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How Arming Plants With Silicone Could Help Ward Off Pests

To help plants better fend off insect pests, researchers are considering arming them with stones. The University of Delaware’s Ivan Hiltpold and researchers from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University in Australia are examining the addition of silicon to the soil in which plants are grown to help strengthen plants against potential predators. The research was published recently in the journal Soil Biology and Biochemistry and was funded by Sugar Research Australia. Adam Frew, currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Charles Sturt University in Australia, is the lead author on the paper. Hiltpold, assistant professor of...

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Farm-Based Research and Demo Sites Showcase Role of Equipment and Impact on Yields

Higher yields and greater returns are the ultimate goals for crop producers. To help corn growers better understand the role equipment plays in optimized crop production systems, AGCO Corporation launches the Crop Tour™ 2017 on-farm research and demonstration program. The Crop Tour culminates in a series of field events, compares innovative tillage, high-speed planting and in-season cropping practices. “The Crop Tour is all about explaining the interaction between equipment, plants and soil — a systems approach,” says Darren Goebel, director of global commercial crop care at AGCO. “With these plots, we’re demonstrating how variation in soil, equipment and technology impact...

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Mentors for New and Beginning Farmers: USDA and SCORE launch innovative program

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE, the nation’s largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers. Today’s agreement provides new help resources for beginning ranchers, veterans, women, socially disadvantaged Americans and others, providing new tools to help them both grow and thrive in agri-business. “Shepherding one generation to the next is our responsibility. We want to help new farmers, veterans, and people transitioning from other industries to agriculture,” said Secretary Perdue. “They need land, equipment, and access to capital, but they also need advice and...

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New Utility Task Vehicle Lineup Introduced by YANMAR for 2018

YANMAR America is proud to announce the 2018 YANMAR BULL Series Utility Task Vehicle lineup is expanding to include three new colors and upgrades to the standard options. The 2018 models will begin shipping to dealers this fall. Sales will also be expanded from the continental U.S. to include Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Canada. The new options will be available for the standard BULL model, which features three seats in a single row, and the “Longhorn” edition, with two rows and six individual seats. Due to a fixed production quantity, the special edition “Black Angus” model will be...

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Sunflower SF6830 Series High-Speed Rotary Finisher Now is Narrow Transport

Sunflower®, the seeding and tillage line from AGCO Corporation, is introducing the SF6830 Series high-speed rotary finisher in a convenient narrow-transport version. The revolutionary SF6830 high-speed rotary finisher allows producers to complete multiple tillage tasks to prepare a seedbed in one efficient pass. “Last year, Sunflower entered a new era in tillage with the SF6800 Series, a tillage tool specifically designed to apply innovative concepts in seedbed preparation,” says Larry Kuster, AGCO senior product marketing specialist. “This year Sunflower introduces the NT Series of narrow-transport SF6830 rotary finishers — high-speed seedbed preparation in an exceptionally narrow, 9-feet, 10-inch road...

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