A stroll around the big show

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    The National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, is a massive show filled with bright lights, shiny new paint and the hustle and bustle of thousands of farmers. Take a lap around the trade show floor here and see if you an answer each "What is it?" correctly!

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    What is it?

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    The growing popularity of starter fertilizer and high prices put a premium on consistent application. Sprayer Specialties, Inc., of Olathe, Kansas, has a pressure monitoring system and digital readout for the cab to monitor pressure levels and ensure you're not missing a row or 2 because of a clogged hose, says Sprayer Specialties operations director Matt Day.

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    That's part of the 'RazorBar' head on AGCO's new WR Series SP Windrower. The new machine has a Tier 4 engine and boasts greater efficiency through a new engine cooling system and has an integrated full-color ISOBUS monitor in the cab.

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    What is it?

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    It's a pair of Elkton, Kentucky-based Martin-Till's Side Treader Wheels. The aluminum wheels, company officials say, help prevent row cleaners from trenching in soft soils and help provide traction to keep the row cleaners turning. Martin-Till offers mounts for Deere, Case IH, Kinze and White planters.

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    What is it?

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    Meet the Hammer, Danuser's one-person post driver. Danuser's Cody Roewe says the skid steer-mounted unit is good for a lot of applications, from large fencing on a ranch to median dividers on the highway. The tool's grapple lets a single operator pick up a fence post and drive it into the ground without leaving the skid steer seat.

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    Precision Planting's rolling out its new FieldView software this spring. The system uses an Apple iPad tablet computer to show display data gleaned by the company's 20/20 SeedSense monitor. If you've got a 3G data plan, the iPad will update on-the-go. If not, once you're connected to the web, it will display on the map, says Precision Planting dealer from southwest Minnesota Jerry Houselog.

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    Grain storage is an increasingly hot commodity around the country, and Chris Finck at Show-Me Shortline says his grain bagging systems represent one way to cut down on storage costs and better manage grain transportation logistics. "We want people to look at logistics," Finck says. "The real risk is not getting your grain out of the field." The baggers operate off of engine PTO with as few as 60 horsepower.

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    New Holland's new LM compact telehandlers may be small, but company officials say they are a must for farmers who have a lot of material to move. The telehandlers have a smaller footprint and a 20-foot reach and come in 85- and 101-horsepower models with lift capacities of 5,150 and 6,175 pounds, respectively.

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    TYM is a relatively new name in the U.S. utility tractor market. The South Korean company that initially entered the U.S. market in 1999 by manufacturing tractors for Mahindra makes 23- to 100-horsepower machines; leaders of the company, which has headquarters in Redmond, Oregon, and Wilson, North Carolina, touts it as the fastest-growing tractor company in the nation.

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    A popular spot on the trade show floor at this year's National Farm Machinery Show was DeKalb's chopper. The motorcycle, built by Paul Teutel Jr., of the popular TV show 'American Chopper,' designed the motorcycle, which will eventually find a home with a DeKalb customer.

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    What is it?

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    That's one of the feet of Caterpillar's new 430F backhoe loader. The 430F is the largest of 3 new loaders released by Cat last month that feature a Tier 4 Interim emission control engine. Company officials say the new line also features a redesign that makes some commonly accessed parts, like the battery compartment, more accessible.

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    Nevin (left) and Rod Stover of Sycamore, Ohio, were easy to spot on the National Farm Machinery Show trade show floor in their John Deere green cowboy hats at the show. The farmers are avid Deere fans and run all green equipment and, naturally, were found not far from Deere's massive space at the show.

Take a walk around the trade show floor at the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

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