Industry News | 1-25-2021

Bayer’s Third Generation Corn Rootworm Trait Gains Final Approval

SmartStax PRO Technology is the next generation of corn rootworm protection, and the first product offering three modes of action for corn rootworm control. It combines the proven benefits of SmartStax Technology corn rootworm protection with a novel RNAi-based mode of action, providing improved control of corn rootworm over a range of pressure. “We’re excited to receive this authorization and look forward to putting SmartStax PRO Technology in the hands of our grower customers,” said Scott Stein North America Corn Product Management Lead. “The introduction of a novel mode of action like RNAi will provide growers yet another tool to help control tough corn rootworm pests.”
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Syngenta, Researchers Agree That Starting Clean, Weed-Free Fields is Key to Higher Yields

As the calendar turned the page to 2021, Syngenta turned to its panel of a dozen university agricultural experts for insights on how to both prepare for a high-yield growing season and implement weed management practices that will pay dividends for years to come. Researchers emphasize that early-season weed management is the key. "The biggest point that has been reinforced through our research is the value of early-season weed control," said Charlie Cahoon, Ph.D., extension weed specialist at NC State University. "We have seen a 13- to 33-bushel yield advantage in corn when we start the season clean with a pre-emergent followed by a timely post-emergent herbicide, compared to a post-emergent-only system."
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Commodity Classic Announces Dates of its 2021 Virtual Event

Commodity Classic has set the dates for its 2021 Special Edition, which will take place March 2 to 5, 2021, as a digital experience. Registration will open January 26, 2021, on the convention website. The registration fee is waived for the first 5,000 farmers, thanks to the support of sponsors. All other registrants and farmers after the first 5,000 will be charged $20. The registration covers all online educational sessions and events, as well as access to all archived sessions through April 30, 2021.
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Swine Specialist Helps Students Learn About the Industry

Many students learn best by doing, by seeing something in action. At the University of Missouri swine teaching barn here, animal science students get to do just that. On a January morning, Tim Safranski was at work out at the teaching barn, which he says has been helpful for the pork industry and for MU’s swine program. Safranski is a state swine specialist for MU Extension. “It’s a real benefit for agriculture,” he says. Safranski has had a lifelong interest in pigs, “I tell people I’m a pig farmer that went to school too long,” he says.
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New Agricultural Carbon Alliance Brings Immediate Revenue-Accelerating Opportunities to Growers

The next generation of carbon programs has come to the agriculture industry with advancements that maximize financial gain for growers. It’s driven by a new alliance between Bluesource, a prominent and respected carbon project developer and retailer, and globally recognized agtech B Corp Locus Agricultural Solutions (Locus AG). The two environmentally-focused companies have combined expertise to transform Locus AG’s award-winning CarbonNOW program into the leading carbon farming incentive with a stronger buyer network, better monetization, and more transparency than other offerings.
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