A gold or silver medal is a significant feather in a company’s cap. Winners are sure to remind you that they’ve been awarded a medal, and these products often become the center point of conversation. It is also a way to recognize the latest innovations when it comes to agriculture....More
At the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL, Country Financial, the largest auto and home insurer in Illinois, was busy handing out flyers on some basic facts:
FACT: Two out of every five agricultural work deaths involve tractors.
FACT: Power takeoffs (PTOs) cause the most farm injuries leading to amputation.
Each year the company issues a report based on Illinois Press Association clippings about farm deaths, in conjunction with the National Farm Safety and Health Week, which is this week. This year’s finding showed the following:...More
Buyers’ guide to vertical tillage equipment
Vertical tillage is one of the most clicked on topics on our web site, and, according to equipment dealers I’ve talked with lately, one of the most sought-after tools on their lots. Farmers are looking for ways to deal with all of the cornstalks in their fields once the crop is harvested. Pulling hybrid disc-coulters on these machines can be a fast way to slice up the remains and, depending on the blade angle, lightly mix with soil to expedite decomposition. And they can do it at speeds as high as 12 mph....More
On the way to catch a flight back home from the 2013 ASABE International Conference in Kansas City, MO, I shared a shuttle ride with three professors from Purdue University. One was from the farm safety industry, another from the livestock industry, and the third was an expert on grain handling.
I asked the standard question of what’s new in their respective fields. For the next 20 minutes, here’s what I learned from the back seat:...More
What are the top-selling tractor brands in other countries? That’s one of the questions being tackled by Farmers Weekly,a multimedia information service for farmers and agricultural businesses in the UK. The company is doing a series of national profiles that looks at what brands are popular in other countries according to unit sales figures. Countries profiled so far are Germany, Brazil, Finland, Canada, and, most recently, the United States....More
There’s no ignoring the buzz surrounding UAV use in precision agriculture, but it’s important to understand how the buzz got started. The potential in the crop scouting process to identify problem areas in fields almost immediately will provide major opportunities for farmers and agronomists in the future. While FAA restrictions still apply, farmers should learn more about this technology and the types of UAVs available, which vary widely in features and cost....More