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New dealer to provide JCB equipment and service to Central Ohio

JCB’s North American dealer network continues to expand with the addition of Hy-Tek JCB. A successful material handling provider since 1963, Hy-Tek will now represent the full line of JCB construction equipment—including new, pre-owned and rental models—and provide JCB parts and service at its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

For the past 50 years, Hy-Tek has offered full sales and service support for Yale Lift Trucks, including new and used equipment sales, rentals, fleet analysis, customized maintenance programs and reliable aftermarket parts and service. Now, the dealership will apply its many years of experience to JCB’s wide range of equipment, including the world’s safest and most innovative skid steer, known for its patented single-arm PowerBoom and uniquely safe side-entry door. Other industry-leading JCB products now available at Hy-Tek JCB include wheel loaders, backhoes and Loadall telescopic handlers. Hy-Tek JCB also offers a fully-stocked parts department and a full-service maintenance team featuring professionally-trained JCB mechanics.… Continue reading

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Patz Introduces 1,100 Cu. Ft. 2400 Series II Trailer Vertical Mixer

Patz Corporation recently introduced their largest twin screw trailer mixer in the Patz Vertical Mixer Series: 1,100 cu. ft. (31.1 m3) 2400 Series II Trailer Twin Screw Vertical Mixer. The addition of optional steel/rubber side extensions boosts its capacity to 1,270 cu. ft. (36 m3).

The 2400 Series II offers the flexibility to incorporate a wider variety of ingredients, including alternative feeds, into rations. Using two patent pending Vortex™ Screws and patented baffles, ingredients are mixed quickly without compromising feed quality. This unique mixing design ensures a complete, thorough TMR, regardless of batch size.

Featuring four super single truck tires, the mixer has a self-steering rear axle to improve turning radius and minimize tire wear, stresses on axles, hubs, spindles, and suspension. Also contributing to this mixer’s low maintenance design, the primary PTO driveline features an automatic cutout clutch, eliminating the need to replace shear bolts.

Engineered for optimal performance, it includes a 2-speed drive package, available with or without an optional oil cooling system.… Continue reading

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Mahindra USA expands distribution center

Southeast Mahindra Facility Slated To Open Early 2014

Mahindra USA, the number one selling tractor in the world based on volume, announces plans for an exclusive Southeast Mahindra Assembly and Distribution Center in January 2014, expanding one of the company’s four tractor assembly and distribution facilities in North America. The expanded assembly and distribution center will continue to be located in Chattanooga, TN, and will support the growing southeast and midwest Mahindra dealer networks.

The Southeast Mahindra Assembly and Distribution Center will be operated by Randy Topping, owner of Mahindra dealer Chattanooga Tractor and Equipment. The center will have a positive impact on the Chattanooga area economy. Southeast Mahindra will build a new facility and employ up to 100 people in the operation as it moves into full production, creating 55 new jobs.

“This investment in the expansion of our North American facilities will provide the additional capacity needed to support the rapid growth of the Mahindra brand,” said Mani Iyer, President of Mahindra USA.… Continue reading

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MyAgCentral connects farmers, contact advisors and precision data

Farmers looking to better leverage field data and expertise from their local advisor partners now have access to a new tool. Newly launched MyAgCentral is designed to bridge the gap between farmers and their trusted local advisors, allowing both to more easily exchange data and develop plans using a single online dashboard. The dashboard lets the farmer pull data from different sources so they can see their whole operation using one login and one tool.
The cloud-based system allows both the farmer and advisors to securely access and share field data, reports, recommendations, plans, maps, etc from any location using any web-enabled device. It is also the first independent system developed to specifically enhance the relationships between farmers, agri-retailers and local advisors.

“Most of the cloud-based systems available to growers today are one-dimensional and do
not serve the needs of the modern farm,” said Steve Cubbage, Owner and President of Prime Meridian Data.… Continue reading

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May Wes expands Poly Liner Kits for Grain Tank Auger Floors

New models include Case IH, John Deere and New Holland brands

May Wes Manufacturing is pleased to announce the addition of five (5) new product kits to their Poly Grain Tank Auger Floor Liners.

These kits come complete with poly, stainless steel straps and hardware and can be installed over new or worn tank floors. The poly material is Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyurethane (UHMW-PE) characteristic for its superior wear quality, resistance to corrosion and a smooth surface for optimum grain flow.

The NEW Poly Grain Tank Auger Liner kits now available are:

Case-IH models:
• 7230, 8230, 9230
• 5088, 6088, 7088, 5130, 6130, 7130
ª 7010, 8010, 7120, 8120, 9120

New Holland models:

• CR920, CR940, CR970, CR980, CR9040, CR9070
John Deere models:
• 9660 STS, 9760 STS, 9860 STS, 9670STS, 9770 STS, 9870 STS, S550 STS, S660 STS, S670 STS, S680 STS, S690 STS

Learn more about May Wes’s full product line of Poly Grain Tank Auger Liners by visiting the web at: http://www.maywes.com/grain_tank_auger_floor_liner.… Continue reading

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AGCO unveils global precision farming initiative: Fuse Technologies

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and infrastructure, announced a new global corporate initiative that addresses all aspects of precision farming technology and how farmers can optimize their operations through AGCO products and new services.

AGCO’s overarching new global technology strategy is called FuseTM Technologies, and it will provide professional growers seamless integration and connectivity across all their farm assets — regardless of brand. It will transform current precision farming practices by delivering precision agriculture solutions that lead to reduced input costs, greater efficiency and profitability. AGCO’s current telematics and data management offerings such as AgCommand TM and VarioDocTM, auto guidance solutions such as Auto-GuideTM 3000 and VarioGuideTM, and future generations of these and other core precision farming technologies will
be added to the Fuse Technologies portfolio. Additionally, as the strategy evolves, a major focus of Fuse Technologies will be to ensure an “open” approach to technology integration in AGCO equipment.… Continue reading

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New Mobile Version for JDparts.Deere.com

New functionality optimizes access to John Deere parts and services with a smartphone or tablet

The innovative technology of smartphones, tablets and mobile devices allow farmers, ranchers, property owners, golf course managers, landscapers, and construction site managers to access information quickly and conveniently in the home, office, or field.  To fully leverage this technology, John Deere announces a new mobile version of jdparts.deere.com. The new service allows customers to access these user-friendly sites whenever they are on line with their mobile devices.

“Accessing the mobile version can be accomplished by simply typing in jdparts.deere.com on any browser on any smartphone,” says Jim Goldschmidt, product line manager, John Deere. “The user will automatically pick up the mobile version, m.jdparts.deere.com of the website.”

The mobile site can also be accessed on tablets by typing in m.jdparts.deere.com. The “m” is essential on tablet devices to pick up the mobile configuration and not the normal computer desktop version.… Continue reading

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John Deere revamps 5E Series Tractor line with new models and options

Updates include two new 4-cylinder models & cab, transmission options on lower hp tractors

John Deere has updated its entire lineup of 5E Series Utility Tractors (45-100 horsepower) with new Interim Tier 4 engine models and more cab / open operator station and transmission options. This new 5E Series Tractor line now includes the new 85 and 100 horsepower 4-cylinder tractors, which replace the previous 83, 93 and 101 horsepower models, and four 3-cylinder models ranging for 45 to 75 horsepower.

The new 5085E and 5100E feature Interim Tier 4 emissions-compliant PowerTech diesel engines with the 12 Forward / 12 Reverse PowrReverser™ Transmission and 540/540 Economy PTO in base equipment. They can be ordered with either a comfortable, ergonomic climate-controlled cab or with an open operator station, an option not previously available on the larger 5E models.

Two of the most popular options many customers have asked for on the 55 to 75 horsepower 3-cylinder 5E tractors are a cab and the 12/12 PowrReverser Transmission.… Continue reading

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FarmLogs introduces field rainfall monitoring

Monitor Precise Overnight Rainfall Levels & Historical Accumulation By Field

FarmLogs, the leading agricultural tech startup that helps farmers plan, manage and analyze their farms’ operations, announced the addition of Field Rainfall Monitoring to its farm management software. The new feature is accessible from any device with a web browser and gives farmers the ability to view precisely how much rain fell on each field.

“The ability to measure exact rain accumulation at each field is going to save farmers an immense amount of time,” said Jesse Vollmar, CEO and co-founder of FarmLogs. “Driving to the fields to check for rain can be a hassle. With our new Field Rainfall Monitoring feature, there is no longer a need to physically check a field or to monitor rain gauges. We do it automatically.”
The new weather feature accurately and immediately displays field-specific rainfall levels at a glance for the most recent 12 and 24-hour periods, as well as eight years of historical precipitation data.… Continue reading

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JBC amis high with six-cylinder Dieselmax 672 engine

JCB announced plans to begin production of six-cylinder engines with the addition of the JCB Dieselmax 672 to its world-leading engine line-up. The introduction of the engine represents an investment of around $68.5 million. By the time the engine goes into full production later this year, its launch will have created more than 50 new jobs.

In just over eight years, JCB has gone from being new to the field of engine manufacturing to a major global engine producer with a reputation for fuel efficiency and innovation. The first engine rolled off JCB’s UK production line in November 2004. In 2011, JCB began producing engines at its  Indian headquarters in Ballabgarh. To date, JCB has produced more than 250,000 engines globally.

“In a relatively short space of time we have become a major producer of engines and today more than 70% of JCB’s machines are powered by the engines we manufacture,” said JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford.… Continue reading

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New 4700 All Plant Air Drill by CrustBuster / Speed King Inc.

The new 4700 All Plant Air Drill by CrustBuster / Speed King Inc. comes from the experienced and field-proven 4700 series All Plant Drills known as the “No-Till Drill of Choice”.  This new Air Drill System centers on the successful CrustBuster Parallel Linkage Opener which is engineered to provide a constant down pressure throughout the operating range. This down pressure plus remaining parallel to the ground throughout the opener’s travel, results in a  consistent planting depth control.

The Air Drill System features a large 350 bushel capacity, two compartment split 60/40, four wheel steer cart.  Mounted on the ISO compatible cart system is the central fill, pressurized tank which features a low hopper sensor.  The operator can load and unload the hopper with the attached  8″ auger.  The ability to drill grain and apply fertilizer at the same time allows you to get more acres done in less time. Built around the solid All Plant Drill 3-section 40′ and 45′ frames, the folding Air Drill allows for quick and easy transport.… Continue reading

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Modified toolbar accomplishes goals of stewardship and profit

Ask anyone around Kenton about an innovative farm operation in the area and they will likely mention Watkins Farms.

For Brian Watkins, that “ahead of the curve” mentality is forged by a series of objectives, including profit, yield, maintaining long-term sustainability, taking care of the soils and being environmentally sound.

For years, Watkins Farms has been broadcasting fertilizer in the fall, but recently decided that it would be best for them to work those nutrients directly below the surface. A major factor in his thinking and philosophy is the issue of soluble phosphorous that is affecting Ohio’s water quality.

 “Some farmers will choose to do some fall strip tillage and we felt like that didn’t fit what we wanted,” Watkins said. “Soil conditions in the fall are sometimes not conducive to that method because it is too wet and the benefits wouldn’t be there come spring. We needed a zero soil disturbance solution to getting the nutrients directly into the soil.”

To address this challenge, Watkins came up with a creative way to apply dry fertilizer.Continue reading

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CLAAS reflects on first 100 years of innovations

Company to release centennial book this spring

 Over the last century, CLAAS has evolved from a small manufacturer of straw binders into a global leader of agricultural implement innovations.

August Claas founded the company in 1913 in Germany, and was soon joined by his three brothers – Bernhard, Franz Jr. and Theo — to form the company “Gerbuder Claas.” In 1921, the “knotter” was patented as a device designed to create perfect knots. Over the next 90 years, the knotter would go on to become the hallmark of CLAAS.

Later in the decade, the company expanded to the fertilizer spreader before being persuaded to explore the combine harvester market. Manufacturing of combines began in 1936 and has become a staple of CLAAS. Since the first combine rolled off the line, CLAAS has sold over 440,000 units worldwide. In fact, the 450,000th combine is scheduled to drive off the LEXION production line in Omaha, Nebraska in the Spring of 2013.… Continue reading

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Onset enhances web-based monitoring software

HOBOlink® now enables automatic delivery of building performance and weather data via email or FTP, makes data analysis more efficient

Onset, a world leader in data loggers and weather stations, today announced a new, enhanced version of the company’s HOBOlink web-enabled software platform that provides 24/7 data access and remote management for Onset’s web-based HOBO U30 data logging systems.

HOBOlink now makes accessing building performance and weather data faster and more convenient than ever. It enables users to schedule automatic delivery of exported data files, in CSV or XLSX format, via email or FTP. And, users now have the flexibility to configure the data export in a highly customized way. For example, a user who has four HOBO U30 systems measuring multiple parameters may configure HOBOlink to automatically export temperature data only – and within a specified time range. This speeds up data analysis time and enables users to focus only on the data that’s important to them.… Continue reading

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Franklin Equipment opens third Ohio branch

New Location in Dublin Sells, Rents, and Services New Holland Equipment

Franklin Equipment is pleased to announce the opening of its new location in Dublin, Ohio at 7570 Fishel Drive South. As the New Holland equipment dealer in central Ohio, Franklin Equipment now has three branches throughout the state, with the complete agriculture and construction equipment lines available at all locations. Customers may reach the new branch by calling 614-389-2161.
“We’re excited to take this next step in our expansion plan,” says Tony Repeta, general manager of Franklin Equipment. “It’s important to provide quick turnaround for parts, service, and equipment, and our new branch will help us serve our customers better.”
Franklin Equipment offers both new and used equipment, rental equipment, and parts and service for the full range of construction and landscaping equipment. Franklin serves a wide variety of customers, from private landscapers to large scale builders, with equipment to meet all their needs.… Continue reading

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Preventing stubble damage to tires

Farmers appreciate new planting technology that has helped certain crops withstand a variety of factors that can cause losses, such as wind damage. One problem with these stronger stalks and stubble is that they are damaging agricultural equipment tires.

Tire manufacturers are diligently working to help farmers minimize tire damage. Both tractor tires and implement tires are at risk for stubble damage, though the extent of that damage can vary.

“Rear tractor tires and other larger tires tend to be more of an atheistic issue where the tread is really chewed up by the stubble,” said Scot Sloan, Titan Tire-Goodyear Farm Tires Product Engineering Manager. “Implement tires are more of an issue where the stubble penetrates through the tire and the tire just goes flat.”

Since planting season is here, Sloan said farmers need to inspect their equipment before they enter the field.

“They need to make a quick walk around tractors and planters to be sure tires are not low or flat,” Sloan said.… Continue reading

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Stucke named Vice President at Kubota

Kubota has announced that Todd Stucke, originally from St. Henry, has been name Vice President of the Agriculture & Turf Division.

Prior to joining Kubota, Stucke spent 23 years at AGCO Corporation. While at AGCO, he held various positions of increasing responsibility and rose through the ranks in sales and marketing, most recently serving as director of marketing of the hay and harvesting division. His extensive experience and knowledge of the agriculture industry will serve him well in his new role where he will lead Kubota’s continued growth in the agriculture and turf markets.

“Kubota is growing into the future, and we are dedicated to improving organizational alignment and strengthening our core business,” said Mr. Yuichi “Ken” Kitao, president of Kubota Tractor Corporation. “These deeply experienced leaders within our organization bring tremendous knowledge, skills and industry depth that will help ensure Kubota’s continued momentum and success.”

The senior leadership team announcement coincides with the expansion of the Kubota Industrial Engineering (KIE) facility in Jefferson, Georgia.… Continue reading

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White Planters introduces 9000 Series

The all-new 12-row, three-section White Planters Model 9812-30 offers 12-foot narrow-transport, 30-inch row spacing and the efficiency of a Central Fill System.

White Planters™, the industry-leading row-crop planter line from AGCO, Your Agriculture Company(NYSE:AGCO), today introduced its new 9000 Series, featuring the Model 9812-30 forward-fold, narrow-transport row-crop planter. With an enhanced seed meter design and a new cast-design row unit, the 9000 Series reaffirms White Planters’ reputation for delivering precise seed placement and machine longevity with minimal maintenance. Available with a full range of options and attachments, the new planters may be configured to fit any production system, from conventional to no-till and to plant crops ranging from corn, soybeans and sunflowers to sorghum, sugar beets or peanuts.

“The new 9000 Series is ideal for row-crop producers who expect exceptional performance in the field and appreciate simple planter maintenance and operation,” says Gary Hamilton, product marketing specialist with White Planters. “We’ve been building durable, long-lasting planters for nearly 40 years, and we’ve learned what it takes to deliver seed placement accuracy in a wide range of conditions.… Continue reading

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New Yetter firming wheel has pressure controlled from cab

The new 2940 Air Adjust* Firming Wheel from Yetter Equipment has an exciting feature—air systems that allow you to adjust pressure from the cab. The latest addition to the Yetter series of cab-controlled attachments that offer a solution for the time demands today’s farmers face, this closing-wheel system takes sealing the seed opening to the next level.

Pressure is controlled from the tractor cab using patent-pending Air Adjust technology. The easy-to-read digital cab controller allows for precise adjustments, making it convenient to change settings between different conditions.

The Firming Wheel complements spike and rubber closing wheels by gently firming the seed zone, which helps create an ideal seedbed. “A perfect seed environment is the result,” said Yetter Territory Manager Jared Head.
“Spike closing wheels easily eliminate sidewall compaction and loosen the soil beside the seed, but field conditions vary, and in some situations, the seedbed may still be less than ideal,” Head explained.… Continue reading

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Apple Farm Service adds third location

By: Stacie Seger

Apple Farm Service recently added a third location in West College Corner Indiana, just across from the Ohio line.

“This business is my passion. We are always looking for ways to remain competitive. The College Corner store I felt was a good fit and it was for sale,” said Bill Apple, owner of Apple Farm Science.

The location’s main line is Case IH.

“That store’s territory will include in whole or part of, Butler and Preble counties in Ohio, plus Fayette, Franklin, Union, and Wayne counties in Indiana,” Apple said. “In numbers of customers, it will account for roughly 25% of our customer base and, in geographic terms, about 30% of our area.”

The College Corner location will also continue to sell Great Plains, Kinze, J&M, BushHog, and a multitude of other short lines. Apple Farm Service is bringing several new equipment lines to the location as well.… Continue reading

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