Industry News | 10-03-2022

Hurricane Ian Hit Florida at Key Time for Vegetable, Fruit Planting

Florida’s farmers and ranchers are facing widespread destruction from Hurricane Ian that threatens to curb supplies of fruit and vegetables in a region that is critical to America’s food supplies. The Sunshine State is a key source of vegetables, livestock, dairy and fruit -- most notably the oranges it’s famous for. And they’ve all been devastated by the storm, the Florida Farm Bureau said by email. Ian struck just as the US heads into cooler autumn months, disrupting planting at a time when food inflation already is soaring.
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Bayer Launches Groundbreaking Collaboration with Perdue AgriBusiness to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Increase Sustainability in the Food Value Chain

Bayer has announced a groundbreaking regenerative farming collaboration with Perdue AgriBusiness aimed at large-scale carbon emission reductions and creating a model for a more sustainable food value chain spanning across Perdue's entire grain network. The collaboration – a first-of-its-kind under Bayer's new ForGround platform – leverages the strengths and scale of both organizations to create a blueprint for businesses to assess their carbon footprint and rapidly scale up their ability to reduce Scope 3 emissions. Through the collaboration, Bayer and Perdue AgriBusiness, the international agricultural products and services business of Perdue Farms, are creating additional opportunities to help support farmers on their regenerative agriculture journey, benefiting their land and helping them produce more environmentally friendly foods and ingredients for businesses and consumers.
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Syngenta Launches Digital Solution for Plant-Parasitic Nematodes

Syngenta Crop Protection recently launched the world’s first commercial digital solution, created to identify infestations of plant-parasitic nematodes for soybeans by examining photographs collected by satellites. The new tool is a breakthrough for management of the pest and adds to Syngenta’s portfolio of products centered on offering digital and precision agriculture solutions, according to a release. The solution employs a proprietary algorithm to analyze the field images, highlighting areas with high infestations and estimating potential losses that could result from the microscopic parasites. Farmers can then make rapid adjustments to avoid yield loss, optimize the use of inputs and improve sustainability on the farm.
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Highlights from AMVAC'S SIMPAS Technology Summit Road Tour

AMVAC recently concluded a 12-stop Technology Summit road tour showcasing the expanding SIMPAS-applied Solutions portfolio and SIMPAS application system. SIMPAS-applied Solutions (SaS) are products that are prescriptively applied with patented SmartCartridge container technology through the SIMPAS application system to address unique agronomic needs. Multiple SaS products, such as insecticides, fungicides, nematicides, and micronutrients, are delivered simultaneously, in-furrow, during planting. Nate Eitzmann from Asmus Farm Supply attended the Technology Summit in Clear Lake, Iowa. He worked with two growers on their SIMPAS-application systems this past season, and one grower each of the two seasons prior to that. "It's been really good being involved from the get-go because we saw where the SIMPAS system was at, and we've seen AMVAC and Trimble take our suggestions and roll with them," he said. "It's exciting to see the advancements and changes they've made, and the biggest excitement about all of it is that the product portfolio is continually expanding."
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Exclusive: Shell Plans $1.48B Bio-Refinery in Louisiana as Part of Transition Away from Fossil Fuels

Preparations are underway at the site of Shell’s former Convent refinery in Louisiana, where the oil major plans to build a $1.48 billion low-carbon fuels facility. The project’s first phase would include a renewable fuels unit that would produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel from plant oils, animal fats and used cooking oils. The company said it is close to reaching a final investment decision, a precursor to construction, on that project.
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