Industry Briefs

July 23, 2016 02:54 AM
Industry Briefs

AgReliant offers Advantage Acre, a web-based app that brings together seed, soil and weather analytics. The platform combines AgReliant’s seed expertise and soil mapping from Agsoil Analytics, a Purdue University-affiliated company, and weather forecasting from Weather Trends 360. The company partnered with Spensa Technologies in 2014 to develop the platform.

Agrible launches their “Find My Seed” app. The free app provides corn and soybean seed-selection tools using data from more than 200,000 third-party trial plots. The app is part of the Morning Farm Report suite of predictive analytic tools.

AgriGold will offer soybeans with maturities from 1.7 to 5.4 for the 2017 growing season. The first year will be a limited launch nationwide with minimum order quantities.

Agrium buys Cargill’s U.S. agricultural retail business. The acquisition adds 18 retail locations with a combined revenue of $150 million to Agrium’s total. New locations are in Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana. The sale excludes Cargill’s Canadian crop input retail business.

BASF licenses Clearfield wheat technology to Northern Seed LLC to perform research and development trials. Northern Seed will be able to commercialize varieties resulting from this research, pending approval by BASF. The more than 20 Clearfield varieties are said to offer the only herbicide tolerant system for wheat. 

Bayer, DuPont and other companies launch Radicle, a $15 million fund that backs early stage agricultural technology companies. The companies join a large wave of agricultural technology investment to bring more tools to farmers.

Beck’s “Why I Farm” movement takes to the road. The tour will stop in all 50 states, spending about one week in each state speaking to farmers. Each farmer’s story will be captured through video and shared on the “Why I Farm” blog and social media accounts.

DuPont makes way for a $700 million cost-saving restructure. Approximately $650 million will stem from employee separation costs and about $130 million from asset-related charges and contracts. 

Growmark deploys a new pollinator plot program, which includes donating a wildflower seed mix to members to plant for improved pollinator habitat, including honeybees. 

Herschel, a manufacturing and distribution company in Iowa, takes over all distribution, service and sales of Beck’s Flo-Rite seed firmers. First announced on June 22, the deal is moving quickly as farmers can now buy Flo-Rite products from Herschel.

Legend Seed partners with Farm Nutrients to be the exclusive distributor of Legend’s product line, which includes corn and soybeans in Iowa.

La Crosse Seed is the exclusive owner of Cover Crop Solutions seed brands. The portfolio also gives La Crosse Seed ownership of Tillage Radish, Tillage RootMax, Tillage Sunn and the suite of TillageMax mixes such as Dover and Bristol. 

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. and Groundwork BioAg, Ltd. are collaborating to commercialize an exclusive biological seed treatment. The treatment contains a biostimulant, bioinsecticide, bionematicide and biofungicide. 

Monsanto, in a recent agreement with DuPont Pioneer, gives Pioneer a royalty-bearing license to Intacta RR2 PRO in Brazil. The license will undergo review and approval by Brazilian regulatory authorities.

Monsanto teams up with TargetGene Biotechnologies LTD to use the T∙GEE (genome editing engine) platform, which the company says is the biological equivalent to the “search and replace” function on computers. The licensing agreement enables plant breeders to more efficiently develop hybrids and varieties.

Total Seed Production, based in Indiana, is expanding its infrastructure to meet the demands of their growing seed company customers. The company says demand increased by 250% in two years. 

Winfield United Suppliers and Southern States Cooperative, Inc. are entering an agreement where Winfield will exclusively provide Southern State’s requirements for crop inputs. The deal affects 1,200 retail locations and 200,000 farmers in 23 states.

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