"Wilbur-Ellis Company continues its investment for the future with the opening of its new agribusiness division location in the Denver metro area. The new facility will host key personnel, including executive leadership and key support team leads, as the company shifts the base of its Agribusiness operations from California to Colorado.
In the new facility, employees will have access to multiple meeting and training spaces, creating a central location for increased communication, collaboration, and ideation among the division’s employees.
Alignment for Growth
The relocation is part of the business’s multi-faceted Alignment for Growth plan announced this past summer. The agribusiness industry is experiencing a host of changes that will continue to develop over the next several years. These changes range from volatile markets and more retirements to new innovations and technologies and unpredictable weather, as well as other world-wide influences.
“The move to Colorado puts the Agribusiness Division in the middle of our entire operating area, closer to our branch locations and to our customers,” said Dan Vradenburg, president of the Agribusiness Division. “The new facility will make it easier for employees to connect with one another and with our customers – all of whom are critical to our success.”
Alignment for Growth allows Wilbur-Ellis to combat the changing industry conditions while also meeting customer demands, and accelerating professional and organization growth within the company. The Agribusiness Division is a $2.1 billion business, with more than 2800 employees serving customers in over 250 crop segments across the U.S.
As part of Alignment for Growth, the company has realigned a number of positions around its functional support areas, as well as within its five regions.
The Wilbur-Ellis corporate headquarters remains in California, and the Agribusiness Division will continue to operate its more than 175 branch locations across the U.S."
"Verdesian Life Sciences has announced the availability of three new products to Canadian growers. “We’re proud to offer innovative seed treatment and inoculant solutions for the Canadian market,” said Mike Blanding, Verdesian vice president of sales, seed treatments and inoculants. “We feel strongly that growers across Canada will find our products give their crops a stronger start than ever before.”
Each of the three new products from Verdesian (PRIMO® for soybeans, PRE-VAIL® for forage crops and Accolade®-L for wheat, canola and barley) recently received Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) approval and are now available to Canadian producers.
All three products contain a unique biological growth promoter to help get crops off to a good start early in the growing season. This biological growth promoter containing Azospirillum brasilense strains, derived from natural sources, is now available as a new viable option for producers.
PRIMO, a highly concentrated liquid inoculant, delivers a high-bacteria load of rhizobia to increase root mass, nodulation and, ultimately, the health of soybean plants. Its growth promotion abilities are a unique feature among available soybean inoculants, and results in increased levels of nitrogen fixation, leading to improved yields.
Accolade-L is the first biological growth promoter of its kind, containing Azospirillum brasilense strains, approved for wheat, canola and barley that can be applied directly to the seed as a seed treatment. The growth promoter in Accolade-L helps increase seedling vigor and improves root mass development as it fixes nitrogen in the root zone.
PRE-VAIL, a clay-based pre-inoculant for forages, can be applied directly to the seed, months in advance of planting, for added convenience. Its combination of nitrogen-fixing bacteria and the biological growth promoter help improve early forage growth and overall stands.
With each product containing Verdesian’s exclusive Azospirillum brasilense strains, as well as having unique properties to get their plant species off to a good start, natural biological products from Verdesian help crops start out strong to improve yields down the road.
“Canadian growers face some of the most challenging farming conditions in the world,” said Greg Thompson, chief operating officer for Verdesian. “Where these types of challenges are prevalent, it is critical to get plants off to a strong, healthy start for maximum yields. We’re confident that growers around the country will soon realize the impact of Verdesian’s expertise in supporting impactful beginnings to each growing season.”"
“The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama), the country’s environmental agency, has recently published national pesticide production and sales surveys for 2013.
In 2013, Brazil national production was 124,776 tons, increased greatly by 75.9% compared to 2012, whereas the production of the formulated products were 429,248 tons, down by 5.5%. The imported technical products reached to 202,419 tons, up 16% compared to 2012, while these numbers for formulated products were 429,248 tons and a 43.3% increase.”
"Contrary to what some environmental activist groups are claiming, data collected by Syngenta shows that bee populations even in intensely farmed areas of the world are increasing rather than rapidly decreasing. See the explanations and graphs shared by the company.
According to USDA statistics, the number of honey-producing colonies has been generally steady for about two decades and has risen four of the last five years – including an increase of over 100,000 hives last year. The bee population is up nearly 13 percent since 2008, recovering after the initial findings of colony collapse disorder."
"The early theme of soybeans and wheat fighting back, after some sessions of outperformance in corn, continued into later deals on Wednesday, but in more muted form.
Wheat futures could not hang on to positive territory they trod in for much of the day.
But their closing loss was limited to 0.25 cents a bushel in Chicago, where the benchmark March contract ended at $5.36 ¾ a bushel.
Wheat prices gained some support from fresh unrest in the former Soviet Union, as Ukraine Petro Poroshenko told the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, "we have more than 9,000 troops of Russian Federation on my territory.
“If this is not aggression, what is aggression?” he asked.
Indeed, in Paris, closer to the Black Sea, wheat for March ended up 0.8% at E197.75 a tonne.
‘Improve soil moisture’
US prices are also being seen as having fallen far enough to inject some level of world competitiveness into values, besides being low enough to deter farmer sales.
“Basis levels have found support at present levels with a slowdown in producer selling,” said broker CHS Hedging.
However, support from talk of dryness in the southern Plains faded, with MDA, for instance, noting that “snow cover should build across south western Plains areas today and Thursday, which will improve soil moisture when it melts”.
Kansas City-traded hard red winter wheat, as grown largely in the southern Plains, underperformed, in ending down 1.2% at $5.70 ¾ a bushel for March delivery, a three-month closing low for the contract."