As holiday jingles blast from your TV promoting department store deals, popular children’s toys, and this season’s latest fashions, you may be scratching your head while trying to come up with the perfect gift for the farmer on your list. Farm Industry News has you covered. From the newest power tools to warm outdoor gear, this sampling of gift ideas for farmers will get you on track to get your shopping started.
While soybean aphids did not pose as much of a threat in fields this summer as spider mites did, the saga of the aphid, which began in 2000, is now further complicated by a recent arrival of one of its natural enemies, a tiny Asian wasp, that was first spotted in Minnesota fields just last year.
German-based Geringhoff announced today that it will open a new 106,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in St. Cloud, Minn. The new facilities will be located in the former Donline Company building, which provided windows, doors and millwork to lumber companies. The company is no longer in business. Now the same facility will produce agricultural harvesting equipment and house Geringhoff's first North American factory.
John Deere has taken its line of utility vehicles up a big notch this year. The new Gator RSX850i is the first in the Gator line designed primarily for recreational purposes, with the power and agility to handle just about any terrain.
Moab, Utah, is a destination for many thrill-seekers looking to experience the landscape on one of the several desert trails on anything from a mountain bike to a utility vehicle. John Deere hosted a media event July 10-12 in Moab to launch its brand-new Gator RSX 850i utility vehicle, and editors from around the country had the chance to test them out on the trails. On Wednesday, July 11, each editor rode his or her own Gator RSX along the Seven Mile Trail, which offered long, sandy stretches and many majestic rock formations along the way.
John Deere recently unveiled its brand-new John Deere Gator RSX 850i utility vehicle in Moab, Utah, July 10-12. This is the first in John Deere's line of Gators to be designed primarily for recreational purposes. With top speeds of up to 56 mph, FOX 2.0 Performance Series shocks, and precision handling, the new utility vehicle was designed with adventure in mind. The vehicle was designed with utility features, as well, with a 400-lb. hauling capacity, several storage compartments, a powerful engine and standard safety features that exceed requirements.
School students in urban classrooms can sometimes have a disconnect from agriculture and where their food comes from. That's according to Lloyd Lesmeister, one of the FFA leaders from an Agriculture in the Classroom event held on Friday, May 18, at Anderson United Community School in Minneapolis, Minn.
"This event is about bringing the farm to the city and teaching urban students about how food actually gets to their plate," said Natasha Mortenson, agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Morris Area High School in Morris, Minn.
Ohio and eastern Indiana could face a significant loss in corn yield in 2012 due to weather patterns. That’s according to The Climate Corporation, which presented its 2012 report on La Niña and its effect on the spring planting period at Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn. last week.
We asked readers to tell us the farm equipment that was their smartest buy. The list ranges from 30+ year-old tractors to a newer pickup truck. If you have equipment to add to this list, let us know and send us a picture at FIN@penton.com.
Kinze Manufacturing is introducing its 1,300-bu. grain cart at the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show. At previous farm shows, Kinze had only shown the prototype of its new corner-auger grain carts. The new, larger carts are available in four capacities: 900, 1,100, 1,300 and 1,500 bu.
"We've changed the world of grain carts," says Luc van Herle, national sales manager for Kinze.
The largest indoor farm show in America is about to begin. More than 300,000 visitors are expected at this year's show, which begins tomorrow, Feb. 15, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 18. Twenty-seven acres of indoor exhibit space will be chock-full of 850 exhibitors.