July 26, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team got a break from the road this week and will be taking some family time next week.  That is, except for Jamie Johansen, who will be attending a New Holland media day!  But then we get back in the thick of it with trips to the Ag Media Summit, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Cattle Industry Summer Conference, AgCareers conference and more.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "What use would you have for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle?"  Here are the results:

� Crop analysis 25%
� Improve nutrient & crop protection efficiency 18%
� Just for fun! 18%
� Maximize yields 15%
� More efficient water use 7%
� Monitor livestock 8%
� Other 8%

So what do you think from the looks of the results? Are UAVs the next big technology "trend" for farmers who need to scout fields? Do you prefer to call them UAV's or drones btw?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, " How many ag-related apps do you have?" According to a recent Successful Farming survey, 28% of farmers polled "normally use apps to obtain information on agricultural products and/or services." Are you one of the 28% and if so, how many different apps to you use? Let us know.

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

 AgWired  AgWired     

Apps for Agriculture

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week's program I'm sharing a conversation with Brian Arnall, Oklahoma State University. Brian was one of the presenters at the 2013 InfoAg Conference on precision agriculture. MORE


Jason Weller Appointed Chief of NRCS 

Congratulations to Jason Weller on his appointment as Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service where he has served as acting chief the last eight months. Jason is pictured at the recent CTIC Conservation in Action Tour. Here are some notes from the notice about his appointment. MORE

MyAgCentral: Getting All Info in One Place 

Recently, we told you about a new cloud-based precision data service called During the recent 2013 InfoAg Conference, Chuck was able to catch up with Steve Cubbage, the President of Prime Meridian, a company behind and find out a little more.  MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

DF Cast: Geothermal Potential Just Below Surface

Geothermal energy is seen as one of the cleanest and most efficient in the world, ranking right up there with the likes of wind energy. But growth in the energy source has been slow but steady. MORE


EWG Has No Love for Corn Ethanol 

During the recent Subcommittee on Energy and Power's hearing to review the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as well as during a recent RFS briefing sponsored by the Advanced Biofuels Association last week in D.C., the Environmental Working Group (EWG) made it very clear that they have no love for corn-based ethanol.


World Energy Use to Rise by 56 Percent 

According to the International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013) report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), over the next three decades, world energy consumption is projected to increase by 56 percent. This will be driven by growth in the developing world. Clean-fuel technology is also playing an important role in the outlook, with renewable energy and nuclear power expected to grow faster than fossil fuels over the forecast period. MORE 
 Precision Pays

2013 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence  

During the InfoAg Conference the 2013 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence were presented, sponsored by the PrecisionAg Institute. Announcing the awards was Paul Schrimpf, Group Editor, Croplife Media Group and posing with each of the winners is K. Elliott Nowels, Meister Media Group. MORE


AgriVisor Helps Market Grain to Maximize Profitability

Precision farming is all about maximizing profitability for farmers so that should carry over to the marketing of the crop as well. MORE 




Korea Approves Agrisure 3122 Trait Stack for Import 

Syngenta announced that regulatory authorities in Korea have granted import approval for the Agrisure 3122 trait stack for food or feed use. The Agrisure 3122 trait stack offers growers a reduced-refuge trait stack featuring dual modes of action against corn borer and corn rootworm. MORE

GEOSYS Field Profit Planner Introduced

GEOSYS Inc. announced its launch of the GEOSYS Field Profit Planner, a comprehensive tool for farmers and their advisors who pursue high efficiency farming. MORE

Interview on Monsanto DroughtGard

Monsanto officials are pleased with the recent import approval from China for the drought tolerance trait in Monsanto's Genuity� DroughtGard� hybrids. MORE

 2013 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

The 15th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference was held July 18-20, 2013 in Panama City Beach. The theme was Making Sustainability Work and we have links here to photos, posts and audio files from the conference, which included peanut industry representatives from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. MORE

 World Dairy Diary  



Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Available This Fall  


High school students interested in pursuing careers in the dairy industry can benefit from a new dairy focused curriculum called "Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow."This curriculum offers dairy business and herd management education to high school students interested in pursuing dairy careers. Developed by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow program can be completed in a classroom setting or independently online. MORE 

National Jersey Leadership Named at Annual Meetings


Officers and directors of the USJersey organizations were elected during the Annual Meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) and National All-Jersey Inc. (NAJ) hosted by the High Plains Jersey Cattle Association in Amarillo, Texas. MORE  

Cheese Yield Estimator App 


Cheese Yield Estimator is new app designed by Northwood Advisors to help those in the dairy industry to predict cheese yields with the industry-standard Van Slyke Cheese Yield Formula. MORE 
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