Steven Fisher, analyst for UBS Global Equity Research, says in this piece from Dave Kanicki, Farm Equipment, that both Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation tax breaks are worth it to farmers buying new equipment. But deteremining which one is more important depends on how much a farmer buys....More
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently met with the International Organization for Standardization to develop standards that would ensure the quality and safe handling of solid and pelletized biofuels...More
With the potential for wet soils in some areas of the country this spring, compaction may be an issue during planting. Sidewall compaction in wet soils can be a problem, especially if the crop is “mudded-in” and a dry spell occurs after planting.
The North American Farm and Power Show featured new application equipment including a RoGator from Zeigler, Equipment Technology's Apache sprayer, John Deere's 4830 self-propelled sprayer, and a pull-behind fertilizer applicator from Fast. Also shown were residue managers from Yetter and monitor from AgLeader.
Farm King, a division of Buhler Industries, showed a new 60-ft. liquid fertilizer applicator for the first time at the 2013 National Farm Machinery Show. Tony Fath, product specialist with Farm King, says the product has generated a lot of interest since then, as farmers question how much fertilizer remains in the soil after last year’s drought....More
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) this week released its February flash report on unit retail sales of tractors and self-propelled combines.
Sales of 2- and 4-wheel drive tractors and self-propelled combinesthis year are tracking higher than the five-year average of sales for these products, according to the chart.
A total of 310 self-propelled combines were sold in February 2012, while in the same month this year, 533 combines were sold, making February 2013 sales 72 percent higher than February 2012 units sold....More
The SIMA farm show in Paris featured new technology including a field robot and height-adjusting cab for self-propelled sprayers. Major exhibits included AGCO's Massey Ferguson and Valtra, Amazone and Lamborghini.
Want to achieve award-winning corn yields? You might find a successful strategy by looking over the equipment and input lists used by winners of the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest. Farm Industry News interviewed six of these growers to uncover tips on inputs and equipment that helped these champs reap their bin-busting yields.
Okay, I know the truth about these farm shows. These shows, like the massive National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS), are really a farmer’s version of a shopping mall. At the recent NFMS, videographer Jim Radford and I shadowed Nebraska farmer Scott McPheeters. He has been a Farm Industry News Team FIN member for many years and is part of a family farm operation near Gothenburg.
Krone HighSpeed large square balers
The new Krone BiG Pack HighSpeed range of large square balers delivers up to 20% more throughput, an increase that has been made feasible by two major modifications: an increase in throughput capacity of the Variable Fill System (VFS) packer system and an increase in plunger strokes....More
Farmers requiring sub-inch accuracy for tiling and other precision farming operations have a new GPS option from Ag Leader Technology: the GPS 2500B RTK Base Station.
Bill Cran, Ag Leader GPS product specialist, said, “The GPS 2500B is a dual-frequency 900 MHz RTK Base Station for use with the field-proven GPS 2500 smart antenna.” ...More
New products at the Iowa Power Farming Show held last week in Des Moines, Iowa, were Capstan's PinPoint nozzle system, Unverferth Seed Runner, Parker grain cart with tracks, Rite Way land roller, Quality Plus grain conveyor and a PLA self-propelled sprayer from Argentina.
New equipment on display at the Iowa Power Farming Show held last week in Des Moines, Iowa, include machinery from Westfield, Brandt, Great Plains, Miller, and Landoll, as well as the Gaspardo planter from Italy.
The product unveils continue as Farm Industry News editors continue their coverage of the 2013 Ag Connect Show at the Kansas City convention center. View the first gallery of new products from the show here.
Farm Industry News senior editor Jodie Wehrspann travelled to Kansas City, Mo., to cover the 2013 Ag Connect Expo, the biannual global trade show of farm products and technologies. Farmers, manufacturers, engineers and others in the agriculture industry from the around the globe gathered at this three-day event held at the Kansas City Convention Center. Nearly 400 companies exhibited, requiring 30% more exhibit space than previous years.
Kinze Manufacturing held a grand opening of the Kinze Innovation Center on Friday, Jan. 25. The center, located at Williamsburg, Iowa, is designed to serve as a destination for customers, dealers and friends from all over the world....More
Monticello, Minn., is becoming known as “Swan City” due to its large Trumpeter Swan populations during the winter months. More than 2,000 Trumpeter Swans enjoy a winter vacation along the banks of the Mississippi River within the city limits each winter. The location of the nuclear generating plant upstream allows for the water to remain unfrozen for the swans during the winter months. The dense swan population is largely attributed to the late Shiela Lawrence of Monticello, who began feeding the swans daily 25 years ago.