Cummins QSB4.5 powers up to 173 hp for Tier 4 Final

VGT Turbo Enhances 4-Cylinder Performance, Showcased At World Of Concrete

Cummins Inc.  announced today that the next-generation QSB4.5 engine will meet Tier 4 Final near- zero emissions standards with top-rated power increased to 173 hp (129 kW) and a higher peak torque of 520 lb-ft (705 Nm). The 4-cylinder, 4.5-liter engine is performance enhanced with a Cummins VGT(TM) Variable Geometry Turbocharger, enabling the higher ratings of the QSB4.5 to reach performance levels previously associated with a larger 6-cylinder engine.

For the QSB4.5 lower ratings down to 121 hp (90 kW), the VGT technology improves transient response on a fuel efficient basis. For equipment operation, this means a stronger, faster response to increasing load demands compared to Tier 4 Interim.

The QSB4.5 will be a key focus of attention in the Cummins booth at World of Concrete, which is taking place February 5-8, 2013 in Las Vegas. The QSB4.5 will be shown ready for the EPA Tier 4 Final emission regulations taking effect Jan.… Continue reading

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GSI introduces GSI 40-Series grain bins with Z-Tek Roof System

Stronger bins meet growing demand for faster, more efficient grain handling

Grain Systems Inc. (GSI®), a global brand of AGCO (NYSE: AGCO), introduces the GSI 40-Series™ bins, the next generation in grain storage and handling. Featuring the new Z-Tek Roof System™, the new 40-Series bins’ roof can accommodate large grain-handling equipment while reducing the need for additional structural towers to support the weight. The additional strength will allow customers to move more grain faster than ever, cutting the time required for unloading trucks and filling the bin. Customers in northern climates will also appreciate the increased snow load capacities.

The 40-Series is designed for large farms and commercial grain-handling operations and offers capacities from 7,000 to 1.2 million bushels.

GSI unveiled the newly designed 40-Series bins to their dealers last week. The innovative line of bins and accessories, available to customers this spring, addresses needs identified by GSI customers, dealers and builders, said Scott Becker, 40-Series product manager.… Continue reading

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Mahindra launches Mahindra University

Online Dealer Education Program Available 24/7

Mahindra USA, the number one selling tractor brand in the world based on volume, kicked off the New Year with the launch of an exclusive dealer training and development program, Mahindra University.  This is a proprietary, year-round, 24/7, online training and certification program created for Mahindra dealers. Mahindra University offers more than 600 courses on all aspects of dealer business operations, from computer skills and human resources classes to sales and service training. Mahindra University classes are available to all Mahindra dealership employees anytime and anywhere.

“We are pleased to introduce this industry-leading dealer development program. Mahindra University is another example of our dealer-first commitment and our on-going investment in Mahindra’s growing dealer network,” said Cleo Franklin, Vice-President, Marketing and Strategic Planning. “Mahindra University is offered online to provide access on-demand from any location, making it easy for our dealers to implement.”

Mahindra dealer employee groups have a variety of courses at their fingertips in short, fun learning segments.… Continue reading

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New Ag Leader GPS System Offers Farmers Accuracy, Range, Simplicity

Farmers requiring sub-inch accuracy for tiling and other precision farming operations have a new GPS option from Ag Leader Technology, Inc.: the GPS 2500B RTK Base Station.

Bill Cran, Ag Leader GPS Product Specialist, said, “The GPS 2500B is a dual-frequency 900 MHz RTK Base Station for use with the field-proven GPS 2500 smart antenna.”

Intended for highly accurate tile installation and pass-to-pass repeatability in field operations, the system can access multiple GNSS signals, including GLONASS. “The GPS 2500B is ideal for use with the Ag Leader Intellislope™ Tile Plow Control system. Growers with the Ag Leader OnTrac2+™ Assisted Steering system can also benefit from the increased accuracy, “ Cran explained.

Setup of the GPS 2500B base station is quick and easy: the operator simply mounts the unit on the included tripod and connects to a 12-volt power source. The unit can also be permanently mounted for long-term repeatability.

The base station also features improved GNSS performance, a full graphic display with menu selection keys and standard USB flash drive data transfer.… Continue reading

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New Case IH Patriot 2240 Class 2 Sprayer

New Case IH Patriot 2240 Class 2 Sprayer Delivers Total Application Control in a Smaller Package

Sometimes bigger isn’t always better – particularly when it comes to getting equipment into the field. That’s why the new Case IH Patriot® 2240 – a Class 2, self-propelled sprayer – is such an important addition to the Patriot sprayer line.

“The Patriot 2240 sprayer is smaller, lighter and offers a narrower track spacing than its larger family members and boasts more ground clearance than any competitive sprayer in its class. These attributes make it better suited for the owner-operator with specialty crops or smaller fields,” says Mark Burns, Case IH Application Equipment Marketing Manager.

Case IH used the customer-driven design process to determine producer needs and married that information with current agriculture trends to develop the Patriot 2240.  The Patriot 2240 sprayer shares the same DNA as its larger siblings, the Patriot 3230, 3330 and 4430 self-propelled sprayers.… Continue reading

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Tariffs target U.S. agricultural equipment

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

One of the largest importers of U.S. agricultural equipment, Ukraine, is planning to raise rates on 371 tariff lines, including ag machinery.

While the U.S. government and international trade community continue to put pressure on Ukraine, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is asking those in the industry to make their voices heard.

“U.S. agriculture machinery exporters have a strong market and trading partner in Ukraine.  Unfortunately, Ukraine recently announced intention to raise the rates on tariffs could threaten that relationship and agriculture machinery manufacturers,” said Nick Yaksich, AEM Vice President of Government and Industry Relations. “AEM will continue to monitor the situation and call on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, if necessary, to firmly negotiate with Ukraine on this issue.”

A total of 23 World Trade Organization delegations, including the U.S., urged Ukraine to withdraw its notification to renegotiate its tariffs prior to the expiration of the standard 90-day notification period.… Continue reading

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Kinze Manufacturing opens the Kinze innovation center

Company shares its innovations with customers, dealers and friends

Kinze® Manufacturing, Inc. held a grand opening of the Kinze Innovation Center with Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds today. The Kinze Innovation Center is located at the Kinze world headquarters on Iowa Interstate-80 and houses all of the major agricultural inventions by Kinze founder and president Jon Kinzenbaw, as well as those made by Kinze engineers. Kinze designed the center to serve as a destination for customers, dealers and friends from all over the world.

Visitors can see the exact size of Kinzenbaw’s first workshop in Ladora, Iowa, as well as explore Kinze tillage equipment from the early years, row crop planters and grain carts on several hands-on, interactive displays. There also is an area where visitors can design their own Kinze planter and grain cart and see how Kinze Autonomy, the world’s first large-scale, truly autonomous row-crop solution, works.

“Kinze Manufacturing is one of the world’s largest privately owned farm equipment manufacturers and we’re proud to have them right here in central Iowa,” said Lieutenant Governor Reynolds.… Continue reading

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J D Equipment, Inc. Breaks Ground for New Albany Store

The owners of J D Equipment, Inc. have begun construction on a two and a half acre site in New Albany, Ohio, in order to accommodate the need for additional space as the company continues to grow. The site will become the new home for their current store located at 4075 Westerville Rd., near Easton Town Center.

On January 28, Nancy Ferguson, mayor of New Albany, as well as representatives from 4 Points Development, Gioffre Construction, CF Bank, and the city of New Albany officially welcomed J D Equipment to town at their groundbreaking ceremony. The construction is anticipated to be complete in early summer 2013.

The new store will be built at 5740 Zarley Road, near the intersection of Route 161 and Route 62. It will be a 17,000 square foot facility that will house a state of the art retail store, service shop, parts department and a new corporate training center.… Continue reading

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The Mahindra Max stands up to the challenge

Mahindra Max Celebrates Successful Year And Strong Customer Approval

Mahindra USA, the number one selling tractor brand in the world based on volume, celebrates the one-year anniversary of the successful Mahindra MAX product introduction with an invitation to tractor buyers to take the Mahindra MAX Challenge. At customers can simply click to check out the attributes most important to their tractor buying decision and compare them side-by-side to the competition.

The MAX checklist compares its 12 industry leading product specifications and features along with video footage demonstrating why the Mahindra MAX should be your next tractor purchase. In addition, the MAX is backed up by Mahindra’s industry-best five-year power train warranty and comes with the unmatched 30-day Mahindra Max Guarantee.

The Mahindra Max 22 and Max 25 sub-compact tractors have quickly captured the attention of the marketplace with true-tractor capabilities that out-performs the competition including class-leading versatility, stability, traction, maneuverability and safety.… Continue reading

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Kinze coming out with new 4900 series planter in 2014

Kinze® Manufacturing, Inc. unveiled its new Kinze 4900 planter series to their dealers and the media last week. With a new narrow transport front-fold frame design, 30” row spacing, and a choice of 12, 16, or 24 rows, the Kinze 4900 planter offers many significant new features that contribute to productivity and precision during the planting season.

“We conducted extensive research with farmers and engineered a new design, which provides superior agronomic performance. We designed a new, front folding tool bar, engineered a state of the art vacuum meter with optional electric drive and created a cast iron row unit with more vertical travel,” says Rhett Schildroth, product manager for Kinze.

The new patent-pending seed meter offers 99%+ accuracy at speeds from 2 to 8 mph. The meter is available with contact drive, hydraulic drive, and – new with the 4900 planter – electric drive (also patent pending). Rugged, high torque 24V motors allow for precise seed rate control by row.… Continue reading

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J D Equipment, Inc. Receives John Deere FarmSight Certification

J D Equipment has become one of the few dealerships across the nation to receive John Deere’s FarmSight certification. The John Deere FarmSight certification is given to dealers who achieve specific milestones in relation to growing their Integrated Solutions (IS) segment of their business.

John Deere FarmSight and Integrated Solutions are a series of products, technology and solutions that allow farmers to meet their business needs now and in the future. Dealers who utilize these programs offer solutions for their customers in relation to machine optimization, logistics optimization, and ag decision support. These programs allow users to run their equipment most efficiently using precision technology and wireless, mobile data networks. This in turn allows for higher levels of productivity, increased uptime, and an availability of quality data to enable proactive management decisions.

J D Equipment has been offering technology services to their customers for many years. John Deere’s Integrated Solutions model has four stages dealerships can achieve.… Continue reading

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Evolution Ag announces Outlook Meeting

Gulke to highlight event on March 4

Evolution Ag LLC, the newly formed Case IH dealership representing Hill Implement, JR Equipment and Agri-Trac Equipment, announced they will be holding an Outlook meeting on March 4, 2013 at the Doubletree Inn in Worthington.

The free event will feature Jerry Gulke, President of the Gulke Group who will be discussing his latest evaluations of the world agricultural markets and offers his recommendations for marketing strategies in the coming year.

Tom Hill, President of Evolution Ag and formerly President of Hill Implement also said that Dr. Mark Loux will be discussing his latest research and recommendations on herbicide weed resistance in the state of Ohio. Joe Popp of Rea and Associates will be sharing the latest information on recently passed tax legislation and offering recommendations on business and estate planning strategies.

Jim Henkel, Chairman of the new company and formerly President of JR Equipment said that the day-long program will include product updates on Case IH’s new Steiger Rowtrac tractors, industry leading Patriot Sprayers, Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) and new tillage options available to producers.… Continue reading

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John Deere Dealers kick off local Drive Green Challenge events for 2013

Attendees get $500 discount, chance to win equipment and test drive tractors

Consumers looking for John Deere utility tractors, lawn and garden equipment, loaders, and other equipment will have a great opportunity to see and test drive the latest equipment during the company’s annual Drive Green Challenge events this year. They’ll also qualify for a $500 discount on John Deere compact and utility tractors and a chance to win a John Deere 1 Series Tractor with loader and mower.
For the fifth consecutive year, John Deere dealers across the country are hosting Drive Green Challenge events from January through November. 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 Series, 3E Series and 5D/5E Series Tractors.

At many Drive Green events, comparable competitive equipment will be available, giving guests a chance to test drive and compare features of different equipment and ask questions about the different tractors.… Continue reading

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South Charleston farm equipment auction results

At a farm action in South Charleston on Friday, January 18, 2012 these were the top 12 items sold according to Schrader Auction who handled the sale.

  1. JD 1790 planter 16/32 row $100,000
  2. JD 8530 tractor $190,000
  3. JD 8760 tractor $52,000
  4. JD 8640 tractor $26,500
  5. JD 4020 tractor $11,000
  6. JD 4700 sprayer $86,000
  7. JD 9760 combine $128,500
  8. J&M Grain Cart $32,000
  9. Kenworth W900 $18,000
  10. KenworthT600 $17,500
  11. 40′ Timpte grain trailer $33,000
  12. 40′ Timpte grain trailer $32,750

There were 335 live regular bidders and 80 online bidders.

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Is the Tribine the future of harvesting crops?

By: Heather Hetterick and Matt Reese

The world is just starting to take notice of a game-changing concept in harvest technology that has been the subject of countless hours of farm shop figuring by Ben Dillon from Indiana — the Tribine.

The Tribine is a combine and grain cart in one articulated unit that offers the first fundamentally new harvester architecture to come out since self-propelled combines became available in the 1940s. Dillon’s modified AGCO Combine moves the grain tank from the top of the machine to the rear, allowing for a much larger hopper to be included.

“Our focus has been on handling the cleaned grain, not on threshing. I’ve been working on this for a long time. You might say I am a slow learner. I started working on this sort of thing in 1997 and the Tribine is the fourth generation of prototype that we’ve built,” Dillon said.… Continue reading

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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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