Author Archives: Amy L. Fahnestock

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Are We Going To Have Aphids Or Not?

Soybean aphids should be on a soybean grower’s radar every year, says Dr. Erin Hodgson, Iowa State University Extension entomologist. Now that the insects have broken the on-off, every-other-year cycle, experts can no longer consistently predict when, where, or how heavy infestations may be anymore. “We don’t know what has changed, whether it’s overwintering, places

Sprayers On Parade

It’s the height of the growing season, when weeds, insects, and diseases hope to enjoy themselves in your grower-customers’ fields. Sprayers — both dry and liquid — are critical now and throughout the season in the battle for crop yields. New Show Finds New sprayer models are always a popular draw at equipment shows. AGCO’s

Drive Toward Precision

Operators are demanding more — especially more precision — from their automated steering systems, and manufacturers continue to deliver advancements. “In addition to saving time, input expenses, and operator fatigue, accurate and reliable automated steering allows several exciting developments that are happening right now in precision agriculture,” says Wayne Wenzel, public relations manager for Trimble‘s

In-Cab Technology: Smarter Rides

Joe Robertson, communications manager for AutoFarm, explains that “both retailers and customers want control of all aspects of precision farming with a single in-cab display to eliminate cab clutter.” For instance, AutoFarm’s new ParaDyme System not only offers GPS steering from WAAS to RTK, it also provides multiple product application control, liquid/granular variable-rate application, boom

Top Scouting Tips

Crop scouts can serve as your grower-customers’ first line of defense against potential yield-robbers in the field. They can also help your growers’ and your business enjoy a profitable season. A lot rides on the scout’s ability to pinpoint concerns and provide recommendations. “Scouting and making recommendations is a big responsibility because there’s a lot

Pest Control Primer

While herbicides tend to get all the hype, your grower-customers also depend on your delearship’s staff to help protect their corn and soybean crops from insects and diseases and grow their yields. This primer on the latest insecticide and fungicide products will help you get up to speed going into the 2010 growing season. New

Scouting Tools: Being Prepared

Granted, as input costs stay high and crop prices remain low, growers will be looking to scouts to help them get the most yield out of their crops. But there’s another driver for the increasing demand for scouts, says Brian Stark, Farm Works Software marketing manager. “With the growth of precision agriculture tools such as

Year In Review: Great Adaptations

Did anyone really know what to expect going into the 2009 season? A global recession, bins filled with costly fertilizer, and a wet, cold spring didn’t bode well for a successful year — yet for the most part, retailers seem to have come through just fine. Keeping an eye on the big picture, retailers also

Herbicides: Targeting Profit

As crop protection products come into the marketplace, it’s up to ag retailers to help sort through the new options available for their grower-customers’ field management toolbox. This includes studying the results of manufacturer, Extension, and retailers’ own field trials, all geared to improving yields and growing profits. “By bringing growers the next generation of

Generics Gaining Ground

As the generics market grows in the U.S., it may well change how retailers sell crop protection. “Generics are going to play a bigger role in the future, and we need to learn how to deal with them,” says Jeff Eggleston, general manager of Hintzsche Fertilizer, Maple Park, IL. “It’s not just pricing. The retail