The financial picture for agriculture in 2014 doesn’t look like it will face big changes — barring another drought or some other unforeseen issue. Yet there are signs ahead that call for specific tactics for smart cash management in the new year.
The rapid rise of land prices has a lot of people crying “bubble,” with some sales hitting astronomical amounts for typical Iowa farmland. Higher crop prices, along with solid yields, bolstered buyers’ efforts to expand their operations, but could things be changing in 2014?
European farmers are looking at new ways to keep the pesticides they use on the farm. A “biobed” approach offers a self-contained way to process crop protection products. Microorganisms in the biobed’s soil break down the crop protection products.
Engineers are looking at how users connect with equipment in new ways to make operation easier. Key driving force for user interface change the need for easy to use functions on a tractor display. An important feature for the new 4600 Command-Center is contextual help.