New technologies for ag

Inside Dakota Ag

What's Wolverine, Rimfire and Ignite got in common with Ashley, Reid and Josiah? They all part of ag's future.

Published on: July 22, 2009

 

I caught two different glimpses of ag technology the other day.

 

One had names like Wolverine, Rimfire and Ignite.

 

The other had names like Ashley, Reid and Josiah.

 

Wolverine, Rimfire and Ignite are herbicides that Bayer Crop Science showed off at itsresearch farm near Sabin, Minn. The site is one of several in the U.S. that Bayer uses to test new product straight off the lab bench. Bayer has nine new products that will be on coming on the market in the next 3 to 5 years. “The pipeline is full,” says Hermann Stuebler, Bayer’s director of global herbicide research.

 

Ashley, Reid and Josiah are three of the dozen teenagers I saw on my way to Sabin. They all had hoes in their hands and were climbing out of the back of a pickup parked by Craig Hurner’s organic soybean field.

 

Hurner, Glyndon, Minn., grows conventional wheat, sugarbeets, soybeans and corn. He also has an organic unit.

 

Hurner’s field sure looked clean to me, but he doesn’t let any weed go to seed, whether they are in a conventional or an organic field. Hand labor is the good way to clean up the escapes. “It’s tough for weeds to become resistant to cold hard steel,” he says.

 

Hurner, who is active in his church and its youth group, says he enjoys working with teenagers, too.
 

I get the impression he is not just raising crops on his farm. He's also developing hard-working, responsible kids.  His pipeline will likely be full for a long time, too.