March 2, 2022
If you see a spray rig with Greeneye Technology painted on the tank, you may be looking at the future of spraying.
Greeneye Technology, an Israeli company pioneering precision spraying using artificial intelligence, and Farmers Business Network report the technology will be tested in FBN’s 2022 On-Farm Field Trials Program. FBN spokespersons say the company’s goal is to test this tailor-made herbicide program for weed control across a wide range of locations and field conditions.
Greeneye Technology will also contract with dozens of farmers in the U.S. to further test the technology. The AI spraying system takes out green weeds in a green crop at commercial speeds with 95.7% accuracy. Syngenta and Agco were among those recently investing $22 million to support Greeneye Technology. Visit greeneye.ag.
Technology goes commercial
GreenLight Biosciences made news when it announced a first: field control of fungal pathogens using double-stranded RNA. Now, partnering with Germains Seed Technology, the company will work toward commercializing this technology in a seed treatment. Germains specializes in seed treatment technology. The first commercial product will likely be for vegetable crops. Visit greenlightbiosciences.com.
Plant breeding breakthrough
Inari bills itself as the SeeDesign company. It received two U.S. patents for gene editing genetically modified traits: an insect trait in corn and a herbicide trait in soybeans. An additional 15 patents are pending.
Inari doesn’t sell seed. Instead, Inari works with numerous seed companies. So why should you care? Inari spokespersons say through multiplex gene editing, their goal is developing soybean products yielding 20% more and corn products yielding 10% more, all while using 40% less water and nitrogen. Keep up at inari.com.
Sensors for ag
Artificial intelligence technology relies on data from sensors. Three established companies announced formation of AgSensor Solutions to bring sensors for ag to market quicker. They include AGD Consulting in Texas, LogiSync in Ohio and Tallgrass Technology Partners in Kansas. Visit the AgSensor Solutions website to learn more about challenges and opportunities in sensor development.
News and notes
Meristem and Talc USA formed a product development agreement to add value to talc-graphite seed fluency products. The first product released is Hopper Throttle, an enhanced planter box treatment for corn and soybeans. It combines an 80-20 talc-graphite mix with micronutrients and biologicals. The goal is higher yield and lower fertilizer cost. Visit meristemag.com and talcusa.com.
Stinkbugs, mites, thrips, caterpillars, flies and beetles in soybeans, cotton, rice and vegetables may soon face a new insecticide active ingredient. Syngenta seeks approval for Plinazolin in Argentina under the brand name Virantra. This new active ingredient features a novel mode of action. Syngenta hopes to take it to 40 countries. Visit syngenta.com.
Watch for Intermoc herbicide from UPL. It’s a combination of Interline and Moccasin, containing glufosinate and S-metolachlor. Glufosinate powers Liberty. It’s approved for glufosinate-tolerant soybeans and cotton. Visit upl-ltd.com.
WinField United introduces UltraLock, an all-purpose drift and deposition aid delivering 20% more leaf coverage than other drift reduction agents. See winfieldunited.com.
Verdesian Life Sciences announced a name change. NUE-Charge G is now N-Charge G. Spokespersons emphasize the product is the same. Visit vlsci.com.
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