Industry Briefs

July 26, 2013 10:28 PM

Beck’s Hybrids announces that Logan Harding from Tell City, Ind., is the winner of the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund Sweepstakes. Harding entered to win the limited edition 2012 Camaro Panther at the National Farm Machinery Show in February and will be attending Purdue University in the fall. The efforts raised $156,841 for the fund.

Bio S.I. Technology releases results of a 50-year-long soil study led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that suggests that inorganic fertilizer does not improve soil structure over time, causing erosion and absorption problems. The study proves that micro­bial growth enhances long-term fertilizer and water use efficiency within the soil.

Dairyland Seeds announces Paul Sun, inventor of the world’s only commercial hybrid alfalfa breeding technology, has retired after more than 30 years with the company. Sun is known as a pioneering figure in seed technology and led the company’s development of hybrid alfalfa, corn and soybeans.

Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) has received a patent for sarmentine, the active ingredient in a new bioherbicide, currently called MBI-011, used for the control of grasses and broadleaf weeds. The trait, found in a species of pepper, is one of three new developments being tested by MBI for commercialization.

The Mosaic Company celebrates 50 years of potash production at its Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada, plant. The anniversary also marks the start of the plant’s Stage 1 expansion, which will add 800,000 tons of annual operating capacity at a cost of $600 million.

Novozymes acquires TJ Technologies Inc., based in Watertown, S.D., a leader in bioyield enhancers. The two companies will combine their current projects to strengthen existing regional market coverage.

Stine says that 12" rows might be the future for corn growers. In 2012, the company planted 2,300 acres of corn in 12" rows and reported impressive yields. This year, Stine planted 15,000 acres in 12" rows.

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