Previewing sprayer tech

From: Farm Industry News

Mark Yontz

When it comes to farm equipment, sprayers often do not get as much attention as tractors, combines and other implements. But this does not minimize their importance to growers, nor does it take away from the many advances that have taken place in sprayer technology over the last few years.

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Ahead of the curve

Ag students remain in high demand

From: Agweek

By: Jonathan Knutson

CROOKSTON, Minn. — Dylan Pratt smiles as he walks through the college livestock barn. He calls out friendly greetings to the cattle and pats a few on the forehead.

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That’s great for ag students, especially ones with particularly prized skills in agronomy and ag finance. Their starting salaries have soared — some grads are starting out making $45,000 and more annually — and rapid advancement is possible, Brester says.

Illinois farmer interested in drones

From: AP via PJStar

By JON KRENEK, Associated Press

DWIGHT — When Dwight farmer Matt Boucher first contacted a Los Angeles firm about buying a drone, all it knew about them was show business. Taking videos of corn, soy and wheat fields only mattered if a client needed an aerial shot of Robert Redford or Kevin Costner walking through them.

Boucher, however, was more interested in the field itself.

He’s an area pioneer of the use of drones in agriculture, a practice which could eventually become widespread. The drones are the ideal tool for keeping tabs on fields, a job which can take hours and even days on foot depending on how much land is involved.

Communication with farmer is key to custom application success

From: Southeast Farm Press

 

A really well-suited piece of machinery is important if a custom applicator hopes to develop a good working relationship with a farmer. Tony Randolph of Farmville, N.C., has found the key to developing that relationship is good communications during the initial contact.

“If I can get it right the first time, I am well on the way,” he says. “I should know exactly what the customer needs and be able to deliver it.”TONY RANDOLPH of Farmville, N.C., was named AGCO Application Equipment’s 2013 Operator of the Year.

Coalition questions legitimacy of EPA’s proposed WOTUS rule

From: Ag Professional

Agricultural Retailers Association  

The Agricultural Retailers Association and fellow members of the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC) submitted a 10-page letter Monday describing and documenting the coalition’s serious concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS).

The key legal / procedural issues highlighted in the letter include the following:

  • The agencies continue to issue new materials explaining the proposed rule throughout the comment period, creating a moving target for public comment.
  • Without public notice or opportunity for comment, the agencies are developing policies on key components of the proposed rule, such as ordinary high water mark.