ARTICLES BY LAURIE BEDORD
Vermeer Unveils First Fully Continuous Round Baler By: 09/04/2014 @ 5:05pm

Stop, drop, and roll. It's how farmers have traditionally produced a round bale. Yet it wasn't an efficient system. "When operators must stop and wait for each bale to eject, that eats up a lot of…

RemoteView provides instant visibility to multiple decision makers By: 08/28/2014 @ 9:28am

The latest version of Precision Planting's FieldView app is now available in the app store.“Most farm operations have multiple decision makers,” says Kyle Plattner, lead user interface designer for…

8 Replacement Heifer Tips By: 08/13/2014 @ 2:33pm

You could be entering the most important phase of your ranching career. It’s expansion time, and most cowherds will be participating. If you are adding a few heifers – or a lot – your success rate could…

Raven Introduces Precise, Consistent Nozzle Control System By: 08/13/2014 @ 7:51am

The Applied Technology Division of Raven Industries has introduced Hawkeye, a pressure-based nozzle control system that provides precise, accurate application across the entire sprayer boom."Our customers are…

Automated Soil-Sampling System By: 08/11/2014 @ 4:55pm

The details are in the dirt. It’s a fact that has become even more clear as both tillage practices and advanced technologies have demanded that soil samples be taken more comprehensively and intensively.“I…

Four Common Questions About Yield Monitors By: 08/08/2014 @ 3:55pm

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…

Decisions from Yield Data By: 08/08/2014 @ 3:48pm

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. “I split my 16-row…

Last-Minute Tech Maneuvers for Harvest By: 08/08/2014 @ 3:38pm

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…

Data-Driven Future By: 08/08/2014 @ 2:59pm

Sandy, clay, or loamy. Know what soil types exist within your fields with a soil data layer feature from FarmLogs.The free online soil maps show color-coded, high-resolution soil texture zones overlaid onto…

Kinze and Raven Partner to Develop Stand-Alone Monitor Solution By: 07/23/2014 @ 12:22pm

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. has partnered with Raven Industries to develop a stand-alone monitor solution for Kinze's 4900 series planter, which will eliminate the need to rely on ISOBUS and other…

Yield360 helps farmers take control and capture yield potential By: 07/10/2014 @ 1:21pm

Gregg Sauder, founder and former CEO of Precision Planting, has recently launched Yield360. According to the company, the system will help farmers take control of factors that limit crop yield potential and…

John Deere and Dawn Equipment Company Announce Agreement By: 05/28/2014 @ 10:38am

John Deere has announced an alliance with Dawn Equipment Company, Inc., a manufacturer that specializes in ground-engaging tools and active control systems for planters. The pairing will allow John Deere to…

FAA Works to Expedite Limited Use of Commercial UAS By: 05/14/2014 @ 8:57am

Addressing a packed room yesterday at the 2014 AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference in Orlando, Florida, Jim Williams, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Manager of UAS Integration, said the FAA is working…

Zoetis Unveils HOGISTICS By: 05/08/2014 @ 11:37am

Zoetis has released a new tool, HOGISTICS, to help pork producers more accurately predict optimal market weight and weight distribution. The tool helps producers make more accurate marketing decisions by using…

CNH, The Climate Corporation Announce Licensing Agreement for Precision Planting Technology By: 05/08/2014 @ 11:16am

CNH and The Climate Corporation have entered into a nonexclusive agreement to integrate select Precision Planting technology to optimize planting performance on CNH planters, including the Case IH Early…

Stalk Bender By: 05/07/2014 @ 3:38pm

Tired of stalks shredding his tires, Steven Meakins of Haxtun, Colorado, developed Stalk Bender to defend against damage.“The Stalk Bender is an attachment mounted in front of the tire or track to bend…

Smart Farming By: 05/07/2014 @ 3:25pm

A major theme at Agritechnica 2013 was optimizing farming practices. It’s also why exhibition organizers created Smart Farming – an area of the show that spotlights innovations from around the globe…

Second Of Six FAA Test Sites For Unmanned Aircraft Systems Ready By: 05/07/2014 @ 9:30am

As one of the six test sites chosen by the FAA to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research, the University of Alaska's unmanned aircraft system test site is ready to operate and has been granted a…

Agri-Inject Unveils Automatic Injection Control By: 05/07/2014 @ 8:16am

When it comes to irrigating more acres for a little more investment, center pivot corner systems have proven to be a valuable asset. Yet, it hasn't been the case when it comes to applying fertilizer. More…

DuPont Pioneer and AGCO Announce Global Collaboration By: 05/06/2014 @ 10:19am

DuPont Pioneer and AGCO Corporation are collaborating to bring wireless data transfer technology solutions to farmers in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, and key European countries. The agreement provides a seamless…

Raven Expands Guided Steering System Portfolio By: 05/01/2014 @ 8:20am

The Applied Technology Division (ATD) of Raven Industries, Inc. has purchased SBG Innovatie BV as well as its affiliate, Navtronics BVBA. SBG, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, manufactures advanced…

Leica Geosystems Parent Company Expands Precision Ag Portfolio By: 04/29/2014 @ 9:20am

The parent company of Leica Geosystems, Hexagon AB, recently signed an agreement to acquire Arvus, a manufacturer of precision agriculture solutions.  This partnership will give farmers the ability to…

FarmLogs Adds Free Soil Data Feature By: 04/28/2014 @ 2:35pm

Sandy, clay or loamy soil. . . know what soil types exist within your fields with a soil data layer feature from FarmLogs. The free online soil maps show color-coded, high-resolution soil texture zones…

Game of Drones: Google Beats Facebook to Titan By: 04/15/2014 @ 3:48pm

In what seems to be a game of drones among tech giants, Google recently announced it has purchased Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based unmanned aerial system developer. This comes on the heels of rumors that…

Bridgestone Creates Tire Advisor App By: 04/15/2014 @ 1:19pm

The Tire Advisor app, from Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, is a one-stop resource that connects users to a comprehensive catalog. Designed to help fleets and dealers quickly access and compare information…

Q&A with Precision Ag Specialist, Scott Shearer By: 04/14/2014 @ 9:10am

SF: What spurred your initial interest in precision ag technology?SS: A pivotal moment in my career was in 1994 when I met Mike Ellis. Mike, who farms in Shelby County Kentucky, is the kind of farmer who…

Slippery Slope By: 04/08/2014 @ 2:13pm

As a third-generation farmer and feedlot operator, Dale Goetz was no stranger to watching cattle slip and slide across slick concrete surfaces. “Animals tend to panic if they slip even a little bit…

Data Demands By: 04/02/2014 @ 10:35am

From who owns the data to the ways we manage the data, this four-letter word seems to have taken on a life of its own. Big data has become a big headache. To better understand concerns and current hurdles…

Nitrogen Reduction By: 04/02/2014 @ 10:15am

Nitrogen is one of the most important crop inputs; yet, it is also one of the most complex. It is susceptible to environmental losses, and its effectiveness is impacted by soil types and weather.To help you…

Crop Sensors By: 04/02/2014 @ 10:01am

When drought destroyed the Oklahoma corn crop two years in a row, farmers were optimistic that the winter wheat that followed would be the bright spot. Yet, what was lurking in the soil tipped the scale in the…

Expansion of Federal Authority Over "Waters of the United States" Proposed By: 03/25/2014 @ 3:41pm

An expansion of their federal authority over "waters of the United States" is being proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corp of Engineers (Corps). Under this expansion…

Technology Lets You Document, Share Information From the Field By: 03/25/2014 @ 2:24pm

Organize, store, and share findings when scouting fields with MyTraps Scout. The new technology, developed by Spensa Technologies, Inc., lets users use their mobile device to document findings using texts…

5 Reasons to Upgrade Technology By: 03/17/2014 @ 2:08pm

Adam Gittins, HTS Ag, lists five reasons why you should upgrade your older equipment with the latest precision ag technology.1. Ease of use. Often, a piece of machinery is made easier to run by implementing…

New Technology on Older Iron: Age is Just a Number By: 03/17/2014 @ 2:00pm

Pushing populations on his 30-inch rows has been part of Bruce Rohwer’s planting regimen for more than a decade. “I’ve been running as high as 36,000 on corn for many years,” says the Paulina…

Genetic Makeup By: 03/10/2014 @ 12:55pm

A new crop-management tool is helping you crack the code to better farm management practices. Launched in 2013 by Paul Turner, AgDNA is a cloud-based program that has registered users in 88 countries with 7…

Real-Time Weather By: 03/10/2014 @ 12:44pm

From when to plant, water, and spray crops to when to harvest, you make agronomic decisions based on the weather every day. Current, accurate weather data helps that decision-making process. “Weather…

Windrowers Go Tech By: 03/10/2014 @ 12:34pm

Windrowers are one of the hardest pieces of equipment to drive, says Zach Hetterick, Case IH livestock equipment marketing manager.By upgrading its WD3 II Series windrowers with AFS auto guidance and a new…

New iron tools on display at Classic By: 02/28/2014 @ 9:00am

As the first day of 19th Annual Commodity Classic comes to a close in San Antonio, Texas, a record crowd of more than 6,800 registrants flooded the tradeshow floor to learn what companies were showcasing…

Add to your bottom line with technology By: 02/21/2014 @ 9:25am

The Successful Farming Precision in Practice Series goes beyond just the electronics and finds stories of successful growers and ranchers who are adopting the latest technology to make their operations more…

SST Software unveils Precision Ag Certification Program By: 02/18/2014 @ 9:10am

The SST Precision Ag Certification Program, which is being offered by SST Software, is an intensive, 10-week training course for preparing precision ag technology specialists. The program covers data…

Meet the Planter of the Future By: 02/10/2014 @ 10:18am

Many of you will argue that the planter is the most important piece of equipment in your farming operation. A planter is under pressure not only to deliver the seed to the soil as precisely as possible, but…

3 big planter tech trends By: 02/10/2014 @ 10:14am

In recent years, there has been an industry-wide movement to cut back the number of consoles in the tractor cab.“This effort has come in the form of additional functions being performed by a single field…

MyAgCentral announces end-to-end UAV solution By: 02/06/2014 @ 1:20pm

MyAgCentral, a division of DN2K, has unveiled the first of its new cloud-based end-to-end solutions for agriculture, which gives growers a simple and affordable way to leverage aerial agronomic imagery. DN2K…

Raven set to introduce anhydrous system By: 02/06/2014 @ 12:54pm

The most accurate NH3 delivery system in its lineup of application controls – that's the claim of Raven Industries as it unveils the Accuflow Vortex System.The Vortex is the first anhydrous ammonia…

Weather watchdogs: Precise real-time weather for the farm By: 02/05/2014 @ 7:05am

Weather is the number one factor affecting crop yield, and its unpredictable patterns may differ greatly across any given field.“Research performed by Iowa State University found that rainfall totals can…

Eyes in the sky: A new field perspective By: 02/04/2014 @ 1:26pm

Making decisions in real time: It’s a concept spreading across agriculture as you and your crop consultants push efficiency to new levels. To aid in that quest is new technology, such as the AutoCopter G15…

Going keyless: Your smartphone is your key By: 02/03/2014 @ 1:28pm

The days of fumbling with your keys are over. Virtual key technology is a growing trend, as companies vie for a place in the market. Here are four offerings that are set to release in 2014.Kwikset KevoKwikset…

Perimeter protection: Radar alerts potential collision hazards By: 02/03/2014 @ 12:55pm

The face of farming is rapidly changing to incorporate technology aimed at producing more food to accommodate a growing population. To support the influx of technology, product development firm Cambridge…

Art's Way equips spreader with nutrient management system By: 01/29/2014 @ 4:18pm

Applying manure accurately has become a necessity not only to keep fertilizer costs down but to adhere to heavier government regulations, as well as provide transparency in…

Will 'delivery by drone' become the norm? By: 01/16/2014 @ 10:24am

Thirty minutes or less. While that may seem reasonable for the delivery of pizza, is it a possibility for packages? According to Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, it won’t be long before drones will be delivering…

Cows take to the cloud By: 01/15/2014 @ 12:48pm

Merging technology with cows was a natural fit for Matija Kopic. Although he was born and raised on a large farm in Croatia, the young entrepreneur’s real passion was computers. Yet, agriculture was never…

Taking your farm to the cloud By: 01/15/2014 @ 10:10am

As Kerry and Angela Knuth traveled along the information superhighway, the path was lined with roadblocks. For years, the couple, who farm near Mead, Nebraska, have been navigating on a road that prevented…

Farming on the edge: Incorporating cutting-edge tech By: 01/14/2014 @ 1:42pm

Kerry and Angela Knuth (knuthfarms.com) farm in the heart of the Midwest near Mead, Nebraska, with their two sons Gregory, 16, and Garrison, 13.In order to be successful, the Knuth family is continually…

Should you insure a drone? By: 01/14/2014 @ 9:48am

Insurance companies are realizing there is a void in their industry when it comes to drone protection.“As the use of drones increases, we realize there is a gap in coverage,” says Brent Van Roekel…

Is a drone in your farm's future? By: 01/14/2014 @ 9:39am

The word is out. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have a bright future in agriculture. Although the concept is still in the infancy stage for the farming sector, it hasn’t stopped countless contenders outside…

Improve pregnancy rates with simple adjustments By: 01/08/2014 @ 1:17pm

Tweaking general management of the beef herd can improve breeding-season success.“Accurate detection of estrus, inseminator efficiency, and fertility of the semen are all vital to the success of any breeding…

A leader in the field By: 12/18/2013 @ 7:31am

When Jon Kinzenbaw opened the doors to his welding and repair shop on December 10, 1965, his goal was simple: “Fix something better than it was before it broke and make it look like it belonged that way,”…

Ag Leader Technology opens new distribution center By: 12/03/2013 @ 11:29am

As Ag Leader Technology's product line continues to grow and the business expands into more overseas markets, the company has outgrown its current fulfillment facilities. To accommodate its growth, the…

App automates injection pump selection By: 12/03/2013 @ 10:19am

The "Apply Yourself" app from Agri-Inject automates injection pump selection by taking the complicated guesswork out of selecting and calibrating an injection pump for virtually any type of…

AgCommand integrated with Raven Slingshot By: 12/03/2013 @ 10:04am

Agco is collaborating with Raven Industries to integrate AgCommand with Raven's Slingshot system. By integrating the two, it will provide growers with a more seamless experience because it enables their…

Soil compaction solution By: 11/04/2013 @ 4:32pm

Soil compaction is a problem farmers have been battling for decades. University studies have shown that soil compaction is responsible for 10% to 20% crop loss.Weight applied to soil robs it of its ability to…

Farm computer use evolving By: 09/04/2013 @ 3:52pm

If you own a computer, odds are the farmer down the road does not. While technologies like automatic steering and yield monitors flourish on many farms, significant numbers of operations function without a…

Data ownership: Whose numbers are they? By: 09/04/2013 @ 3:45pm

Data. A buzzword in agriculture, its management is vital to success. Yet, it has become a four-letter word as farmers and agribusinesses alike try to define who, exactly, owns the valuable information lying…

Trimble introduces next generation display By: 08/27/2013 @ 11:56am

Trimble's TMX-2050 display is built on the popular Android operating system and offers an intuitive interface that enables farmers to easily implement precision agriculture solutions as their business…

Dashboard puts key information at farmer's fingertips By: 08/27/2013 @ 11:50am

Trimble's Connected Farm dashboard provides one centralized location for farmers to view key information impacting their operations. With this information, farmers will be able to make better daily…

Trimble extends Connected Farm solution with acquisitions By: 08/27/2013 @ 11:42am

With the acquisition of RainWave, LLC and Hydro-Engineering Solutions, LLC, Trimble is extending its monitoring and reporting capabilities of the Connected Farm solution as well as strengthening its water…

Trimble enters irrigation market By: 08/27/2013 @ 11:35am

Trimble has officially entered the irrigation market with an agreement to acquire the assets of IQ Irrigation, Christchurch, New Zealand.IQ Irrigation provides a reliable and precise hardware and software…

Going 3D By: 08/27/2013 @ 11:24am

The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is a fast and easy way for anyone to create 3D models. “Bringing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner into the world has been a big goal of ours this…

Online resource allows growers to tailor nitrogen management plans By: 08/27/2013 @ 9:25am

The Trials & Agronomy section of the newly redesigned SmartNitrogen.com allows growers to search hundreds of crop years of data, and sort by crop and location. This section is continually updated as more…

To AgFiniti and beyond By: 08/27/2013 @ 9:14am

Ag Leader Technology, Inc. has introduced wireless connectivity in the cab with their new cloud-based platform, AgFiniti.“Wireless communication is set to revolutionize precision agriculture,” says Roger…

Ag Leader introduces Compass display By: 08/27/2013 @ 8:54am

Thanks to introduction of the new Compass display from Ag Leader Technology, Inc., growers now have a simple and affordable entry-level solution.“The Compass display was designed for growers who want a…

Go Wireless By: 08/23/2013 @ 11:08am

It’s time to toss aside those memory cards and USB flash drives for transferring data to and from the field and office. Go wireless!“Producers want a user-friendly system to take advantage of the new data…

Topcon and Farmers Edge sign licensing agreement By: 07/17/2013 @ 7:43pm

Bridging the gap between food industry stakeholders is the cornerstone behind the newly signed agreement between Topcon Precision Agriculture and Farmers Edge. The focus of the agreement centers around…

Improve Yield Measurement Accuracy With Latest Technology From Precision Planting By: 07/11/2013 @ 2:28pm

According to Doug Sauder, Project Manager for Precision Planting, yield monitors are meant to provide information you can use to make sound decisions on hybrids and field management zones. Yet they often lack…

SPADE2 Next Step Toward Seamless Data Exchange By: 07/11/2013 @ 2:11pm

AgGateway’s Precision Ag Council is building on the Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) Project by launching SPADE2. The first phase focused on seeding. The second phase will cover crop…

Fuse Technologies unveiled by AGCO By: 07/09/2013 @ 9:22am

AGCO has unveiled a new global technology strategy called Fuse Technologies, which will provide growers seamless integration and connectivity across all their farm assets — regardless of brand. The…

John Deere parts and services goes mobile By: 07/01/2013 @ 1:36pm

To access parts and service on-the-go, John Deere has unveiled a new mobile version of jdparts.deere.com."Accessing the mobile version can be accomplished by simply typing in jdparts.deere.com on any browser…

Drones evolve into a new tool for ag By: 05/10/2013 @ 7:21am

Loss of pilots over hostile territory fueled the birth of the drone in 1918. Nearly a century later, the mention of the word evokes a negative connotation.“I think the first thing you imagine when you hear…

Text alerts notify growers of planting problems By: 04/22/2013 @ 10:09am

Precision Planting's FieldView Plus gives growers the ability to sync planting data across multiple pieces of field equipment as well as electronic devices. A recent addition now alerts growers to…

Technology Tune Up By: 04/15/2013 @ 11:26am

As you get ready to head back to the field, there are some important things to consider when it comes to the technology you use for fieldwork."Often times farmers could be looking at several months since they…

Unlocking precision ag data By: 04/05/2013 @ 11:32am

Mike Zeedyk doesn’t have to be a detective to realize there are valuable facts and statistics cloaked within the data he’s been gathering on his fields since 2003.“Right from the get-go, I knew there was…

Who owns your precision data? By: 04/05/2013 @ 9:33am

Data. It’s a four-letter word that holds a wealth of knowledge about your fields and machinery.“Growers need to realize their data is extremely valuable. The more years of data history, the more valuable…

MIone robotic milking system officially launches in North America By: 03/29/2013 @ 1:18pm

    GEA Farm Technologies has adapted the MIone multi-box robotic milking system for the North American dairy industry. The udder prep process used by this system has been approved by the…

Leica Geosystems introduces electric steering solution By: 03/11/2013 @ 10:00am

Leica Geosystems has announced the Leica SteerDirect ES - a retro-fit electric steering system. This easy to install system, which can be installed in a few minutes, gives customers hands-free GPS assisted…

Leica Geosystems adds variety of product features, support By: 03/06/2013 @ 8:12am

Leica Geosystems has introduced a number of new product features and support updates as part of the company’s continued investment in precision agriculture solutions. The company is also releasing additional…

Student awarded for innovation in engineering By: 03/05/2013 @ 3:22pm

Eduardo Torrealba, a graduate student in Mechanical Science and Engineering, is the winner of the seventh annual $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize, funded through a partnership with the Lemelson-MIT…

Breaking New Ground By: 03/05/2013 @ 9:43am

Need a utility vehicle that can handle a 1,250 lb. load and tow 2,000 lbs. yet has the added comforts in the cab to keep you cozy in the winter and cool in the summer? Do you also want a machine that will take…

Mow like a pro By: 03/04/2013 @ 3:04pm

ATVs and UTVs have become staples around the farm. With an attachment or two, you can transform one into a multipurpose machine.But what if you could add a hydraulic power take-off (PTO) to your workhorse to…

Get the scoop By: 03/04/2013 @ 2:57pm

Early one winter morning, Tom Miller was heading out to clear snow. Suddenly, he was faced with a dangerous situation.“I had a 12-foot bucket on the front of a backhoe,” Miller recalls. “Coming toward me…

Are two rows better than one? By: 03/04/2013 @ 11:44am

There are two schools of thought on why investing in twin-row seeding technology is growing in popularity. Some believe improved plant genetics are pushing the concept. Others say if you are looking to…

Dance with data By: 03/04/2013 @ 11:14am

Flash back to 1986. It's the first year Gary Petersohn begins gathering yield data on his Tingley, Iowa, fields. Flash forward to 2012. He's surrounded by the multitude of facts and statistics the…

Going vertical By: 03/04/2013 @ 11:00am

Over the last few years, the term vertical tillage has slowly crept into many farmers' vocabularies. While some producers made the leap and purchased an implement, others are still trying to understand…

Field of View By: 02/27/2013 @ 9:35am

Smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices have become popular and essential communication and information resources for today’s farmers and ranchers. As a result, John Deere is introducing mounting…

GPS advocates launch GPS Innovation Alliance By: 02/26/2013 @ 11:13am

Citing the ever increasing importance of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to the global economy and infrastructure, a group of GPS advocates recently formed the GPS Innovation Alliance, an organization…

Flying Robots By: 02/22/2013 @ 7:43am

Whether you refer to it as a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles), sUAS (small unmanned aerial systems), or drone, the technology has the potential to provide a cutting-edge way for farmers to monitor their crops…

FieldView Plus shares data from field to office By: 02/20/2013 @ 11:00am

The FieldView Plus service from Precision Planting allows producers to sync data between multiple planters, combines, computers and additional iPads. It also provides safe and secure file back-up.“Using…

Ousting overlap By: 02/14/2013 @ 10:24am

Nearly a dozen years ago, Eric Orem and his wife, Brandi, moved back home to lease and farm 2,400 acres. Today, their operation has grown to 5,000 acres of dryland winter wheat.Because Orem is 100%…

Seed in style By: 02/04/2013 @ 4:43pm

Designed as a single-pass seeding system, the Sunflower 9700 Series air-till drill features the ribbon-seeded planting style. This attribute allows the drill to open the soil, slice out weeds, place seed and…

In the strip By: 02/04/2013 @ 2:10pm

Every field has a story. For Dale Launstein, experimenting with strips on his Holland, Iowa, soils will help him tell the tale of each acre to define the variability and to push yields to new levels.“Farming…

Minimize input angst By: 02/04/2013 @ 9:40am

The USDA 2012 Farm Sector Income Forecast projects total production expenses will rise $12.5 billion (3.9%) to $333.8 billion. While not as large as the increase in 2011, it's still an increase. This…

Topcon unveils new receiver/steering controller By: 02/01/2013 @ 3:13pm

The AGI-4, from Topcon Precision Agriculture, is the industry’s first completely integrated steering solution that can simply and easily interface with many manufacturer’s virtual terminals.This solution…

Agco introduces Auto-Guide 3000 By: 02/01/2013 @ 3:04pm

Auto-Guide 3000 is the latest technology innovation from Agco. This integrated assisted-steering solution is designed to provide farmers with better functionality.

“Assisted steering has become a very…

New app makes selecting spray tips simple By: 02/01/2013 @ 2:30pm

Tip selection just got simpler thanks to a new mobile app from Hypro. The SprayIT app takes your application information and provides a customized list of spray tip recommendations. How It WorksSimply enter…

Hemisphere GPS now AgJunction By: 01/30/2013 @ 11:00pm

In a move to extend their reach in precision agriculture, Hemisphere GPS Inc. today sold its non-agricultural business assets to Beijing UniStrong Science & Technology Co. Ltd. for $14.96 million. Those…

Samsung set to unveil 8-inch tablet By: 01/22/2013 @ 11:04am

Samsung's 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet is set to be officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress, which will be held in February 2013.Sneak peeks of the tablet reveal it will come in 3G and Wi-Fi models with…

How do you rate? By: 01/14/2013 @ 10:31am

Making the most of every dollar spent on a field is your goal as a grower. To maximize efficiency as equipment moves across a field, variable-rate technologies (VRT) have the potential to help you achieve that…

Steiger's new Rowtrac tractors By: 01/11/2013 @ 3:30pm

Four tracks are better than two. It's the foundation on which Quadtrac technology was built more than a decade ago.“In 1996, we launched the 9370 and 9380 Quadtracs,” recalls Mitch Kaiser, Case IH…

Quick hitch By: 01/11/2013 @ 3:24pm

Farming is a dangerous business. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2010 the injury rate for agricultural workers was 4.8 per 100 workers compared to 3.8 for all workers. With the ag injury rate…

Precise pivots By: 01/11/2013 @ 2:41pm

Relying on Mother Nature to provide enough water to feed your crops didn't turn out well in 2012. The meager rainfalls forced many of you to supplement with irrigated water.As you try to make the most of…

Radiator Genie By: 01/11/2013 @ 10:18am

Jerry Crum didn't have to rub a lamp and summon a magical being when it came to protecting his $50,000-plus tractor investment. The Okemah, Oklahoma, rancher was able to grant his own wish for a product…

Technology takes the industry by storm at 2013 CES By: 01/09/2013 @ 6:27pm

When it comes to technology innovations, there was no shortage of companies thinking outside the box to offer consumers at the 2013 International CES.One company that has really taken the industry by storm…

Tablet Talk By: 01/07/2013 @ 9:29pm

Technology. It's like chasing a moving target. As soon as you get used to one version, the next one hits the market and tablets are no exception. And with each version comes an array of new features and…

New technology and equipment for cereal, specialty crops By: 12/31/2012 @ 9:23am

Ag Growth International Inc.(AGI) is combining its expertise in grain handling equipment with Bayer CropScience Inc.'s SeedGrowth technology to develop and distribute an on-farm seed treater for the North…

Red Wing Software releases payroll component By: 12/31/2012 @ 9:07am

If you have more than 50 full-time employees and offer them health coverage, Red Wing Software's new payroll tool offers employers the ability to create a report to track employee status for the upcoming…

Valley Water Management offers solution By: 12/17/2012 @ 7:15am

For producers building a new reservoir, drawing from a canal, or using well fields to supply their irrigation needs, Valley Water Management, which is a new division of Valley Irrigation, offers a…

Leica Geosystems introduces Virtual Vista By: 12/10/2012 @ 2:00pm

Virtual Vista is a new Web-based platform that delivers a flexible data management solution to farmers.Introduced by Leica Geosystems, this simple solution connects directly to the Leica mojo3D. Through the…

Ag Leader unveils new product to dealers By: 12/06/2012 @ 2:47pm

As Ag Leader dealers – both nationally and internationally – gathered this week in Des Moines, Iowa, the message from owner Al Myers was clear. . . Together we are Ag Leader – innovative, local…

Combine competition By: 12/05/2012 @ 2:35pm

For nearly 80 years, Canadian-based Buhler Industries has been providing an alternative when it comes time to invest in farm equipment. Through the years, a variety of acquisitions has enabled the company to…

Irrigation initiative By: 12/05/2012 @ 2:21pm

In California, every drop of water counts. It's an issue that has loomed over the state for decades, and it continues to cause concern as residents look to the future.“Ensuring a water supply that can…

Footwear for farmers By: 12/05/2012 @ 1:12pm

Durability. Comfort. Protection. These three words are the foundation on which work boots are built. Yet, not all work boots are created equal. There are several styles and features available. The right pair…

Filter fresh engine By: 12/05/2012 @ 10:02am

Air filters may be a small component in the overall makeup of a piece of equipment, but they serve a very important role in helping your machine run smoothly and efficiently.“Clogged air filters consume more…

Digi-Star introduces ST 3400 By: 12/04/2012 @ 11:00pm

The ST 3400 Seed Tracker, by Digi-Star, is a precision management system for seed tenders. Designed to track seed weights on individual boxes or bulk bins, the ST 3400 is a full-featured weighing and…

Climbing the precision ag technology mountain By: 11/01/2012 @ 11:10am

Adrenaline pumps through his veins. Sweat beads roll down his forehead. As he inches his way toward the summit, a hard day's work is apparent on Will Masteller's calloused hands. With each pass…

Tow Tender By: 10/01/2012 @ 2:02pm

At first glance, you might think the Tow Tender is simply a regular gravity-box system. But if you take a closer look, you'll realize it has distinct features not offered on other machines.“Farmers have…

Let there be light! By: 10/01/2012 @ 1:25pm

The trouble light has been a staple on farms for decades. It has illuminated nooks and crannies in equipment during repairs and maintenance. The problem with this light is it doesn't easily fit into tight…

Maximize miles By: 10/01/2012 @ 10:49am

Pain at the pump. You can relate to that feeling; it's one you've had for far too long.While you may have invested in a fuel-efficient car to ease the pain, that vehicle isn't as practical as a…

Handing over the keys By: 09/06/2012 @ 9:38am

For more than 100 years, Linder Equipment has served the agriculture community of Tulare, California. An area where cotton was once king became a popular place for dairies. As row-crop farmers moved away from…

Safe towing By: 09/05/2012 @ 3:37pm

On any given day, a farm truck is expected to work hard and do everything from tow farm equipment to haul a heavy load of hay.Hauling and towing can take their toll and cause trucks to sag and wear…

Make dew By: 09/05/2012 @ 3:33pm

What do tacos and hay have in common? For Utah hay producer Dave Staheli, the two would come together in a way that he could not have predicted.“I had experienced a really dry year putting up hay,” he…

6 product picks from farmers By: 09/05/2012 @ 3:07pm

Having the right tools when you need them is key when it comes to repair and maintenance in the shop. If you've walked down the tool aisle lately, you know there is no shortage of choices.To check out the…

Minimize input angst By: 09/05/2012 @ 2:36pm

The USDA 2012 Farm Sector Income Forecast projects total production expenses will rise $12.5 billion (3.9%) to $333.8 billion. While not as large as the increase in 2011, it's still an increase. This…

Fleet tracking By: 09/05/2012 @ 2:29pm

Telematics. It's the latest buzzword in the ag industry, and it has farmers rethinking how they manage their fleets of machinery.With the recent availability of AFS Connect Manager and AFS Connect…

Remote-controlled farm By: 09/05/2012 @ 10:46am

Whether it's conserving minutes, money, or manpower in farming, efficiency is the name of the game. For many, the answer to achieving that goal lies in technology.“Electronic-based technology is very…

Good to the last drop By: 09/05/2012 @ 10:10am

For Dan Muff, applying the right product in the right place at the right time in the right amount for the plant comes down to basic science. If you paid attention in science class, you know photosynthesis is…

Roll over tough stubble By: 09/05/2012 @ 9:14am

Tires that carry ag equipment have a heavy load to bear. Traveling across a field or down the road, these round wonders have to handle a variety of conditions. One of their latest challenges is withstanding…

Maintain tire feeders By: 08/02/2012 @ 9:13am

Tires retired from farm machinery often find new life as containers to hold feed and water for livestock. But if they're not maintained properly, tires can pose health risks for animals.“If the tires…

Mobile service stations By: 08/01/2012 @ 3:47pm

When it comes to maintaining and refueling equipment in the field, innovations like Thunder Creek Equipment's 990SS Service Special and Featherlite's 1570 fuel trailer keep equipment moving.990SS…

Pressure washers By: 08/01/2012 @ 10:33am

There's no delicate way to put it – farming is a dirty business. And taking the brunt of that dirt, dust, and debris is the machinery you depend on.For more than 15 years, Tim Nord has made his living…

Analyzing machinery costs By: 08/01/2012 @ 10:09am

As you look through Mike Blashill's scrapbooks of machinery that have come and gone over the years, there's a definite progression that's taken place.“I've always had my eye on growth…

Tractor talk By: 08/01/2012 @ 9:59am

As equipment manufacturers continue to enhance tractors with more and more features, how do you even come close to utilizing them all? To maximize your investment, Mitch Kaiser, Case IH, shares his insight on…

Tractors: big and small By: 08/01/2012 @ 9:55am

Big or small, today's tractors are packed with features to handle myriad chores. While some jobs require a bit more power under the hood, others are easily handled with a smaller machine.JCB 3230 xtraIf…

Ramped-up utility By: 08/01/2012 @ 9:51am

When it comes to utility vehicles, there are plenty of choices. For many, the final purchasing decision comes down to choosing key features and getting the most value for your dollar. That's precisely why…

Home generators By: 05/03/2012 @ 2:12pm

Power. When it goes out, everyday necessities like heating, cooling, refrigeration, and lights are affected. In a widespread outage, it may take days for power to be restored. Be prepared for unpredictable…

Midsize machines By: 05/03/2012 @ 9:48am

When you invest in machinery, you want to know you're getting the biggest bang for your buck. And that includes not having to skimp on features that enhance productivity and performance. So tractor…

Titan talks trends By: 04/30/2012 @ 9:50am

Six flat tires. Three words that farmers simply don’t want to hear when it’s time to plant crops. Time is money and farmers can’t afford to be out of commission because of one flat tire let alone six…

Welding performance with power By: 04/05/2012 @ 1:46pm

So you won't have to invest in two or three machines to handle multiple jobs, both John Deere and Hobart Welding are combining popular devices into single units.Deere's welderatorJohn Deere's…

Harness harvest power By: 04/05/2012 @ 1:38pm

As demand increases to harvest high-yielding crops efficiently, growers look to equipment manufacturers to develop innovative harvest solutions.John Deere is answering with the S-Series combines, an expanded…

A new view By: 03/21/2012 @ 11:15am

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With Precision Planting's 20/20 SeedSense with FieldView, one picture is worth a thousand numbers.The FieldView system links the 20/20 SeedSense display to an…

Advanced applicator By: 03/21/2012 @ 11:09am

The path to John Deere's latest sprayer innovation – the 4940 – was paved by feedback from one of its most valuable assets.“Guided by customer input, we've made the new 4940 the smartest, most…

Liver flukes in cattle By: 03/21/2012 @ 9:51am

While all parasites pose a threat to profitability, there are some, like liver flukes, that can wreak havoc on livestock. Take precautionary measures against an infestation before this potentially harmful…

Shop heat By: 03/20/2012 @ 3:06pm

When the Nelsons of Belmond, Iowa, built their shop in 2008, a top consideration was how they would keep it warm in colder months. Brothers David, Dennis, and Neal turned to Chris McMurray for guidance on how…

Harvest automation By: 03/20/2012 @ 10:42am

During the hectic harvest season, keeping track of equipment can be difficult. John Deere's latest technology hopes to alleviate that problem by providing timely, critical information on equipment…

Tractors for many jobs By: 03/20/2012 @ 10:27am

Big or small, today's tractors are packed with features to handle myriad chores. While some jobs require a bit more power under the hood, others are easily handled with a smaller machine.JCB 3230 xtraIf…

Ramped-up utility By: 03/20/2012 @ 10:19am

When it comes to utility vehicles, there are plenty of choices. For many, the final purchasing decision comes down to choosing key features and getting the most value for your dollar. That's precisely why…

5 most common welding mistakes By: 03/06/2012 @ 10:37am

Before you tackle that next piece of metal, John Leisner, Miller Electric Company, has outlined the five most common welding mistakes.1. Poor preparation. “Farmers too often fail to adequately prepare the…

All wrapped up By: 03/06/2012 @ 10:19am

Whether you're looking for an implement that can help preserve the quality of your hay or a device that can process hay, silage, and baleage, companies like Vermeer and Kuhn are responding with…

AC/DC welders rock repair and maintenance By: 03/06/2012 @ 10:13am

In 1925, Hobart Brothers rolled out its first welder. That started the company on its path to becoming a major name in the welding industry. Today, the company (which was acquired by Illinois Tool Works in…

Custom precision solutions By: 03/06/2012 @ 10:08am

Tools in the precision agriculture technology arena continue to push the envelope when it comes to helping you not only enhance your yields but also become even more efficient and productive. The latest…

High-performance balers By: 03/06/2012 @ 9:59am

For more than 60 years, Vermeer innovations have helped farmers get their work done quickly and efficiently. But in 1971, one particular invention revolutionized the haying industry.After a stroll one morning…

Service after the sale By: 03/05/2012 @ 1:27pm

It's the first year you've run GS3 2630 on your combine along with an iTC receiver. You get a crash course on how it works when the technician installs it. As you're harvesting corn, the monitor…

Buhler tackles tillage By: 03/05/2012 @ 11:03am

For nearly 80 years, Canadian-based Buhler Industries has been providing an alternative when it comes time to invest in farm equipment. Through the years, a variety of acquisitions has enabled the company to…

13 smart sprayer tips By: 02/17/2012 @ 9:32am

Spring is right around the corner, and preparing equipment for the upcoming season can pay dividends, especially if you own a sprayer.“It wasn't long ago that sprayers were a niche product,” says Cory…

High-acre hay makers By: 02/16/2012 @ 3:49pm

Making high-quality hay just got a little easier, thanks to two new implements: Kuhn's MM 900 Merge Maxx power merger and Vermeer's TE490 Tedder.Kuhn MM 900 merge maxxWith three independently…

Mobile welders By: 02/16/2012 @ 10:56am

Whether you own one piece of equipment or 100, that equipment is inevitably going to break down, and breakages can be more than just an inconvenience. They can keep you from planting or harvesting crops and…

Plug and play bins By: 02/16/2012 @ 10:28am

Need more power for your high-capacity centrifugal dryer at a site with only single-phase electricity?Sukup Manufacturing Company's Single-Phase Centrifugal Dryer eliminates the need for costly extensions…

John Deere's new 7R Series By: 02/16/2012 @ 10:05am

From head to toe, John Deere's 7R Series tractors include a wide array of customer-driven features, yet they boast much of the same performance found in the larger 8R Series tractors.Features like the…

More with MacDon By: 01/31/2012 @ 11:16am

The M105 (left) and the M155 (below) self-propelled windrowers round out the M5 Series, which includes one other model, the M205.“These two new models round out the new generation of M5 Series SP…

Round baler evolution By: 01/31/2012 @ 11:03am

Krone's Bellima and Fortima Round Balers are available in four configurations. The Bellima (left) offers 125 and 130 models, while the Fortima (below) features V 1500 or V 1800 versions.For more than 35…

Gator crosses over By: 01/31/2012 @ 10:35am

If you're looking for a vehicle that tackles tough terrain yet has plenty of room for extra passengers or gear, the John Deere Gator Mid-Duty XUV 550 or 550 S4 crossover utility vehicles could be just…

Sharpen up By: 01/31/2012 @ 10:19am

Keeping disks, coulters, and wavy blades sharp enough to cut through soil and crop residue with ease is an uphill battle for farmers. A new patented device from Case IH – the Robo-Sharpener – offers a…

A new view By: 01/31/2012 @ 10:12am

Finding a display that will provide you with year-round control of your operation as well as integrated guidance and steering just got a little easier, thanks to Ag Leader Technology.“The VERSA display was…

Clamping spear forks By: 01/31/2012 @ 10:08am

If you had a list of chores you'd like to accomplish with your skid steer loader or tractor bucket, what would be on it? Would you want to be able to grab a bale easily? Would you want the ability to…

Hitch hermit By: 01/30/2012 @ 1:58pm

There's been a lot of speculation about whether or not that hitch sticking out of the back of your pickup truck could get you a ticket. The answer is not simple, because laws about trailer hitches vary by…

Toolbox to go By: 01/30/2012 @ 1:54pm

With more and more producers working land farther and farther from home, many pickup truck beds are acting as portable shops. But jumping in and out of the bed to get tools gets old fast.David Hamann, Luverne…

A New View By: 01/13/2012 @ 1:21pm

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With Precision Planting’s 20/20 SeedSense with FieldView, one picture is worth a thousand numbers. The FieldView system links the 20/20 SeedSense display to…

Keep tarps tight By: 01/11/2012 @ 3:03pm

If you store hay outdoors, you know weather can hamper the quality when it's not protected. While tarping helps, if it's not snug around bales to keep moisture out, a tarp renders itself useless in…

Bone disease in cattle By: 01/11/2012 @ 2:48pm

A disease not seen in cattle for more than 50 years is rearing its ugly head once again. Marble bone disease, also known as osteopetrosis, is a bone disorder that affects not only humans but also cattle and…

Small but mighty Brute Force By: 01/11/2012 @ 2:32pm

Do you believe that good things come in small packages? Kawasaki is hoping you do, as they introduce their latest all-terrain vehicle: the 2012 Brute Force 300. The machine is built with economy in mind, yet…

Pliers, snips, and more By: 01/11/2012 @ 2:23pm

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, a company known for quality power tools, expanded their reach in 2010 by unveiling a line of hand tools. Since then, the company continues to rapidly expand this segment…

Service trailer By: 01/11/2012 @ 2:19pm

When planting and harvest seasons roll around, equipment has to be in tip-top shape. But breakdowns are an inevitable part of farming, especially if the equipment is older.Add to that the fact that many…

Pulling fence posts By: 01/11/2012 @ 2:15pm

Matt Baldwin had a problem. Removing old wooden fence posts and replacing them with new posts on his West Virginia farm was a frustrating and painful chore. “Pulling out fence posts on my farmland…

Welding wonder By: 01/11/2012 @ 2:05pm

When it comes to repairing or cutting iron, welders and plasma cutters have become invaluable tools. Because different applications sometimes require different processes, selecting the right device for your…

Shop lights By: 01/11/2012 @ 11:17am

When the Crave brothers of Waterloo, Wisconsin, built their shop in 2008, their options for shop lighting seemed endless. The one thing the four brothers knew was that they wanted lighting that was energy…

Cattle comfort in the stall By: 01/11/2012 @ 10:22am

Keeping cattle healthy and happy means you must provide an environment that is clean yet comfortable. But shoveling a pile of sand, straw, or wood shavings into stall after stall can be backbreaking and…

The smart saw By: 12/06/2011 @ 2:20pm

Not all chain saws are created equal, and a little knowledge goes a long way when you're looking to purchase.With more than 50 years in the chain saw business, Husqvarna knows a thing or two about these…

Harvest helpers By: 12/06/2011 @ 2:16pm

When New Holland introduced the world's first rotary combine in 1974, it revolutionized the way producers harvested their crops. Nearly 40 years later, the company continues to add to its combine lineup…

Super-size tractor By: 12/06/2011 @ 2:10pm

Just when you think machinery can't pack a bigger punch, Case IH announces plans to build the highest horsepower mechanical front-drive tractor on the market. The mega-size machine, the Magnum 370 CVT…

A giant in the field By: 12/06/2011 @ 2:05pm

Change is all around these days. And for some, change is difficult. But when it comes in the form of machinery improvements to enhance productivity on the farm, change can quickly become a welcome…

Investing in used construction equipment By: 12/06/2011 @ 10:35am

Used equipment for sale. Those four words have been known to send chills of excitement down many a farmer's back. But with fewer and fewer farm auctions and a little extra cash in their pockets, farmers…

Fendt fervor By: 12/06/2011 @ 9:45am

What makes you choose one piece of equipment over another? If you're like most producers, that final decision comes down to how that machine will benefit your operation and what key features will play an…

Combatting cattle disease By: 11/01/2011 @ 2:40pm

There is an old adage that says an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to using vaccines to help control and prevent the spread of disease in animals, that saying rings true.Vaccinating…

Cattle fencing for winter By: 11/01/2011 @ 2:31pm

In the Cattle Talk discussion group, jeff has had trouble with his electric fence during the winter months. He looks to others for insight on how to ward off problems this season.Join the Cattle Talk…

Smart air cart By: 11/01/2011 @ 10:35am

If you own an air cart, you know that most models are designed to work with air drills up to 60 feet wide. But as farm sizes have increased and the window of opportunity to get ground seeded seems to be…

Respect your tires By: 11/01/2011 @ 9:29am

“I get no respect, I tell you. No respect.” This is a catchphrase made famous by the late comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, and one tires can relate to.Why? Because while farmers have gotten better about…

Compact chore chasers By: 09/30/2011 @ 3:13pm

When it comes to tackling chores, do you have a go-to tractor? A machine you trust to handle just about any job you put in front of it? With the latest chore chasers from Cub Cadet and Mahindra, your tractor…

Tractors for chores and more By: 09/30/2011 @ 1:29pm

Having equipment around the farm that works just as hard as you do is key to getting all the chores done. The latest tractor introductions from Massey Ferguson and Case IH are ready to do their part.Massey…

Lift it up By: 09/30/2011 @ 1:23pm

A skid steer loader's claim to fame is its ability to fit into tight spaces. And, of course, many models can reach incredible heights. Now, manufacturers are taking these skid steer features and others to…

Row cleaners By: 09/30/2011 @ 10:31am

Stronger, healthier corn hybrids and certain soybean varieties, as well as increasing corn populations are creating more residue that takes longer to naturally decompose. And depending on where you're…

Motivated to make hay By: 09/30/2011 @ 9:28am

Hesston has been a pioneer in the hay and forage industry time after time. In its 50-plus-year history, the company has introduced innovations like the first commercially available self-propelled windrower in…

Chain saw redefined By: 09/30/2011 @ 9:24am

Despite all the available safety features and protective gear, chain saw injuries still happen. These fast moving wood cutting machines, with their sharp chains, can cause harm to you in a split second.To…

Keep connected By: 09/30/2011 @ 8:54am

Smartphones are transforming the way the ag industry communicates and does business. But because farmers often work in areas where reception is marginal, these devices can become expensive paperweights in a…

Tractors: big and small By: 08/31/2011 @ 3:12pm

Big or small, today's tractors are packed with features to handle myriad chores. While some jobs require a bit more power under the hood, others are easily handled with a smaller machine.JCB 3230 XtraIf…

Precise tools By: 08/31/2011 @ 2:57pm

Over the past decade, the tools that precision ag technology manufacturers have introduced to farmers have transformed the way crops are put in and taken out of the ground.As the evolution continues, companies…

Ramped-up utility By: 08/31/2011 @ 2:50pm

When it comes to utility vehicles, there are plenty of choices. For many, the final purchasing decision comes down to choosing key features and getting the most value for your dollar. That's precisely why…

Grain-moving products By: 08/30/2011 @ 2:25pm

If you handle grain, you know it's important to get your harvested crop in and out of your storage facility safely. One of the best ways to do this is to purchase the most safe grain conveyors you can…

Autonomous planting system By: 08/10/2011 @ 2:28pm

Would you be willing to give up the driver’s seat in the tractor to automated technology? It’s a concept that has been floating around the ag industry for a few years now.
With the introduction of their…

Grain on the go By: 08/05/2011 @ 1:07pm

I once had a farmer tell me, “A grain cart is one of those things that once you have it, you will never want to farm without it.”Why? Because grain carts solve a problem -- they help get the crop out of…

Kinze Autonomy Project By: 08/03/2011 @ 10:16am

Thinking outside the box is a quality that Kinze Manufacturing prides themselves on. It’s also a quality that is helping the company look to the future as they gear up for growth.“Bringing firsts to the…

Animal ID By: 07/29/2011 @ 9:41am

Are you looking for a little help and direction to implement an animal identification system into your cattle operation?The creator of an online blog dedicated to addressing this issue hopes he can be a…

Strike back at stubble By: 07/28/2011 @ 3:20pm

Reducing damage from stalks and stubble on combine and tractor tires remains an issue for growers as they head to the fields. And while manufacturers have been working to develop compounds that will resist…

Semi pro By: 07/28/2011 @ 9:47am

Names that, not too long ago, were unfamiliar when it came to the machinery lineup on a farm.But as farmers continually look for the most efficient, low-cost ways to bring crop to market, more have turned to…

Grain carts By: 07/28/2011 @ 8:57am

 As farmers continue to look for ways to speed up harvest, many producers have turned to grain carts, especially when their ground is saturated.“When it gets wet like it did in years past, a gravity…

Feed fixers and mixers By: 07/27/2011 @ 11:03am

When it comes to feeding animals, there are no shortage of products to choose from. The key to selecting the right tool is sifting through the variety of options and narrowing the choices to a machine that…

In the stall By: 07/27/2011 @ 10:42am

Keeping cattle healthy and happy means you must provide an environment that is clean yet comfortable. But shoveling a pile of sand, straw, or wood shavings into stall after stall can be backbreaking and…

Trimble introduces new RTX technology By: 06/30/2011 @ 4:03pm

Trimble announced today its new high-accuracy Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) correction technology, Trimble® RTX technology. Trimble RTX (Real-Time Extended) combines real-time data…

Trimble introduces GNSS correction service By: 06/30/2011 @ 3:59pm

Trimble introduced today its new high-accuracy Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) compatible correction service. The Trimble® CenterPoint™ RTX™ correction service can offer 4 centimeter…

Crossed signals with GPS By: 06/27/2011 @ 8:28am

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission allowed a satellite company, LightSquared, to build a ground-based wireless network (for the 4G network) using its satellite frequencies. This new…

AGCO Corporation unveils Global Learning Center By: 05/19/2011 @ 3:43pm

Today’s agriculture equipment has evolved into highly technical machines and the need for a competent dealer is even more important than ever. As we head into the future, and the technology in…

Yamaha moves manufacturing to U.S. By: 05/19/2011 @ 2:38pm

There’s some exciting news coming out of Newnan, Georgia. The first production run of Yamaha’s new ATV models transferred to the U.S. from its Japanese facility will begin this month at the…

Machine management By: 05/05/2011 @ 9:21am

If you farm a lot of acres and manage many pieces of equipment, you know you can't be everywhere at once.Would you like your tractor to alert you when it needs an air filter? Could you use help with the…

Combine headers By: 05/04/2011 @ 10:48am

No matter what type of header you're looking for, you want one that handles a wide range of field conditions, maximizes field time, and improves productivity while capturing the greatest amount of crop…

Spread it around By: 05/04/2011 @ 9:40am

More than a century ago, manure spreaders were pulled by a horse or team of horses. Today, hydraulic and PTO-driven models dominate the market, and manufacturers are continuously adding models and features to…

The precision ag technician By: 04/06/2011 @ 11:04am

Precision ag technician: Troy McKown, Precision Ag SolutionsCustomer service is what makes or breaks this industry, and finding a competent service person who can keep up with the changing technology is a…

The precision ag software specialist By: 04/06/2011 @ 11:01am

Software specialist: Clint Chaffer, Farm WorksData management is probably the last untouched frontier of precision agriculture.Another piece of the precision ag puzzle is data management.“Through…

The precision ag agronomist By: 04/06/2011 @ 10:58am

Agronomist: Kari Salverson, Angel Crop ConsultingFor Masteller, it was important his agronomist, Kari Salverson of Angel Crop Consulting, be a part of the puzzle. As an independent consultant, she works…

The precision ag company rep By: 04/06/2011 @ 10:57am

Company Rep: Chad Pfitzer, TrimbleIt's not hard to get growers to buy into technology. What's hard is getting smaller growers to take the next step. While the theories may sound good, farmers…

The precision ag grower By: 04/06/2011 @ 10:53am

Grower: Will Masteller, Selby, South DakotaFor many small growers, not investing in precision ag technology comes down to one thing: cost. “I was afraid that because I was a small producer I…

The precision ag puzzle By: 04/06/2011 @ 10:49am

Like puzzle pieces spread out over a table, pulling together the components of precision ag technology can be a difficult task, especially if you believe it won't impact your bottom line. For…

Downsizing sprayers By: 04/05/2011 @ 9:44am

Over the past 10 years, sprayers have grown to super-size proportions to meet the needs of larger producers.“But large sprayers don't fit every farm or application,” says Ken Lehmann, Case IH…

Razor-sharp machine By: 03/17/2011 @ 9:06am

In 2011, the Razor RZR family of side-by-side vehicles will welcome a new member to the lineup. What started as the only trailable side-by-side has evolved into a machine that combines extreme levels of power…

Close it up By: 03/17/2011 @ 9:00am

Are you in need of a closing wheel that can adapt to varying field conditions? South Dakota farmer-inventor Danny Wipf was.“I was looking for a wheel that would work in all field conditions — like wheat…

Perfecting performance and comfort By: 03/16/2011 @ 2:35pm

MacDon Industries Ltd.'s M205 Windrowers and R85 Rotary Disc Header are loaded with performance enhancements, and they feature significant upgrades from their predecessors, the M200 and the R80.The M205…

Machinery as an investment By: 03/16/2011 @ 1:22pm

Like it or not, if you're going to farm, you need equipment. And you need reliable equipment that can get the job done. But that machinery — new or used — doesn't come cheap.That's why…

Choosing a skid steer loader By: 03/16/2011 @ 10:20am

Since its introduction more than five decades ago, the skid steer loader has evolved from a machine that mainly functioned to remove chicken manure to a multi-purpose workhorse that maneuvers around in the…

Crop tracer By: 03/16/2011 @ 9:40am

For a country as technologically advanced as the U.S., it's hard to understand how Salmonella and E. coli keep making headline news. Yet, it seems every few months there's a new food-borne threat to…

Robotic milking By: 03/16/2011 @ 9:01am

Milking parlors across the country are being transformed into labor-saving systems that utilize the latest technology. Companies like BouMatic and Lely have provided robotic milking innovations to reduce the…

John Deere unveils FarmSight By: 03/04/2011 @ 9:19am

To meet the needs of farmers not only today but as they look to the future, John Deere unveiled FarmSight, an array of services that will provide technology solutions in 3 areas. VIDEO …

Vertical tillage redefined By: 02/28/2011 @ 1:52pm

No matter what type of tillage practice you employ on the land, each disc that touches the dirt has to be sharp enough to cut through the previous season's crop residue.Ingersoll Tillage Group, which is…

Bearing the load By: 02/28/2011 @ 1:46pm

Tires that carry ag equipment have a heavy load to bear. Whether it's traveling across a field or down the road, these round wonders have to handle a variety of conditions. Their challenges may vary —…

A mower with attitude By: 02/28/2011 @ 1:34pm

Until the middle of the nineteenth century, hay was cut by hand with sickles and scythes. Over the years, these devices have evolved into a modern array of machines, which includes fully mechanical…

The trouble with stubble By: 02/23/2011 @ 10:47am

While many farmers come to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, to kick a few tires and check out the new equipment, they also have questions. As farmers begin thinking about…

New Potato Bake By: 02/18/2011 @ 10:26am

Mashed, baked, or roasted, potatoes have served as a complement to many meals. As the number one vegetable crop in the world, the nice thing about potatoes is that they're available year-round. Potatoes…

Shop fans By: 02/14/2011 @ 1:43pm

Because your farm shop oftentimes serves as your home away from home, you want it to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Keeping the air circulating provides benefits beyond comfort.“Using…

JCB's new generation By: 02/14/2011 @ 1:37pm

Known as one of the world’s largest heavy equipment manufacturer, JCB is adding to the lineup with its latest introduction of New Generation skid steers and compact track loaders.“North America…

Vaccine labels: Do your homework By: 02/14/2011 @ 1:16pm

Vaccines are essential tools for helping prevent and control infectious diseases in a herd. But with hundreds of vaccines and vaccine combinations available, selecting the right one may be daunting…

New products for calves By: 02/14/2011 @ 11:03am

Deluxe Calf Hutch Deluxe Calf Hutches (EXL and SL models) feature a patent pending three-in-one rear door, which swings out of the way, can remain open, provides easy access to feed with an ATV or…

Material movers By: 01/25/2011 @ 2:43pm

Got dirt? To move, that is? If you’re in the market for an earthmoving system that can do more than a box scraper, but you’re not quite ready for an industrial model, the ICON AG-10 scraper may be…

Smashing stalks By: 01/25/2011 @ 2:37pm

Tired of those sharp, stiff cornstalks chewing up your tractor tires and tracks? Tire companies like Bridgestone-Firestone, Goodyear-Titan, Michelin Ag, and others are testing new compounds and designs…

Spruced-up sprayers By: 01/25/2011 @ 2:32pm

With more and more farmers investing in their own sprayer rigs, manufacturers are stepping up the features in these machines to entice prospective customers.The AS720, AS1020, and AS1220 models from…

Spray that pays By: 01/25/2011 @ 2:27pm

If you’re ready to take the leap and purchase a self-propelled sprayer, there are a few things you should know. Once you assess what you need and why you need it, you’ll be better equipped to get…

3 new skid steer products By: 01/25/2011 @ 2:18pm

Products that make life around the farm less backbreaking are a welcome addition, and the three products highlighted here can help you get those chores done in no time and with less effort.Caterpillar…

Guard your crops By: 01/25/2011 @ 2:11pm

For more than 100 years, New Holland has been serving the needs of farmers and ranchers across North America. The company is continuing that long tradition with its latest introduction: the Guardian…

Bobcat UTVs enter a new era By: 01/25/2011 @ 11:01am

The third generation of Bobcat utility vehicles features four models, and its design is a direct result of the strategic alliance between Bobcat and Polaris.Every aspect of the new utility vehicles has…

Diesel direct By: 01/25/2011 @ 10:55am

Traveling a considerable distance from the home farm to work more ground has become a common practice. But having an operation spread over a larger geographical area means your equipment and supplies…

Right as rain By: 01/25/2011 @ 10:52am

Rain gauges have been a staple on farms for decades. While these devices are pretty low tech, they are fairly accurate in measuring rainfall. Although this method is much more accurate than catching…

Grizzly gets some grit By: 01/25/2011 @ 10:48am

The 2011 Grizzly 450 4×4 with electric power steering packs Yamaha’s top utility ATV features into a mid-level machine. The 450 has many of the same features as big brothers Grizzly 550 and…

All-in-one solutions By: 01/25/2011 @ 10:43am

If you’ve ever owned anything that bears the name Craftsman, you know your money was well spent on these solid, reliable tools.For more than 80 years, the Craftsman name has been providing farmers…

Air filter payback By: 01/25/2011 @ 9:30am

Are you looking for a way to save money and to go green? A new product called the Air Filter Blaster promises to help you do that and much more.“The Air Filter Blaster leverages patented technology in…

He said, he said By: 01/19/2011 @ 11:19am

As two men sit quietly in a county courtroom, each is convinced he’s proven his case. The two men, who also happen to be farmers, had verbally agreed to do business together. One brought an invention…

He said, he said By: 01/12/2011 @ 11:46am

As two men sit quietly in a county courtroom, each is convinced he’s proven his case. The two men, who also happen to be farmers, had verbally agreed to do business together. One brought an invention…

Control insects in the bin By: 01/12/2011 @ 11:24am

For decades, farmers have aerated their grain bins to maintain the quality of stored grain by keeping it cool while at the same time managing pesky insects.Few studies performed recently, however, have…

Walking in your shoes By: 01/12/2011 @ 11:18am

With a long line of choices, investing in a tractor takes careful thought and a bit of number crunching. While farmers typically have certain features they’re shopping for, there is one criteria all…

Supersizing for the future By: 01/12/2011 @ 10:50am

As growers face the pressure to produce higher yields, they’re also faced with the challenges of harvest such as more grain throughput, heavier plant material, tougher stalks and stems, and the need…

Techies of the future By: 01/11/2011 @ 1:58pm

With the birth of new technologies comes the need for technicians who not only install the hardware and software but also troubleshoot problems as they arise.Farmers are legitimately concerned that as…

An eye in the sky By: 01/11/2011 @ 1:55pm

What if you could have a bird’s-eye view without leaving the ground? And what if you could track where your irrigation is lacking, determine precise moisture levels in the ground, spot exact areas of…

Step right up By: 01/11/2011 @ 11:53am

Four steps and you’re in. That’s how easy it is to access the bed of your pickup with the Truckstairs.“I rely on my pickup to haul a lot of equipment, tools, and supplies. It wasn’t unusual for…

Beef Insider: New products By: 01/11/2011 @ 11:22am

Winkel Bale Hoop FeederWinkel Manufacturing’s Bale Hoop Feeder uses a unique bale suspension design, which restricts cattle from pulling hay out of the feeder and onto the ground, resulting in more…

Technology transformed By: 01/11/2011 @ 11:11am

Are you looking for an affordable system that allows you to monitor what’s ahead, view difficult-to-see machine parts, and watch guidance displays all at once? Then look no further because TeeJet…

Sprayers of the future By: 01/11/2011 @ 10:57am

As equipment manufacturers continue to push the envelope in research and development, AGCO Corporation hopes to be at the leading edge as it unveils a prototype of its concept vehicle, the electric…

Easy engine repair By: 01/07/2011 @ 1:10pm

When Kenny Peters, Greensburg, Indiana, was in the market for an engine stand, the choices were outside of his budget. To solve the problem, he put his talents as a metal fabricator to work and designed…

A sprayer for this century By: 12/15/2010 @ 9:19am

Market studies show that the fastest growing sprayer size is the 1,000-gallon sprayer. Since Hagie already makes two different 1,000-gallon sprayers, you’d think the market was covered. But Hagie’s…

LEXION: Ahead of its time By: 12/15/2010 @ 9:13am

Part of developing a brand is building loyalty to a product that consumers can count on. When companies develop or upgrade equipment, it’s no secret they oftentimes look to customers for insight.Claas…

AG CONNECT Expo: Innovations Theater By: 12/15/2010 @ 9:01am

Learning is a lifelong process. In an ever-evolving industry like agriculture, that statement rings especially true. Whether you’re interested in learning about how you can make precision agriculture…

Tip of the spear By: 12/14/2010 @ 1:43pm

What do farming and a victory in Afghanistan have to do with one another? “A whole lot,” says Captain Peter Shinn with the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agri-Business Development Team (ADT).ADT is a…

Make the connection By: 12/14/2010 @ 11:31am

Ideas to make life better on the farm typically come from necessity. And that holds true for Jay Potter. When Potter was frustrated with the shortcomings of the top links currently on the market, he…

Holiday Biscotti By: 11/09/2010 @ 11:53am

As you begin to pull out your favorite recipes for the festivities this season, you'll want to include Holiday Biscotti. These delicious treats make a tasty gift when packaged with a bag of premium coffee…

Fast Feed By: 11/08/2010 @ 2:41pm

Finding ways to improve on efficiencies around the cattle barn has always been a priority to beef producers, especially when it comes to feeding animals on pasture.When the mid-1980s found ranchers Calvin and…

Score with precision ag By: 10/25/2010 @ 1:29pm

Farming is a lot like baseball. A season lasts around nine months, and you can’t let a batting slump or a failed crop get you down. You take to the field and do your best every day. To better your odds for…

Halloween Cookies By: 10/14/2010 @ 1:08pm

Prep: 15 minutes, Chill: Overnight, Bake: 350°F., Decorate: 25 minutes 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flourPinch of salt3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature3/4 cup sugar1 egg1 teaspoon vanilla…

McCormick unveils all-around utility tractor By: 09/08/2010 @ 11:08am

McCormick (www.mccormickusa.com) has introduced a new line of utility tractors designed to meet the needs of material handling and general farming operations. The T-MAX Series features three models -- the T90…

The new Lexion By: 08/31/2010 @ 9:01am

New innovations The new Lexion 700 Series from Claas includes innovations found on no other machine, like the APS Hybrid System and the premier residue management options. …

Anaplasmosis By: 07/28/2010 @ 11:00pm

Combating diseases like anaplasmosis is a vital part of herd management because it can quickly cut into your profit margin."A clinical case of anaplasmosis is conservatively estimated to cost about $400 per…

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