Oct 21, 2010
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Producers making seed decisions earlier

Early indications are that producers are moving up their buying timeline for corn and soybean seed, industry experts say. An early harvest, combined with strong commodity prices, is fueling a surge in order activity. “Early order activity is strong,” says Terry Gardner, North America Product Marketing Director for Pioneer. “Producers are finishing up harvest, and they are ready to buy inputs.”...More
Oct 18, 2010
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Precision ag as environmental savior

  If you watch this two-minute YouTube clip of the new documentary, Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story, you might get the same queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach that I did. It seemed like agriculture was about to take another unfair hit....More
Oct 15, 2010
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Tire care checklist

Before heading out to the field, do a quick check of your tires to ensure they’re ready for the job. According to engineering research, proper tire maintenance can improve tractive efficiency (getting axle power to the ground) by up to 10 percent, which can save on fuel and extend the life of your tires....More
Oct 14, 2010
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Study pegs Bt corn's economic benefits at $7 billion 1

Study pegs Bt corn’s economic benefits at $7 billion Bt is paying big benefits, for farmers who plant Bt corn hybrids and even for producers who don’t. In a recent study published in the journal Science, agricultural researchers estimate farmers in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin received cumulative economic benefits of nearly $7 billion between 1996 and 2009 through the planting of Bt corn hybrids, with benefits of more than $4 billion for non-Bt corn farmers alone....More
Oct 13, 2010
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EPA grants E15 waiver for model 2007 and newer cars, light trucks 3

Conceivably, E15 could now be used to fuel 65 million model 2007 and newer cars and light duty trucks on the roads today, representing more than one-third of the country’s total gas consumption....More
Oct 12, 2010
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Tier 4 rules will change tractor engines

In the latest family debate over car buying, my 21-year-old son declared, “Mom, you buy the car for the engine.” I thought about his words as we put together the latest story on Interim Tier 4 emission requirements. The new requirements will be imposed soon on agricultural engines over 174 hp. In spite of all the conveniences and high-tech features on tractors, the engine remains the most important component in the machine. And now they are about to undergo some big changes. ...More
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