May 4, 2011
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2011 Agricultural Machinery Conference report: Ag equipment innovation difficult

In downtown Waterloo today, automotive designer Clyde Foles spoke before a crowd of 300 agricultural engineers on the topic “Innovation: Why does it seem so difficult.” Foles is the professor who teamed up with sprayer manufacturer Hagie to create the unique design of its new STX sprayer, launched last fall. (See video page Even though he was addressing engineers attending the 2011 Agricultural Machinery Conference, his message can be applied to any industry, including farming....More
May 3, 2011
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Getting a PhD in J-B Weld 1

Sometimes the parts come apart. That's the way things work in the mechanical world. The solution is to find a way to keep them working the way they're supposed to work....More
May 3, 2011
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Wet soils, delayed planting may mean changes in tillage, herbicide application

A drive through south-central Minnesota and northeast Iowa on Tuesday found farmers hitting the fields with tillage equipment. We spotted multiple tractors with tracks in several fields as the race was on to cover as many acres as possible. After all, less that 5% of Minnesota’s corn crop was planted. A year ago, 85% of the crop was in the ground. The late field work and planting will mean a change in tillage and production plans for some farmers. Purdue Extension agronomist Tony Vyn issued recommendations for handling some of the changes. Here are the highlights:...More
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