Getting the most out of N is increasingly important for a crop production budget. Enhanced efficiency N is available in two ways: stabilizers and controlled release. Both types of technology help maximize nitrogen’s availability to a crop.
The partnership with Chr. Hansen, a biosciences company, will result in development of biological crop protection products. And the acquisition of the Center for Agricultural and Environmental Biosolutions (CAEB) will lead to an enhanced research pipeline to develop new patented technologies.
New Holland’s newest baler now has an option for handling more than just hay. The Roll-Belt 560 features a specialty crop option with the company’s new ActiveSweep 82 in. tine-to-tine width pickup, which allows for baling crop residues beyond the normal dry hay and straw, like corn stalks and heavier grasses. The new feeder mechanism tines are arranged in a “W” pattern that New Holland says results in a 20% capacity increase.
As part of the IFAJ pre-Congress tour in Urugay, a group of 20 journalists from around the world visited a very high-tech dairy farm. The Talar dairy company in Uruguay was started by Juan Carlos López Mena, who had a dream of helping to provide food to the world. In 2006, construction on the dairy farm began and by 2008, they started milking cows. The farm occupies about 6,800 hectares (about 16,800 acres) for dairy and feed production.
There’s no ignoring the buzz surrounding UAV use in precision agriculture, but it’s important to understand how the buzz got started. The potential in the crop scouting process to identify problem areas in fields almost immediately will provide major opportunities for farmers and agronomists in the future. While FAA restrictions still apply, farmers should learn more about this technology and the types of UAVs available, which vary widely in features and cost.