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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: http://www.worksaver.com/product/matl-handle.html.  E-mail: sales@worksaver.com.

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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.  

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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.

View additional product information: http://www.landpride.com/products/32/compact-drills

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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ADS announces 54th manufacturing plant


Eastern Michigan location will add supply to region’s ag and commercial demand

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS) announced today that it will open a new manufacturing plant in Clifford, Michigan to meet the growing demand for the company’s corrugated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. The plant is expected to be in operation during the second calendar quarter of 2012. This will be ADS’ second pipe production facility in Michigan, complementing the existing plant located in Owosso.
“The new Clifford facility is strategically located to help serve the growing customer base in the “thumb” of Michigan, as well as southwestern Ontario”, stated Joe Chlapaty, Chairman and CEO of Advanced Drainage Systems.
In August 2011, Chlapaty announced a $10 million program directed at improving and expanding ADS manufacturing capacity and delivery ability in the entire mid-west region. “This new Michigan plant is an extension of that program,” he stated. “And we will continue to increase and accelerate our efforts to keep ahead of the demand which we have seen grow during the past few years.” During 2011 ADS opened new plants in Hampton, Iowa and in Buxton, North Dakota.

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Hemisphere GPS acquires of AgJunction

Hemisphere GPS today announced that it is entering the emerging data services market in precision agriculture with a purchase agreement to acquire the assets and operations of AgJunction from GVM, Inc. AgJunction, located in State College, Pennsylvania, provides a cloud-based data management software platform and wireless hardware to precision agriculture  retailers and growers.

Driven by ever-increasing global food demand versus higher costs of inputs including fuel, fertilizer, pesticides and water, agriculture is increasingly becoming a high-technology business. Data services now represent an emerging growth segment in precision agriculture with market adoption driving an 80% 3-year cumulative annual revenue growth rate for AgJunction. Through this acquisition, Hemisphere GPS aims to rapidly offer its customer base connected solutions integrating location based technology hardware with cloud based wireless data management services.

Established in 2008, AgJunction has developed a patent-pending, flexible, web-based system for client, farm and field management. The system is open and cloud-based to easily capture and share data from many types of precision agriculture controllers on the farm.

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Yetter offers powerful residue management solution


The 2966 Twin Row Residue Manager, from Yetter Farm Equipment, partners perfectly with newer model John Deere, hydraulic-
drive, twin-row planters. The single-wheel residue manager, specially engineered for twin-row planters, is a solid choice to
improve seedbeds and offers return on investment in all types of tillage conditions.
By using the 2966 Twin Row Residue Manager, producers can prepare a better seedbed and expect soil to warm more quickly.
“Yetter residue managers help create better seed-to-soil contact, which promotes even emergence. Producers get a better return
on investment from seed dollars,” said Yetter Territory Manager Ryan Cramer.
The Twin Row Residue Manager is available in right- and lefthanded models. Growers can choose the patented SharkTooth®
residue management wheel or one of the other effective residue manager wheel options available from Yetter. The single-arm design places the residue manager wheel at a slight angle for more effective clearing of residue in front of tru-vee openers during planting.

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