Crashing ocean waves are quickly stilled as they hit the majestic tall rock cliffs protruding like a mountain fortress on the coastline near the community of Kapaau at the northernmost tip of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Just a few miles down the coast line is an amazing 700-acre farm which many decades ago was a sugarcane plantation. In the 1980s, the cane yielded way to plantings of macadamia trees for nuts. Farming the macadamia operation today is the Jim Trump family and their Island Harvest Inc. farm which started in 1991. ...More
“This video directly and falsely impact consumer opinions about how we grow and raise food, which in turn, directly impacts the present and the future for farmers and ranchers. It is unjust and raises unrealistic fears about the food we grow,” according to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance....More
The Annual Desert Ag Conference is a homecoming of sorts for Arizona pest control advisors, crop consultants, growers, and many others involved in desert agriculture in the Grand Canyon State.
About 230 folks gathered for this year's event which covered a wide array of topics, including the slow and expensive route to bring a pesticide to market, discussed by research scientist Jesse Richardson of Dow AgroSciences.
Farmers often wonder why pesticides are expensive and why it takes so long to bring crop protection products to market.
The answer largely lies in the high costs associated with the discovery of a new pesticide active ingredient and the lengthy process to bring it to market. Also, chemical companies spend huge amounts of time and money to produce mountains of data to meet federal and state government requirements to achieve pesticide registration....More
Nearly 16 years ago, John Deere changed farming when it introduced the StarFire guidance system. Improvements were made in the following years with StarFire iTC and StarFire 3000 receivers. Now, the company takes satellite-based guidance to even higher levels of accuracy, repeatability and signal pull-in speed with the introduction of the StarFire 6000 receiver and SF3 signal....More
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announced the inaugural commercial operation of its RMAX remotely-piloted helicopter for agriculture spraying in the United States.
The RMAX flight was completed this week in California for Napa-based Silverado Farming Company. RMAX applied a fungicide for preventative control of powdery mildew, a major fungal disease which affects grapes and many other crops....More
Kevin Bronson and Kelly Thorp of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Maricop, Ariz. are in the third year of field tests to determine if the there is a better way to irrigate cotton in the Grand Canyon State other than traditionally flooding fields.
Two separate field studies at the Maricopa Agricultural Center are testing two methods: an overhead sprinkler system guided by precision agriculture tools to place water only where needed and only how much is really needed in the field; and buried drip - a.k.a. subsurface drip irrigation.
The Environmental Protection Agency has registered BASF’s Varisto herbicide for use in clover grown for seed, dry beans, dry peas, English peas, lima beans (succulent), snap beans, and soybeans.
BASF says this new herbicide helps maximize yield potential by delivering a wide spectrum of broadleaf and grass weed control....More
DeltaTrak, a producer of cold chain management, food safety, and environmental monitoring products, announces the release of its new FlashLink USB PDF reusable data loggers.
The company says temperature verification is an important part of effective facility, equipment, and process management.
DeltaTrak’s new line of reusable loggers are cost effective solutions for accurately monitoring and recording temperature conditions in cold storage warehouses, walk-in coolers, freezers, processing, packing, and staging areas....More
The global company Rotoplas has officially launched its commercial water, feed, and storage tank business in the U.S., including a production plant in Merced, Calif.
Rotoplas designs and manufactures water, feed, and chemical storage polyethylene solutions.
The company says its U.S. venture will provide high-value, high-end products to help consumer and environmental needs.
Rotoplas’ products are currently produced in 21 plants across two continents with the newest plant in Merced.
The company’s U.S. headquarters is in Dallas, Texas....More
BASF has announced its regulatory dossier submission for a new insecticide active ingredient, Inscalis.
Inscalis is a pioneer solution from a novel chemical class – pyropenes - which offers an alternative mode of action for the control of key insect pests, and provides an essential tool to farmers for use in resistance and integrated pest management programs....More
The alfalfa crowd gathered at the Arizona Alfalfa and Forage Workshop held in March was quizzed by University of Arizona staff about their chemical use to control pests in alfalfa fields. Participants included growers, pest control advisors, members of the agricultural industry, and others.
When asked about how they decide when to use an insecticide to control the Egyptian alfalfa weevil (EAW), 37 percent said their decision was based on the threshold level, 29 percent did not treat with an insecticide, and 14 percent sprayed for the weevil when spraying for aphids....More
Deere & Company has entered into a joint venture with Hagie Manufacturing, the U.S. market leader in high-clearance sprayers. In the agreement, Deere acquires majority ownership of Hagie Manufacturing, which will continue producing sprayers at its Clarion, Iowa location.
Equipment made through the joint venture will continue to carry the Hagie brand. Sales and service for Hagie equipment will be integrated into Deere’s global distribution channel over the next 15 months....More
Gowan Company, LLC announces the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s registration of Magister SC miticide for mite control in almonds; cherries, non-bearing tree fruits, and nuts; and powdery mildew in cherries.
Magister was approved in California for almonds and cherries in January 2016.
Gowan calls Magister SC a powerful and effective miticide to provide a solid solution to mite control problems.
Fenazaquin, the active ingredient in Magister SC, is a new foliar miticide belonging to the chemical class quinazoline....More
BASF has launched Maglis, an online agricultural platform designed to help farmers manage crops more effectively and efficiently.
Connecting technology, data and people, Maglis allows farmers to gather, interpret, and monitor a range of crop-related data to help them make better agronomic decisions....More
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a notice of intent to cancel all Bayer CropScience, LP and Nichino America, Inc. flubendiamide products that pose a risk to aquatic invertebrates important to the health of aquatic environments.
Flubendiamide is registered for use on more than 200 crops, including soybeans, almonds, tobacco, peanuts, cotton, lettuce, alfalfa, tomatoes, watermelon, and bell peppers, with some crops having as many as six applications per year....More
DuPont and Dow Chemical released a “first look” at the potential structure for the future independent agriculture company that will be the result of the merger of the two chemical and seed entities.
Earlier, the two concerns said they would create three divisions – agriculture, specialty chemicals and materials science – following the merger. Today, they announced what will happen with the agiculture side of the new company:...More
Dow AgroSciences has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Department of Pesticide Regulation approval for Kerb SC herbicide use in leaf lettuce.
“This is an incredibly important new label for leaf lettuce growers,” says Jesse Richardson, Dow AgroSciences field scientist for southern California and Arizona.
“No other herbicide controls as many weeds in lettuce as Kerb.”...More
Massey Ferguson, a global brand of AGCO Corporation, has introduced the 5700SL Series mid-range tractors which build upon the Massey Ferguson 5600 Series reputation for versatility and reliability.
All three new models are equipped to work in compact spaces and offer the power, maneuverability, comfort, and performance needed for efficient loader work, hay production, and general on-the-farm use....More
The 2016 World Ag Expo, under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s, drew large crowds seeking the latest and greatest innovations in the business of agriculture.
Foremost on the minds of farmers and ranchers was finding the best tools to make their operations more efficient leading to increased profitability.
About 1,600 exhibitors shared their wares with potential customers who were there to see first hand the products which could fit their operations.
Enjoy these photos at World Ag Expo, courtesy of Western Farm Press.