The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today in favor of Monsanto in the Monsanto v. Bowman case. The case was focused on the protection of intellectual property and Monsanto's Roundup Ready technology in soybeans. The court found that Indiana farmer, Vernon Hugh Bowman, had violated patent law....More
The General Session at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) next month (which will feature top executives from the Renewable Fuel Assn., Growth Energy and the American Coalition for Ethanol) should help the industry better understand where the market is heading into 2014, says the president of BBI International....More
Farm Equipment shows an in-depth look at how the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab conducts its tests on new tractor models. View the original video here.
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This week, the nation’s top farm machinery engineers will discuss the latest advancements in farm machinery as part of the 2013 Agricultural Machinery Conference in Waterloo, IA. But first, they will take a look back at the machinery made decades ago....More
Hybrid tractors that use electricity to supplement diesel engine power were a hot point of discussion at the 2013 Agricultural Machinery Conference held this week in Waterloo, IA. Agricultural engineers continue their work on machines that rely less on diesel fuel to help farmer-customers reduce fuel costs on the farm....More
The goal of the new website http://www.sustainablecorn.org/ and blog is to bring, to farmers and other agricultural decision-makers, the CSCAP team’s latest findings regarding extended rotations, tillage management, cover cropping systems, drainage water management, integrated pest management, weather and agriculture, and nitrogen management in corn-based cropping systems in the upper Midwest....More
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
The Freeman model 1592D Big Baler, which cuts and bales at the same time, is redesigned for 25% greater capacity. It can package up to 45 tons per hour. The hydraulic drive feed system is reversible from the tractor seat, saving hours of hand work unplugging the baler.
With the state-of-the-art drive system there are fewer moving parts than gear-driven balers. This means that annual repair, maintenance and equipment costs are lower....More
Bruce Erickson, currently agronomic education manager with the American Society of Agronomy, has been heading up survey development and data compilation for the 16th Retail Precision Adoption Survey. He and the team have noted some interesting trends in all technologies, including variable rate application and global positioning....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
To avoid having more than the long-term average of 15% of the corn crop planted late in 2013 will require some combination of more than the average number of days suitable for fieldwork between now and May 20 and an above average planting rate per day....More