Oct 4, 2013  


Hello ZimmComm Fans:


The ZimmComm Team has been international again.  Cindy just returned from Germany with our friends at BASF Crop Protection.  You can find her stories and photos on AgWired and links to all posts on AgNewsWire. Chuck is attending the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation Conference in Harrison Hot Springs, BC courtesy of Case IH.  You can also find his coverage on AgWired.  It's a busy time as the fall season gets into full gear.


Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "What is your favorite rodeo event?" It looks like the majority of you are most entertained by the bull riding. Maybe it has just that extra thrill to see a cowboy ride such a huge animal!


Our poll results:

* Bull Riding 48%

* Barrel Racing 19%

* Bareback Riding 10%

* Tie-Down Roping 10%

* Team Roping 5%

* Steer Wrestling 5%

* Other 5%

"Wild Horse Race"

* Saddle Bronc 0%


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Is there a difference between animal welfare and animal rights?" Which term is the best to use do you think? Or do they mean the same thing? Let us know!


Here are some audio links from this week you might have missed:

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
 AgWired  AgWired     

FieldSync Your Data

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week's program we're going to learn about FieldSync from Jen Cochran. We visited yesterday to talk about their mobile, cloud-based, technology and applications for agriculture. MORE


Support Young Agrarians 

Here's a group that you need to put on your radar. The Young Agrarians. I think you'll hear more from them from my visit to Canada this week. MORE


Visit to a German Vineyard 

As everyone in the United States was waking this morning to a political battle and a government shutdown, a few lucky U.S. agricultural journalists were enjoying a day in the countryside of central Germany topped by a fabulous luncheon and delicious wine that came from the vineyard we toured, courtesy of our friends with BASF Crop Protection. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Busting Big Oil's Bogus Claim with Real Ethanol Test

Members of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) made a 1,000-mile trip from Des Moines to Washington, D.C. to use a real world situation to bust a bogus claim by Big Oil. In an effort to scare consumers away from ethanol in general and E15 in particular, the oil companies put together a report that showed vehicles using ethanol had a 10 percent cylinder leakdown that could potentially leave motorists stranded by the side of the road. MORE


Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Feedstocks Studied 

A two-year study has examined the environmental impacts of feedstocks used for biofuels. Minnesota Daily reports researchers from the University of Minnesota found that there are some fundamental differences between how the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture, look at biofuel production.

House Hears Debate on Wind Production Credit 

Some pretty ill winds are blowing around Washington, D.C. these days, and some of those are directed at the wind energy industry. As I told you yesterday about what would come, Republicans launched their attack in the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Energy Policy, arguing, according to this blog post from The Hill, that the production tax credit for wind farms is not worth the money being invested. MORE 
 Precision Pays

Your Pre-Harvest Checklist 

Seems like just yesterday we discussed the benefits of pre-season planting preparation, and now we find ourselves staring a pre-harvest checklist straight in the eye. But keep in mind that servicing your precision ag equipment prior to harvest is equally as important as in the spring. MORE


Precision Pays Podcast: The future of corn planting


Over a year ago we talked about a new technology that would allow growers to plant offensive and defensive corn hybrids within the same field.  Last year Jason Webster with Beck's Hybrids planted his first field with the Variable Hybrid Planter.  This year he has more trials and more acres. MORE 




Better Test for Glyphosate Resistant Cotton Weeds 

A USDA Agricultural Research Service scientist is working with Monsanto to develop a kit that cotton growers could use to determine whether weeds in their fields are glyphosate resistant. Don Parker, Manager of Integrated Pest Management for the National Cotton Council, explains that early detection is key in managing glyphosate-resistant weeds. MORE



BASF Global Press Conference 

BASF Crop Protection
held a global press conference in Germany September 30 - October 2, 2013 for nearly 100 agricultural journalists from ten countries, including a group of ten from the United States. MORE

BASF Crop Protection president Markus Heldt comments - Podcast

Interview with Kaleb Hellwig, BASF Innovation Specialist - Podcast

Fore more audio click here.

Monsanto Presser on The Climate Corporation Agreement 

Monsanto Companyhas signed an agreement to acquire The Climate Corporation for a cash purchase price of approximately $930 million. MORE 


 World Dairy Diary  



Cutting Edge Genetics Exhibits Champion Brown Swiss      


Congratulations to Ken Main and Peter Vail of Elite Dairy, home of Cutting Edge Genetics, for exhibiting Cutting Edge B Gretchen-ET, the grand champion cow of the International Brown Swiss show. Gretchen, bred and owned by Elite Dairy was the winning Four-Year-Old cow and eventual Grand Champion and received the Udder Comfort $1,000 Grand Champion Cash Award. MORE 

Fuchs Kerfeld Diary Wins Forage Superbowl


Congratulations to Fuchs Kerfeld Dairy, of Albany, Minn. for winning Grand Champion honors in the World Forage Analysis Superbowl. MORE  
Choose Winner for Show Your Pride Contest


You can help crown the winner of the 2013 Show Your Pride dairy farmer photo contest sponsored by Dairy Management Inc. MORE 
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