Syngenta has announced a new soil health mapping service called Interra Scan. The service, which offers precision soil analysis to help growers and agronomists with crop nutrition and soil health decisions, will be initially available to continental and Eastern European growers. Interra Scan has a key Canadian connection — the soil scan begins with Tavistock, Ontario’s SoilOptix technology. SoilOptix is…
Syngenta has announced a new soil health mapping service called Interra Scan.
The service, which offers precision soil analysis to help growers and agronomists with crop nutrition and soil health decisions, will be initially available to continental and Eastern European growers.
Interra Scan has a key Canadian connection — the soil scan begins with Tavistock, Ontario’s SoilOptix technology.
SoilOptix is the first step of the Interra Scan service, Syngenta says in a press release. Soil is scanned using gamma-ray technology to map all of the common nutrient and physical soil properties, including pH, soil texture, organic matter, carbon, and cation exchange capacity, as well as elevation and plant water availability.
Physical soil samples are also collected, then, that raw scan, soil data, and soil samples are combined and processed to produce up to 27 high-definition soil property layers.
Agronomists and farmers using the service can then access these soil layer maps through a digital platform and develop variable rate application maps for crop input applications
Using SoilOptix means that field scanning can happen at more times of the year, as it is not affected by soil moisture, compaction, crop cover or cultivation state, Syngenta says.
Syngenta adds that by providing an accurate baseline measurement of both organic and active carbon in the soil, Interra Scan can enable growers to adjust their farming systems leading to long-term soil health benefits.
Kinze Manufacturing is making an entrance into the high speed planting market with their 3665 True Speed Planter. On display at the Farm Progress Show at Boone, Iowa, the planter…
Kinze Manufacturing is making an entrance into the high speed planting market with their 3665 True Speed Planter.
On display at the Farm Progress Show at Boone, Iowa, the planter hopes to grab the attention of farmers for the upcoming growing season.
Eric Broadbent, senior director of sales at Kinze, says although they are breaking into the high speed market with this planter, the perhaps more important feature is the accuracy and plant stand potential it brings to producers.
“It’s more than just high speed. It’s also precision accuracy at any speed. So we can go from three to 12 miles an hour in the field planting [with] pinpoint accuracy. The the folks that have been in this technology for the last few spring planting seasons have been very impressed with the stand, we hear all the time, how this is the best they’ve had in 30 years, 40 years, 50 years, and that kind of result is what it’s all about for us,” says Broadbent.
Additionally the true speed planter comes with true depth as well, which is Kinze’s hydraulic downforce, keeping the unit in contact at all times regardless of the soil conditions and speeds between three and 12 miles per hour.
The planter can be pulled by numerous tractor sizes, with field conditions and desired speed being the drivingafactor but he says overall, to start out, producers will want to have at least 10 horsepower per row.
Bushel capacity will range anywhere from 120 down to 85 when looking at the smaller versions available. The new planter is available with several options available for the 2023 planting season.
Hear more from Broadbent in the full interview below with RealAgriculture’s, Kara Oosterhuis:
The highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in domestic poultry escalated late last week, as Ontario’s chief vet announced the suspension of any activities where domestic birds would co-mingle and a…
The highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in domestic poultry escalated late last week, as Ontario’s chief vet announced the suspension of any activities where domestic birds would co-mingle and a prime poultry processing area of Manitoba was placed in a quarantine zone.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) updates infected premises and birds impacted each Wednesday. At last report — September 21st —70 locations across Canada had reported cases impacting an estimated 2.7 million domestic poultry in total.
On September 23rd, the Office of the Chief Veterinarian for Ontario (OCVO) issued a Minister’s Order under the Animal Health Act, 2009, for the purpose of limiting the commingling of birds from different locations in Ontario to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission in domestic birds by limiting direct contact.
The order temporarily prohibits events where birds commingle, such as bird shows, bird sales and swaps, portions of fairs where birds are exhibited, sport, and educational displays where birds are brought from multiple locations, vaccination gatherings for birds from multiple locations, and prohibits the movement of birds to those events.
Set to expire on October 22, 2022, the chief vet may extend the order, if required.
In Manitoba, a positive AI case in the Municipality of Ste. Anne sparked the set up of a primary control zone that includes Blumenort, an area with a major poultry processing plant and hatchery, as well as primary producers.
There are currently four active control zones in Manitoba, with one pending.
A primary control zone is an area where the CFIA has deemed that HPAI exists and where, once declared, certain movements are controlled by the use of permits.
Alberta continues to be the hardest hit province, with 13 primary control zones in place and one pending, and over 1.2 million birds impacted.
For more of our coverage on HPAI, click here.
The current president and CEO of Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd. (Gay Lea), Michael Barrett has announced his retirement, effective January 31, 2023. Barrett has been with Gay Lea for…
The current president and CEO of Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd. (Gay Lea), Michael Barrett has announced his retirement, effective January 31, 2023. Barrett has been with Gay Lea for 22 years, serving as president and CEO since 2014,
The board of directors has announced that Suzanna Dalrymple will sept in to the role effective February 1, 2023. She will begin her transition into Gay Lea Foods on October 31.
Most recently, Dalrymple led the Canada Pet Nutrition unit for Mars as general manager where she was known for consistently delivering strong business results while improving capabilities, competencies, and team talent, Gay Lea says.
Prior to senior roles with Mars Pet Nutrition Canada, Dalrymple spent almost two decades at Procter & Gamble Canada, working progressively through senior roles in brand management and sales. Throughout her career, Suzanna has had a passion for people, often sponsoring the Women’s Network, and driving inclusive succession planning.
Barrett oversaw significant growth of the co-op during his tenure, including expansion into Western Canada, construction of the only nutraceutical-grade dairy ingredients facility in Canada, and modernization and expansion of existing processing capacity and capabilities in Ontario.
“Gay Lea Foods has achieved remarkable growth over the last eight years thanks to the vision, leadership and team that Michael has built within and surrounding our co-operative,” says board chair Rob Goodwill. “During his time as CEO, we have transformed our co-operative into a national business while setting it on a strong path toward our next phase of sustainable growth and our shared purpose of Enriching communities co-operatively. I am excited by the opportunities ahead as we look forward to further realizing our potential as a sustainable, growing foods co-operative with Suzanna Dalrymple as our incoming CEO.”
Ag Growth International Inc. (AGI) has announced Paul Householder, the company’s current chief operating officer, will step in as president and chief executive officer, following the resignation of president, Tim…
Ag Growth International Inc. (AGI) has announced Paul Householder, the company’s current chief operating officer, will step in as president and chief executive officer, following the resignation of president, Tim Close.
Householder joined Winnipeg, Man.-based AGI in 2019 after a 28-year career in the industrial chemicals sector where he ran global businesses with multiple facilities across several geographies, including the U.S. and Brazil.
Close announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities, but will continue with the company in an advisory role through the end of 2022. He has been with AGI for 10 years, first serving as vice president of strategic planning and development, and moving to president and CEO in early 2016.
“On behalf of the board and everyone at AGI, I want to thank Tim for his service and passionate dedication to AGI and all of its stakeholders and for his tremendous leadership and highly valued contributions to AGI’s strong position today,” says board chair of AGI, Bill Lambert.
Lambert says Close played an instrumental role in growing AGI, leading the company through the acquisition of over 25 businesses, initiating the company’s entry in to the digital agriculture space, and building an outstanding senior leadership team and in the process transforming AGI from a regional manufacturer of grain handling equipment to a diversified, global food infrastructure leader.
AGI is a provider of solutions for global food infrastructure including seed, fertilizer, grain, feed, and food processing systems. AGI has manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States, Brazil, India, France, and Italy and distributes its product globally.