September 30, 2016
Wheat Growers recognized for safety
Eight Wheat Growers’ locations in South Dakota have been awarded Meritorious Achievement awards in occupational safety as part of the Governor’s Safety Awards program. Meritorious Achievement awards are given for superior safety performance. The Wheat Growers’ locations that received awards were: Carpenter, Chamberlain, Aberdeen administrative office, Miller, Stickney, Tulare, Willow Lake and Woonsocket Agronomy. The Governor’s Safety Awards program recognizes employers with superior safety records. Employers submit workplace injury data that is then compared with state and national data and the entrant’s past performance.
RESCUE TEAM: A Wheat Growers’ rescue team stands ready to respond to grain bin and silo entrapment accidents. (Photo: Wheat Growers)
Satshot’s Landscout advances precision ag
Fargo-based Satshot’s Landscout iOS mobile software is now connected with the John Deere Operations Center through John Deere’s Application Programming Interface. Landscout allows the user to classify, manage, merge and export attributed image variable-rate application zone maps directly to the Operations Center. By instantly exporting these image maps into the Operations Center, this software provides the most economical and quickest way to create variable-rate application maps. With the tools that Landscout now provides, users are able to view the latest imagery live in the field. Agronomists and growers can ground-truth the data while scouting, make an agronomic recommendation, create the prescription, and send it to the display in real time with any JDLink-enabled machine from John Deere.
New dry fertilizer plant in Rolla
North Central Grain Cooperative has begun operations at a new dry fertilizer plant at its Rolla, N.D., site. The facility has a total holding capacity of 4,500 tons and features two 18-ton blenders and a product receiving leg that can unload trucks at the rate of 250 tons per hour. The facility is equipped with GSI’s InterSystems materials handling equipment. “We wanted to increase our capacity because in today’s world speed and convenience are important to meet farmers’ needs in this highly competitive market,” says Joe Kremer, North Central Grain’s agronomy division manager. “Farmers are using a lot more micronutrients now than in the past. We need blending speed and quality that’s up to par to meet that need.”
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