Danny Royer On How To Implement New Technologies Successfully

July 22, 2019

One of the biggest challenges Danny faces when consulting with specialty farming operations across California, Arizona and the Pacific Northwest is implementing an operational framework. This is key to running a successful farming operation because it establishes a structure that defines responsibility and accountability. This is especially critical for producers as they wear many hats. […]


How Measuring Soil Biology Fits Into A Modern Integrated Pest Management Approach

June 28, 2019

Farmers have been using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles across their farms for generations. Historically, the goal of IPM has been to balance ecological and economic principles to best manage pests and disease while ensuring productivity and profitability. However, there are more layers to pest management in modern agriculture, including new technology, changing consumer preferences […]


Vessey & Company Puts Technology To Work To Produce Healthy Lettuce

June 17, 2019

Vessey and Company operates as a grower, packer, shipper that grows both organically and conventionally. The majority of the 12,000 acres under management are devoted to spinach, spring mix, romaine, broccoli, cauliflower, iceberg and leaf lettuce. In order to mitigate some of the risks associated with farming, Vessey & Company has about ten joint venture […]


Indiana Farmer, Kris Tom, On Managing Their Most Valuable Asset: The Soil

June 13, 2019

Tom Farms has a rich legacy of farming. Everett Tom, Kris’ grandfather, started the operation in 1952. At 90 years-old, Everett and his wife Marie are still active on the farm operating a small cattle herd. Today, three generations run the 19,000 acre operation that spans six Northern Indiana counties. Kris has four siblings, two […]


Minnesota Farmer, Myron Sylling, On Reducing Soil Erosion

June 7, 2019

Myron has always loved technology and crunching numbers, “When GPS equipment first came out on ag equipment in 1997 we got it for our operation, so we have yield data dating back twenty-two years.” He went to technical school for computer programing and worked in town for twenty years, while helping his dad and brother […]


Preventing Phytophthora Crown Rot In California Almond Orchard

June 4, 2019

The Challenge The incidence of Phytophthora Crown Rot has increased dramatically over the last five years in tree orchards across California. Lower quality soils are often at the highest risk, and once disease symptoms are visible, it spreads aggressively. When a large almond producer came to Trace Genomics to test their orchard the objective was […]


Iowa Farmer, Matt Danner, On Bringing New Technologies To The Farm

May 30, 2019

“The biggest stretch we’ve had to plant has been two days this year, we’ve been working through the night in some cases,” remarked Matt Danner, co-owner of Templeton Family Farms. Planting this year has been difficult to say the least given the extreme temperature swings and heavy rainfall. Matt, his older brother, and father run […]


Managing White Mold In Soybeans

May 21, 2019

Managing soil-borne pathogens can be difficult. As growers and agronomists, we may only have a few pieces of information available to work with. If we are lucky, we may have scouting records with detailed notes. In most situations, this is not the case. I am sure we all agree, our current management of soil-borne pathogens […]


Potato Operation Grapples With Devastating Yield Loss As A Result Of Disease

April 5, 2019

The Challenge: A large potato grower had experienced yield losses of up to 15% and was struggling to manage multiple disease symptoms that continued to surface. When he approached Trace Genomics, he hoped to get confirmation of where the disease was present in his fields and the steps he could take to prevent yield loss while mitigating disease across his operation.


4 Things To Consider For Spring Soil Sampling In Row Crops

March 22, 2019

Due to extended periods of rainy weather in the Midwest, fall field activities were cut short. One of those activities was soil sampling. As you wait for the last bit of snow to melt, here are four things to consider when you are planning to take spring soil samples:  


A Look At How Trace’s Culture Promotes Balance On International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019

Today is International Women’s Day! We are proud to have female founders and it’s especially important for us to acknowledge the accomplishments by women on this day. The International Women’s Day campaign theme this year is #BalanceforBetter, we gathered thoughts from our team to share what balance means to us.  


What Distinguishes One Microbiology Test From Another?

February 12, 2019

A frequent question we receive is about how our test differs from other soil microbiology tests. Since there are multiple tests that measure soil microbiology, let’s focus on one common example for our comparison. The 24-hour CO2 burst test is often used by agronomists to quantify the amount of soil microbial life. This test, which […]


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