Ag Retailers: Educating Farmers to Benefit Bees

Editor’s Note: Agricultural retailers educate farmers on proper use of agricultural chemcials to protect crops and the environment. Bees need farmers to receive science-based education and advice as illustrated below in a poorly-informed letter from the National Farmers Union of Canada which called for a “5-year moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments on corn and soybeans in Ontario and Quebec” even though neonic bans are associated with the loss of bee colonies. By contrast, a former associate dean for research and innovation in the Ontario Agricultural College at University of Guelph explained:

Agriculture Drone Business Takes Off

From: AgWeb

By: Tyne Morgan, Ag Day TV National Reporter

Eyes in the sky. Already unmanned aerial systems are catching on, and gaining momentum in agriculture.

“Think of it as a cell phone, think of it as a personal computer, where it started off small, early adopters, then the technology advanced and it became more user-friendly,” says Tom Nichol, Business Development Lead for AgEagle, a Kansas based business building agricultural drones.

Today, the founders are breaking ground in new aerial technology.

Reynolds Farm Equipment’s move returns it to its roots

From: IndyStar

Chris Sikich

One of Hamilton County’s oldest businesses is changing with the times.

To get closer to the farming community, Reynolds Farm Equipment moved its headquarters in March from the increasingly suburban town of Fishers to rural Atlanta, a small town in northern Hamilton County.

The Fishers store will remain open as a lawn and garden center with an emphasis on renting and selling worksite equipment to homes and businesses, as well as a sizable John Deere retail shop.

American farmers confront ‘big data’ revolution

From: Associated Press

Farmers from across the nation gathered in Washington this month for what has become an annual trek to seek action on the most important matters in American agriculture, such as immigration reform and water regulations.

But this time, a new, more shadowy issue also emerged: growing unease about how the largest seed companies are gathering vast amount of data from sensors on tractors, combines and other farm equipment.

The increasingly common sensors measure soil conditions, seeding rates, crop yields and many other variables, allowing companies to provide farmers with customized guidance on how to get the most out of their fields.