Industry News

John Deere rolls out new R4045 Sprayer for large farms, service providers

John Deere R4045 SprayerWith the introduction of the R4045 Sprayer, John Deere is adding a higher horsepower, large capacity self-propelled sprayer to the lineup of 4 Series sprayers introduced in 2013. The R4045, which replaces the company’s 4940 Sprayer, offers the high application rates, productive spray speeds, and all the technology and comfort that ag service providers and large producers need to cover large fields quickly and efficiently. Read more

Why Do Farmers Farm the Way They Do?

Farmers must be masters of adaptation—they must cope with changing federal policies, fluctuating crop prices, and advancing technology. A new report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture shows how farmers in northeast Iowa have adapted to change over the past 80 years. Read more

The Strength of Steel with the Touch of Family at Topline Steel Buildings

A family business, Topline Steel Buildings produces quality work made from 100% American steel. From commercial steel buildings to steel farm buildings, from recreational buildings to storage sheds, we do it all and we do it well. Over the years, we've earned our reputation as a premium producer of custom-made steel buildings.

While our home is in the heartland, we ship worldwide. Our business began with small jobs for Kansas farmers. Today, we build internationally for individuals, businesses, and governments. We still take great care of our good friends here in Kansas and the Midwest; and now, we offer the same detailed attention to the rest of the world! Read more

AGCO Opens New Painting Facility in Hesston, Kansas

Two years and $40 million dollars later, the ribbon was cut on AGCO’s manufacturing facility with the latest finishing and paint technologies in Hesston, Kansas. The new 200,000-square-foot state-of-the-art dip and powder coat pain facility consolidate AGCO Hesston operations’ paint stations from two operations into one streamlined efficient building. Read more

GSI U-Trough Bin Unloader is Aggressive in All Conditions

GSI U-Trough Bin Unloaders are available for bins up to 60 ft. diameter, 5000-6000 bph—capacities may vary depending on grain type and conditions. The U-Trough fits under most standard aeration floors and requires minimal assembly. It features an adjustable flight for easy expansion to the outer wall, dual action sweep wheels that move the unloader through the grain while sweeping outer sidewall grain, and enhanced design to help sustain grain quality. Constructed from top quality galvanized material and components, the GSI U-Trough requires minimal maintenance and will provide years of reliable operation.

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UF/IFAS finding could help farmers stop potato, tomato disease

A University of Florida scientist has pinpointed Mexico as the origin of the pathogen that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, a finding that may help researchers solve the $6 billion-a-year disease that continues to evolve and torment potato and tomato growers around the world.

A disease called “late blight” killed most of Ireland’s potatoes, while today it costs Florida tomato farmers millions each year in lost yield, unmarketable crop and control expenses.

For more than a century, scientists thought the pathogen that caused late blight originated in Mexico. But a 2007 study contradicted earlier findings, concluding it came from the South American Andes. Read more

Stalk Borers Are Migrating to Corn

Degree days are a useful tool to estimate when common stalk borer larvae begin moving into cornfields. About 10 percent of larvae begin moving to corn after accumulating 1,300-1,400 degree days (base 41°F). Degree days have been slowly accumulating this spring, and southwestern Iowa reached this important benchmark this week. Scouting for migrating larvae in corn should begin now to make timely treatment decisions.

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American Farmer to Feature CM Welding in Upcoming Episode on RFD-TV

American Farmer will explore CM Welding's RPR Thrashing/Separating Concave System, which was developed for getting more capacity and less rotor loss in rotor combines, airing second quarter 2014 on RFD-TV. The show will educate viewers on standard rotor loss' and how CM Welding's RPR Thrashing/Separating Concave System results in a smaller net loss of product. Read more

Think twice before bashing farmers and their practices

After offending farmers everywhere with their aggressive ad campaign claiming local-raised food is healthier and anything else is just plain bad, Chipotle is feeling the effects of what some would call Karma.

According to Gary Truitt, Chipotle has seen a shift downward in its stock shares recently, falling 7% to $495.92. The burrito giant also saw its proposed executive pay plan voted down by 77% of shareholders last Thursday. Since the plan was denied, the entire pay structure of higher level employees within the company will now be reviewed. Read more

Biomass Producers and Energy Facilities Soon Can Apply for Qualification in Renewed Biomass Crop Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced support for agriculture producers and energy facilities working to turn renewable biomass materials into clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and will resume this summer.