Industry News | 09-12-2022

Industry’s First Autonomous Spreader Debuts at Farm Progress Show

Case IH and Raven Industries introduce the agriculture industry’s first autonomous spreader: the Case IH Trident™ 5550 applicator with Raven Autonomy™. Unveiled at Farm Progress Show 2022, this innovative solution delivers on customers’ demands for autonomous equipment to help solve labor challenges and increase productivity on their operations. “This is a significant milestone in our accelerated product development efforts between Case IH and Raven, highlighting our intense collaboration and robust product innovation following CNH Industrial’s acquisition of Raven in late 2021,” said Scott Harris, Case IH global brand president. The Case IH Trident 5550 applicator with Raven Autonomy combines proven driverless technology with an agronomically designed spreading platform for a flexible autonomous solution. The technology stack is powered by guidance and steering, propulsion control, perception, and path planning software.
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Exclusive: Iowa Man Explains How He Miraculously Walked Out of a Grain Bin After Frightening 2-Hour Entrapment

Last week marked only the second time Justin Hudson and Mark Wilson have met. Hudson is a paramedic with the Centerville, Iowa, Fire Rescue, and Mark Wilson works on a local farm. “You look a little bit different from the last time I saw you,” Hudson told Wilson. “I appreciate everything that you did,” replied Wilson. The first time Wilson and Hudson had met was a week prior on August 22, 2022, when Wilson was trapped inside a grain bin located outside of Moravia, Iowa. “The beans on the north side of the bin were up to the eave, and I was trying to get as much as I could off the north side,” says Wilson. “But I ran out of a grain vac tube, it was as far as I could go. Then I tried to turn around and suck some around the door so we could get another door open. And that's when things went bad.”
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Darigold Breaks Ground on New Production Facility in Pasco, Washington

Darigold, Inc. hosted a commemorative groundbreaking ceremony last week at the site of its future Pasco production facility. The $600 million facility is slated to open in early 2024 and will process approximately 8 million pounds of milk per day when fully operational from more than 100 dairy farms in surrounding communities. "The Pasco project represents our third major capital investment in as many years, the largest investment in our co-op's 104-year-history, and a significant step in an ongoing strategy to expand and modernize Darigold," said Joe Coote, the co-op's chief executive officer. "We are a beloved heritage brand with deep roots in Washington and around the Pacific Northwest, but there's still considerable opportunity for us to leverage industry growth – here at home and around the world – to become a top-tier global dairy producer. This facility will play an important role in helping us achieve that vision."
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Gene-Edited Tomato Believed to Fight Cancer and Heart Disease Approved by USDA

In a potential new milestone in agricultural biotechnology, a gene-edited tomato that's high in antioxidants believed to fight cancer and heart disease, has cleared a key hurdle. USDA has formally decided that the tomato doesn't warrant regulation because it isn't a plant pest risk. The tomato is the result of research at the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory in England. The developers say the deep purple tomato contains high levels of anthocyanins, which are found in berries and other fruit.
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Survey: Farmers Intend to Plant More Corn Next Year

U.S. farmers plan to grow five percent more corn acres next year, according to a recent Farm Futures survey. The survey found farmers expect to plant 94.3 million acres of corn next spring, an increase of 4.5 million acres compared to 2022. If the estimate proves correct, it will be the largest corn acreage planted in the United States since 2013, when farmers planted 95.4 million acres of corn. The Farm Futures survey reports farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of soybeans in 2023, down nearly 700,000 acres from the 2022 crop year.
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