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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JCB unveils new 1CX backhoe loader

JCB has comprehensively upgraded its 1CX product – the smallest member of its world-leading backhoe loader family – with a new appearance, longer loader arms, an extending dipper option, servo controls and a power management system.

Modern styling more than skin deep

The 1CX has been updated with the latest JCB corporate styling, including a revised cab roof trim, improved working lights and sturdy electrical switchgear. The new optional loader arms are 4 inches longer to provide easier loading of site dump trucks.

At the rear, an extending dipper option adds up to 20 inches to the digging envelope, taking maximum dig depth to 10 foot. This allows easier load over of trucks, with the backhoe easily able to reach the center of the dump truck.

A new Power Management System (PMS) improves performance, reducing engine lug down as the machine starts to dig and increasing power when driving into a pile with the front bucket.… Continue reading

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New Holland ProRotor rotary hay rakes promote higher quality forage

New Holland’s new line of ProRotor™ rotary hay rakes help haymakers produce higher quality forage with minimal leaf loss. Flexible tines on each tine arm gently lift and carry the crop to the windrow.Three models are available to accommodate the needs of a range of haymakers.

“The gentle rotary raking action has a number of benefits for producers looking to make quality forage,” says Mike Cornman,  Dairy & Livestock Segment Marketing Manager. “The tines don’t make contact with the ground so contaminants aren’t swept into the windrow, and the rotary raking action produces light, fluffy windrows that continue to dry after the hay is raked. With these rakes, producers can rake earlier, when the crop is at a higher moisture content. The resulting improved leaf retention translates into higher quality feed.”

Sized for the traditional haymaker, the ProRotor 3114 rotary rake features a large, 10′ 11” diameter rotor perfectly suited to today’s most common mowers and mower-conditioners.… Continue reading

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AGCO experts will be waiting for you at the National Farm Machinery Show

AGCO invites you to stop by the AGCO exhibit during National Farm Machinery Show. Their team of agriculture equipment experts will be there, ready and waiting to answer any questions you have about products and product support for Massey Ferguson®, Challenger®, Fendt®, Gleaner®, Sunflower®, White Planters™ and Hesston® agricultural equipment and the precision farming technologies offered through our dealers.

See these 2012 NFMS-feature products

This year’s exhibit features new products introduced earlier and several award-winners. Making their inaugural appearances at NFMS are the: Sunflower 4630-11 disc ripper Massey Ferguson 9560 combine Massey Ferguson 7624 high horsepower tractor Challenger MT675D high horsepower tractor Fendt 824 tractor Massey Ferguson model 2660HD utility tractor with DL260 MSL (mechanical self-leveling) loader 2012 FINovation and AE50 Award-winning Hesston WR Series self-propelled windrower, model 9770 AE50 award-winning RoGator® high clearance applicator Introducing Your New Contact Roles and responsibilities are changing, but AGCO’s responsiveness to your needs won’t.… Continue reading

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New universal manure/silage/debris forks from Worksaver

Fit most loaders with one of the four new models of universal manure/silage/debris forks available from Worksaver, Inc.  Units accept bolt-on interfacing brackets to mate with most pin-on or quick attach loaders.  Pre-cut slots in the back plate allow for easy installation of the bolt-on interfacing brackets.  Units are ideal for handling loose debris, manure, hay or straw.  All models feature forged cranked tines for improved efficiency and two of the models offer an upper grapple for securing larger loads.

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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New Brand and Product Identity for Kuhn Krause

Kuhn Krause, Inc. is proud to introduce its new brand and product identity.  Beginning in April, 2012, Kuhn Krause will change the paint color of Kuhn Krause-brand products to Kuhn Red.

This move is intended to strengthen and unify the Kuhn and Kuhn Krause brands through the Kuhn color and graphics.  Several of these new machines will be on display at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY, February 15-18, 2012.

This change is an example of Kuhn Krause’s continued commitment to provide high-quality, innovative products and services by continuously improving our products, services, facilities and methods of doing business to better serve our dealers and customers.  We invite you to learn more about us and our new unified brand strategy by visiting our website.

As a producer of high quality agricultural equipment since 1916, Kuhn Krause, Inc. is a recognized leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative tillage and grain drill equipment.  … Continue reading

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Land Pride compact drills

Land Pride offers a full line of Compact Drills for small agriculture applications, pasture renovation, wildlife conservation, and roadside seeding. Available for tractors from 35 to 100 H.P. in both No-Till and Min-Till units and widths from 5’ to 10’, Land Pride Drills provide a host of innovative features and quality construction. With optional native grass and small seeds boxes, these units are quite capable in a variety of settings – from field to pasture and food plots to vineyards. Other features like heavy-duty coulters, calibration crank, central grease bank, lock-out hubs for transport, and optional weight brackets create a system designed for long-term dependability and productivity in a broad range of seeding applications.

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AGCO takes top honors with 2012 AE50 Awards

RoGator® and TerraGator® Both Win Coveted AE50 Awards From The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Two top-of-the-line models of application equipment manufactured and marketed by AGCO Corporation have been named winners of this year’s prestigious AE50 award by The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Both of the 2012 AE50 Winners — the RoGator® RG-1300 row crop sprayer and TerraGator® TG-8400 flotation applicator – were honored by the ASABE for their innovative design and as products that will save farmers time, input costs and labor while improving user safety.

According to the ASABE, whose members are leaders in the production, transport, storage and use of renewable resources, the products winning the AE50 awards represent the best products developed around the world for the agricultural, food and biological systems engineering industries. Award winners include companies of all sizes and varying inventive focus.

“The entire AGCO Application team is both delighted and humbled that two of our most important machines received an AE50 award this year,” says Mark Sharitz, Director of Marketing for AGCO Application Equipment.… Continue reading

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John Deere launches 6R Series Tractors

New 105, 115 and 125 engine HP models have more comfort, power, features

John Deere is expanding its lineup of 6R Series Tractors with three new highly versatile models perfect for the farm or ranch. The three new models include the 6105R with 105 engine horsepower; 6115R with 115 engine horsepower; and the 6125R with 125 engine horsepower—all in a premium package that replaces the 6030 Premium Tractors.
According to Scott Hessel, product marketing manager with John Deere, the new 6R Series Tractors are designed to be a do-it-all utility tractor with the versatility, power and comfort never before seen in a tractor in this horsepower range.
“We’ve made the cab 20 percent larger and added the GreenStar 3 Command Center with touchscreen display,” says Hessel. “We’ve also included Triple Link and Adaptive Hydraulic Cab suspension to make the new 6R models the most comfortable and easy-to-operate tractors in its class.… Continue reading

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Case IH launches Field of Deals Sweepstakes

As part of its Field of Deals sales event, Case IH is sponsoring a sweepstakes where one lucky grand prize winner will receive a 2012 Ram truck, plus free fuel for one year. Case IH customers and prospects are encouraged to visit their local Case IH dealer and enter for a chance to win.

“Our Field of Deals sales event provides great offers on our full line of Farmall®, Puma® and Maxxum® tractors, as well as balers and windrowers,” says Kyle Russell, Senior Director of Marketing, Case IH North America. “While checking out the latest equipment at your local Case IH dealer, you also can enter to win a new Ram truck and other prizes.”
Through April 30, U.S. and Canadian Case IH customers can take advantage of many Field of Deals offers and sign up for the sweepstakes.

“Case IH has rolled out a lot of new tractors in the past 12 months,” Russell adds.… Continue reading

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John Deere sponsors National Ag Day to celebrate American agriculture

Company recognizes agriculture’s role in building a stronger U.S. economy

John Deere announces that it is once again working with the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) and other industry partners to sponsor National Ag Day, which will be celebrated on March 8th in Washington, D.C.
According to Barry Nelson, manager of media relations for John Deere, Ag Day was created to recognize—and celebrate—the contributions of agriculture to improving the everyday lives of people across the country. During National Ag Day,  (and the days surrounding March 8th),  activities are held across the nation to educate all Americans, particularly young people, of the important role American farmers and ranchers play in providing an abundant, safe and affordable supply of food, fuel and fiber.
“Today more than ever, agriculture plays an important role in the U.S. economy by providing millions of jobs, improving our balance of trade and reducing our dependence on foreign energy sources,” Nelson says. … Continue reading

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John Deere establishes strategic agreement with MacDon

John Deere announced today it has established a strategic agreement with MacDon Industries Ltd. to better serve existing and future John Deere self-propelled windrower customers globally.

“This agreement allows us to expand the John Deere hay and forage product portfolio to better serve our dairy, livestock, commercial hay, and small grains customers,” said William F. Norton, Vice President, Global Hay & Forage Platform. “After an in-depth evaluation of the global commercial hay and small grains industries, we determined that specific MacDon self-propelled windrower products would most effectively enable us to serve our customers and expand our overall product line-up.”

As part of the agreement, MacDon will manufacture select models of John Deere-branded self-propelled windrowers, including draper and auger headers, and pull-type auger mower conditioners. John Deere will also continue to manufacture select models, offering dealers and customers an expanded product line of self-propelled windrowers.

“The entire windrower product line-up will be fully supported by the John Deere dealer channel,” said Derek P.… Continue reading

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U.S. small tractor sales up

According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ monthly Ag Tractor and Combine Report, the sales of all tractors in the United States for December 2011 were up 11% compared to the same month last year. For the year 2011, a total of 168,324 tractors were sold, which compares to 165,072 sold through December 2010.

For the month, two-wheel-drive under 40-horsepower tractor sales were up 11% from last year, and 40 to under 100 HP tractor sales were up 14%. Sales of two-wheel-drive 100+ HP were up 13% from last year, and four-wheel-drive tractors were down 15% for the month.

For the year 2011, two-wheel drive smaller tractors (under 40 HP) were up 0.8% from last year, while 40 to under 100 HP were up 4%. Sales of two-wheel drive 100+ HP were up 2%, while four-wheel-drive tractors were up 4% for the year.… Continue reading

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