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The corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum world is based deep in the heart of Texas this week with the convening of 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio. Technology, agronomy, policy and more are taking center stage as the national commodity groups for those crops gather to take stock of their industry and look ahead to the next year and the critical issues and conditions they'll face. See some of Agriculture.com's coverage of the proceedings and events this week.
See all the latest reports from Agriculture.com editors at 2012 Commodity Classic.
This morning, show goers were served a quick, 5-minute appetizer to the entrée exhibitors would be featuring at the show. So what’s on the plate for farmers? Dig in to these quick reads on what’s new, and come back for seconds as we deliver more in-depth reports throughout the show.
Topcon Precision Agriculture
Justin Jones with Topcon debuted the company’s new AGI-4 receiver/steering controller. The all-in-one controller eliminates the need for another box inside the cab by integrating everything into one system. Benefits include:
Hog confinements, poultry barns, shops, and homes are about to see a spike in propane bills. Extreme cold weather the past few weeks caused propane to make an insane price jump to $4.00+ this week.
The past 24 hours has produced a history-making storm system in the Midwest, and its effects are not over with for the region just yet. Both Wisconsin and Minnesota set new all-time records for lowest barometric pressure ever recorded. At International Falls, the pressure dropped to 956 millibars (previous record was just above 962 millibars), or the type of pressure that one often sees in a CAT-3 strength hurricane.
Spring's finally arrived, or so it seems, in a large part of the area of the nation's center where farmers still have a lot of corn and soybeans to plant. That effort is likely to get a boost in the next five to seven days, forecasters say.
"This could be the break that farmers have been waiting for," says Ken Scheeringa, associate Indiana state climatologist based at Purdue University, in a university report.
Farmer inventor takes his idea to market. Now it’s your turn.
Official rules for the Successful Farming Innovation Showcase
Successful Farming's Innovation Showcase Contest helps farmer innovators bring their inventions to a larger audience.