DuPont Pioneer launched its new Pioneer Field 360 services to the public at Commodity Classic 2013. John Chism, senior marketing manager, Pioneer, highlights some of the features on the new app available called Pioneer Field 360 Notes. Visit pioneer.com. Find more information on the app here.
Leica Geosystems introduces a new retro-fit electric steering system called SteerDirect ES. The easy-to-install assisted steering system works with the majority of tractor, sprayer and harvester models without removing the steering wheel....More
DuPont Pioneer launched two new apps at Commodity Classic 2013, and Matt Snyder, product manager - digital marketing platforms, gave the scoop on the benefits of the new apps offered through Pioneer's Field 360 services. Visit pioneer.com....More
A Purdue University survey shows that Indiana farmland values have continued to increase despite last summer's severe drought, and farm managers and rural appraisers from across the state expect the trend to continue....More
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.
The proliferation of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices has made them popular and essential communications tools for today’s farmers and ranchers. As a result, John Deere is introducing mounting brackets and attachments to make it easier to have hands-free access and improved viewing of their mobile devices while operating equipment....More
Cloud-based computing in precision agriculture took a huge leap forward in 2012 and is likely to make another big gain in 2013.
In the past 12 months, options for using “the cloud” to provide wireless connectivity to tractor and combine displays grew dramatically, to the point it is now possible to eliminate the frustration of shuffling thumb drives to keep precision ag data up to date....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
Over the past year, the market for ag-specific smartphone and tablet computer applications has gone mainstream. Now many of the big names in agriculture are offering apps to improve crop and machinery management.
Here’s a look at some of the new offerings for Android and iOS (Apple) smartphones and tablet computers....More
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) announced that Chris Chinn (Mo.), Will Gilmer (Ala.), Katie Pratt (Ill.), and Bo Stone (N.C.), have been selected as the winners of its Faces of Farming & Ranching program, a nationwide search launched in summer 2012 to help put real faces on the American agriculture industry. More than 100 applications were submitted from passionate, dedicated farmers and ranchers across the country....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.
Economic uncertainty had some non-operating farmland owners rushing to sell, which was evident in the last three months of the year, according to Farmers National Company, the largest farmland and ranchland real estate company in the country.
Overall for 2012, Farmers National reports that sales activity was up 40% over 2011.
"We anticipated another record year in 2012, but what we've seen has exceeded our expectations," said Derrick Volchoff, ALC, vice president of real estate operations at Farmers National....More
The USDA collects a large amount of information directly from farmers and ranchers across the United States. Farmers and ranchers own the majority of the land dedicated to the production of agricultural products, yet a significant portion of our nation's farmland is rented or leased from non-operating landlords. In 2010, the USDA collected detailed information on land tenure, ownership patterns, and rental agreements through supplemental questions in the Agricultural Resource Management Survey....More
A new rugged rain sensor is being used to automatically close vents and windows. Hydreon Corporation of Minnesota has introduced the RG-11 Optical Rain Gauge. With the RG-11, applications such as greenhouses, agriculture, and louver vents are provided simple and effective ventilation. The ventilation is also closed properly in the event of a downpour. In some cases these systems can replace far more costly and less efficient air conditioning systems....More
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This fall, Kinze released its new Autonomous Harvest System, and farmers in the Monmouth, Ill. area tested the system out on their cornfields. The system requires no operator for the tractor that follows the combine with a grain cart....More
Cropland rental rates continue to vary widely throughout Minnesota (and other Midwestern states). Landowners and tenants alike are challenged when trying to calculate a fair and equitable land rent value. The North Central Farm Management Extension Committee has recently developed a series of land rent publications and forms that will aid landowners and tenants with determining a land rent value....More