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  • May 29, 2012

    Monsanto to purchase Precision Planting for $250 million

    The ag version of a rags to riches story just occurred last week when Monsanto announced that it will purchase Precision Planting, Inc., for $250 million. Precision Planting, located in Tremont, Ill., is Monsanto’s first purchase of a precision technology company....More
  • Apr 30, 2012

    End of corn planting on a northwest Ohio farm

    We finished planting corn on April 24. Everything was working so smoothly that I wish I would have had more corn acres to plant. I had a Ram Tradesman pickup truck to test on our farm for a week this spring. It had the hemi motor in it. We used it to run some errands and pick up some parts. The truck would do zero to 60 mph in seven seconds. It was so dusty at times when we were running errands that my wife had trouble seeing the road. There were a lot of huge, strange rigs running up and down the roads....More
  • Apr 23, 2012

    Very early planting in Illinois

    Most years I plan to begin planing YC between April 15 and 25 and be finished by May 10. This year I will have all of our corn planted by April 25, plus 1/4 of our 2012 crop YSB crop has been planted for a week. Western Illinois soils are dry & warm.  Some of the warmth is coming from tractor engine heat; every direction you look there are at  least two farmers doing fieldwork without worry of getting stuck in the mud.  Good eyesight is not needed to spot tractors working in fields this year....More
  • Apr 16, 2012

    Getting the planter in the field

    This week there was a lot of dust flying in NW Ohio. I would guess that 2% of the corn has been planted.  My family started planting on Friday. We have a 20-year-old planter with dry fertilizer boxes so we needed to get the planter in the field and make sure that everything moves like it is supposed to. I am hoping for rain this week so that I can run an errand to central Indiana to pick up a few hog slats for my confinement building. My largest tractor is also 20 years old and is in the shop now.  Hopefully everything can be fixed on it in one day....More
  • Feb 27, 2012
    Farm Industry News

    New planter features on Great Plains, John Deere models - Planter trends, part 1

    What's next for row-crop planters? Tom Evans with Great Plains Manufacturing and Austin Gruel with John Deere discuss the latest technologies on their new row-crop planters....More
  • Aug 16, 2011

    Field demo: New for 2012 — White Planters Model 8936 LF from AGCO

    New video footage shows the 36-row, 30-in. large-frame White Planters Model 8936 LF in the field carrying 150 bu. of seed and 1,500 gal. of liquid fertilizer. The planter is equipped with tracks instead of wheels to accommodate its industry-leading carrying capacity....More
  • May 12, 2011

    Corn planting races to completion

    The first reports of completed corn planting are coming in. A central Illinois grower e-mailed today that he just finished planting his largest corn crop acreage ever and he did it in six days. He anticipates an excellent crop because it was planted just prior to the optimum planting date for his area of May 10. He also noted that in his neighborhood, some growers planted corn in early April. Those seeds rotted and the growers just finished replanting those fields....More
  • Apr 4, 2011

    Customized planter setup

      If you’re looking for ways to improve seed planting this spring, Steve Nokleby might be a source for inspiration. Nokleby, a farmer and Precision Planting representative from Montevideo, MN, bought a new planter last fall and equipped it with add-ons designed to ensure the right seed placement.  ...More
  • Mar 29, 2011

    New seed tube sensor monitors planter spacing

    A new planter add-on that’s getting a lot of buzz this year is Precision Planting’s WaveVision seed sensor. It is a replacement seed tube and seed sensor designed to ensure that seeds are evenly spaced without doubles or skips, which would otherwise lead to yield loss....More
  • Mar 28, 2011

    Kuhn Group will purchase Krause Corp.

    The farm equipment manufacturer Kuhn Group recently announced it will purchase Krause Corp., another manufacturer of farm equipment. Kuhn is a large international company with $850 million in annual sales and its North American headquarters in Broadhead, WI. Krause is a privately held manufacturer of tillage equipment and grain drills located in Hutchinson, KS. The company posted $61 million in revenues last year and employed 230 workers....More
  • Mar 1, 2011
    Farm Industry News

    Sponsored Video: Raven introduces OmniRow Advanced Planter Control System

    Raven's new OmniRow planter control system allows you to control seed population by row or section to save on seed costs, explains product manager Ryan Molitor. Includes seed monitoring system that lets you track seed skips and doubles....More

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