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
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 global market for biologicals is between $1.4 billion and $1.6 billion and is projected to grow to approximately $3 billion by 2020, according to the industry analysis firm Frost & Sullivan. While there is confusion over the product category itself, which includes biorationals, biostimulants and biopesticides, there is no dought it will grow.More biological products, like those mentioned below, are being incorporated into conventional corn and soybean farming as part of a pest management and/or plant health program.
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
“Although we disagree with the court’s decision vacating the 2012 cellulosic volumes, today’s decision once again rejects broad-brushed attempts to effectively roll back the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)."...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.
In a post on January 10, 2013 we examined the relative profitability of meeting the RFS for advanced biofuels with domestically produced biodiesel and imported Brazilian ethanol. We concluded that even with the $1.00 per gallon tax credit for biodiesel, price relationships still favored Brazilian ethanol. We received a number of comments from readers in both the public and private sectors pointing out some omissions in the analysis as well as suggestions for alternative analysis....More
Kubota chairman and president Yasuo Masumoto indicated in an interview with Kyoto News on Thursday his readiness to acquire a foreign maker of large field-farming machinery by the end of this year to expand overseas operations, Kyodo News reported.
Masumoto, 65, also said the Osaka-based machinery maker plans to raise the ratio of overseas operations in its group sales to more than 70% in fiscal 2017 through March 2018....More
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a state-of-the-art bioindustrial facility at Renmatix on Friday, where he announced $25 million to fund research and development of next-generation renewable energy and high-value biobased products from a variety of biomass sources....More
CAL Manufacturing Inc. has released its new TowTender Model 185 seed tender, which allows users to fill up to a 36-row conventional box planter without moving the tow vehicle or swinging an auger. Using only a three button remote key fob, the user can place the TowTender directly where they need it, and the brakes are automatically applied whenever the user releases the remote control’s 'forward' button....More
Following the bipartisan passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which included several key biofuel tax extensions, Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy released the following statement:
“I commend both the Senate and the House of Representatives for recognizing the importance of renewable fuels and acting to extend both the cellulosic producer tax credit and the alternative fuel infrastructure tax credit through 2013.
Minimum volumes of biofuel usage were first mandated for the U.S. in the 2005 Energy Policy Act and then revised in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The current legislation sets annual minimum volumes through 2022 in four categories of biofuels: cellulosic, biomass-based diesel, undifferentiated advanced, and renewable. There is a hierarchy among these different categories based on their life-cycle contribution to reducing "green house" gas (GHG) emissions. Most people are surprised to learn that there is not an explicit mandate for corn-based ethanol....More
Farm Industry News delivered agriculture news to readers around the world daily on its website in 2012. Of all content published on farmindustrynews.com, photo galleries have proven to be the most popular content by far. Here is a look at the year's top 10 photo galleries from Farm Industry News.
Thinking of a Minnesota winter often evokes images of baren, cold landscapes and sub-zero temperatures, but nature photographer Jim Radford captures the season in a different light. These images from across Minnesota show the serenity and beauty the state boasts during its coldest season. Enjoy an alternative look at the Minnesota landscape as you celebrate this holiday season with family and friends.
Russell and Beau Estes won the honor of providing the annual Christmas tree in August through the National Christmas Tree Association Grand Championship contest. This holiday season, the two accompanied the 18.5-ft. Fraser fir tree grown on their Jefferson, N.C., farm to the White House and helped present the award-winning tree to Mrs. Obama. The tree is displayed in the White House Blue Room during the holiday season....More
This holiday season, we at Farm Industry News want to thank our readers for being active members of the agriculture community by engaging in our coverage in print, online and through Facebook and Twitter this year. From our coverage of the newest farm equipment and high tech products that hit the market, to our in-depth look at the 2012 drought and much more, we hope Farm Industry News has been a valuable resource for you this year and beyond....More
Winners of the 2013 FinOvation Awards presented by Farm Industry News have been determined. The first 10 winners include Versatile, John Deere, Kubota, New Holland, AGCO's Fendt, Case IH, Monsanto with Precision Planting, Yetter Farm Equipment and Dawn Equipment. Readers of Farm Industry News and online determine the winners of this award. The next 10 winners will be announced Friday.