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Focus Rests on Increasing Production at Farm Progress Show

Focus Rests on Increasing Production at Farm Progress Show

29 August 2012

ANALYSIS - As farmers continue to deal with substantially lower yields this year, many are looking to new technologies and concepts to deliver results against unpredictable weather. Farm Progress Show 2012 is under way in Boone, Iowa, USA, providing farmers with all they need to ensure a productive 2013, write Gemma Hyland and Sarah Mikesell, TheCropSite editors, live from the show.

With ongoing drought, many are asking how to feed a rising population with increasingly limited feedstocks.

Barry Nelson, John Deere.

Barry Nelson, John Deere Manager of Media Relations for US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, said it all starts with global population growth and expectations for up to nine billion people in the world by 2050.

“We have to provide our customers with new technology that will help them produce more food in the same about of land, maybe reduced water and be more efficient with their inputs,” Mr Nelson said.

John Deere has three main areas – the first is machine optimisation.

"We’ve always built and manufactured tractors, but what we can put on that tractor?” Mr Nelson said.

“We can put on GPS so it can steer itself so our customers are reducing their passes in the field and saving fuel. We can put newer, cleaner burning engines that will protect the land and the air. Finally, we’re coming up with new data transmission systems. We’re collecting a lot of data, especially at harvest. That will help you become more efficient with your output.”

Mr Nelson said despite the Midwest drought, farmers are still optimistic.

“Farm incomes for some people are going to be at record levels,” he said. “Our farmer customers always invest in equipment and keep turning it over because of the new technology we are talking about. They can get more done in less time.”

Bayer CropScience, focused on the One World to Grow On theme, illustrates their passion for working alongside growers to develop the understanding and answers to today’s most pressing agricultural issues.

The “One World to Grow On” booth experience walked farmers through pivotal decision-making times from harvest to planting, where the right decisions lead to better outcomes.

The steps include:


Have a Successful Harvest

Successfully manage crops all the way to harvest and sustain your business for years to come.

After a positive growing season, revisiting lessons learned can help shape decisions for the following season. Growing from experience often impacts future plans.


Maintain the Potential

Protect and nourish your crops, business and community.

Coaxing the most out of your crop includes walking a fine line between too much and too little attention. Finding the proper balance is necessary, and goes a long way towards a successful growing season and a profitable business.


Establish a healthy crop

Preparation for unpredictability pays in happy returns.

Decisions made early on can have a significant impact on your end results. Taking steps to ensure healthier crop establishment puts you in a position to maximize your outcome at harvest.


Plan for Success

Select tools that perform this season and beyond.

Our planet isn’t getting any bigger, so we need to focus our efforts to grow as successful of a crop as possible. Figuring out how to get the most out of our resources is more imperative today that it ever has been.

2013 planting intentions revealed

Released at Farm Progress this week is the Farm Futures first survey of 2013 planting intentions.

Farmers are unsure about whether to increase corn acreage next spring, despite high prices and sharply lower production caused by this year's historic drought.

Instead, Farm Futures survey shows growers would rather boost soybean and wheat seedings.

Farmers plan to put in 93.1 million acres of corn in the year ahead, down four per cent from this year, when they planted the most corn ground in 75 years.

Farm Futures' survey found producers planted slightly more corn in 2012 than reported in June by USDA, though they abandoned more of that ground than the agency estimates due to the ravages of the drought.

Farm Futures Market Analyst Arlan Suderman said: "Ironically, this shift from corn to soybeans mirrors a similar shift taking place in South America as well, casting doubt's on the world's ability to rebuild tight global feed grain stocks without a significant shift in global weather patterns to boost yields in 2013."

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