at Ag Day LuncheonRep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) at National Ag Day
Listen to Ag Day Essay Contest WinnerTheresa Seibel Essay
Undersecretary Michael Scuse Addresses Ag Day DinnerMichael Scuse Speech
Charles Eastin Award Presented on Ag DayDennis Pennington Remarks
American Agri-Women Veritas AwardAgri-Women Veritas Award

Iowa Ag Summit

iowa-summitNine potential Republican presidential candidates were asked their opinions on various agricultural issues at the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines on March 7.

>The summit was organized with the support of America’s Renewable Future, a quasi-political campaign for the RFS introduced earlier this year which intends to approach all potential presidential candidates individually and invite them to visit and learn more about agriculture and renewable energy.

Iowa livestock producer and ethanol supporter Bill Couser is co-chair of the program. Interview with Bill Couser, America's Renewable Future Co-Chair

The summit was attended by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who were each interviewed by by summit organizer Bruce Rastetter.

Iowa Ag Summit - NJ Gov. Chris Christie
Iowa Ag Summit - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
Iowa Ag Summit - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Biofuels Leaders Defend RFS

rfsAs the American Petroleum Institute on Wednesday renewed its call to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), representatives of the ethanol and advanced biofuels industry and corn growers defended the law and the fuel.

Participating in a telephone press conference were:
Tom Buis, CEO, Growth Energy
Rob Elliott, National Corn Growers Assoc. First Vice President
Adam Monroe, President, Novozymes America
Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association

Conference Call with Renewable Fuel Industry Leaders

Polaris RANGER Becomes Sponsor of ProRodeo

polarisrangerPolaris® Industries Inc., the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles and The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) announced a national partnership recognizing the industry-leading utility vehicle (UTV), Polaris RANGER, as the “Official UTV of the PRCA, the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.”prca

“Given that the majority of our members and fans reside in rural America, this partnership is a perfect fit,” stated PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. “Polaris RANGER’s commitment to ProRodeo truly shows the marketing efficacy of this sport and we are proud to have them onboard.”

The newly-formed partnership includes Polaris RANGER joining the PRCA’s family of national sponsors and serving as the Official UTV of the PRCA, the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will be renamed the “Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.” PRCA World Champions and all RNCFR champions, effective next month in Kissimmee, Fla., will each receive a Polaris RANGER, as well as both of the Remuda Award winners. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund will also benefit with fundraising activities for these two entities.

“Polaris RANGER is excited to continue our support of the sport of rodeo,” said Beth Shimanski, marketing manager for Polaris. “ProRodeo participants are some of the most passionate and dedicated individuals, and this partnership lets us celebrate them and their fans. We look forward to an exciting rodeo season.”

Polaris RANGER provides the hardest-working, smoothest riding UTVs for uses ranging from farming and hunting, to recreational and off-road trips. The line-up consists of premium and value offerings with seating from two to six, in electric, gas and diesel power options to cater to a wide variety of consumer needs.

Read full release here.

2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 3.39.40 PMThe 63rd Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show brought together farmers from Texas to Missouri to the southeast Gulf coast. The 2015 event took place in Memphis, TN and Chuck was there to cover it all. Find links to all his photos and audio below. Don’t forget to check back, more will be added daily.

View and/or download photos from the event here:
2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Photo Album

Listen to and/or download audio from the event here:
Mid-South Farm & Gin Show RockingInterview with Tim Price, Show Manager
FMC Talks Cotton at Mid-South Farm & Gin ShowInterview with Rusty Mitchell, FMC
FMC Offering Rice Growers Incentive to Use ObeyInterview with Don Johnson, FMC
The AgWatch NetworkZimmCast with the AgWatch Network
Annual Commodity Outlook w/ Richard BrockInterview with Richard Brock, Brock Associates

More from #Classic15

CC Phoenix 2015Corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers from all over the country were in Phoenix for the 20th annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show February 25-28, 2015.

Our first post from Classic features the organization presidents, Secretary Vilsack’s address, commodity scholarship awards, and visits with some exhibitors. More audio links are being added here.

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

#Classic15 Pocket Knife Ribbon Cutting

BASF to Sponsor Wheat Yield ContestNWF and BASF announce Wheat Yield Contest
BASF Xanthion In-Furrow Info at #Classic15Interview with Caren Schmidt, BASF

AFBF and NFU Policy Panel at #Classic15
Classic15 Interview with Mary Kay Thatcher, AFBF
Classic15 Interview with Chandler Goule, NFU

#Classic15 Session on Farming Like a Champ
Interview with Missouri farmer Kip Cullers
Interview with NCYC winner David Hula of Virginia

TekWear Takes 3rd in Ag Tech Accelerator Program
Interview with Bruce Rasa, CEO and founder of TekWear

CTIC Celebrates Soil at #Classic15
Interview with CTIC executive director Karen Scanlon

DuPont Pioneer at #Classic15
DuPont Pioneer Press Conference

MyJohnDeere Operations Center Connectivity
John Deere Panel Press Conference
Deere Smaller Self-Propelled Sprayer at #Classic15Interview with Doug Felter, John Deere

USTR Update at #Classic15Darci Vetter, USTR Ag Negotiator

Interest in #Propane at #Classic15Interview with Cinch Munson, PERC

Corn Yield Contest Winner Keeps Pushing/a> – Interview with NCYC winner Randy Dowdy

Seed Education Campaign Taking RootAndy LaVigne, ASTA at Commodity Classic

Deere ExactEmerge Planter at #Classic15Interview with Kelby Krueger, John Deere

USFRA Holds Research & Food Industry WorkshopInterview with Nancy Kavazanjian, USFRA chair

New Holland’s Certified Pre-Owned ProgramInterview with New Holland's Dan Valen

New Holland Debuts Guardian™ Injection ToolbarInterview with New Holland's Jason Hardy

New Holland’s Flexi-Coil® P Series Air CartsInterview with Trevor Rempel, New Holland

2015 BIVI Swine Health Seminar

bivi-shs-15-1-editedOn the eve of the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. hosted their 2015 Swine Health Seminar. The one-day event was packed with information for veterinarians and producers and covered topics including PEDv, pig welfare and the future of vet medicine. The event took place in cloudy, raining Orlando, Florida. The photos are all loaded and more audio will be added daily.

Photos from the event can be found here:
2015 BIVI Swine Health Seminar Photo Album

Audio links:
Shape the Discussions & Frame the Questions
Interview with Dr. Peter Kristensen, Director PIC Europe
BIVI Launches Site for PED Management
Interview with Dr. Greg Cline, BIVI
PED Update at BIVI Swine Health Seminar
Interview with Dr. Joe Connor, Carthage Vet Services
Doing What is Right for the Pig
Interview with Dr. Angela Baysinger, PIC
Vet Training, Education & Leadership
Interview with Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting

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.”

Link to full release.

2015 Commodity Classic

CC Phoenix 2015Corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers from all over the country were in Phoenix 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
Interest in Propane at Classic
Interview with Cinch Munson - PERC

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

#Classic15 Presidents2015 Commodity Classic Presidents

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

Link to full release.

2015 BASF Science Behind the Chemistry

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

How BASF Innovation Specialists Help Farmers
Interview with Nebraska farmer Scott Eaton
Interview with BASF Innovation Specialist Jennifer Wood

BASF Excited About 150th YearInterview with AJ Woodyard, BASF

Analyst Talks Risk at BASF #ScienceBehind15Interview with Arlan Suderman, Water Street Solutions

2015 Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum

bayer-aif15Bayer 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

Astronaut Addresses Bayer Crop ScienceInterview with former NFL center and current farmer, Jason Brown

USDA Helping Farmers Prepare for Climate ChangeInterview with Climate Change Program Office director Bill Hohenstein

Future in Smart Sensors & Cheap ConnectivityMichael Rogers, author, journalist and futurist

Bayer Issues Forum Shows Evolution of InnovationJeff Kneen, R&D New Ventures Manager for, Bayer CropScience

Bayer Talks Investing in Innovations at Ag Issues ForumDavide Hollinrake, Vice President of ACO Marketing, Bayer CropScience

Bayer Ag Issues Forum: Transparency is AccountabilityDr. Jennifer Walker, DVM, Director, Dairy Stewardship, Dean Foods

Bayer Looks to Support Young Ag ProfessionalsInci Dannenberg, Vice President of Commercial Operations, Bayer