John Deere launches its first four-seater utility vehicle called the Gator 550-S4. The new Gator is designed for the “convenience transport” market. Kevin Lund, product line marketing manager, gives a short walk-around of the Gator’s new features....More
Nebraska farmers Scott McPheeters and his son Clark give us a sample of unique equipment found at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville. In this two-part video, they discover an easy-mount tractor loader, a rock extractor and a trencher for field tiling....More
Michelin unveils the CerexBib combine tire, the industry’s first high-flexion tire specifically designed for combines. New IF and VF flexion technology is incorporated in the combine tire to allow for 40% lower air pressures than standard radial tires so that the tire footprint spreads out over more ground to minimize soil compaction. Michael Vandel, segment marketing manager for Michelin North America, explains....More
AGCO Hesston shows off its new, redesigned WR Series self-propelled windrowers that offers a comfortable environment for the driver. The new windrower also features electrohydraulic steering, a plug-and-play virtual terminal and self-cleaning radiator fan to make operating a windrower easier. Jason Wire, senior marketing specialist, gives a walk-around tour....More
What is the direction of sales and the buyer trends for 4-WD tractors among manufacturers, such as AGCO, Case IH, Claas, John Deere, New Holland, and Versatile? See this brief summary, produced at the National Farm Machinery Show tractor seminar by Jodie Wehrspann.
Roving reporter Clark McPheeters goes under water to demonstrate the water-resistant Dura-Meter from Pump and Meter Solutions, Arcadia, Ind. The unit is used for portable refillable containers and features a moisture-sealed construction so that the electronic circuit is impervious to moisture. The meter also features a Calibration Quick List, which allows the user to choose from a list of commonly used products and selected temperatures to automatically calibrate the meter. Clark brings his camera into a water tank for a live dunk test!<...More
Denny Stroo, marketing manager for Case IH North America, explains features of the new value-based Farmall 140A tractor. An economy model, it is geared toward smaller, practical farm applications. Priced between $54,000 and $58,000, this tractor rounds out the Case IH family of Framall series tractors....More
Scott Rash, public relations manager for Case IH North America, previewed a special skid-steer loader to be donated to the national Future Farmers of America (FFA) through auction. The multipurpose skid steer was lit up in red lights and named "Red Power" at the Case IH booth....More
New Holland's Director of Marketing John Elliott talked with FIN Senior Editor Jodie Wehrspann about the company's new utility tractor series, including the PowerStar T4 series, and the TS series. The TS6 tractors range from 90 to 115 hp; the T6 series range from 90 to 120 hp. The PowerStar T4, named for the new Tier 4 compliance, ranges from 75 to 100 hp....More
Kubota unveiled the "next generation" M-Series tractors at the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show. The M-Series line features a new larger cab with central command LCD panel and Interim Tier 4 engine....More
Luc van Herle, national sales manager for Kinze, gave Farm Industry News editors a tour of its booth at NFMS, featuring three hot new items this year, including a new 1,300-bu grain cart, advancing from its prototype stage in four bushel capacities of 900, 1,100, 1,300, and 1,500. Kinze also introduces new planter configurations. ISO electronics capability makes the new planters compatible with any monitors, including those sold by John Deere, Case IH and others. ...More
Trimble introduced "My Connected Farm" at the NFMS this week, with Brian Stark talking with FIN editor Karen McMahon. He describes the forthcoming product innovation to access and manage mapping applications in real time, precision farming data and vehicle performance, all in in one package. Trimble also announced products for planting and spreading operations. Vehicle Sync seed-monitoring capability, application management and spinner speed control will help increase the quality of seed placement and improve communications....More
Senior Field Editor Scott McPheeters demonstrates the mechanics of the prototype combine head from Geringhoff, exhibited at the National Farm Machinery Show. The new combine head will harvest crops including corn from any direction across all rows opening up the future for solid-seeded corn....More
Geringhoff unveiled it's "concept" corn head at the NFMS this week. The breakthrough product harvests corn regardless of row spacing or equipment configuration. Scott McPheeters, FIN senior field editor, talks with Wolfgang Drewer and Joseph Jandrisch about their new product entry, expected for introduction in 2015 with pricing to be announced....More
Kinze Manufacturing is introducing its 1,300-bu. grain cart at the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show. At previous farm shows, Kinze had only shown the prototype of its new corner-auger grain carts. The new, larger carts are available in four capacities: 900, 1,100, 1,300 and 1,500 bu.
"We've changed the world of grain carts," says Luc van Herle, national sales manager for Kinze....More
Farm equipment manufacturers take the wraps off of new tillage equipment, chopping corn heads, track vehicles and telemetry products, among many others, at the National Farm Machinery Show this week in Louisville — with FIN editors Karen McMahon, Jodie Wehrspann, and Kathy Huting....More
Each year, based on reader interest, Farm Industry News chooses several innovative products to receive its coveted FinOvation Awards. The award winners are recognized during an invitation-only banquet during the National Farm Machinery Show, and eye-catching banners in company booths help showcase the cutting-edge products....More
If you are in the market for 4-wd tractors, row-crop planters, telemetry systems or smart grain-handling equipment, come to the Farm Industry News seminars held on three days of the National Farm Machinery Show....More
The 44th Championship Tractor Pull at the National Farm Machinery Show, sponsored by Syngenta, is expected to draw 75,000 fans to Freedom Hall in the Kentucky Exposition Center every day of the “pull.” The invitation-only contest will run from Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 18, and feature powerful and innovative machines from both inside and outside of the U.S....More
When you're at the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show, you won't want to miss the Championship Tractor Pull. Check out the schedule for the Tractor Pull, held every evening and the Saturday afternoon of the show, with the finals held the evening of February 18....More
Team FIN member Kent Lock and his daughter Marie took in the recent Farm Progress Show held in Decatur, IL. In spite of the 90+ temperatures, both found plenty of progressive ideas at exhibits to take back to the farm at Avon, IL....More
A wall of vintage seed bags was just one of hundreds of unique displays at the Minnesota State Fair, held August 25 through September 5. Come see what we found at the fair! (Photos and text by Deborah Drolen Jones)
Farmer and champion photographer Harlen Persinger captures the celebration of agriculture that is the Iowa State Fair. Long after the fair is over, memories of butter cows, restored tractors, and blue ribbons remain.