Overall, the global agricultural machinery industry remains positive; worldwide production volume is expected to increase to $110 billion (€ 86 billion) by year-end 2012 and could grow by another 5% in 2013, according to reports from the Agrievolution Economic Committee, a gathering of the world’s largest agricultural machinery associations....More
March 2013 corn futures dropped below $5.50 in early May 2012 and were drifting lower when U.S. drought conditions turned prices higher starting in mid-June. The price of that contract peaked in early August, just short of the $8.50 mark. March 2013 soybean futures dropped below $11.50 in December 2011before South American drought conditions and then U.S. drought conditions sent that contract above $17.25 by mid-September 2012....More
At a media event in Racine, WI, this fall, Case IH released a variety of the company's newest products for 2013. In addition to its new 2013 Steiger Rowtrac tractor, Case IH showcased several unique new products ranging from a 25th anniversary tractor to a new line of planters and more. For more information, visit caseih.com.
There is a wire, ear-corn crib in our pasture that I drive by at least a dozen times a week. Today I noticed that is was empty, and has been empty for the last 25 years. The old ear-corn crib is not the only empty bin on our farm. Three useable bins (the old wire ear-corn bin is a permanent bird roost) on our farm are unused as harvest 2012 is complete.
The unused space would have held the 30% loss in corn yield, and the 15% loss in soybean yield due to the drought. An unused bin is not all bad since I hope to refurbish/update one of the bins this winter....More
DuPont recently broke ground on a new 30-million-gallon cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The plant is expected to require 350,000 tons of corn stover annually when it begins operation in 2014. DuPont Pioneer’s Andy Heggenstaller talks about the efforts to develop a steady supply of the feedstock from farmers in a 30-mile radius of Nevada (Neh VAY Duh)....More
E15 cleared the final regulatory conditions imposed by the EPA in 2012, but its path to market has not been smooth sailing. Earlier this year, the Grocery Manufacturers Association filed a lawsuit against EPA, suggesting that the agency overstepped its authority under the Clean Air Act when it granted partial waivers allowing E15 to be used in certain engines. However, on August 17, the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with the EPA, confirming its partial waiver approval for E15....More
The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) recently hosted a forum aimed at identifying the agriculture industry’s innovation needs for the next decade. About 30 agriculture leaders from across Saskatchewan, Canada, gathered to give their input on the future of the industry, covering such topics as crop characteristics, rural population challenges, genetically modified crops, labor and technology.
Some of the key needs identified at the meeting included:...More
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are forecasting another good year for farm machinery sales. According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) twice-a-year business barometer, the vast majority of companies expect “positive” to “very positive” results for sales revenues in 2013. The exception is the livestock sector, which is bearing the brunt of higher feed prices....More
As holiday jingles blast from your TV promoting department store deals, popular children’s toys, and this season’s latest fashions, you may be scratching your head while trying to come up with the perfect gift for the farmer on your list. Farm Industry News has you covered. From the newest power tools to warm outdoor gear, this sampling of gift ideas for farmers will get you on track to get your shopping started.
Remlinger Manufacturing offers the PFM belt driven power ditchers in both a center cut and offset model for simple, economical field water control. The power ditcher ditches up to 12 in. deep in a single pass and shows good results in most soil conditions. The spring tensioned self-adjusting belt drive assures proper tension with little down time for service or maintenance, eliminating alignment, adjusting and leak problems usually associated with high RPM chain drive systems....More
Europe’s 2013 Tractor of the Year award went to the Deutz-Fahr Agrotron 7250 during Italy’s EIMA International Show. The tractor was on display along with other innovations that Same Deutz-Fahr was recognized for at the show. Other innovations recognized at EIMA included things like a nozzle wrench, automatic sprayer washing and on-the-go adjustable axle width.
The second photo gallery of displays at the EIMA International show held in Bologna, Italy, offers many unusual sights. See new combines and beauty queens from both New Holland and AGCO's Laverda; elegant displays of components; and espresso bars.
Crary Industries, Inc. and Wayne’s Tile Pro have announced that the two companies entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement that covers all of Wayne’s Tile Pro operations. Wayne’s Tile Pro, located in Morgan, MN, has manufactured quality agricultural tile plows, stringer trailers and other tiling accessories for the past 26 years....More
Italy's EIMA International agricultural show held every two years just drew to a close. Among the 1,750 exhibitors were Claas, John Deere, Case IH and Landini. Here's the first photo gallery showing equipment from these and other companies at the show.
The livestock and poultry industry as well as the ethanol industry respond to today's decision by the EPA to keep the Renewable Fuels Standard levels as is despite concerns over high corn prices.
The EPA announced today that it has not found evidence to support a finding of severe “economic harm” that would warrant granting a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The decision is based on economic analyses and modeling done in conjunction with the USDA and the DOE....More
Consumers preparing turkey dinners should expect to pay a little more for Thanksgiving staples this holiday season, a Purdue University agricultural economist says.
Corinne Alexander said holiday shoppers face moderate increases in food prices, but those increases are building on sharp rises from previous years.
"It's not a one-year story," she said. "Grocery store food price increases of 0.8% in September 2012 are building on the 6.3% increase in September 2011.
Alexander expects food prices to continue to increase in 2013....More
Penton Media today acquired Farm Progress from Fairfax Media Limited of Sydney, Australia, significantly expanding its agriculture sector footprint to become the largest and most diversified agriculture information business in North America, offering live events, digital products, data, marketing services and publications. This acquisition directly supports a key Penton strategy of increasing investment in existing sectors that offer strong long-term growth potential, and it more than doubles Penton’s position in agriculture, which becomes the company’s largest sector group....More
The Breaking New Ground Resource Center at Purdue University has been awarded a four-year, $1.9 million National AgrAbility Project grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue its work in helping farmers with disabling injuries or illnesses continue to live productive lives in agriculture....More
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