The 2013 Agricultural Machinery Conference kicks off today in Waterloo, Iowa. James Evans, drivetrain test engineer for John Deere and chair of this year’s conference, says one topic on the agenda is Tier 4 emission requirements, which go into effect in 2014....More
If you were to only look at the raw numbers, you might think that the pace of farm equipment dealership consolidation may have slowed its relentless pace during the past year. But nothing could be further from the fact....More
Strengthening ethanol prices, reduced feedstock costs, export demand and strong demand for distillers grains have been "helpful in terms of propping up price and putting some strength back in the market.”...More
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.
Bioenergy producer Poet-DSM last week issued a response to a Purdue report stating that removing corn stover from fields can have negative effects on the environment, such as greenhouse gas emissions and erosion. Poet stated that the levels of stover removal instituted in its contracts with corn growers are below the amount found to increase soil erosion or have measurable affects on nitrogen loss....More
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
Using biodisel fuel in his Ford 250 pickup, Brent Hajek, owner of Hajek Motorsports Museum, has set the diesel land speed record. Hajek says he has been using biodiesel on his soybean farm and through his trucking company for a while, and that the biodiesel outperformed standard diesel fuel when they tested both in his truck. For more information, visit http://hajekmotorsports.com/....More