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Check Your Tech & More: Inside Successful Farming, August 2014

What's hot in this month's issue of Successful Farming? This month's massive issue includes many features for the farm shop and machinery lineup on your farm, from the latest on Tier 4 engines to where technology tools like yield monitors -- which have been around the farm for quite a while -- will look like in the future and, more importantly, what they'll mean to your bottom line.

Check out the latest features from the August issue!


Published: 8/8/2014
Seven Tier 4-related terms you should know: Life After DEFFrom here on, all manufacturers of high-horsepower diesel engines will use SCR systems with DEF to meet emission regulations. Failure to do so can void a manufacturer’s warranty, cause the SCR system to malfunction, cause the engine to shut down, and damage the equipment.


Published: 8/8/2014
For almost two decades, you’ve heard the EPA talk about tiers and emission regulations for high-horsepower, off-highway diesel engines. In 2014, Tier 4 Final came into effect for engines from 174 hp. to 750 hp., and next year it will extend below and above these outputs. “We are doing this on the basis that the European Union (EU) has proposed a Stage V.


Published: 8/8/2014
Matt Darr, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, answers frequently asked questions about yield monitors. Q: Do I need to calibrate my yield monitor if I’m just looking to compare relative differences between fields. If there are big differences in moisture, test weight, or crop health ...


Published: 8/8/2014
You probably use your yield monitor data differently than your neighbor. For Jim Braddock, there are two areas he focuses on: evaluating hybrids and managing zones.• Evaluating hybrids. “For me, the very first thing is yield,” says Braddock. “When I try a new hybrid, I try to plant it with at least a couple of different hybrids I’ve planted for years.


Published: 8/8/2014
What's your game plan. Since many input decisions are made based on product performance, accurately measuring and tracking yields are crucial parts of one Ohio farmer’s playbook. Harvest is Jim Braddock’s one and only chance to monitor, map, and evaluate data on his crop’s performance. The maneuvers he makes in the next few weeks will determine what his playbook will include next season.


Published: 8/8/2014
There are a lot of similarities between farming and being in the military, says farmer and veteran Paul Kanning. “Let’s link up a bunch of veterans in agriculture and use their resources to help other people come into farming.”More than a labelHomegrown By Heroes is one of the newest programs offered by the FVC.


Published: 8/8/2014
Know what soil types exist within your fields with a soil data layer feature from FarmLogs. “Understanding the makeup of your fields’ soils leads to better nutrient management, more soil and water conservation, and higher yields.”Hands-free crop scoutingIntelliScout is the world’s first wearable application for precision agriculture.


Published: 8/8/2014
Most semitrailer trucks average from 5.5 to 6.5 mpg, maybe less than that if you’re running a much older model. However, with advances in engines, aerodynamics, and more, the SuperTruck has proven that 10 mpg is attainable. The jointly built truck is part of a program initiated by the Department of Energy to improve long-haul Class 8 vehicle freight efficiency. Electronic control software uses route information to optimize fuel use.


Published: 8/8/2014
Every time a gasoline engine runs, carbon deposits form on the piston crown, combustion chamber (CCD), and intake valve (IVD). Carbon in the CCD also absorbs fuel and heat, making the engine more prone to knock or ping under load.Using water is not very effectiveA technique that old-time ...