What is today’s news | Tuesday, February 8, 2022

From new tractor announcements to soil microbiome activation, Tuesday’s headlines cover a wide range of topics.

Read on for a roundup of the latest news.

Machinery

Editor Alex Gray covers two big announcements from Massey Ferguson and New Holland.

Massey Ferguson is expanding its range of mid-range tractors, following the release of the MF 8S series last year. The most recent introduction includes four MF 6S Series models ranging from 145 to 180 hp, as well as five MF 7S Series models ranging from 155 to 210 hp.

Designed with feedback from farmers, these additions to the Massey Ferguson product range are built with ease of use in mind.

New Holland’s T6 Methane Power Tractor is the world’s first off-the-shelf methane-powered tractor, designed to promote the use of more sustainable fuel sources.

The T6 Methane Power model is New Holland’s newest addition to the T6 series of tractors and their next step towards a completely carbon neutral farming cycle. This tractor will “close the loop” of energy production and use, with a field-energy-generation, back-to-field cycle.

crop management

Editor Chelsea Dinterman writes about the University of California, Davis’ five-year, $15 million research project to accelerate wheat breeding.

Researchers will use molecular markers and analysis of data from several institutions to determine the genes that help wheat crops mitigate the effects of climate change. Plant breeding will help prove these findings.

Editor-in-Chief Laurie Bedord interviews Travis Bayer, co-founder and chief technology officer at Sound Agriculture, about disrupting traditional, high-input techniques.

Founded in 2013, Sound Agriculture has developed technology that activates the soil microbiome to give plants access to important nutrients that exist in the field, allowing growers to optimize fertilizer inputs. He is also exploring accelerated breeding technologies.

This season will bring a variety of challenges, but weed resistance and supply chain issues are at the forefront of weed control. In the face of shortages and rising input prices, choosing what goes into the tank becomes more important than ever to protect your crop and your bottom line.

WinField United’s new UltraLock admixture combines drift reduction agent (DRA) with InterLock, drift reduction technology (DRT), to improve spray deposition. The result is 20% more leaf coverage than other DRAs, allowing more product to be intercepted by the plant for better weed control.

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