A Special Event Worth Attending… “Davos on the Delta”

My family and I are excited to be heading to Memphis in a few weeks for the second annual "Davos on the Delta," hosted by my good friend Carter Williams, CEO of iSelect. We have been working with Carter and his team for a few years now and like to...

Mexico, NAFTA and U.S. Crop Exports

According to the USDA's Foreign Ag Service, grain and feed accounted for $5.1 billion of the $17.9 billion in agricultural products the U.S. exported to Mexico. Corn and soybeans were the top two commodities exported at $2.6 billion and $1.5 billion, respectively.​ ​Because of our shared land border, Mexico imports...

Fantastic Breakdown On Insect and Disease in Midwest

I came across a good breakdown of disease and insect reports by state from the folks over at Winfield United Agronomist. As you prepare for 2018, I encourage you to read the reports from Winfield and these eight Midwest states involved as they cover the biggest issues from 2017 with...

Artificial Light for Agriculture Applications That Outperforms the Sun

  During 2018, iSelect, The VanTrump Report and The Yield Lab Institute are sponsoring a series of weekly webinars featuring the best in agriculture innovation. Agrifood Conversations is all about driving innovation and each month will highlight a specific theme, from biologicals to vertical farms, featuring emerging topics such as...

High Powered Computers Now Determine How Many Corn & Soybean Acres

Using satellite data and the power of supercomputers, scientists at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, can now distinguish between corn and soybean crops in the field. Until now, the number of corn and bean acreage was made public four to six months...

China Is Building A Massive Rain-Making System

China is planning the implementation of a large-scale weather changing project to ensure a consistent rain supply. Once in place, the system has the potential to increase rainfall in the region by up to 25 trillion gallons per year. This is supposedly the world's biggest single weather changing project ever...

Scientist Getting Animals To Adopt Robots As Moms

Researchers are using imprinting to get chickens to adopt a robot as their mother. I'm told the goal is to develop robots that behave with the complexity of living beings so they can interact more realistically with actual animals. Researchers from several universities in Europe are behind the idea to...

How Has the Growing Season Changed Since 1980?

If your answer to this question is "by getting longer," than you'd be correct. Both the EPA and NOAA scientists report the average growing season in the Lower 48 states has increased by 10 days when compared to the long-term average. And a majority of the increase has happened since...

Scaling Indoor Farming With New Smart Technologies

During 2018, iSelect, The VanTrump Report and The Yield Lab Institute are sponsoring a series of weekly webinars featuring the best in agriculture innovation. Agrifood Conversations is all about driving innovation and each month will highlight a specific theme, from biologicals to vertical farms, featuring emerging topics such as soil...