JCB adds eight small platform skid steer and compack track loaders

JCB, the world’s largest privately-owned construction equipment manufacturer, is building upon the success of its New Generation skid steer and compact track loader line with the addition of eight new small platform machines.

The eight new machines—the 135, 155, 175, 190 and 205 skid steers and the 150T, 190T and 205T compact track loaders—complement JCB’s nine large platform New Generation models launched in November 2010. These smaller skid models are more maneuverable in tight, confined areas and are easily transported from job site to job site. However, they don’t sacrifice power, safety, comfort or productivity. According to John Patterson, JCB North America’s CEO and JCB Group deputy chairman, the small platform machines are designed to meet the needs of a growing market.

“With this launch of these new small platform machines, we now offer 17 models in our skid steer range – both wheeled and tracked with radial and vertical lift designs – providing 97-percent market coverage,” Patterson said.… Continue reading

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John Deere announces Final Tier 4/Stage IV engine technology path

Integrated Emissions Control system part of optimized technology solution

John Deere announces continuation of its planned building block approach to meet United States Final Tier 4 and European Union Stage IV emissions regulations. Final Tier 4/Stage IV regulations for off-highway diesel engines begin as early as 2013 for engines 55 kW (74 hp) and below. Regulatory dates for engines 56 kW (75 hp) and above will be implemented in stages starting in 2014 and 2015, and require particulate matter (PM) levels established by Interim Tier 4/Stage III B regulations to be maintained while requiring an additional 80 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx) from previous regulations.

To meet Final Tier 4/Stage IV emissions regulations in some power categories, John Deere developed the Integrated Emissions Control system — an optimized aftertreatment solution paired with the performance enhanced, fuel-efficient Interim Tier 4/Stage III B engine platform featuring proven cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR).… Continue reading

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Ag Leader acquires water management products and technologies

To integrate water management into its expanding precision farming portfolio, Ag Leader has acquired Soil-Max™, manufacturer of the market-leading Gold Digger™ tile plow, and the assets of Gradient, Inc., a related company which revolutionized the control of tile plows with the Intellislope™ GPS-based control system. These products allow growers and tiling contractors to solve water management challenges very cost effectively by greatly reducing the technical knowledge, labor and time required to install tile.

The acquisition allows Ag Leader to establish a significant footprint into the fast-growing precision water management market, and will serve as a base for developing additional products for other water management tasks such as land leveling, waterway grading, ditching and levee building.

“This is a great opportunity for Ag Leader to make a bold step into an increasingly important part of the precision farming industry,” said Al Myers, founder and President of Ag Leader Technology. “Water management is a very important part of any precision farming plan.… Continue reading

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John Deere introduces Mobile Weather for product applicators

GreenStar™ compatible system monitors five important weather conditions

For private and commercial applicators who need precise weather information in order to make proper product application and other weather-related decisions, John Deere introduces John Deere Mobile Weather.

Mobile Weather uses a third-party weather sensor connected to the Application Controller 1120 to display real-time weather information, including wind speed and direction, Delta T, and temperature and relative humidity on the John Deere GreenStar 2 or GreenStar 3 displays.  However, only the GreenStar 3 2630 Display is capable of documenting (recording) weather data, which can be transferred to Apex or other third party farm management software for analysis and record keeping.

According to Janae Althouse, product manager with the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, John Deere Mobile Weather enables operators to make in-cab product application decisions based on location-specific weather data. In addition, operators don’t have to rely on hand-held devices or make multiple stops to manually check and record weather conditions when applying product.… Continue reading

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Baler-Mounted hay moisture tester available from John Deere

New hay tester has multiple sensors for accurate readings throughout the bale

Hay producers can now determine the moisture content of the hay they are baling on the go with the Advanced Baler-Mounted Hay Moisture Tester from John Deere.

The hay moisture tester has many features, including multi-sensor technology for accurate readings displayed in 0.1 percent increments; large, illuminated LCD display and keypad for easy viewing day or night; and an operating moisture range of 8 percent to 30+ percent, depending on the type of baler used. It can be easily installed on John Deere small square and large round balers.

According to Phil Lauer, product manager with John Deere Merchandise, the hay moisture tester makes it easier to know when hay has the right moisture level for optimal baling and storage. “With moisture sensors mounted on the right and left sides of the bale chamber for greater accuracy, the operator can see updated moisture reading every 3 seconds, right from the tractor seat,” Lauer explains.… Continue reading

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May Wes introduces Tractor Stalk Stompers

May Wes expands product offerings for no-till and strip application

May Wes lays claim to being the original manufacturer of “STALK STOMPER’S” with nearly 40 years of proven experience.  Our company continues to be attentive to client requests and committed to providing Tractor Stalk Stomper product solutions where demand exists.  May Wes is pleased to announce the release of our latest Tractor Stalk Stomper application for John Deere’s 8000/8R Series tractors.  This is in response to a growing demand for not till and strip till applications.

Our May Wes design team sought out input from owners of the John Deere 8000/8R tractors to prototype and develop this particular Tractor Stalk Stomper design.  Production of this latest addition to May Wes’s Tractor Stalk Stomper is underway and initial deliveries have reached farm sites throughout the mid-west.

Why May Wes Tractor Stalk Stomper?

May Wes’s Tractor Stalk Stomper solution works off existing tractor hydraulics, is robust and versatile compared to other products.  … Continue reading

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Great Plains Manufacturing unveils new conference center

Great Plains Manufacturing, Salina, Kansas, recently unveiled its new 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art conference center when it played host to over 300 Great Plains Division dealer sales and service representatives. The company’s Land Pride Division is set to host regional dealer meetings in early March.

The two-story conference center includes four large break-out rooms equipped with the latest in audio-video equipment, in addition to a main arena where the company’s full line of equipment can be displayed while as many as 100 attendees sit in a theatre-style arrangement viewing videos on three large screens. Each seat in the arena is equipped to accommodate laptops and other digital devices.

On the ground level of the arena, meeting attendees can get “hands on” with Great Plains’ innovative equipment, view upcoming meeting schedules on two large kiosks, or attend a meal with 100 other attendees in the company’s multi-purpose room.

“This facility is an example of our company’s commitment to training our dealers’ service and sales staffs.… Continue reading

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Onset announces new version of data logging software

HOBOware® 3.3 combines new time-saving features with support for Onset’s next-generation family of data loggers

Onset (, the world’s leading supplier of data loggers, announced HOBOware 3.3, a new version of the company’s industry-leading graphing and analysis software that dramatically speeds up deployment time in energy and environmental monitoring projects.

HOBOware 3.3 includes a number of time-saving features that make it faster than ever to configure HOBO® data loggers and weather stations in the field, and analyze the collected data. Key features include:

• Batch configuration and readout – With HOBOware 3.3, users configure and readout multiple data loggers in a fraction of the time it would take with previous generations. This time-saving feature is a particular advantage in applications requiring hundreds of data loggers, such as building energy audits or monitoring stream temperatures.

• Pre-launch filtering and scaling – These tools enable users to pre-configure their data loggers so upon readout, the data will display max/min/average readings at set intervals (per hour/per day), and will be automatically plotted to scale in real-world engineering units.… Continue reading

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John Deere kicks off Drive Green events

Customers can test drive utility tractors, register to win John Deere 1023E tractor

John Deere is inviting interested consumers to climb into the seat and test drive the company’s latest utility tractors and other equipment during its annual Drive Green Challenge. For the fourth consecutive year, Drive Green Challenge events are being held at many local dealerships from late February through September.

The dealer-sponsored Drive Green Challenge events are designed to give property owners, agricultural producers, commercial lawn and landscape operators and interested consumers a chance to test drive John Deere utility tractors. At many Drive Green events, selected competitive equipment will be available, allowing people to test drive and compare features of different equipment and ask questions about the latest models available from John Deere.

According to Steve Geick, tactical marketing manager with John Deere, one of the most popular features of the Drive Green events is the chance for customers to drive the equipment, kick the tires and speak with knowledgeable equipment experts.… Continue reading

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More highlights from the Farm Machinery Show

By Ty Higgins

Over the years I have always seen pictures and heard stories about just how big the

National Farm Machinery Show is, but I have never been there to witness the phenomenon first-hand. You would think that with the background that I was given on the event, I would know what to expect. Boy was I wrong.

Dale Minyo and I made the trek on the Thursday of the show and you could see the magnitude of the show by how many Chevys, Fords and Dodge’s with Ohio plates were headed across I-71 South in Kentucky. I have to admit that my excitement was building.

Once there I could not believe my eyes, or my feet, as we tried to cover as much ground as we could in a day. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that Dale and I actually got lost a time or two.

The highlight of the 27-acre indoor show was the Kinze 1300 series grain cart.… Continue reading

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Case IH announce availability of AFS connect

Featuring the agriculture industry’s most powerful application of telematics technology available, Case IH AFS Connect™ is now available through Case IH dealerships. Beginning this spring, dealers will begin retrofitting AFS Connect Manager™ and AFS Connect Executive™ packages on fleets of both Case IH and competitive equipment as part its commercial introduction of Case IH telematics technology.

“More importantly, Case IH will back up our industry-leading AFS technology with the expertise and local support our customers have told us they need to put advanced technologies to work in their operations,” says Trevor Mecham, Case IH Advanced Farming Systems® (AFS) Marketing Manager. “AFS Connect has tremendous potential to improve producers’ abilities to manage their equipment and find new opportunities to improve return on investment, and Case IH product specialists and our dealers are committed to working alongside our customers to help them achieve that potential.”

AFS Connect uses a combination of global positioning system and cellular technology to link equipment, Case IH AFS Pro 600 or Pro 700 displays and the farm office wirelessly in real time.… Continue reading

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Case IH Farmall 100A Series tractors add ultra-value

Value and options are two words that best describe the new Case IH Farmall® 100A Series tractors. The new line joins the Farmall A, B and C utility tractors as an ultra-value option in the Case IH utility tractor lineup. Available in four models, these tractors offer from 90 to 115 PTO horsepower.

“The Farmall 100A Series tractors are the value solution for price-conscious customers,” says Denny Stroo, Case IH Marketing Manager for loaders and mid-range tractors. “These tractors are easy to operate and can be configured to meet customers’ needs for even more versatility.”

The Case IH Farmall 100A Series tractors come standard with a three-point hitch that has a lift capacity of up to 7,200 lbs. A fixed-displacement pump hydraulic system offers a total hydraulic flow of 31 gpm.

These tractors pack a powerful punch with 4.5-liter engines running the Farmall 110A and 120A and a 6.7-liter engine powering the Farmall 125A and 140A.… Continue reading

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JCB adds heavy-lift model

JCB has added the high-capacity 550-80 Agri Plus Loadall to its class-leading agricultural telescopic handler line. This high-capacity telehandler shares the same innovative approach to machine design that has seen JCB become the world’s best selling telehandler manufacturer.

The 550-80 features:
A massive 11,000lb lift capacity with a lift height with of 26ft 7in
A 130hp (97 kW) JCB Dieselmax engine
37 gpm variable flow hydraulics and Hi-flow pipework for faster loader cycle times and auxiliary service performance
Heavy-duty boom design to provide a massive 14600lb of breakout force

The 550-80 is JCB’s highest capacity Loadall, and it has been designed for the heaviest duty farm applications. These applications include digging manure or silage and loading the manure spreader or feed wagon. The 550-80 Agri Plus is powered by a 130hp (97 kW) JCB Dieselmax engine. The machine boasts a powershift transmission, 37 gpm variable flow hydraulics and high flow pipework for rapid cycle times and auxiliary service flow.… Continue reading

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Michelin radial delivers industry-first high-flexion option for combines

Farmers can carry heavier bin loads and bigger headers while reducing soil compaction

Responding to customer demand, Michelin North America Agricultural Tires has engineered its revolutionary soil compaction-reducing MICHELIN® Ultraflex™ technologies into the harvesters tire line.  The MICHELIN® CerexBib™ radial is the industry’s first combine-specific radial engineered specifically to deliver high-flexion capabilities while handling the cyclic loading and off-loading required from combines.

The MICHELIN® CerexBib™ radial joins a revolutionary line-up of industry firsts for this tire technology leader, including Michelin’s high-flexion tires for front-wheel-assist and four-wheel-drive tractors and self-propelled sprayers. Michelin is the first tire manufacturer in North America to offer a radial that met the Tire and Rim Association’s Improved Flexion (IF) classification. Michelin also is the first and only company to offer two tires that meet the industry group’s classification for Very High Flexion (VF), meaning they flex up to twice as much as standard tires.

“Michelin designs tires with the end user’s specific application in mind,” said Michael Vandel, marketing segment manager for Michelin North America Agricultural Tires.… Continue reading

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New Holland MegaCutter triple disc mower-conditioners

New Holland’s new MegaCutter™ mounted triple disc mower-conditioners offer big haymaking capacity by cutting a triple-wide swath that nearly doubles the cutting width of a traditional 16-foot self-propelled mower-conditioner or windrower.

The Megacutter is actually a three-machine cutting system: with the 11′ 5” cutting width of the MegaCutter 512 front-mounted disc mower-conditioner combined with the MegaCutter 530 twin rear-mounted disc mower-conditioner, producers can take down 29′ 6” with each pass. The V-tine flail conditioning system provides a range of conditioning intensities appropriate for a wide variety of crops, from delicate legume crops to the most robust grass hays.

“The Megacutter offers maximum efficiency and versatility for large livestock operations and custom harvesters. Not only can producers cut more hay in less time, they can also take advantage of peak drying conditions during the day,” says Mike Cornman, Dairy & Livestock Segment Marketing Manager. ”Depending on field conditions, when the MegaCutter is matched with the efficiency of a New Holland T7 or T8 Series row crop tractor with ECOBlue™ SCR Tier 4 engine technology and the IntelliSteer™ auto-steering system, producers can boost their productivity by mowing up to 43 acres per hour.”… Continue reading

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Introducing Vermeer Net and Rebel net

Vermeer Corporation introduces the newest partner in its forage product line with Vermeer brand netwrap – Vermeer™ Net, available for 4’ and 5’ balers, and Rebel™ net, designed for Vermeer Rebel® Series Balers. Featuring superior net strength for ultimate bale protection, Vermeer brand netwrap is produced in a unique green, black and white color scheme for easy identification of the Vermeer quality.

“Vermeer balers are one of the toughest in their class, and we are excited to offer a Vermeer brand netwrap that matches that durability,” says Joe Michaels, Vermeer Director of Forage Solutions. “Vermeer strives to help producers make the best looking bale in the least amount of time, and the strength and reliability of Vermeer brand netwrap offers another valuable tool in making that possible.”

Vermeer brand netwrap is produced with heavy-duty HDPE for a stronger tape than standard netwrap, and both Vermeer Net and Rebel Net offer optimum net spread to cover square shouldered bales with little net stretch, improving bale appearance.… Continue reading

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New Holland T6 Series mid-Range tractors feature ECOBlue

New Holland’s new mid-range T6 Series tractors deliver outstanding power, performance and fuel efficiency with Tier 4a emissions-compliant engines that feature New Holland’s exclusive ECOBlue™ technology.  Six models, from 90- to 120-PTO hp, are available with a range of standard to premium features with a combination of transmission, hydraulic and cab packages to suit the operation and preferences of a wide array of farming and utility operations.

“New Holland’s new T6 Series tractors provide exceptional performance and fuel economy, making them ideal mid-range tractors for livestock and mixed farm applications, roadside mowing, heavy loader work and more,” says Mike Cornman, Dairy & Livestock Segment Marketing Manager.

New Holland’s Tier 4a compliant engines offer improved power, performance and reduced fuel consumption thanks to New Holland’s ECOBlue™ Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. Thanks to the cutting-edge SCR system, engines benefit from significantly better fuel economy and more power and torque. Instead of recycling exhaust gases, the ECOBlue™ system takes 100% cool, clean air directly into the engine.… Continue reading

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FCC blocks LightSquared Network, farmers relieved

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Tuesday its decision to block the planned development of a nationwide wireless network by communications company LightSquared over concerns that it cannot be fixed to coexist with global positioning systems (GPS). The American Soybean Association (ASA) has been at the forefront of the discussion of this planned network’s significant and adverse effects on farmers. ASA President and Syracuse, Neb.-based soybean farmer Steve Wellman issues the following statement on the FCC’s decision:

“Tuesday’s decision by the FCC is certainly a great relief for more than 600,000 soybean farmers across the country who use GPS technology to precision-apply seed and fertilizer; to test fields for fertility and to monitor yields; to reduce chemical and fuel use; and to map field boundaries, roads, irrigation systems. In short, GPS technology has enabled farmers to produce more food for a growing world population with fewer inputs.

“Farmers invest thousands of dollars in high-precision GPS equipment and applications to run more efficient, sustainable, cost-effective and productive farms.… Continue reading

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