Oct 29, 2010

Little to no indirect land use change has been caused by ethanol, DOE study finds

When the debate over extending ethanol tax credits is taken up after the mid-term elections, policy makers should carefully review previous ILUC assumptions. If unfairly implemented, the ILUC concept could place an unnecessary burden on producers,...More
Oct 28, 2010

Seed company updates

Quarterly reports from the major seed players are out. Here’s an overview: DuPont says the 2010 North America agricultural seed market share for its Pioneer Hi-Bred business has risen to 35 percent for corn and to 31 percent for the soybean seed market....More
Oct 27, 2010

Tornado hits Case IH Magnum tractor factory

Production of Case IH Magnum tractors is temporarily suspended due to factory damage caused by yesterday’s tornado in Mount Pleasant, WI. “The plant is closed today pending water damage caused by internal sprinklers,” according to Duane Nelson, Case IH Director of Communication. Up to 110 mph winds ripped a 100x200 ft. hole in the roof of the factory and set off internal sprinklers. Nelson says that as of last night, electricity was out in 95% of the building and will not be resumed until water cleanup is complete....More
Oct 25, 2010

Variable-rate software now on the web 2

  Farmers, crop consultants and ag retailers who are frustrated by the complexity of many programs used to generate variable-rate fertility recommendations could find simplicity nirvana in a new web-based program called FieldRx....More
Oct 25, 2010

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces renewable energy initiatives 1

Producers who enter into Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) contracts may receive payments of up to 75 percent of the cost of establishing eligible perennial crops....More
Oct 22, 2010

Tire sizing 101: What’s your RCI? 12

Farm tires are getting larger to support the weight of combines, tractors, and wagons, which are growing in size.  Folks in the tire industry use a Rolling Circumference Index (RCI) chart like to categorize farm tires. Tom Rodgers, marketing manager for Bridgestone-Firestone, provided us with this RCI Chart to translate the language of tire sizing....More
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