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7 Nuggets From the Ag Media Summit

Each year, the nation’s agricultural editors gather. Here’s what we learned at the AMS Trade Show.

Each summer, the nation’s agricultural journalists meet for a couple of days of professional improvement at an event we call Ag Media Summit. The 2019 version of AMS, held in Bloomington, Minnesota, this week had a trade show called “Info Expo” where more than 250 ag journalists learned about several innovations, products, and ideas that companies will be sharing with farmers this year. We’ve curated seven of them for you. 

Unververth Finalizes Blu-Jet Purchase 

Blu-Jet legacy anhydrous applicator
Blu-Jet Legacy
The Kalida, Ohio, company best known for grain carts and wagons has finalized the Blu-Jet product line from Thurston Manufacturing, Thurston, Nebraska. Jerry Ecklund, Unverferth’s marketing director, says Unverferth will keep the name and product lineup but plans to move manufacturing to Ohio. 

Thurston Manufacturing was founded in 1971 and employed about 100 workers in northeast Nebraska as recently as 2012, according to an article in the Sioux City Journal. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January. 


MycoApply EndoPrime SC Helps Growers' Sustainability Efforts

David Nothmann, VP of Marketing, Valent
David Nothmann
A new liquid in-furrow biological product called MycoApply EndoPrime SC, from Valent U.S.A., helps bolster corn root establishment through mycorrhizal fungi. Four different species of fungi boost root absorption, boost drought-stress tolerance, enhance nutrient access and uptake, and produce enzymes to release nutrients tied up in the soil, according to David Nothmann, vice president of marketing at Valent. The fungi in MycoApply EndoPrimeSC colonize the roots and produce hyphae, which can store resources and improve resiliency to crop stressors like nutrient availability and drought. 

The company also confirmed its commitment to improved sustainability practices. Its lineup of conventional, biological, and organic crop protection products can help farmers choose a sustainability path that is right for them, Nothmann says. He adds that Valent Biosciences’ new state-of-the-art research center near Libertyville, Illinois, serves as the global discovery engine for biological solutions for growers.

Nufarm Announces Trunemco Approval; New Facility Nearly Complete

Brandon Scott, customer brand marketing manager, NuFarm
Brandon Scott
In May, the EPA approved to Nufarm’s Trunemco nematicide, giving growers a new option in the battle against soybean cyst nematode. Growers have relied on built-in genetic resistance to SCN for years, but relying too much on one gene – P18788 – is weakening resistance to the pest, which causes an estimated $1 billion in lost yield per year in U.S. soybean acres. Trunemco is a seed-applied product, with a 0.3-ounce-per-acre use rate, says Brandon Scott, customer brand marketing manager for Nufarm, which acquired Trunemco earlier this year from BASF. Trunemco also is approved for use in corn and cotton. 

Scott also announced that Nufarm’s new formulation and packaging operations near Greenville, Mississippi, are slated to open October 23. The plant features a renovated 104,500 square-foot facility on 16 acres in the Mississippi River Delta region. 

UPL Hitting Its Stride After Acquisition of Arysta LifeScience 

The company you’ve long known as Arysta LifeScience is now UPL and is the fifth-largest agrochemical company in the world, says Todd Landsman, U.S. marketing manager for UPL. The King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, firm finalized the purchase of Arysta LifeScience in February and touts its lineup of patented and off-patent products that farmers can use from planting to harvest. “Arysta had good products. We were a great fit for each other,” Landsman says. You can look for UPL products at traditional retail and distribution outlets, he adds. 

UPL – formerly United Phosphorous Limited – was founded in 1969 in Mumbai, India. It paid $4.2 billion for Arysta LifeScience. 


Vytelle's IVF Technology Promises Improved Pregnancy Rates

We learned more about the in vitro fertilization technology Vytelle uses on cattle, sheep, and deer to improve pregnancy rates and shorten breeding intervals. Based in Hermiston, Oregon, Vytelle champions an all-natural process rather than using follicle stimulating hormones. This is less expensive, allows for weekly collection of oocytes, and is easier on the animals, according to the company. Vytelle’s certified technicials will collect eggs; wash, clean, and count them; and fertilize in the company’s laboratory within seven days of collection. Embryo development is done through a proprietary culture system without using fetal calf serum. 

Vytelle was formerly known as Cogent IVF, founded in 2015. It rebranded as Vytelle in 2018. 

Can-Am Shows Off 2020 Defender 6x6

The huge new Defender 6×6 from Can-Am was on display. This 82-hp. UTV was designed to offer unmatched traction and hauling capabilites. More information on this machine will be published on in the fall.

AGCO Touts New Fendt 900 Series Tractors

Exterior of the 2019 Fendt 900 tractor
Photo Credit: AGCO
Company representatives from AGCO were on hand to talk about the fully redesigned Fendt 900 series of tractors the company unveiled last month. These new high-horsepower machines were designed to meet the needs of U.S. row crop farmers. Although pricing information has not been announced, the new tractors will be on display for famers to see in person at the Farm Progress Show at the end of August 2019.


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