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Universal guided hitch for rear implement: DynaTrac


Posted on Monday October 30, 2017, 6:04 pm

LAFORGE has developed a universal implement guidance hitch for rear implements as a contribution to making precision farming a reality! The LAFORGE DynaTrac is a key link between the implement guidance system and the rear implement by adjusting the lateral position of the implement based on the guidance line established by the tractor guidance system.

LAFORGE leveraged decades of tractor hitch experience and success in the USA with a DynaTrac for pulled implements to develop a 3-point version with many benefits:
- Versatile and universal guided hitch, compatible with :
• 3 point, pulled and semi-mounted implements  no need to purchase a specific implement or modify a standard one
• All tractors equipped with an active implement guidance module
• PTO driven implements -

A key feature: decoupled m...

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Planting by tape saves labor costs

by Don Curlee Ag at Large

Posted on Monday October 30, 2017, 6:00 pm

California’s vegetable crop growers are developing a kind of hands-off process for planting seeds that cuts labor costs, ensures a consistent stand and avoids post-plant thinning. Call it high tech if you like, but neither robots or drones are part of the process.

The simplest description of it: seeds are planted at a predetermined spacing onto a nutrient rich strip of soil-like tape, grown under tightly controlled conditions, usually in a greenhouse, then transplanted by a machine that lays lengths of the tape in the field. Irrigation, pest control and other cultural measures are carried out through harvest.

The process was pioneered and is being refined by lettuce growers in the Salinas Valley, but growers of tomatoes that are processed into catsup(ketchup, if you like), are adapting the technique as well. They hope to apply it eventually in the 225,000 ...

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USDA Offers Opportunities to Help California Producers Rebuild and Recover; Assessments Underway


Posted on Monday October 30, 2017, 5:51 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is targeting $4 million to help farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners in California recover from the recent wildfires. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will issue waivers for those interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to enable recovery work to begin immediately. This is one of several disaster assistance program available through USDA to support recovery efforts for individuals and communities.

NRCS will immediately begin accepting applications for its EQIP Catastrophic Fire Recovery fund pool to assist producers in covering the cost of certain rehabilitation practices, such as creating check dams in drainages, using damaged trees to slow runoff, repairing culvert systems, and planting tree seedlings. NRCS is waiving the standard 30-day application ranking period and is a...

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Sheriff's SmartWater CSI program a success

by Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

Posted on Wednesday October 18, 2017, 3:37 pm

SmartWater CSI product was detected Friday in the first known case connecting thieves to the actual crime in Tulare County.

Two suspects were arrested early Friday morning in Tulare for attempting to steal a locomotive train horn valued at approximately $1,000. SmartWater product was detected on one of the suspects following a collaboration between the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Agricultural Crimes Unit and the Union Pacific Railroad with assistance from the Tulare Police Department.

Not seen by the naked eye, SmartWater CSI is a silent invisible witness that helps prevent agricultural crimes. This mineral based liquid has a unique one in a billion code and connects stolen property back to its rightful owner.

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux introduced SmartWater CSI at a press conference in January at the International Agri-Center. He encourages agric...

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USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces $945,000 in Funding to Recruit and Educate a More Diverse Agricultural Workforce


Posted on Wednesday October 18, 2017, 3:34 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $945,400 in available funding to help foster the next generation of multicultural scholars in agricultural sciences. Funding is made through NIFA’s Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

. “The Multicultural Scholars Program seeks to help young people reach their potential in the agricultural sciences," said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “It is important to develop the most diverse talent pool possible and show these students the abundant opportunities in the agricultural sector.”

The Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) helps colleges and universities recruit and retain multicultural scholars who may pursue degrees in food and agricultural sciences disciplines or the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Pro...

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