Apr 12

Alltech strengthens its on-farm presence and agri-environment credentials with the purchase of The E-CO2 Project Limited

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Alltech recently acquired The E-CO2 Project Limited (E-CO2) – a leading provider of on-farm environmental assessments and programmes in the United Kingdom.

The purchase builds on the recent close business partnership forged between the two companies to help farmers make their operations more efficient, profitable and sustainable.

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Jul 18

Is Grain Quality Stealing From Your Profits

Is Grain Quality Stealing From Your Profits

The old saying, “We are scraping at the bottom of the barrel,” seems about right when it comes to the current feed being used. With the 2014 harvest just on the horizon, many swine and poultry producers are finding the last of the 2013 grains being used in feed is of substantially lower quality. Even when stored in the best conditions, grains never improve quality during the storage period. Grain quality is either maintained or lost, taking with it the farm’s net returns. Corn, a key ingredient in swine and poultry diets, can represent close to 60 percent of the total feed.

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Jun 06

The World Beneath Our Feet

The World Beneath Our Feet
A couple of weeks back, I was invited to attend Alltech's 30th Annual International Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky. This is the second year I have attended and I can honestly say that I came home with so many ideas and thoughts that it is hard to get through them all. Have you ever thought of what goes on beneath your feet? The following will make you think twice about calling that black stuff dirt. Sitting at the Symposium, I felt as if some farmers are looking at the big picture and not the whole picture.

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May 14

The Great Unknown Below Our Feet

The Great Unknown Below Our Feet
Over 500 years ago, Leonardo DaVinci observed, “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.” Five centuries later, as NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft explores beyond our solar system, a galaxy of trillions of soil microbes inches below our feet remains unknown. As the global population rises each year, so does our concern over how agriculture will be able to close the yield gap. Our land yields must rise 70 to 100 percent by 2050 in order to feed a world of 9 billion people. If every field produced the highest attainable yield, worldwide crop production would only rise by 45 to 70 percent.

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