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Missouri man found guilty in Arkansas farmer’s murder

A Missouri man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Thursday after a Mississippi County Circuit Court jury found him guilty in the fatal shooting of an Arkansas farmer. The shooting happened in October 2016 during an altercation over dicamba drift.

It took less than an hour for the jury to find Curtis Jones, 27, of Arbyrd, Missouri guilty of second-degree murder and an enhanced weapons charge.

Prosecutors said Jones shot Mike Wallace, 55, of Monette, Arkansas seven times Oct. 27, 2016 after Wallace had called Jones earlier that day about drifting dicamba that Jones had sprayed on a field near Wallace’s.

On Thursday evening the judge granted a $50,000 appeal bond, where Jones can remain free as long as the case is being appealed to either the Arkansas Supreme Court or the Arkansas Court of Appeals. 

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Mahindra rolls out new Retriever utility vehicles

After launching 24 new models at its National Dealer Meeting in Indianapolis earlier this month, Mahindra has rebranded its utility vehicle product line as the Mahindra Retriever, to create a strong identity in the industry for these best-in-class off-road vehicles.

“The new line-up of Mahindra Retrievers was well-received at our National Dealer Meeting and we are excited to bring them to market beginning in late 2017. We have built on the strong foundation of the current Mahindra utility vehicles, adding higher horsepower engines and unmatched comfort to a solid workhorse vehicle. The result is a work-ready, family-approved machine to help our customers get their work done in comfort,” said Cleo Franklin, CMO/VP-Strategic Planning, Mahindra NA.

The Mahindra Retriever comes in single-row, crew and long-bed models in both gas and diesel powertrains. The vehicles are available in red, green and Realtree AP camouflage with standard or industry-exclusive Flexhauler cargo boxes. While all the work capabilities of the past Mahindra utility vehicles remain, there are several styling enhancements made in the new Retriever models:

  • New dash with 4.3” digital gauge
  • Automotive style LED headlights
  • Front brushguard with bull bar
  • Deluxe bucket-style seating
  • Redesigned steering wheel & shifter knob
  • New wheel design

The new Mahindra Retriever utility vehicles will be sold in the U.S. and Canada beginning in November 2017. All Mahindra utility vehicles are backed by a three-year powertrain warranty. Even though the name is changing, the Mahindra Retriever still offers the rugged, work-ready features of previous models 1,200 pounds hauling capacity, 2,100 pounds towing capacity, 12 inch ground clearance, 19 inch of cab entry space, standard electric cargo box dump, and standard front and rear receiver hitches.


500 field trials in 20 states prove Bayer’s Delaro ready for 2018

Delaro, a new fungicide from Bayer, was put to test by growers this past season and passed with flying colors. In 500 field trials across 20 states, Delaro provided unmatched broad-spectrum disease control, best-in-class dual mode of action residual, and improved plant health.

Grower Dan Durick of McClleland, Iowa, observed Delaro in a field trial on his farm. Durick, a former national NCGA yield contest winner, said he participated in the trial because he likes to try cutting-edge products and is always looking to outdo his yield from the year before.

“During the season you could look right out into the field and see where we applied Delaro,” said Durick. “It was definitely healthier, and we didn’t have any disease issues. As I harvested my Delaro trial plots, I could still see some green in the field. We had 40- to 50-mile-per-hour winds a few weeks before harvest, and the Delaro plots were still standing.”

“Corn and soybean diseases can devastate yields,” said Thorsten Schwindt, Bayer fungicides product manager. “For example, this year, disease pressure was inconsistent across the country, meaning some growers were caught unprepared. That’s why we are so excited to introduce Delaro. Growers need a tool that controls the worst yield robbing diseases and helps them get the most out of their corn hybrids and soybean varieties.”

Schwindt explained that the extended performance growers see from Delaro is a result of both its triazole and strobilurin components. With both active ingredients working through the entire application interval, Delaro provides better performance and manages resistance.

Additionally, the progressive movement of Delaro extends its protection of corn and soybeans in a way other fungicides can’t. This unique activity in the plant means more fungicide activity for preventive and curative defense, making it a powerful management tool for growers looking for improved plant health and want to take their yields to the next level.

“It’s pretty important that we out-do ourselves year after year,” said Durick. “We always want to get better and do more with less acres. We are happy with our results with Delaro this year, and plan on using it again next year.”

“We invite growers like Dan Durick, who are always looking to take their yields to the next level, to talk to their local Bayer representatives about Delaro for the 2018 season,” said Schwindt.

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