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Industry News: March 2024

Introducing Gravista-D Insecticide For Stored Grain

Central Life Sciences will feature Gravista-D insecticide at Commodity Classic 2024, Feb. 28 – March 2, Houston, Texas. Designed to control insects in stored grain, Gravista-D insecticide combines an adulticide with an insect growth regulator to kill a broad spectrum of insects and break the life cycle. This ready-to-use solution protects post-harvest stored grains from weevils and other costly insects.

Labeled for use in grain sorghum (milo), corn, popcorn, barley, oats, rice, rye and wheat, Gravista-D insecticide can be applied as a pre-bin treatment and on post-harvest grain as it flows into storage for extended residual insect control. It helps protect stored grain from a variety of insects, including the Indian meal moth, sawtoothed grain beetle, red flour beetle, rice weevil, maize weevil, lesser grain borer and other listed pests. Gravista-D insecticide is CODEX approved for cereal grains.

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New Kinze 5670 Planter

For the 2025 planting season, Kinze Manufacturing is introducing the new 5670 pivot fold, split row model planters that deliver enhanced productivity, increased operator convenience and efficient serviceability.

The 5670 pivot fold, split row planter is available in 12/23-row and 16/31-row configurations, plants both 15-inch and 30-inch row widths and can be used as a dedicated narrow-row planter or a multi-crop planting workhorse. The lift-and-pivot frame provides unmatched balance and stability in the field, narrow width when transporting and best-in-class residue flow with the exclusive cast push row unit.

The 5670 pivot fold, split row model planter is Kinze’s latest addition to its exclusively electric 5000 Series planter lineup that debuts for the 2024 season with the new 5900 and 5700 front fold planters.

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New Convergence Biofungicide

Certis Biologicals’ new Convergence biofungicide offers a blend of disease control and plant health in one convenient, cost-effective solution. This reliable biofungicide provides farmers with an EPA-approved, powerful and convenient biological tool to protect and fortify crops. Convergence protects against soilborne fungal and bacterial diseases caused by Pythium, Rhizoctonia, Fusarium and Phytophthora. It also provides an additional mode of action against tough-to-control foliar diseases, including tar spot, rusts and leaf spots.

Formulated for row crops with Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain D747, Convergence uses naturally occurring, carefully selected microorganisms to create a living shield, safeguarding against diseases and preserving the delicate balance of soil and plant health, all while improving the farmer’s bottom line.

This solution does not impact beneficial insects, fostering long-term biodiversity and sustainability, and equipping farmers with a tool to manage resistance on their terms. Convergence can be incorporated into existing conventional programs through in-furrow or foliar applications. It has no special storage requirements and can be tank-mixed with nearly any synthetic application.

Convergence has been tested on fields throughout the Midwest and continues to demonstrate efficacy and good return on investment for corn and soybean farmers.

“In field trials, Convergence has shown it can help increase corn yields compared to zinc starter fertilizer alone,” says Shaun Berry, vice president of research and development with Certis Biologicals.

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Distinguished Chair Honors Professor’s Legacy

Hopeful for increased crop yields and advancement of the state’s agricultural economy, the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina and NC State University are equally committed to the agronomy industry’s future.

This partnership is united through the research of Ronnie Heiniger, NCSU professor of corn production and management and the state’s sole corn Extension specialist since 1994. And the new Ronnie W. Heiniger Distinguished Chair in Corn Extension Agronomy in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences will continue Heiniger’s research and Extension efforts following his retirement in 2025.

Rhonda Garrison, CGANC executive director, says “We thought an endowment would be the best way to ensure that that position was filled in perpetuity by someone that would carry his vision forward.”

Throughout his career, Heiniger has performed field trials and farm visits to educate North Carolina growers and businesses on the latest industry innovations to increase corn yields. He was a member of the first USDA-funded international think tank on site-specific agriculture in 1995, and his applied research programs in precision agriculture and remote sensing have garnered national recognition.

Additionally, he was at the forefront of genetic research on stress tolerance and says that the think tank was the first group to use GPS for farming needs, both of which positively impacted the state’s corn production.

“When I went back to school and came to North Carolina, my goal was to make a difference to farmers – to try to give them some peace of mind of what they were doing,” Heiniger says. “Whatever I did, I wanted to find a way to make those folks more successful.”

As the second-largest row crop in the state and an essential component of North Carolina’s $103.2 billion agribusiness impact, corn not only fuels the livestock and equine industries but is present in many everyday items, from oils and cosmetics to paper products and building materials. Although production is steadily increasing, the state’s overall corn yield has not kept pace with the demands of the thriving animal agriculture industry. CS

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