Rick Rice is the Director, Application Technology for AMVAC Chemical Corporation. He’s responsible for SmartBox® commercial operations and he directs the SIMPAS™ development team. SIMPAS, the Smart, Integrated, Multi-product, Prescriptive Application System will make it easy for farmers to practice 4R’s stewardship with at-planting crop protection chemicals. By utilizing prescriptions to precisely apply fungicides, insecticides, micronutrients and nematicides, only to geo-specific areas of need; SIMPAS will enable maximum agronomic performance with minimum environmental exposure.
Rick gained extensive experience in the seed, chemical, and traits business with Monsanto, Delta & Pine Land, AgrEvo, and Elanco, and in the area of spatial yield data analysis while working as technology director for AgVeritas during a joint assignment with Plant Health Care, plc and XS, Inc.
Rick will provide an update on development progress and ultimate commercialization plans for SIMPAS application equipment and technology.
Headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, American Vanguard Corporation (AMVAC) is a diversified specialty and agricultural products company that develops and markets products for crop protection and management, turf and ornamentals management and public and animal health. COUNTER®, AZTEC® and Thimet® insecticides, and IMPACT® and SCEPTER® herbicides are just a few of the well-known products from AMVAC.
AMVAC manufactures and sells SmartBox® closed handling equipment for the application of granular soil insecticide products. SIMPAS™ represents a major evolution in the advancement of easy, accurate, at-plant, in-furrow prescriptive application of multiple products in a single pass that will revolutionize precision agriculture and the way crop protection products are applied. To learn more, please visit amvac-chemical.com