Jan 17, 2011

Dickey-john to market new Topcon X30 console under new ‘strategic relationship’

  Dickey-john Corp., which manufactures sensors, monitors and control systems, will market the new X30 machine control display from Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) under a newly formed a strategic relationship, according to an announcement from the two companies. The X30 is a virtual terminal with full autosteering functionality when paired with Topcon’s AGI-3 navigation receiver. It offers complete compatibility with Dickey-john sensors, monitors and control systems, but also any ISO 11783 compliant product....More
Jan 16, 2011

Chopping option added to Calmer corn head kits 1

The tremendous amount of trash left in corn fields this past fall has spawned new chopping equipment for combines. The BT Chopper option for Calmer Corn Heads is one of them. The new Chopper will chop and crush BT corn stalks into confetti-sized pieces for easier decomposition in the field....More

Kip Cullers Uses Stoller’s Bio-Forge® to Enhance Yields

Kip Cullers explains how Stoller’s Bio-Forge® seed treatment helped him to achieve a new world record soybean yield of 160.6 bu/acre in 2010. The benefits of Bio-Forge include: early emergence, robust root growth, and early nodulation....More
Jan 11, 2011

General Clark stresses ethanol’s role in national security at AgConnect

“If you want to fix America, work to keep us from importing $300 billion to $400 billion worth of oil every year.” If the U.S. could save $300 billion per year, that could translate to as many as eight million jobs with an average annual salary of $38,000....More
Jan 10, 2011

Leica beefs up steering options, steering display features

  Leica Geosystems has expanded its navigation system offerings with a new hydraulic steering kit for older tractors, plus new steering patterns and other features on its Leica mojo3D and mojoMINI displays....More
Jan 6, 2011

Precision crop control with Valley Irrigation/CropMetrics partnership

Irrigation systems are becoming the ultimate precision farming tools as they partner up with agronomic software systems to apply products across the field by prescription. One example is Valley Irrigation and CropMetrics working together to variably control water, fertilizer and other crop management products through a center pivot irrigation system....More
Jan 6, 2011

Pioneer unveils drought-tolerant hybrids

Producers will have 8 new drought-tolerant hybrids available across five genetic platforms from Pioneer for 2011. The new hybrids, which will be marketed under the Optimum AQUAmax brand name (previously announced as Drought Tolerant 1 hybrids) , contain a collection of native corn traits that improve water access and utilization, and the company says the hybrids showed a 5 percent yield advantage, on average, over leading commercially available competitor and other Pioneer brand hybrids....More
Jan 4, 2011

Taking up a collection for Bambi

While I was seated at the grill one August evening, my phone rang. It was a guy who lives about 30 miles away. In early June that year, he had stopped by to perform a service for me. He does fertility tests on bulls and also custom-collects semen from them for A.I. We had one bull checked and collected that day. Since it was time to breed my heifers that week, I needed the product this guy had collected back in June. He gets the job done, then he takes the semen back to his place to run it through the lab, package it and store it in his liquid nitrogen tanks....More
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