Jan 31, 2011

GPS, GLONASS systems realign, adding more satellites

  Realignments of existing Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites are expected to be completed by early summer, creating the most optimal geometry in the navigation system’s 42-year history, according to the U.S. Air Force, which manages the GPS system. Meanwhile, several GLONASS system satellites also have been realigned to maximize coverage from the Russian system, which currently has 22 satellites in service....More
Jan 27, 2011

Battle for the drought-tolerant hybrid seed dollar

As drought-tolerant hybrids make their way to market, at least one agronomist thinks the Western Corn Belt could be ground zero for an all-out battle for market share. "Drought-tolerant corn could expand seed companies' markets," says Kraig Roozeboom, Extension agronomist at Kansas State University. "Continued expansion of corn acreage at the expense of other crops, such as wheat and sorghum, will mean greater corn seed sales -- which is the most profitable sector of the seed market."...More
Jan 27, 2011

More weed resistance headaches

New research from the University of Illinois points to a very chilling result: weeds can develop resistance to any herbicide. Case and point: waterhemp. In an article recently published in Pest Management Science, reserchers confirm that waterhemp is the first weed to evolve resistance to HPPD-inhibiting herbicides. "A fifth example of resistance in one weed species is overwhelming evidence that resistance to virtually any herbicide used extensively on this species is possible," says Aaron Hager, Extension weed specialist....More
Jan 27, 2011

AGCO to expand to build Massey Ferguson, Challenger tractors in Minnesota 1

The agricultural economy must be doing well to experience announcements of manufacturing expansion. AGCO made such an announcement today. The company will add 75,000 sq. ft. to its Jackson, MN, plant to handle the production of high-horsepower wheeled row-crop Massey Ferguson and Challenger tractors. Plans for the addition also include a visitors center....More
Jan 24, 2011

Raven introduces software development tool for Slingshot 1

  Raven Industries has announced a new development platform that will allow software companies to integrate their software into the Slingshot RTK correction, data transfer, remote support and high speed internet access system....More
Jan 21, 2011

Biodiesel poised to regain growth

The biodiesel blenders' tax credit has been reinstated for 2011. Between this and continued demand for biodiesel (especially under RFS2), production plants that had been idled are expected to come back into production....More
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