July 5, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We hope you had a wonderful Independence Day and are enjoying the long holiday weekend.  Well, it's a long weekend for some people anyway.

Let's look at the results of our latest ZimmPoll which asked the question, "Do you listen to satellite radio?" The results would suggest that not everyone has hopped on the satellite radio bandwagon. However, we did see a quick spike in the "No, never will" answer which seems suspicious. What do you think about these results?

Our poll results: Forty-three percent said Yes, forty-one percent said No, Never Will, twelve percent said No, Plan To and four percent said Other. Have your listening habits changed? We didn't ask about the options which include traditional broadcast radio as well as internet radio. We might need to ask this again with those choices to see what happens!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What is the greatest threat to our freedom to farm?"  Let us know what you think. And thank you!

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

 AgWired  AgWired     

iCrop Trak Mobile Farm Management

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week's program we're going to meet the new sponsor of the AgWired App, iCropTrak. We really appreciate their support and hope you'll check out what they're doing. MORE


Updated John Deere 5E Series Utility Tractors 

The John Deere 5E Series of Utility Tractors have received a major update. Here are some of the details.  MORE


Great American Wheat Harvest Makes Progress 

The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary is making good progress. You're invited to visit them on July 4th in Colby, KS. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Algae Backers' Beef with DOE

Backers of algae, especially for biofuel production, say while the Department of Energy provides millions for universities to do research through the DOE Biomass Program, commercial enterprises are being left by the wayside. And they say that isn't fair, and after 60 years of looking at the green microbes, researchers have developed nothing. MORE

DF Cast

Fuel Evolution Since 1776 

Independence Day, or Fourth of July, for the United States and this week the U.S. Energy Information Administration's "Today in Energy" brief took a look at how U.S. energy consumption by fuel source has changed since 1776. 

CSE to Build Geothermal Energy Plant 

Cornerstone Sustainable Energy (CSE) has entered into an agreement with Warner Mountain Energy Corporation to begin the first phase of development of a geothermal energy plant to be located in the Surprise Valley Hot Springs, in Cedarville, California. This phase of development will include a feasibility analysis, conceptual design and budgeting to install CSE's PwrCor engine that will generate electrical power. Once complete, this will be the first installation using PwrCor engine to generated power by using heat fro a geothermal source. MORE 
 Precision Pays

Landmark Services Cooperative Scouting Drones 

Taking your iPad out in the field to fly a drone sounds like a lot of fun. This "fun" activity is becoming a business task more and more. The agronomists at Landmark Services Cooperative are getting in on the fun by using tablet-controlled drones for field scouting. One of the advantages this provides is quicker scouting times (up to 60% time savings) which means detecting problems faster. I talked with Dan Moehn, VP, Landmark Agronomy, about their use of this new technology. He says they just started using the drones at the beginning of this growing season. MORE


New Technology Featured at Corn Conference

The 2013 Summer Corn Conference will feature full-day sessions at which high-yield growers and agronomists can learn about the latest developments and technologies that lead to the best possible yields. Each day will consist of sessions that focus on field scouting, row cleaners and closing systems, down force and population management, and in-cab technologies. MORE 


Google Reader Gone - Subscribe to Precision Pays

If you're trying to keep up with the latest news today then you really need a way to subscribe to RSS Feeds. Hopefully you already are. MORE

Energy Independence and the RFS

Renewable Fuels Association Vice President of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper talks about how the RFS is helping to reduce imports of foreign oil, grow the economy with American jobs and keep the red, white and blue flying over a greener nation. MORE

Commentary on USDA Acreage Report

Despite the challenging planting conditions this spring USDA is saying that farmers have planted the most corn and soybean acres ever, according to Friday's Acreage report. MORE

 GROWMARK Sees Demand for New Grain Dryers

Almost a year ago, GROWMARK's Total Grain Marketing (TGM) location at Neoga, Illinois completed installation of a groundbreaking mixed airflow grain dryer. with the help of Chief Industries, United Kingdom. Now, GROWMARK Commercial Grain Systems Project Manager Paul Brooks says they are working on constructing another one in Kearney, Nebraska where it will be used for drying organic grains such as blue corn tortilla chips for food consumption. MORE


 World Dairy Diary  



Enter Online for World Dairy Expo 


World Dairy Expo's online dairy cattle entry system is now available to exhibitors wishing to make entries to this year's show. MORE 

Select Sires Holds Training Conference


More than 35 professional Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialists from Select Sires' member organizations, Select Sires Canada and Reproductores SR, Select Sires' distributor in Argentina, recently gathered for the annual SRS Conference in Columbus, Ohio. MORE  

National Holstein Convention Preview 


The 2013 National Holstein Convention and Holstein Association USA's 128th Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for July 7-11 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown and Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind.  MORE 
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