Future of Grain


Dekalb launches mobile app
A new Plant Population Calculator Application is now available for use on Blackberry devices. The application provides corn and soybean growers with recommended planting populations for their crops. Users of the application are prompted to fill in information such as crop, soil type, row width and additional crop specific variables as part of the steps  required to generate a recommendation, says the company.

“From both ease of use and agronomic perspectives, the Dekalb Plant Population Calculator App is very intuitive,” says Dekalb Agronomist, Todd Woodhouse, noting that users are prompted to select from a pre-populated list of information at most steps in the process. “It’s all laid out in simple, sequential steps that make it very easy for the user to follow and complete.” 

The Dekalb Plant Population Calculator Application is available in English and French and can be downloaded to a Blackberry device by visiting www.dekalbmobile.ca. •

Syngenta trait stacks gain Canadian approval
Syngenta Seeds Inc. recently announced it has received full Canadian regulatory approval for the Agrisure Vipterra 3111 and Agrisure Vipterra 3110 trait stacks. According to the company, the Agrisure Vipterra 3111 stack will be the most widely available of the suit of products and it combines the Agrisure Vipterra trait with the Agrisure 3000GT triple stack.

The Agrisure Vipterra 3111 stack offers above-ground insect control of corn earworm, fall armyworm, Western bean cutworm, black cutworm, dingy cutworm, common stalk borer and sugarcane borer, among others, says the company.

The traits will be available in hybrids from Syngenta seed brand NK Seeds and will be made available through licensing agreements with more seed companies. 

Buhler and Westeele create alliance
A global alliance has been created by two of Canada’s largest agricultural manufacturers. Buhler Industries, manufacturer of Versatile tractors and self-propelled sprayers and the Farm King line of farm equipment has created an alliance with Westeel, a manufacturer of steel storage products.

According to the companies, the first phase of the alliance will produce a Buhler Industries manufactured, Westeel-branded grain handling line for distribution through the Westeel distribution network in Canada. The line would include grain augers, grain vacs and grain cleaners. 

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