Liquid fertilizer and storage regulations

From: Michigan State University — Extension

The use of liquid fertilizer in the field crop industry is increasing rapidly. The bulk storage of liquid fertilizer requires primary and secondary containment features as specified in MDARD Regulation No.642.

by George Silva, Michigan State University Extension

The use of liquid fertilizers, particularly in the field crop industry, has sharply increased in the recent years. Liquid fertilizers are easier to custom blend and use as starters, pop-ups, broadcast spray, sidedress or foliar applications. As a result, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) estimates that Michigan will have more than 80 million gallons of bulk agricultural storage space in 2013. This is a 35 percent increase from 2012.

ARA conference ends with break-out sessions

From: Ag Professional

Rich Keller, Editor

The third and final day of the Agricultural Retailers Association annual conference concluded with a larger than normal percentage of attendees attending breakout sessions—one focused on fertilizer pricing and the other emphasized benchmarking a company against its peers.

Daren Coppock, ARA president and CEO, introduced the full session speaker John May, John Deere president of Agricultural Solutions and chief information officer. He spoke about the uncharted future of technology in agriculture and highlighted John Deere’s “suite” of offerings and a look to the future. A video showed what could be the way that farmers operate their farms from distant locations and on the go with tools that are as yet not invented.

Hoosier Wins AGCO 2012 Operator of the Year

From: Hoosier Ag Today

by Andy Eubank

A Hoosier grabbed the spotlight this week at the Agricultural Retailers Association Conference and Expo in San Diego. Glen Slabaugh, who works for Clunette Elevator Company in Leesburg, was recently named to the top 4 in AGCO Application Equipment’s annual program honoring the best professional applicators in the country. Wednesday at the conference Slabaugh received the top designation of 2012 Operator of the Year.

Slabaugh wins a Harley Davidson motorcycle and speaking with Hoosier Ag Today Thursday morning said all the finalists deserved his honor.

U.S. Federal Reserve Beige Book: Dallas District — Agriculture

From: Federal Reserve Board

The following is the text of the Federal Reserve Board’s eleventh District–Dallas.

Agriculture

The District remained largely in drought, although dry conditions eased in some areas. The crop harvest generally progressed at a good pace. Winter wheat crop conditions were much better than last year, when the drought was more severe in the District. Grain prices trended down over the reporting period but were still at relatively high levels. Cotton prices remained weak and may lead to fewer cotton acres being planted next year. Cattle prices were still higher than normal but contacts noted that high feed costs were keeping producers from expanding their operations and were creating negative margins for feedlots.

Day two of ag retailer conference brings new insights

From: Ag Professional

Colleen Scherer, Managing Editor

Day two of the Agricultural Retailers Association annual conference and expo offered a variety of speakers from differing backgrounds to offer attendees new insights and perspectives that could help them in their businesses.

Crop Production Services gets in on the growing market for precision farming

From: The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

By Toby Sells

Work smarter, not harder.

To expand on the axiom a bit, precision agriculture can help crop farmers work smarter, quicker, less expensively, and easier on the environment. And technology is leading the way.

Technology in agriculture, which one day will include self-driving tractors guided by satellites, may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it is at the heart of the latest wave of precision agriculture.

Ag Retailer conference kicked off

From: Ag Professional

Rich Keller, Editor

The Agricultural Retailers Association annual conference and expo kicked off Tuesday night, Nov. 27, with a fertilizer and weather sponsored seminar, a reception for first-time attendees and the trade show/expo grand opening reception in San Diego, Calif.

This was the official opening day, but Monday was when the executive board of directors and the full board of ARA met to recognize fiduciary duties of board members, go over pre-conference programming, approve financials and the audit and look to the future for ARA’s involvement in upcoming projects.

Nutrients for Life Foundation Launches Kansas Regional Representative

Editor’s Note: The complete Nutrients for Life Foundation press release is attached here.  Below is an excerpt.

From: Nutrients for Life Foundation

Washington, D.C. –The Nutrients for Life Foundation has announced its in-school fertilizer education and public awareness services in Kansas. The Nutrients for Life Foundation program will be led by Regional Representative Sarah Bowser and is supported by a $120,000 donation made by the program’s founding sponsor, Koch Fertilizer, LLC.

Bowser’s primary role will be to work with elementary and secondary educators to promote Nutrients for Life Foundation’s plant and soil science curriculum,

Hop Head Farms in Hickory Corners earns environmental verification

From: MLive.com

By Rosemary Parker

HICKORY CORNERS, MI — A local hops farmhas gotten a stamp of environmental approval for its attention to soil and water conservation practices.

 

Jeff and Bonnie Steinman, and their partner, Nunzino Pizza, of Hop Head Farms LLC  in Hickory Corners have received verification under the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) for their farmstead and cropping systems.

MAEAP is a voluntary, non-regulatory program that helps farmers of all sizes, producing all commodities, prevent or minimize pollution in affordable and sustainable ways.

Ag Retailer conference kicked off

From: Ag Professional

Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional

The Agricultural Retailers Association annual conference and expo kicked off Tuesday night, Nov. 27, with a fertilizer and weather sponsored seminar, a reception for first-time attendees and the trade show/expo grand opening reception in San Diego, Calif.

This was the official opening day, but Monday was when the executive board of directors and the full board of ARA met to recognize fiduciary duties of board members, go over pre-conference programming, approve financials and the audit and look to the future for ARA’s involvement in upcoming projects.