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What's new at 2012 Commodity Classic

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    A big success

    The Commodity Classic Trade Show opened Thursday, showcasing a record 250-plus displays of new agricultural technology to a record turnout of more than 5,800 attendees. Groups partcipating in the show represent 70% of U.S. crop acres.

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    Bright lights in Nashville

    The agricultural media gained early access to the trade show floor on Thursday. The show was the biggest ever, twenty percent larger than last year's event. Tone of the meeting has been upbeat, with the sponsoring groups pointing out in a policy statement that "agriculture is a bright spot in our nation's economy."

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    John Deere FarmSight

    John Deere’s FarmSight consists of two components designed to link operators, farm managers, and dealers. JDLink shows your entire fleet and delivers geofencing, diagnostic and utilization tracing. Machine Sync automates equipment during harvest, allowing the combine operator to control the tractor and grain cart while unloading on-the-go.

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    New in the weed wars

    Monsanto's Michelle Vigna explained a demonstration of the company's new Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System. The new technology, unveiled Thursday at Commodity Classic, is expected to be available to farmers for the 2014 growing season. It provides "more consistent, flexible control of glyphoate-resistant weeds," Vigna says.

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    Tier 4 triumph

    Case IH representatives are touting the success of their Tier 4A Case IH Steiger and Magnum tractors in preliminary Nebraska Tractor Test Lab results. The tractors are equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology for emissions control. Case IH now has 10,000 units using the technology, company representatives said.

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    Unverferth Seed Pro 400

    The Unverferth bulk box tender delivers seed directly to your planter or drill and can be positioned 90 degrees to the unit for conveying between two other sources. The model 400 carries up to four 50 unit bulk boxes and tenders the seed to the planter or drill.

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    There she is

    Teresa Scanlan, 2011 Miss America, the youngest ever and first from Nebraska, appeared at Commodity Classic on behalf of the National Sorghum Producers, to talk about her work in presenting U.S. agriculture to consumers. "It's the first time a Miss America has talked about these issues," she said.

  • 08

    Hot cars

    An exhibit by the Missouri Corn Growers Association addressed the issue of operating classic autos on ethanol-added fuels. With proper fuel storage and engine maintenance, "yesterday's cars can run on today's fuel," according to the Renewable Fuels Association.

  • 09

    Weather story

    Hilary Jules and Jeff Hamlin of The Climate Corporation talked about their company's "full-season Total Weather Insurance," which they say is the only program of its kind in the industry. New this year is a feature with 2.5X2.5 mile "Precision Rainfall Grids" for growers to select precise locations for coverage.

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    Shadow Tracker

    The GPS Shadow Tracker consists of a single cylinder and blade modules that are mounted to the implement toolbar. With the system, information is shared between the tractor GPS, the console and the feedback sensor, and steering blades hydraulically pivot to place the implement in the correct position throughout the pass.

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    Big tracks

    New Holland's Michael Harvey shows off new SMARTTRAX, which are now available for T9.615 and T9.670 tractors. Benefits of the large track footprint: less soil compaction, increased traction, and a smoother ride, Harvey says.

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    John Deere 2623VT

    Deere’s new 2623VT vertical tillage tool features hefty front spherical blades to effectively chop thick corn stalk residue to the right size, manage weeds and root balls, and remove field ruts. Its wavy rear blades deliver high vertical residue soil mixing, soil aeration and residue anchoring.

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    Drought buster

    Pioneer's Monica Patterson talked about the performance of the company's expanded class of Optimum AQUAmax hybrids. The company is offering more maturitiesof the seed this spring, which will make the drought-tolerant corn available to more farmers, she says. Last year, in nearly 8,000 on-farm trials, the seed yielded 7.1% higher in drought conditions than competitors, according to Pioneer.

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    Unverferth Seed Pro 400

    The Unverferth bulk box tender delivers seed directly to your planter or drill and can be positioned 90 degrees to the unit for conveying between two other sources. The model 400 carries up to four 50 unit bulk boxes and tenders the seed to the planter or drill.

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    Digi-Star SLT 7600

    Digi-Star’s SLT 7600 touch screen harvest monitor module allows you to enter an array of harvest and yield information, including seed types, standard moisture, test weight, acres, and more, and allows for easy reporting. The data can be transferred by USB and exported to Excel on your desktop computer.

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    Loftness GL-12 Grain Bag Unloader

    The new Loftness GL-12 Grain Bag Unloader has the capacity to unload a1,000-bushel trailer in about five minutes. The unit is quickly set up, operation is easy, and maintenance is straightforward.

See some of the new tools & technology on the trade show floor at Commodity Classic 2012.

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