Siegers Conducting Radish Trials

Siegers Seed Company conducts trials on all seeds before they are released to growers, and they currently have the Vilmorin AGORA and RICARDO hybrid radish in trials. The company is aiming for large-diameter radish varieties that are less likely to split, pith or bleed.

Toro Acquires Rain Master

The Toro Company has acquired Rain Master Irrigation Systems, a manufacturer of irrigation controllers based in Simi Valley, Calif. The purchase will help strengthen the company’s position in the central controller market, enhance its established distribution network, and reinforce a long-term strategy to broaden its offering of precision irrigation technologies.

Fresh Leadership at Naturipe

Bruce Peterson is now president and chief executive officer of Naturipe Farms, a national provider of conventional, organic and premium berries. Peterson is a 37-year veteran of the produce industry, most recently president of Peterson Insights, Inc. John Shelford, president of Naturipe since the partnership was formed in 2000, will be stepping away from the company.

Kubota and Land Pride Form Alliance

Kubota Tractor Corporation and Land Pride have announced a strategic alliance to market Land Pride implements that are performance-matched to Kubota tractors. Participating Kubota dealerships in the U.S. will offer Land Pride three-point implements, including rotary cutters, grooming mowers, rotary tillers and rear blades, to add to Kubota loaders, backhoes and Kubota-branded implements.

Arysta to Acquire GBM

Arysta LifeScience Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Grupo Bioquimico Mexicano, S.A. de C.V. (GBM), a Mexican manufacturer and marketer of plant growth regulators, foliar fertilizers, nutrition enhancers and crop protection products for the fruit and vegetable market. The acquisition of GBM is intended to increase the overall presence if Arysta in the fruit and vegetable crop market, especially in Mexico, but also in Central and South America and globally. The transaction, which is pending approval by regulatory authorities, includes GBM and its subsidiaries, affiliated real estate and employee service companies, and its formulation and manufacturing facilities in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico.

Sundia to Pay Growers for Product Brand

Sundia Corporation has decided that it will begin paying members of its grower and shipper network to brand their products Sundia. Starting with watermelons and pumpkins in 2008, the company will pay rebates for loads that branded Sundia. Other benefits include discounts on labels, pallets, stickers, bins and shipping. Free website development and customer service are also provided for network members.

IA Honors Eckstein and Hamisch

The Irrigation Association has awarded the IA Industry Achievement Award to two men who have shown dedication and leadership in the irrigation industry.

Gershon Eckstein of Drip Irrigation Systems is credited with numerous irrigation patents, including a patent for a method of manufacturing pipes with the integrated dripper units. Fred Hamisch, president of Hydratech, is founding member of the Irrigation Dealers Association of California and drove the effort to expand the organization’s reach as it became the California Agricultural Irrigation Association. Among other things, Hamisch has been involved in the design and installation of irrigation systems in the Middle East, Mexico, South America and Asia.

New Holland Supports Use of Biodiesel

New Holland has announced its support for the use of B100 biodiesel in all equipment with New Holland-manufactured diesel engines, including electronic injection engines with common rail technology. Nearly 80-percent of New Holland-branded products with diesel engines are now available to operate with B100 biodiesel that is produced to ASTM D6751 standards. Details of the models that can run on B100, as well as requirements and recommendations to do so safely, are available from New Holland dealers or on the company’s Web site at