John Deere rolls out new R4045 Sprayer for large farms, service providers

New model is largest, most productive in Deere’s 4 Series self-propelled sprayer lineup

 With the introduction of the R4045 Sprayer, John Deere is adding a higher horsepower, large capacity self-propelled sprayer to the lineup of 4 Series sprayers introduced in 2013. The R4045, which replaces the company’s 4940 Sprayer, offers the high application rates, productive spray speeds, and all the technology and comfort that ag service providers and large producers need to cover large fields quickly and efficiently.

Dave Mulder, product line manager for John Deere application equipment, says the new sprayer offers the performance, productivity and versatility that farmers and ag service providers need in a rugged, fully-integrated, three-season machine. “The R4045 Sprayer was designed with the durability to handle challenging field conditions and accurately apply liquid product and dry nutrients as quickly as possible while providing the uptime, comfort and control operators demand. It’s all engineered and built into this machine.”… Continue reading

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John Deere announces allied agreement with Dawn Equipment Company

Exclusive collaboration facilitates distribution and sale of Dawn products through the John Deere dealer channel.

John Deere announced today an alliance with Dawn Equipment Company, Inc. a manufacturer specializing in ground engaging tools and active control systems for planters. The alliance allows John Deere to sell and support Dawn hydraulic-controlled down-force systems, row cleaners, and closing wheels for planters.

“With this agreement, we will be able to collaborate with Dawn to distribute customizable, hydraulic-control down-force systems and attachments to enhance overall planter performance,” says Aaron Wetzel, vice president of the global crop care platform. “Utilizing Dawn technology, producers will be able to have an automated, closed-loop control for planter hydraulic down-force, displayed on an HD map from an iPad™ in the tractor cab.”

Customers will also be able to purchase Dawn’s complete line of M Series closing wheels and other products through the John Deere dealer channel.

“We’re very excited about this alliance with John Deere,” says Joseph Bassett, president, Dawn Equipment Company.… Continue reading

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Poly Pickup Bands – a sensible replacement

May Wes Manufacturing is now providing injection molded Pickup Bands that are direct replacements for metal OEM.   Available for these popular brands: John Deere, Case IH, New Holland, New Idea, Challenger and Hesston.

The Poly Pickup Bands are ½” thick and have an additional ¼” thick reinforced support ring on the inside to strengthen and maintain its shape.

Our Poly Pickup Bands comes complete with hardware for easy installation.  These are interchangeable with OEM so you can run with a mix of poly and original metal pickup bands.

Why poly instead of OEM metal?

The poly material has advantages compared to metal.  Benefits include:

  • Impact Resistant – will not bend or break
  • Longer wear life
  • The non-stick finish feeds material through easier in wet or dry conditions

Learn more about May Wes’s full lineup of Poly Pickup Bands by visiting the web at: .

About May Wes Manufacturing

Since 1972, May Wes Manufacturing has been working with poly-based products and assures all products have been FIELD-TESTED and FARMER-APPROVED before they’re sold. … Continue reading

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Vermeer receives consecutive NAEDA Dealer’s Choice Award

Recently, the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) released its annual Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey and Dealer’s Choice Awards. For the second consecutive year, Vermeer Corporation was awarded “Dealer’s Choice” in the Ag/Shortline Manufacturer category.

“Earning this recognition in back-to-back years is a great honor that reflects the dedicated work of everyone in our organization,” said Jason Andringa, President of Forage and Environmental Solutions for Vermeer. “A well supported distribution network is integral to our success as they are the key to reaching our customers, which makes receiving the Dealer’s Choice Award even more significant.”

The survey, which was conducted in January, asked dealers to rate up to five manufacturer lines that they carry in 12 key categories, including Overall Satisfaction, Product Quality, Product Availability and Product Technical Support. Vermeer was honored to receive such high ratings from dealers among these categories.

According to Joe Michaels, Managing Director of Forage Solutions for Vermeer, the NAEDA Dealer’s Choice survey validates successful business practices and sheds light on potential areas of improvement.… Continue reading

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AGCO Announces Ohio Ag Equipment as a Top Dealer in 2013

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, recently recognized their top performing dealers in 2013. They named Ohio Ag Equipment sixth in overall sales for AGCO in North America.

This announcement was made in January at AGCO’s annual dealer business meeting held in Denver, Colorado, where AGCO’s North American dealers gathered to learn about new products, training, and plans for the upcoming year.

According to Ohio Ag Equipment Vice President, Kelly Love, the company’s ag division has grown substantially in the past decade. “Being one of AGCO’s top performing dealerships in North America will continue to be our goal going forward,” says Love.

Ohio Ag Equipment, a division of Ohio CAT, is an authorized AGCO dealer for the state of Ohio. Ohio Ag Equipment offers high quality machinery, parts and services to the agricultural community from our 4 ag-dedicated facilities in Upper Sandusky, Washington Court House, Liberty Center and Millersburg, Ohio.… Continue reading

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Kubota Tractor Corporation named ‘Dealer’s Choice’ for Second Consecutive Year

Equipment Dealers Across the U.S. Once Again Give Kubota High Marks in Dealer-Manufacturer Relations

Kubota Tractor Corporation has received the number one rating and “Dealer’s Choice Award” among Tractor Manufacturers, according to the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) 2014 Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey.

“This award is positive reinforcement that we are delivering on the Kubota promise to provide a rewarding experience, not only for our customers, but also for our 1,100 dealerships across America,” said Greg Embury, sr. vice president of marketing and dealer development for Kubota Tractor Corporation. “We know that we’re only as successful as our dealers, so we make it a top priority to support our dealers in running a successful business.”

Nearly 1,400 equipment dealers participated in this year’s survey, rating the tractor lines they carry in 12 categories. Kubota ranked number one among tractor manufacturers in overall satisfaction, product availability, product quality, parts availability, parts quality, return privileges, communications with management, warranty procedures, warranty payments, marketing and advertising support, and manufacturer response to dealer needs or concerns.… Continue reading

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James Byers wins $1,250 gift card from John Deere

James Byers of Vincent, Ohio, distinctly remembers the first time he won a drawing.

“My name came up in the lottery, and I was drafted into the military,” he said.

Although it took a while, his name recently was called again as the final monthly winner of the John Deere Big Gear Giveaway. Byers, who is retired, recalls entering the contest on a cold, snowy day last winter.

“I was bored, so I went on line and entered the John Deere Big Gear Giveaway contest,” he said. “I never expected to win.”

His local John Deere dealership, Bridgeport Equipment & Tools Sales & Rentals, called with the good news. With two acres to mow, Byers decided it was time to splurge and purchase the lawn tractor he had always wanted.

“I used my prize as a down payment on a new John Deere D160,” he said. “Because of the prize money, it was like getting the tractor for half price.”… Continue reading

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Yetter double disc opener available with dry fertilizer tube

The 2962 Double Disc Opener for Dry Fertilizer is a great option for producers wanting to precisely place dry fertilizer while planting. Like the liquid model from Yetter Farm Equipment, the dry model features a doubledisc design and mounts directly to the faceplate of the planter row-unit. The opener blade adjacent to the row runs straight and parallel to the row, so the V-shaped seed opening is not degraded and the soil between your fertilizer and the seed is not disturbed.

The fertilizer tube is 1ó” in diameter and the mounting location allows for placement 2ó” off the row and at depth desired for application. Fertilizer placement is adjustable for both depth and distance from the row, making it easy to hit the root zone and supply adequate nutrients for healthy plants and better stands. “You can place high-volume fertilizer with ease during planting to benefit your plants throughout the growing season,” said Don Bunnell, Yetter service representative.… Continue reading

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New front-mounted Tractor Toolbox offered by John Deere

Convenient utility box, located on the front of the tractor, stores larger tools, tow chains, parts and other supplies.


Finding room in a tractor cab for tools, parts, and other items needed while in the field, has always been an issue with operators.  Small toolboxes have been supplied and located on different areas of the tractor, but the storage space has been limited.  Now, John Deere has found a convenient solution with a new Tractor Utility Box.

“We’ve increased the storage capacity of this new Tractor Utility Box,” says Phil Lauer, marketing manager, John Deere. “And, it is designed with a special front weight mount kit to be attached easily on the front weight support of the tractor. This will mount to as few as 4 weights up to a full rack.”


The new Tractor Utility Box is the first to use a patent-pending weight mount system that bolts on in minutes.… Continue reading

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Changing hybrids on the fly

When it comes to trying out new technology, Beck’s Hybrids gives their testing platform three years until deciding whether the new innovations are worth keeping around. The company’s Practical Farm Research Director, Jason Webster, has been trying out a multi-hybrid planting technique for the past three years and believes the idea is here to stay.

“I look at changing hybrids on the fly as a result of having soil variability on our farms,” Webster said. “If all of our farms were flat, black and beautiful, I wouldn’t need this technology. Reality is that planters all of the sudden start going up hills and into valleys and places on the field where putting in a more defensive hybrid is simply more conducive to success.”… Continue reading

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May Wes expands Slide-N-Drive™ Poly 5th Wheel Cover product line

No grease. No worries.

For more than two decades May Wes has manufactured the Slide-N-Drive™ Poly Fifth Wheel Covers for the ag and transportation industries. Recently two new poly covers were brought to market, making a total of 20 different product offerings supporting these fifth wheel makes/models:

Holland; FW35, FW8, FW17, FW3500 & FW2500, FWS1, FW6000
Fontaine; 7000, 6000, 5092, 3000
Jost; JSK37H, JSK37U & JSK37F
Simplex; Simplex SE, Simplex Lite, Simplex II
Reese; 18K, 20K & 25K
Robin Industries; 15K

Why Slide-N-Drive™?
Made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) material, Slide-N-Drive™ Poly Covers eliminate the need for greasing the fifth wheel plate surface. The poly material’s non-stick surface keeps debris from adhering and enables better trailer handling and maneuvering. The ¼” thick UHMW’s superior strength will extend the life of the 5th wheel plate and over-the-road drivers report getting 400,000 plus miles per poly cover.

The Slide-N-Drive™ kits come with everything needed for a basic installation.… Continue reading

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New Fertilizer Coulter option available from Yetter for 2014

The new 2995 Xtreme Fertilizer Coulter from Yetter Farm Equipment takes fertilizer application to the next level by offering a new design capable of spring pressure up to 2,000 pounds, providing the power needed to cut through even the toughest residue conditions. The increased down pressure offered by the 2995 XFC is 30 to 50 percent more than other models available.

The XFC design also allows up to six inches of vertical travel with a range of vertical shank adjustments, and is available with a 20-inch blade that can be smooth, ripple, or notched in style; choose the option that works for your tillage choices and soil conditions.

“The blade size and vertical depth settings make the XFC coulter a great choice for deep root banding of fertilizer,” said Yetter Product Specialist Tyler Thomas. “As our customers continue to look at split application fertilizer placement, this coulter is ideal.”

The coulter is available with either injection or rear knife options for precision fertilizer placement and has a 1¾-inch diameter mount shank.
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Michelin North America to introduce new AgriBib® tractor tire

Taller-Sized Tire Designed for Larger Tractors to Handle Bigger Loads

Responding to meet changing market needs, Michelin North America is introducing an extension of its popular AgriBib tire lineup later this year.

The new MICHELIN® AgriBib® 480 95 R50 model is a taller-sized, rear fitment tire designed primarily for larger, front-wheel assist tractors to handle bigger loads. It also can be used in a row-crop application on large, four-wheel drive machines.

James Crouch, farm segment marketing manager for Michelin North America, said the MICHELIN AgriBib 480 95 R50 model features improved ride quality compared to competitive products, long lasting tread, better traction and impressive clean-out.


Michelin will partner with John Deere and Case New Holland on the launch into the North American market, which is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2014. The new model will initially be available on new equipment purchases, and shortly thereafter as a replacement tire.… Continue reading

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John Deere reveals new 4 Family Compact Utility Tractors for farm or ranch

New 4M and 4R models offer unmatched comfort, versatility, and performance

John Deere introduces the 4M and 4R Series compact utility tractors for farmers, ranchers and rural property owners who are looking for the most versatile, feature-rich chore tractor available. Six stylish models (4044M, 4052M, 4066M, 4044R, 4052R, 4066R) make up the family and provide operators the uptime, performance, comfort and convenience needed to complete a wide variety of tasks, including loading, mowing, raking and digging.

“With compact utility tractors, it’s all about finding the right machine to match customer needs,” said Scott Schadler, John Deere product marketing manager. “Customers told us they wanted to spend less time installing and removing implements, wanted the ability to carry and store more tools, desired a more comfortable ride, and requested the ability to work in low-light conditions. These new 4 Family models deliver.”

The 4M and 4R models feature Final Tier 4 engines ranging from 43 to 66 hp to power through tough tasks.… Continue reading

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At John Deere Drive Green Challenge events, it’s all about new Equipment

More 2014 events give more guests the chance to check out tractors and implements and win equipment.

With hundreds of Drive Green Challenge events planned for this year, consumers looking for John Deere utility tractors, attachments and implements, plus Gators and lawn and garden tools will have more opportunity to see and test drive the latest equipment. They’ll also receive a special discount on John Deere equipment and a chance to win a John Deere 3E Series Compact Utility Tractor with loader and mower package, plus monthly cash vouchers valid at John Deere dealerships across the country.

John Deere dealers across the country are hosting Drive Green Challenge events from March through October. These popular events are designed to give property owners, farmers and ranchers, commercial lawn and landscape operators and interested consumers a chance to test drive John Deere utility tractors, including John Deere 1 Family Sub-compacts, 3E Series and 5D/5E Series Tractors.… Continue reading

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John Deere introduces SeedStar™ Mobile for improving planter performance

Features include real-time monitoring, documentation, and high-definition mapping with an iPad®

 In conjunction with the launch of the ExactEmerge™ planters and MaxEmerge™ 5 row units, John Deere introduces SeedStar Mobile to help producers better visualize, document, and access their planting data in real time.  The new John Deere SeedStar Mobile solution uses an iPad to provide critical planting information producers need to better monitor and document their planter performance in the field.

According to Mike Brandert, senior product manager at John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, SeedStar Mobile provides real-time, row-by-row performance data on an iPad inside the tractor cab, in the office, or on the go. “With SeedStar Mobile, producers can instantly monitor planter performance and know with confidence that the planter is running at the highest level of precision and accuracy.”

Depending on the configuration of the planter, the system collects and monitors population, singulation, seed spacing, downforce, variety, and ground speed, on a row-by-row basis.  … Continue reading

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Ag Leader’s AgFiniti Cloud-based platform now available

Ag Leader’s new Cloud-based Platform, AgFiniti®, puts information at the growers’ fingertips by providing tools to manage, access and share their valuable field data for use in making profit-driven management decisions on the farm.

Ag Leader® Integra or Versa™ display users simply need to purchase an Ag Leader USB Wi-Fi Adapter and a license to access a wireless internet network in the cab through any hotspot of their choice including: smartphone, tablet, MiFi device or office Wi-Fi network.

“AgFiniti is an affordable and reliable solution for wireless connectivity in the field because it allows users the flexibility to choose the best wireless
service carrier in their local area and hotspot device,” states Luke James, Software Sales Manager.

“What also makes AgFiniti different from other solutions on the market is our stance on data privacy. We know growers value their privacy and that’s why with AgFiniti the data is 100% theirs,” James adds.… Continue reading

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Yetter 6200 Interchanger cuts time needed to adapt to changing conditions

New tool makes switching planter wheels less labor intensive and much quicker

The pressure is always on to plant effectively and efficiently. Because Yetter Farm Equipment knows the importance of hitting what are often narrow planting windows, the company is offering a new time-saving tool. The 6200 Interchanger is a replacement piece for each closing wheel nut on the tail wheel assembly.

Its unique design secures wheels in place yet requires only an electric impact wrench or ratchet to loosen wheels when it’s time to make a change due to field conditions.

“Our block-threaded holder replaces the existing nut so you don’t need a second wrench when taking wheels on and off,” explained Product Specialist Don Bunnell of Yetter. “With a traditional assembly, it’s not zip, zipand done. Changing a wheel is a pretty time-consuming task. The Interchanger gives you the flexibility to quickly adapt to changes in spring planting conditions.”… Continue reading

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Case IH Introduces True-Tandem 335 VT for Rugged Durability in the Toughest Conditions

Case IH is rolling out a new True-Tandem™ vertical tillage tool for use beginning in the spring of 2015. “Case IH introduced the industry-leading True-Tandem 330 Turbo eight years ago. The new True-Tandem 335 VT builds on this heritage with added features designed to allow the user to take more control of their operation, as well as reduce maintenance for more uptime,” says Tim Nix, Case IH Tillage Marketing Manager.

“The True-Tandem 330 Turbo is an innovative workhorse, proven over many years and millions of acres,” Nix adds. “We just made the best even better for growers working in heavy residue, uneven fields and rocky conditions.”

Like the 330, the new 335 VT is a fast, efficient machine that lets you cover a lot of acres in a short time in spring or fall, and sets producers up for maximum yield potential in their next crop by providing the same excellent agronomic advantages in their field.… Continue reading

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John Deere revolutionizes seed delivery with new row units for 2015

Innovations include a new high-speed, high-performance ExactEmerge™ planter, and a new generation of the MaxEmerge™ 5 row units.

 John Deere is breaking the planting speed and accuracy barriers of traditional row-crop planting with the introduction of a revolutionary new seed delivery system. With the launch of the ExactEmerge row unit for the most accurate planting at speeds up to 10 mph and the new industry-leading MaxEmerge 5 row units for planting at traditional speeds, customers can now plant with greater speed, accuracy and ease than ever before.

The John Deere ExactEmerge row unit incorporates new technology that gives corn and soybean producers the ability to plant at speeds up to 10 mph while maintaining superior seed placement. The exclusive seed delivery system cradles the seed from the meter down to the seed trench maintaining optimal seed spacing in varying field conditions. The new system ensures superior seed placement at faster planting speeds and offers a 10 percent improvement in seed spacing at traditional speeds.… Continue reading

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