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August 10, 2016

What Consumers Should Know About Farmers & Sustainability

Posted by Agricen

Jeff Frank, a fourth generation farmer from Auburn, Iowa, grows corn and soybeans on a 1,200-acre century farm that he and his wife operate. He is an avid drone enthusiast and dealer (hear him speak more about drones and farming in this video), sits on the board of directors of his local Farm Bureau, is currently a candidate for the Iowa Soybean Association board of directors, and recently converted his barn over to a new coffee roasting endeavor. You may also remember Jeff from last year’s farming film, Prove It to Me.

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Topics: Sustainability, Grower Stories, Iowa

March 14, 2016

Prove It to Me [Film]: Follow 5 Farmers Through the Growing Season

Posted by Agricen

We are very excited to introduce Prove It to Me, a new film that follows five farmers through the 2015 growing season—from planning and planting to growth and harvest.

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Topics: Sustainability, Corporate & Community, Soybeans, Corn, Titan, Accomplish LM, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants

February 24, 2016

Three Considerations in Agriculture for the 2016 Growing Season

Posted by Agricen

Following on the heels of two years’ worth of record setting crop yields, pressure is at an all-time high for growers this year. What trends in agriculture can we expect to see, and what can growers do to ensure the best possible outcome in 2016?

A Transition to La Niña?

Weather patterns La Niña and El Niño can have a profound impact on the outcome of a growing season. With El Niño events regularly outnumbering La Niña, climatologists are unsure whether 2016 will see a transition. La Niña conditions often bring less precipitation and a reversing of annual weather patterns with a cooler than average Northern climate and warmer than average weather in the South and Midwest. Thankfully, widespread rainfall this past December and January should set the stage for good early season moisture and planting conditions going into this year’s crop.
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Topics: Sustainability, Soybeans, Water Management

September 7, 2014

Advancing the Next Generation of Biologically Sourced Tools

Posted by Agricen

This is Part 5 in our five-part series about sustainable growing practices and how they are changing agriculture. Read other parts of this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

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Topics: Sustainability, Corporate & Community, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants

September 3, 2014

Challenges in a Changing Agricultural Biologicals Market

Posted by Agricen

This is Part 4 in our five-part series about sustainable growing practices and how they are changing agriculture. Read earlier parts of this series: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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Topics: Sustainability, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants

August 28, 2014

Biologically Sourced Tools in Plant Nutrition Need a New Appraisal

Posted by Agricen

This is Part 3 in our five-part series about sustainable growing practices and how they are changing agriculture. For Part 1, click here. For Part 2, click here.

For thousands of years, the world regarded the act of growing a plant in the soil as a biological process. But—as in all systems—the need for scalability to meet growing demands called for new, more efficient technologies to improve food production.

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Topics: Sustainability, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants

August 20, 2014

Sustainable Growing Practices Make Economic and Environmental Sense

Posted by Elese Orrell

This is Part 2 in our five-part series about sustainable growing practices and how they are changing agriculture. For Part 1, click here.

Simply intensifying current agricultural practices— whether by farming more land, using more irrigation or using more fertilizer—won’t be enough to sufficiently augment crop yields to meet future food needs.

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Topics: Sustainability, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants

August 10, 2014

A Growing Need for Food and Resources

Posted by Elese Orrell

It’s estimated the population will exceed 9.3 billion by 2050, requiring a projected 70 percent increase in food production to meet expected needs (Fig. 1).

An Increasing Population Means an Increasing Need for Food and Resources

 

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Topics: Sustainability

November 27, 2013

A Closer Look at Biostimulants for Agriculture and Horticulture

Posted by Elese Orrell

By Brian Cornelious, PhD, Director of Applied Sciences (@BrianNPK), Agricen

I was recently invited to speak about biostimulants at the annual meeting of the Mulch and Soil Council. This group brings many facets and companies involved in the supply chain, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of mulch and soil products together to review issues and regulations in their industry. Their interest in biostimulants was focused on ways to use them to enhance their existing products. In this post, I will share some of the highlights from my presentation, providing a brief overview of biostimulants that is relevant to all of these markets.

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Topics: Sustainability, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants

October 16, 2013

World Food Day: What Role Do You Play?

Posted by Elese Orrell

Today, World Food Day, is a good time to reflect on the roles each one of us plays in preventing hunger, whether by improving food systems to make them more sustainable (the theme of this year’s World Food Day), ensuring better, more equitable access to food, or simply reducing food waste at home.

Currently, food production is at a level that can meet the world’s needs, yet 842 million people around the world still go hungry. In the coming decades, when the world population is expected to rise dramatically it will take major commitment and innovation across industries and at multiple levels to make sure we all have enough to eat, and access to it.

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Topics: Sustainability, Corporate & Community, Videos, Infographics, Ag Biologicals & Biostimulants