May 30, 2014


Hello ZimmComm Fans:
Our "Insights Weekly" post on PrecisionPays, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology is approaching the five year mark! Hey Kurt Lawton, remember when you started writing it for us? The weekly insight into precision agriculture has also been featured on AgWired for a few years now too. It has been a joy to watch Ag Leader Technology grow and we hope we've been able to play a small part in that success. If you've enjoyed Insights Weekly please let us know and we'll pass your comments along to our sponsor. We would both appreciate it.

It's been just over a month since the launch of New Holland North America's an online destination for all things New Holland and open to all farmers. The ability to keep up with equipment inventory seems to be a highlight for those who have taken advantage of this opportunity. Whether you own New Holland equipment, used to own or would like to own, or if you just want to join the farming conversation, it's free and easy to sign up. Over 500 people from all over North America have already joined for a variety of reasons, including the spotlight discussion on growing crops for biofuels. Not bad for the first 30 days! For our ZimmPoll sponsor we asked the question, "What features of do you like?"

Here are the results:
▪My Equipment - my equip inventory - 18%
▪Precision Land Management - 6%
▪Configurator - configure your equipment - 6%
▪Calendar - 6%
▪Spotlight Discussion - 12%
▪Dealer locator - 12%
▪Links to other New Holland info - 6%
▪I have created a login - 6%
▪I have not created a login - 23%
▪Other - 5%

This week we decided to move to a more sensitive issue with the question, "Can organic & GMO crops co-exist?"

A recent ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops has passed in two Oregon counties. This is one of many issues that puts farmer vs. farmer. Should it be the landowner's choice or should these decisions be made at the ballot box? Let us know what you think?

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Africa: Land of Opportunity

Africa: Land of Opportunity was a very popular session during the Alltech International Symposium. The session was chaired by Aidan Connolly, Alltech, who opened the session with some remarks about the African marketplace. MORE

YoBloCo Awards Announces Top Bloggers

The YoBloCo Awards, the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition, have announced the top twelve bloggers. MORE

All Tech With Corn

Where to next on the agriblogging highway? The Corn Utilization Technology Conference. That's where. With thanks to the National Corn Growers Association. MORE
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DF Cast: Senators, Industry Push EPA on Biofuels

Time is ticking down for the Environmental Protection Agency to make a decision on how much renewable fuel will be mixed into the nation's fuel supply, and ethanol and biodiesel groups are pressing for a change to what's being proposed. MORE

RFA Calls EWG Report Flawed

The Renewable Fuels Association is disputing findings of an Environmental Working Group report released today entitled, "Ethanol's Broken Promise: Using Less Corn Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions."   MORE

Former Ethanol Car Driver Wins Indy 500


It was mid-season in 2007 when Ryan Hunter-Reay burst on the IndyCar Series scene wearing the green and blue ethanol logo for Rahal-Letterman Racing. He finished 6th in his first Indy 500 in 2008 and won Rookie of the Year. This year he came in first. MORE

Crop Scouting - Using All Your Precision Ag Data

The evolution of precision ag has impacted how growers and ag professionals accomplish many tasks. We've seen in-field crop scouting evolve from a notepad and pencil, to a GPS enabled tablet/mobile device to simply record crop and pest observations. Is it adequate for you to just document observations? Want to precisely navigate to each hybrid planted? Want to navigate to particular treatment zones? Need to navigate to an area that you've been struggling with in previous years? MORE

New Point of View from FS Sales Lens

A great benefit of new communications technology is how it provides farmers the opportunity to access information nearly anyplace or time right in the palm of their hand. MORE

John Deere Alliance with Dawn Equipment Company


John Deere has announced an alliance with Dawn Equipment Company, Inc. a manufacturer specializing in ground engaging tools and active control systems for planters. The alliance allows John Deere to sell and support Dawn hydraulic-controlled down-force systems, row cleaners, and closing wheels for planters.  MORE



Oregon FB on County GMO Bans


Last week, two Oregon counties voted overwhelmingly to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops. The initiatives in Josephine County and Jackson County, which border California, passed by as much as a two to one margin. MORE



New USDA Conservation Investments
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chief Sustainability Officer at The Kellogg Company Diane Holdorf and North American Agriculture Program Director at The Nature Conservancy Sean McMahon hosted a media call today to announce substantial investments in conservation projects across the country. MORE





South Dakota Ranchers Answer Consumer Questions                      


The (NEBPI), through the use of Beef Checkoff dollars, hosted the second "Meat Your Beef" retail and foodservice influencer immersion event for May Beef Month. MORE

Give Us Your Best Sheet Shot


The American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) 2014 Photo Contest is underway and is open to all who wish to enter. The only rule is that the photographs entered in the contest must include sheep or lambs raised in the United States. MORE

May Dairy Market Report

The National Milk Producers Federation and Dairy Management Inc. have released the May 2014 Dairy Market Report. The report looks at the record rise in milk prices and what is expected to happen after this spring. Here is a summary. Find the full report here. MORE 
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