Wilbur-Ellis Company, a recognized leader in the distribution and marketing of plant protection, seed and nutritional products, announced it has acquired the assets of Mott Grain, located in Mott, N.D. The acquisition broadens Wilbur-Ellis’ footprint in Southwest North Dakota and will complement the company’s aerial application business. ...More
The USDA's November forecasts of the size of the 2012 U.S. corn and soybean crops were larger than expected, particularly for soybeans. As a result, the general downtrend in soybean prices since mid-September has accelerated, with January futures now at the lowest level since June 29. Corn prices have moved into the lower half of the trading range that has been in place since mid-September and December futures are at the lowest level since September 28....More
Veterans Day honors those fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. Photojournalist Harlen Persinger, who served in South Vietnam, pays a special red, white and blue tribute to those Americans, including his great grandfather and uncle that were in the Civil War along with his father, who made it home safely from the WWII D-Day invasion.
This month Resource magazine, the official publication of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), published its list of the top 50 innovations in agricultural engineering for 2013. This annual awards contest, called AE50, recognizes “products and technologies deemed to bring clear advancements to the marketplace, such as improved efficiency and user safety, and reduced labor and costs.” Entries are judged by an international panel of agricultural engineers....More
In our November 2012 cover story, we looked at the fuel efficiency of the new Tier 4i-compliant row-crop tractors over 150 hp. For this latest round of testing, the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab (NTTL), the official testing lab, had to revise its testing procedures to account for the extra fuel and fluids needed to meet the mandated 90% reduction of particulate matter also known as soot, and a 50% drop in oxides of nitrogen, which forms smog....More
Kuhn Krause has announced the grand opening of its expanded manufacturing facilities in Hutchinson, Kan. Construction ground breaking for the high-bay 70,000 sq. ft. building expansion began in April, 2012 and was recently completed. With a total cost of the construction project at $5.0 million, the expansion complements other investments made in 2011 by the company and sets the stage for additional investments in 2013 and beyond to continue manufacturing agricultural equipment products in Hutchinson, KS....More
The SXBlue III-L GNSS palm-sized receiver from Geneq Inc. turns any Bluetooth-compliant smartphone, handheld, tablet, laptop or notebook computer into a fully capable GPS/GLONASS device. Out of the box, it can attain 10cm accuracy using OmniSTAR’s G2 or HP service or 1cm accuracy when connected via cellular or UHF radio to an RTK network....More
Redtail Cartography’s new RTK signal mapping service offers precision ag providers and their customers a graphic depiction of coverage from radio-based RTK systems. It uses Google Earth to show high- and low-accuracy coverage areas, as well as coverage gaps resulting from hills and other topographic impediments.
The service is designed to help precision ag providers communicate, improve and expand coverage of RTK base stations, and to assist farmers and other mobile RTK users in quantifying coverage from semi-permanent or mobile base stations....More
Last year’s remarkable farm income helped drive this year’s influx of innovative new products coming from equipment manufacturers. Visits to the fall farm shows confirmed it. Exhibitor space was filled and farmer attendance strong in spite of the heat and drought.
Photojournalist Harlen Persinger discovered that the Sturtevant Haunted Farm near Walnut, Illinois, offered plenty of nightmares for lots of leery visitors this Halloween. Lisa and Skip Sturtevant have been inviting guests to view the Halloween displays on their farm for free for 15 years, and the displays have become more complex, wacky and scarier each year.
In December, Farm Industry News will publish its 2013 Buyers’ Forecast issue, chockfull of predictions about pricing and supply of farm inputs for the upcoming year. In my tangential approach to researching this story, I stumbled across the term “neuromarketing,” described as a new field of marketing research that studies buyers’ brains and measures their body’s response to marketing stimuli....More
AGCO announced today that it is expanding its presence in Russia following the country’s recent entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).
“The country presents a huge opportunity for investments by foreign companies looking to support the Russian agriculture industry,” says Eric Raby, vice president of global marketing and commercial development at AGCO. “In addition to Russia’s entry into the WTO, Russia’s agricultural community provides opportunities for companies like AGCO due to a number of factors.”...More
“Bigger” is the word to describe new tillage offerings for model year 2013. These supersized models have been designed to take advantage of today’s high-horsepower tractors rated 300-plus. Here’s a sampling of the new units you’ll see across all categories of tillage equipment, including rippers, residue managers, cultivators and vertical tillage tools.
What is your favorite tillage equipment that you own on your farm and why? Leave your comments below.
The greatest revolution in agricultural equipment is the new technology that producers will be able to use on their machinery to improve efficiency and productivity in the field. That’s according to Barry Nelson, media relations manager for John Deere, when asked to share his outlook for farm machinery in 2013 and beyond.
“There are three areas that every customer should ask their dealer about to make farm operations more efficient,” Nelson says. Here’s what they are:...More
New ag equipment shown at the Big Iron Farm Show held recently in Fargo, ND, inlcuded sprayers from Case IH, Top Air and AGCO; a grain cart from Balzer; a vertical tillage implement from Landoll; a seeder from Horsch; a new combine head from MacDon; and new tractors from Versatile and New Holland.
November 2012 soybean futures reached a high of $17.89 on September 4, but have declined sharply since then. The USDA's September 12 Crop Production report containing a smaller yield and production forecast provided some brief support, but that contract has traded under $16 and is currently about $1.90 below the high. Basis levels have also weakened over the past three weeks. The average cash bid in central Illinois, for example, was $0.03 over November futures on September 4 and $0.13 under on September 21....More
Anyone shopping for tillage equipment likely has come across Curt Davis, marketing manager with Kuhn Krause, a full-line manufacturer of tillage equipment. Davis can be found frequently at farm shows, answering questions about the company’s newest tillage tools on display. We asked Davis what topics will be important to cover in our upcoming publications.
Q. What is the trending topic in tillage right now?...More
Rhett Schildroth, product manager for Kinze, explains the equipment that is needed to make the autonomous tractor/grain-cart combo work successfully in the field. When the system comes to the market, he anticipates kits will be available for purchase to retrofit different tractors.
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Kinze Manufacturing introduced its latest version of its Autonomous Harvest System in an Illinois field this week. With media on hand, Kinze’s product manager Rhett Schildroth explained the system that works without a driver for the tractor/grain-cart system. The high-tech system involves a ruggedized laptop computer that the combine driver monitors. The tractor is outfitted with sensors, radar and other equipment to make it robotic, yet safe....More
Kinze Manufacturing surprised the agricultural equipment industry with its new autonomous technology. Why has Kinze gone after this? Susanne Kinzenbaw Veatch, vice president and chief marketing officer, says robotics help farmers fill a deepening labor need. She adds that her father John Kinzenbaw envisioned many years ago that robotics would someday come to the farm.
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Farmers in the Monmouth, IL, area have spent three weeks harvesting corn with Kinze’s new Autonomous Harvest System. The system requires no operator for the tractor that follows the combine with a grain cart. The video above shows a combine that has just finished unloading and the tractor with cart driving away. The tractor moves to the edge of the field where it “parks” and waits for an operator to drive it to a semi for unloading....More
I thought I knew a lot about tillage until I embarked on my last writing assignment: present readers with a roundup of new tillage tools manufacturers are launching for 2013. As an added touch, I thought I would categorize the tools to make it easier for buyers to compare.
With corn harvest underway in parts of the Midwest, some fields are already being tilled in preparation for spring planting. But what type of tillage might be best following this year’s drought?
“It’s a good question,” says Emerson Nafziger, crop scientist with the University of Illinois Extension. He says tillage following extended periods of dry weather often brings up large, hard clods. But initial reports this year show the soil is breaking apart better than expected....More
The undergraduate program in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has been ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. “Best Colleges 2013” placed Illinois in a tie with Purdue University for the top spot, followed by Iowa State University....More