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The first month of 2020 saw mixed results in the total number of U.S. tractor and self-propelled combine sales. Total farm tractor sales grew compared to January of last year while combines fell by 25 percent. That’s according to data out this week from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

Total U.S. farm tractor sales increased 4.7 percent in January compared to last year while January self-propelled combine sales dropped 24.4 percent. Total sales of two-wheel-drive tractors grew in all segments during January by a total of 4.9 percent more than January of 2019. Sales of tractors with more than 100 horsepower led the way in sales growth, up 19.6 percent to 1,361 units.

The total number of four-wheel-drive tractor sales fell 6.6 percent to 169 units sold. “The sales numbers we’re seeing for January are in line with our expectations,” says Curt Blades, Senior Vice President of Ag Services at AEM. “With the approval of the USMCA and the Phase One trade agreement with China, we believe we’re seeing some positive trends on the horizon for ag equipment sales.”

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the schedule for the 32nd Governor’s Ag Conference.  The annual event gives producers and agri-business leaders in Nebraska an opportunity to discuss the state’s number one industry and strategies to support future growth in agriculture.  The conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 9-10, 2020, at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Kearney.

 

“The Governor’s Ag Conference brings together Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, and industry leaders for a conversation about the important issues that matter to all of us,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “From growing Nebraska agriculture through entrepreneurship to developing emerging markets, the future of the ag industry in Nebraska depends on people willing to lead and learn.  I hope you will join us in Kearney for this special event.”

 

“Knowledgeable experts at local, state, and federal levels have already committed to speaking at this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference, making this an opportunity you won’t want to miss,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman.  “Conference speakers and attendees take advantage of their time at the Governor’s Ag Conference to network and share ideas.”

 

The conference starts Monday, March 9, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. with a panel presentation featuring Nebraska entrepreneurs Sara Holmquist, Normal Roasting Company; Matthew Brugger, Upstream Farms; Jeff Hornug, Blue River Trucks; Hannah Esch, Oak Barn Beef; and Steve Tippery, RealmFive Agriculture.  Tom Field, of the University of Nebraska’s Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, will moderate this panel presentation that will include questions from the audience.

 

The “Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture” reception featuring an assortment of food and beverages from Nebraska begins at 6 p.m. on March 9th.

 

The conference resumes on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 9 a.m. with Michele Payn, Cause Matters Corp., and author of Food Bullying: How to Avoid Buying B.S.  Payn will give insights into our eating choices by challenging food beliefs and identifying neuromarketing tactics used to generate food sales.

 

Next on the agenda will be a panel presentation addressing new and emerging markets in Nebraska.  Panelists include: Tyler and Amy Bruch of Cyclone Farms, Inc. and Jacob Robison with the Nebraska Hops Growers Association.

Andrei Iancu, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will then talk about growing start-up companies in Nebraska.

 

The Governor’s Ag Conference is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and is co-sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.  A $125 registration fee covers activities and food for the entire conference.  Registration and additional information is available at nda.nebraska.gov or by calling NDA toll-free at 800-831-0550.

CURTIS, Neb. — Grain sorghum producers are encouraged to attend the 2020 Sorghum Symposium hosted Thursday, January 30 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center. The symposium is sponsored by the Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association, with the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and Nebraska Extension.

NCTA students will be attending some of the sessions as part of their college coursework, said Dr. Brad Ramsdale, agronomy professor.  He also coaches the NCTA Crops Judging Team. Grain sorghum is one of the crops produced at the NCTA farm.

Symposium speakers and commercial vendors will present production and management information specific to Nebraska’s conditions for the 2020 crop year, said Lynn Belitz of Fullerton, NeSPA president. “Making decisions amid many uncontrollable variables is a real challenge,” Belitz says. “We’ve designed a program to help producers better understand their options.”

Speakers and topics include:

  • Dutcher UNL climatologist, weather outlook
  • Dr. Brent Bean, agronomy director for the National Checkoff, production and management
  • A D.C. /Farm Bill implementation update by Office of Congressman Adrian Smith
  • Strahinja Stepanovic, Stumpf Research Center at Grant, performance and row spacing
  • Nate Blum, executive director of NGSB and NeSPA, leveraging digital media
  • Zach Simon, regional marketer at the National Checkoff, markets update
  • Chuck Burr, West Central Research and Extension Center, Sorghum TAPS Program results for most profitable, most water efficient and highest yielding crops
  • NeSPA annual meeting, and NGSB annual report

“TAPS is designed to showcase best crop management and marketing practices from individuals or teams,” said Mike Baker of Trenton, chairman of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and producer in this year’s contest.  “The results are pretty remarkable and may actually challenge current management decisions by many growers.”

Send symposium registration to sorghum.board@nebraska.gov or at www.eventbrite.com, keyword: “2020 sorghum symposium”. Lunch is included in the free-of-charge conference.

The day begins at 9:00 am with coffee and rolls, commercial exhibits to showcase new products, and production/management information. Certified Crop Advisors may apply for CCA credits.

OMAHA, Neb. and AMES, Iowa, Jan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN), a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology, and Farmers Edge, a global leader in digital agriculture, announced a plan to connect and digitize two million irrigated acres by the end of 2021. The companies will integrate their digital platforms to provide their growers and dealer networks with a first-of-its-kind, fully connected crop management solution. The expanded partnership will also focus on a collaboration in data science, machine learning, and AI-driven analytics to deliver highly precise water-based insights and predictive models, setting a new standard in agriculture.

 

As part of the strategic initiative, Farmers Edge will provide Lindsay access to both high-resolution satellite imagery and the most comprehensive field-centric dataset available in the industry. Syncing Lindsay’s market-leading irrigation management platform—FieldNET Advisor®—with the Farmers Edge fully-integrated, AI-driven farm management platform—FarmCommand®— creates an exclusive opportunity for growers to access digital tools that deliver real-time information to control pivots and monitor crop health, along with advanced predictive models to help identify issues, including: seeding or application errors, tile drainage, weather damage, pests, disease, and more. The combination of the two digital platforms enables growers to make more informed water management decisions to optimize applications and yield potential.

Adding another layer of connectivity to its suite of solutions, Farmers Edge will provide Lindsay’s FieldNET Pivot Watch™—a remote irrigation monitoring solution that includes proprietary IoT sensors that connect to any center pivot—and FieldNET Advisor to help growers better understand when, where, and how much to irrigate.

“This integration of platforms enables growers to use tools like high-resolution satellite imagery to see a visual indication of variation in crop health across a field from the convenience of their laptop or smartphone. The connected farm strategy also enables growers to collect all aspects of field data and feed that information into FieldNET Advisor and FarmCommand. Once that data is collected, the platforms can provide AI-powered insights to ensure the most accurate decisions are being made on the farm,” said Albert Maurin, product manager for irrigation software at Lindsay Corporation. “We are excited to bring growers this evolution of our partnership with Farmers Edge, and we will continue to leverage our industry partners to deliver innovative irrigation solutions to our customers.”

“Our goal at Lindsay is to help growers increase water and energy efficiency and profit while exercising more sustainable farming practices, and we firmly believe digitization in agriculture is key to that,” said Randy Wood, president of global agricultural irrigation at Lindsay Corporation. “Farmers Edge is very much aligned with that vision, and we’re confident that by connecting our platforms through this strategic partnership, we’ll reach our goal of two million digitized and connected irrigated acres by the end of 2021.”

“At Farmers Edge, we’re focused on creating a digital agricultural ecosystem that’s centered around a fully connected farm. Farmers Edge has thousands of connected machines, weather stations, and in-field sensors across the globe, but we have yet to bring a crucial asset—center pivots,” said Wade Barnes, CEO and co-founder of Farmers Edge. “Having access to FieldNET Pivot Watch is a key component for achieving this goal.  The ability to add pivot irrigation data into our unique field-centric datasets, and then move that information into FieldNET Advisor is extremely exciting. The power of the insights and analytics from the partnership will change how farms use irrigation, and we’re eager to bring this type of industry changing technology to two million irrigated acres by 2021.”

The early bird registration deadline for the Women Managing the Farm conference is coming up on January 17, 2020.

 

Breakout sessions have been added to the website at womenmanagingthefarm.com. Attendees can choose six of 30 breakout sessions on topics ranging from livestock management, financial options, farm succession planning, coping with stress, farm policy, crop marketing and many others.

 

The award-winning Women Managing the Farm conference is set for February 13-14, 2020, in Manhattan, Kansas. Since 2005, the event has brought together women farmers, rural business leaders and landowners. The Women Managing the Farm conference provides a supportive setting in which women can develop the skills, resources and knowledge needed for success in a competitive agricultural environment.

 

Registration for the conference is available at http://womenmanagingthefarm.com/registration, with an early bird rate of $150 available through January 17. After January 17, registration is $175.

 

Conference sessions are designed to keep women up-to-date on the latest advancements in agriculture and thriving within their rural communities. During the two-day conference, attendees select from presentations covering many topics, including farm finances, relationships and health, agricultural and estate law, crop production and marketing, management and more. Attendees also choose networking sessions tailored to the different roles women hold, such as agricultural partners and helpers, independent producers, absentee landowners, ag industry career women and business managers. An optional pre-conference workshop is still available on Wednesday, February 12. This tour includes stops at Hildebrand Farms Dairy near Junction City and Liquid Art Winery and Estate near Manhattan.

 

The 2020 conference will open Thursday morning with a dramatic presentation on farmland transition, performed by Lindsay Bauer, and created by Mary Swander, Poet Laureate for the state of Iowa and executive director for AgArts. Other general session presenters will include Dr. Chad Hart, ISU Associate Professor of Economics, who will discuss “Trade’s Impact on U.S. Agriculture;” and Lance Woodbury, a family business adviser who will lead a panel of experts discussing challenges in health and well-being. The two-day conference will wrap up with Vance Crowe, a communications consultant and story architect who will share how women in agriculture can use stories that deeply connect with listeners.

 

The Women Managing the Farm conference is sponsored by various agricultural organizations, including Kansas Farm Service Agency, Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, Kansas Soybean, Kansas Insurance, Inc., Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Wheat, USDA-National Resources Conservation Service, Kansas Corn and many others. More information about speakers, programs, exhibitors and registration can be found at the website, womenmanagingthefarm.com, or by calling 785-532-2560. Keep up-to-date with the latest Women Managing the Farm news through Facebook.com/WomenManagingtheFarm.