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Sponsored content provided by BASF Farming is going digital but it can often be confusing as to what tools help or hinder the decision-making process for each growing season. A key thing farmers have been telling us at BASF is, “Look, there are lots of data sources and tools. I don’t always know how to use that data to make a decision on my farm. Can you make it easy for us to navigate lots of different data sources?” Earlier this year, BASF acquired ZedX, a company that develops agronomic weather, crop and pest models that can rapidly translate data into insights for more efficient agricultural production. It’s really enabled us to help farmers ...
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Sponsored content by ESN SmartNitrogen Temperature is an important environmental factor in growers’ management decisions. Though growers rely on temperature to drive crop growth, it can make the application and timing of fertilizer challenging. “Crops grow by temperature, so it’s very important for growers to understand how temperature affects crops and fertilizers,” says Ron Heiniger, PhD, Cropping Systems Specialist, North Carolina State University. “Crops don’t have a day calendar for growth stages; they have a temperature one.” While critical for crop growth, temperature is often a problem for nitrogen (N) fertilizer application. Crops need readily ...
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Few Safety Benefits, Compliance Challenges Top List of Concerns WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 27, 2017) - The Agricultural Retailers Association today asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to delay implementation of Electronic Logging Device rules. "ARA is concerned that many agribusinesses are not, and will not be fully prepared to meet the December 18, 2017, compliance deadline," said Richard Gupton, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Counsel for ARA. "Moreover, ELD manufacturers may not be able to accommodate existing Hours of Service exemptions currently being utilized by agricultural retailers and distributors." ARA requested the Federal ...
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Engine of Innovation

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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta Scientific advances are providing powerful new technologies to help in the quest to feed the world’s growing population. By Ian Jepson, Ph.D., Head, Plant Performance Biology, Syngenta Some of the most important work we do at Syngenta starts in our laboratories. It’s in these controlled environments where we oftentimes discover pieces of the puzzle that we’re continuously trying to solve: how to grow more from less. Given that farmers will need to feed another 2 billion people by midcentury, the challenge is daunting. But our 5,000 scientists around the globe are working tirelessly to help overcome it. ...
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Sponsored content provided by ESN SmartNitrogen. When it comes to nitrogen (N), the right amount and the right timing can make all the difference in wheat. Nitrogen stimulates tillering, head development, and protein storage in the grain. Nitrogen sufficiency at tillering is crucial because it directly influences tillering success. Too much N early can cause excessive vegetative growth and lodging. Head size can suffer if N deficiency occurs before stem elongation. Winter wheat uses about 30-40% of its N by the five to six leaf stage, and about 60-70% from the start of stem elongation to maturity. Controlling the rate of N supply can also increase ...
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The Midwest Ag Retail Forum, hosted by the Kansas and Oklahoma Agribusiness Retail Associations and the Agricultural Retailers Association, attracted more than 30 attendees July 27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Wichita. Kansas Department of Agriculture economist Kellen Liebsch keynoted the event. Her presentation centered around the economic impact of agriculture on Kansas, but also touch on similar figures for Oklahoma during the meeting. View her presentation here:  Agriculture's Contribution to Kansas' Economy. Kansas agriculture accounts for 44.5% of Kansas GDP – in dollar terms, it contributes nearly $20.5 billion to the Kansas economy. Most of that ...
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Sponsored content provided by the Biological Products Industry Alliance The world’s population is expected to reach nine billion by the year 2050.  Because of this, a primary focus of today is how to feed the growing population in a sustainable way with little or no impact on the environment.This growing need for sustainable food production is providing agricultural retailers a tremendous opportunity to be leaders and educational partners surrounding biological products. Biological products include microbials, organic acids, plant extracts, pheromones, and minerals. They are defined as a product whose active ingredients are derived from natural or ...
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Sponsored content presented by Syngenta Southern rust threat: While fields in some regions have reached or surpassed the recommended R1 fungicide application timing, it’s important to survey today’s disease pressure to help plan for next season. For those who have corn approaching R1, you still have the opportunity to help growers combat the most harmful and yield-limiting foliar diseases. This year, Southern rust has already been confirmed in Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Under favorable weather conditions, yield loss from Southern rust can be severe, especially in late-planted corn, reducing yields by as much as ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF With applications underway for disease control and other Plant Health benefits, retailers are helping their growers promote profitability. By offering advice on how to keep a crop healthy and disease-free, retailers can help minimize risk, increase yields and foster economic success for their customers. If you haven’t had a conversation about Plant Health and disease, try beginning by reviewing these simple steps. Make timely Plant Health applications In crop protection, timing is everything. Preventive applications of fungicides can help get fields ahead of the disease cycle. By counseling your customers to ...
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Kellen Liebsch, economist for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, will keynote the Midwest Ag Retail Forum Thursday, July 27 in Wichita. She will address some of the department's priorities pertinent to ag retailers. Liebsch has spent her professional career dedicated to government service in the agriculture industry. She works to ensure that economic analysis and the impact of the agriculture, food, and food processing sectors are disseminated to stakeholders and the general public, as well as administers multiple federal grant programs. As a life-long Kansan, her family also owns and operates a cattle ranching operation in south-central Kansas. ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF Like most industries today, ag retail is rapidly changing, with increased pressure on retailers to help growers produce more with the same resources. To meet the agricultural challenges of today and tomorrow, BASF provides an innovative portfolio of products and team of experienced professionals that help retailers to advance their operations and profitability. This Grow Smart™ approach helps to enable retailers to foster long-lasting relationships with their grower customers and help them get the most out of every acre. At BASF, we understand the importance of an innovative product portfolio. That’s why in 2016 ...
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Rx for Resistance

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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta. Growers Need Multifaceted Approach to Prevent and Manage Costly Weed Challenges Over the years, we’ve all watched herbicide resistance evolve, with the threat oftentimes being ignored. We seem to think it’s a problem that happens to someone else in another area. In reality, resistance is a biological process that doesn’t have geographic boundaries. We’ve often taken the approach that if it isn’t obviously broken, we don’t need to fix it. With herbicide resistance, taking action now is the right approach. If weed-management programs are not properly designed, herbicide resistance will soon become an issue. The ...
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Agricultural retailers and manufacturers recently offered powerful testimonials on how moving from paper-based tracking systems into electronic connectivity – through standardized transactions, barcoding and other systems – has dramatically improved their efficiency, accuracy and customer service; and they called on others to embrace eConnectivity to better streamline the supply chain. Moreover, they said their investments in electronic data transfer quickly paid off, saving their companies time and money, and boosting customer service. The presentations took place this month in Altoona, Iowa, as part of the Mid-Year Meeting for AgGateway, a non-profit ...
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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta Crop inputs, such as fungicides, are often a winning proposition, even during a period of low commodity prices. Like all complex industries, agriculture sometimes defies logic. Saving more and investing less in crop inputs may seem to make the most sense for growers when commodity prices are low. But at the end of the season, the opposite approach may generate more revenue on farms. Take disease management for example. Once considered optional for many crops outside fruits and vegetables, fungicides—particularly the most recent technologies—can give corn, soybean and cereal growers a potential three-to-one return ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF Retailers and their customers are well aware that crop protection efficacy and proper stewardship hinge on ensuring that applications reach, and stay, on the intended target. Managing pests in fields has become increasingly complex as resistance issues persist and precision-farming practices grow more important. In modern agriculture, the advent of new and advanced herbicide technologies must accompany an equal dedication to stewardship. With the push toward leading technologies like Engenia® herbicide, the most flexible and advanced dicamba for dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton, BASF developed the On Target Application ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF The one thing growers never have enough of these days is time, especially early in the season. From sunrise to sunset, it’s go-go-go, as important field work such as tilling, fertilization andplanting are done. Sometimes, weather can get in the way. As much as growers need rain tohelp their crops grow, it can also keep them out of the fields, knock back their schedule and takeaway invaluable time that can make or break their season. To help growers stay on track for success and avoid weed escapes, retailers shouldrecommend they choose a herbicide with strong residual control and a wide application window. An ...
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One Pass: No Problem

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Sponsored content provided by ESN SmartNitrogen One-pass fertilizer application gives growers an easy-to-see and quantifiable advantage. When growers refer to one-pass application, they’re talking about the practice of applying fertilizer and seed simultaneously in the same row during planting. This practice not only reduces field passes, but also boosts nutrient use efficiency and keeps soil compaction to a minimum. It’s that simple. Don’t forget about the time saved, workload reduced and the economic advantage of applying fertilizer directly with the seed, all in one go. Seeding during the springtime can make balancing the right amount of nitrogen ...
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Befriend Your Community

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When you lend support through goods, services, or time, you're strengthening your community -- making it a better place to live and do business. In turn, your business reaps some benefits: You'll stand out from your competition, your product or service is showcased prominently before the public, and you'll gain visibility not enjoyed by every firm. Fortunately, most ag retailers are already doing this work. Ag retail is often the pillar of a small town, and it is important to work with media in a positive way. Effective community relations strategies allow businesses to choose the right causes and organizations to maximize community exposure and impact. ...
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Wanted: Innovative, tech-savvy, environmentally conscious, community-minded ag retailer with outstanding employees and solid track-record. Must be able to build and maintain customer, industry and community relationships. Successful applicant will be recognized as the Agricultural Retailers Association Retailer of the Year for 2017. “Ag retailers make significant contributions to feeding the world and responsible stewardship of our natural resources,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. “The organizations ARA has recognized with this award are representative of the commitment we share to farmers, the rural economy and the broader agricultural community." ...
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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta. By Eric Tedford, Technical Fungicide Lead at Syngenta As another season takes off, growers look to you, their retailers, as trusted advisors to help increase the potential of this year’s success. As their partners, they rely on you for agronomic expertise, solutions to their problems, and products that help them get the most out of every acre. Disease and adverse weather impact yield Many growers have been constantly battling rusts, leaf spots and blights, among other potentially devastating diseases. Growers also consistently combat unpredictable weather, which serves as an added season-long challenge, often hurting ...
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