Getting hitched? Avoid common trailer mistakes

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

One of the worst feelings can accompany looking in the rear-view mirror and seeing that the trailer, that seemed successfully secured, off and running on its own path. It is an all too common occurrence on the farm and that is why Purdue’s Coordinator of Pesticide Programs, Fred Whitford, talks about the dos and don’ts of trailer hauling to producers around the Midwest. In fact, in most audiences he is in front of, 20% to 50% of people admit their trailer has come off the ball at one point or another.

The reason for these mishaps comes down to a series of ratings that very few producers know about, although it should be one of the major factors when buying a new truck for the farm.

“What we are trying to get farmers to do is to actually look in their glove box to see what that particular truck can actually pull,” Whitford said.… Continue reading

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AGCO to retire SpraCoupe self-propelled sprayer in 2013

AGCO Application Equipment Line-Up Shifting to Meet Changing Industry Trends

Citing EPA compliance and diminishing volumes resulting in an ever-changing industry landscape, AGCO has announced it will discontinue production of its line of SpraCoupe® compact, self-propelled sprayers for the North American market in 2013.

Mark Sharitz, AGCO’s marketing director for application equipment, said production of all SpraCoupe 2013 models – including the 4460, 4660, 7460 and 7660 models – will continue through May, 2013. AGCO will continue to manufacture SpraCoupe parts, which will remain available to customers along with professional service support from their SpraCoupe dealers, he said.

For the past 50 years, the SpraCoupe brand has served farmers who want smaller professional-grade self-propelled application equipment for applying fertilizer and crop protection products on their own. However, the North American customer base for this segment has been shrinking, reflecting fewer, smaller farms and a growing number of larger farming operations, fueling demand for larger, more productive machines.… Continue reading

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Cover crop seeder turning heads in Williams County

By Matt Reese

Allen Dean’s wife Shelly has been talking about building a new house for years. But, unfortunately, the house will have to wait a bit longer.

The dream house project has been temporarily shelved due to a new cover crop seeder designed to facilitate the booming interest on the farm and in the area. Even though it had a dream house sized price tag, Allen decided he could not go another autumn without fulfilling another dream — a more viable way to seed cover crops on his William County farm.

“We had done a lot of work seeding with helicopters and airplanes, but we decided we could do a lot better job with a ground applicator. We had researched three different grant proposals and none of those worked out. So, in May we just decided to get this applicator built and we just went ahead and did it on our own,” Allen said.… Continue reading

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New Technology from John Deere to Protect Hay Quality of Round Bales

New John Deere B-Wrap™ is the alternative to indoor bale storage.

What’s the best way to protect the hay quality of large round bales? Until now, the answer has always been easy but not always practical — store bales indoors. For 2013, John Deere offers producers a better way with B-Wrap, the alternative to indoor storage.
“B-Wrap is rolled onto round bales just like regular net wrap,” says Laura Cobb, senior marketing representative for the John Deere Ottumwa Works. “But B-Wrap protects bales much better than net, significantly reducing storage losses and maintaining nutrient quality of hay.”
That’s because B-Wrap protects bales with a patented material that features Tama SCM Technology ™.  This material sheds rain and snow, and helps protect bales from ground moisture. Plus, Tama SCM Technology has microscopic pores that allow water vapor inside the bales to escape.
“All bales sweat after they are made,” notes Cobb. “B-Wrap allows that moisture to escape.… Continue reading

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John Deere introduces 2720 Disk Ripper for 2013 tillage season

New primary tillage tool comes in four widths with heavy-duty shanks and more options.

John Deere introduces the 2720 Disk Ripper, an all-new, heavy-duty primary tillage tool designed to handle a wide variety of tillage tasks. This new machine sizes and buries crop residue, penetrates and shatters compacted soils, and mixes and levels the soil surface with greater efficiency.
The unique features of the 2720 Disk Ripper include a new gang design with heavier C-springs, thicker gang tubes and the largest gang bolt in the industry. The 2720 Disk Ripper uses a combination disk-ripper-disk configuration to cut, size and bury residue, penetrate the soil, and level the field, all in one pass.
The front disk gang angle is fixed at 18 degrees for maximum residue cutting and soil leveling from the ripper and back disk. The 2720 also features the Laser Rip II points in a variety of sizes to shatter the hardpan to a depth of 8 to 15 inches.… Continue reading

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Skid steer adapter for Massey Ferguson tractors/loaders

Worksaver, Inc. now offers an adapter designed to allow the use of skid steer type attachments on tractors equipped with Massey Ferguson 232/236/832/838/932/1032 loaders with pin-on buckets retained with 1” pins.  This adapter can also be used with MF 238/246/848/938/1036/1038/1048 loaders that utilize 1¼” pins if bushings are used.

This adapter offers increased versatility, an all welded design, plated handles, springs and locking pins.  It is easy to switch attachments between skid steer loaders and tractor loaders.

For more information, contact Worksaver, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Litchfield, IL 62056-0100.  Phone: 217-324-5973, Fax: 217-234-3356.  Website:, E-mail:… Continue reading

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John Deere introduces Mobile Farm Manager Application

New mobile app helps producers access and manage information, maps, reports

To help give producers easier access to important farm and field information through their mobile device, John Deere introduces John Deere Mobile Farm Manager. The application, which can be downloaded free from the Apple™ Store, is compatible with iPad™ and iPhone™ mobile devices and connects to customers’ Apex farm management software.         Tyler Hogrefe, senior product marketing manager for John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, says Mobile Farm Manger has several functions that producers will find useful. These include field maps, historical reports, GPS tracking, field navigation and soil sampling grids.
“With Mobile Farm Manager on their mobile devices, producers now have remote access to the important agronomic information they need in order to make better management decisions,” Hogrefe says. “It makes it much easier to analyze field data such as application and fertility maps, soil sample grids and crop product data directly from the field.”… Continue reading

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Michelin wins prestigious AE50 engineering award

Honored for technological advancement in agriculture, the new MICHELIN® YieldBib™ radial tire is engineered to reduce soil compaction, improve traction and deflect stubble

For the second time in five years, Michelin North America Agricultural Tires has been recognized for making it easier for farmers to more successfully produce food, fiber and fuel by producing yet another advance in ag tire technology.

The St. Joseph, Mich.-based American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announced in late October that it would award its respected AE50 Award for technological advancements in agriculture to the new MICHELIN® YieldBib™ at Ag Connect Expo in Kansas City, Mo., in January 2013. In 2008 the ASABE honored Michelin with the award when the innovative solutions company introduced North America’s first Improved Flexion-class (IF) tire, the MICHELIN® Axiobib™ radial.

In 2012 the innovative solutions delivered by Michelin were ratcheted up when it introduced the MICHELIN® YieldBib™ radial for the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) market at the Farm Progress show.… Continue reading

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John Deere kicks off fall/winter “Power Up” Promotion

New online promotion gives customers chance to win choice of John Deere compact tractor.

As part of its Green Fever sales program going on now, John Deere launches a new Power Up Giveaway program that runs from now through February 28, 2013, in the United States.  The Power Up promotion is directed at farmers, ranchers, landscape contractors, and large property owners interested in John Deere compact tractors or utility tractors.

To participate in the Power Up promotion, customers can go to and complete the short survey located on the website. Once they complete the survey, they are registered to win either a John Deere 3E Compact Tractor or 5E Utility Tractor to be given away in the spring of 2013.
“The Power Up promotion ties in well with all the Green Fever equipment discounts and special financing offers that are also running during this time,” says Steve Geick, Tactical Marketing Manager at John Deere.… Continue reading

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Four Case IH products win AE50 awards

Four Case IH products have been selected to receive the prestigious 2013 AE50 awards. Sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), the AE50 awards annually recognizes the top 50 most innovative new agriculture products introduced this year. This year’s Case IH award recipients include the 2013 Axial-Flow® combine cab, the pivoting grain spout on the Axial-Flow combine, the Nutri-Placer 920 and the Precision Disk 500 air disk drill.

The award-winning products were announced on the ASABE website. They will be recognized at the ASABE Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference on Jan. 28, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo.

“Using the Case IH customer-driven product development process, our company develops products that help farmers Be Ready to tackle the challenges and opportunities of today’s evolving agriculture industry,” says Kyle Russell, Senior Director of Marketing for Case IH. “We’re honored that ASABE has recognized multiple Case IH products with this distinction for 2013.”… Continue reading

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Mahindra Red Ribbon Holiday Sales Event

Special Pricing Just In Time For the Holidays

Mahindra USA, the number one selling tractor in the world based on volume, offers the best deals of the season during its “Red Ribbon” Holiday Sales Event going on now through January 15, 2013.  Mahindra’s “Red Ribbon” Holiday Sales Event features the industry’s best programs and financing offers, customer rebates on popular package deals and our new “Mahindra Pride Military Appreciation” program to honor those who have served, or currently serve, in the US and Canadian armed forces, all backed by the best-in-class five-year warranty. Highlights of the program include:

  • 0% for up to 72 months financing on the revolutionary Mahindra Max series tractors
  • Exclusive “Mahindra Max 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee”

Industry’s best financing offers:

  • 0% up to 72 months financing available on all Mahindra tractors
  • $0 Down / $0 Payments / 0% Interest until Spring 2013 available on all Mahindra tractors
  • Mahindra “Power Package” implement program with up to $400 rebate available on popular tractor and implement package deals
  • Military Appreciation Program for US and Canadian armed forces that provides an additional $250 rebate to honor the men and women who serve their countries
  • Unmatched 5-year Warranty, standard on all Mahindra tractors

“Mahindra’s Red Ribbon Holiday Sales Event is the perfect time to become an owner of the number one selling tractor in the world,” said Cleo Franklin, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Planning, Mahindra USA.… Continue reading

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New Holland wins six AE50 Awards

New Holland Agriculture has been honored with six prestigious AE50 Awards by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The AE50 awards are presented for the fifty most innovative product ideas to enter the market in 2012. They honor new product ideas that are ranked highest in innovation, significant engineering advancement, and impact on the market served.

The New Holland award winners include the 840CD rigid draper head for New Holland combines, the Advanced Operator-Control System for New Holland H8000 Series Speedrower® self-propelled windrowers, New Holland BigBaler Series, the New Holland IntelliFill™ System for FR Series forage harvesters, New Holland ABS SuperSteer™ anti-lock braking system (available on New Holland T7 Series tractors), and the New Holland T9 Series tractor homologated option, approved for transport on roads in Europe.

“Through the years, New Holland has earned a well-deserved reputation for innovation,” says Abe Hughes, New Holland’s Vice President of North America.… Continue reading

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John Deere offers product discounts during winter Green Fever sales event

Customers get 0% financing and/or discounts on select utility tractors, hay tools and more.

As part of its annual Green Fever sales program that kicks off the company’s 2013 marketing year, John Deere announces major incentives on its entire line of compact tractors, utility tractors, and pull-type hay tools purchased from now through January 31, 2013. In addition, customers can take advantage of significant year-end savings on select John Deere turf products, including Select Series Lawn Tractors and Gator™ Utility Vehicles.
The John Deere equipment models and incentives included in the 2013 Green Fever sales program include:
• John Deere 1 Series, 2000 Series, 3020 Series and 4000 Series Compact Utility Tractors: 0% for 60 months financing AND $500 off if purchased with two John Deere or Frontier attachments.
• John Deere 3E Compact Utility Tractors: 0% for 60 months financing AND $1,000 off if purchased with two John Deere or Frontier attachments.… Continue reading

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John Deere introduces new HX6 and HX7 Rotary Cutters

New rotary cutters offer deeper cutting chamber and better shredding with proven design
To provide customers with more finely chopped vegetation and easier maintenance, John Deere introduces the HX6 and HX7 Rotary Cutters. These machines offer new features such as a deeper cutting chamber and double-deck design that improve overall performance. These two rotary cutters replace the JD609 and JD709 machines and deliver heavy-duty mowing performance whether it’s for after-harvest crop leveling or roadside grooming.
Roberto De La Garza, product specialist for John Deere, says the new models offer more aggressive cutting and deliver better shredding action. “These new rotary cutters leave a cleaner swath and have a deeper cutting chamber than any competitor,” De La Garza says.
The HX6 and HX7 offer the industry exclusive double-deck design. De La Garza says, “This new design prevents water and debris from collecting on top of the unit because the upper deck is domed.… Continue reading

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New ETG grapple for John Deere loaders

Worksaver, Inc. announces the expansion of is ETG grapple line with the addition of two models which integrate John Deere 300/400/500 mounting to the unit.  Models ETG-5-JD and ETG-6-JD mount to John Deere loaders with the 300/400/500 series quick attach systems.  Featuring a unique upper grapple design, these ETG John Deere grapples are ideal for large acreage owners for piling and loading brush and other hard to handle materials.  Also features a 3,000 psi cylinder, hoses and couplers.

For more information, contact Worksaver, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Litchfield, IL 62056-0100.  Phone: 217-324-5973.  Fax: 217-234-3356.  Website:  E-mail:… Continue reading

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Generators, water pumps and safety items in stock at J D Equipment & J.D. Power System

JD Equipment (with 8 stores in central Ohio) and J.D. Power Systems (Grove City) have generators ranging from portables to home standbys to larger units in stock and available for purchase at their stores.

Due to the forecasts for the high winds, flooding and potential power outages from Hurricane Sandy many other local retailers have announced that they have run out of stock of generators and power equipment, so check with a J D Equipment or J.D. Power Systems store for your emergency equipment needs.

J D Equipment and J.D. Power Systems stock generators, water pumps, chain saws and other related safety and emergency preparedness equipment. All stores have trained technicians who can perform service and maintenance work on all related equipment, as well as installations and maintenance on all sizes and brands of generators. The 9 stores stock many models of generators including Generac and Honda, with additional brands available at J.D.… Continue reading

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John Deere Sponsors Great American Wheat Harvest Film

John Deere recently announced that they will be a Legacy Sponsor for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film being produced by Maryland-based filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC. In an effort to help better connect consumers to those who produce their food, the film encapsulates the stories of North America’s wheat growers and custom harvesters.

John Deere celebrates its 175th anniversary as a long-time leader in agricultural equipment and technology. Barry Nelson, manager of media relations for John Deere Ag and Turf Division, says John Deere applauds the contributions hard-working U.S. and Canadian custom harvesters and farmers make every day to help produce the world’s food supply.

“We want to thank and honor those farmers whose mission it is to provide healthy and nutritious food to a growing world population,” says Nelson. “We recognize the value of supporting a documentary film like the Great American Wheat Harvest to further open the dialogue between producer and consumer and to demonstrate how we bring food from the field to the market.”… Continue reading

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John Deere Field Connect helps producers monitor soil moisture

System senses soil moisture levels and records, sends data to web application

With water management becoming an increasingly important factor in crop production, John Deere introduces John Deere Field Connect to provide site specific water management data to facilitate the decision making process surrounding irrigation practices.  With site specific information, producers are able to more efficiently utilize irrigation inputs resulting in fuel savings and additional yield potential.  The Field Connect system continuously logs soil moisture data from probes installed in customer fields and transmits the data to a website that customers can access remotely.

Nicholas Shafer, product manager for the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, says John Deere Field Connect is a fully integrated system that includes three different probe options, solar panel, as well as both a satellite and cellular data connection. Field specific soil moisture data is transmitted to a secure website for viewing, and customers can program the system to receive alerts based on set parameters.… Continue reading

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CASE IH skid steer benefits Ohio and Buckeye Valley FFA

A tricked-out skid steer is to thank for a donation of $77,000 split between three FFA organizations.

The National FFA Foundation, Ohio FFA Foundation and the Buckeye Valley FFA chapter were the recipients of a donation from Case IH after Evolution Ag placed a winning bid of $77,000 for “Red Power,” a one-of-a-kind skid steer.

The National FFA Foundation received 89 percent, Ohio State FFA Foundation received 10 percent and one percent will be given to the Buckeye Valley FFA chapter, which was selected by Evolution AG.

Kyle Russell, Senior Director of Marketing for CASE IH North American was on hand to make the presentation of $68,530 to the National FFA Foundation, $7,700 to the Ohio FFA Foundation and $770 to the Buckeye Valley FFA Chapter.

Doug Loudenslager is one of the owners of Evolution AG LLC (the official merger of the companies that comprise Evolution Ag takes place Jan.

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JD Equipment Tillage Field Day rescheduled

JD Equipment has rescheduled its Tillage Field Day for Wednesday, November 7 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will take place at 1571 Bloomingburg New Holland Road, in Bloomingburg, OH close to Miami Trace High School.

One of the popular items JD Equipment employees will be demonstrating is the new John Deere 2623 VT (vertical tillage). They will also have Landoll, McFarlane and Unverfeth equipment there being demonstrated. All of the equipment will be running with auto steer, and many will be running RTK. The event will take place in a 250 acre field that is full of good soil, corn stalks and bean stubble.

Attendees are invited to join all day, or come and go as they please. Refreshments and boxed lunches will be served.

The event is open to everyone, but please RSVP to the Washington Court House store at 740-335-2071. For questions or more information, also call 740-335-2071.… Continue reading

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