Industry News

Prospects for corn consumption

With expectations of a record large U.S. corn crop in 2014, market attention will soon shift to prospects for corn consumption. The market will follow a number of indicators of potential use as well as the revealed pace of consumption in the ethanol, export, and feed markets, said University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good.

“Ethanol use of corn has increased during the 2013-14 marketing year following a sharp decline during the 2012-13 marketing year. The increase has been fueled by a combination of increased domestic consumption of ethanol, increasing exports and declining ethanol imports, and some rebuilding of ethanol stocks,” Good said. Read more

Kinze, Raven partner on Next Generation Planter Solutions

Kinze® Manufacturing, Inc. announces a partnership with Raven Industries to develop a standalone monitor solution for the Kinze 4900 series planter. With this new monitor, Kinze and Raven have partnered to develop the software and its integration with the planter, with the goal of eliminating reliance on ISOBUS and other manufacturers’ software.

In addition to the standalone monitor solution, Kinze’s plan is to have the 4900 planter also support ISOBUS virtual terminals that meet Kinze’s requirements and pass Kinze's qualification tests. While features of the monitor are currently in development, the current plan is to include: Read more

Keep Nitrogen in Place With New Attachment From Yetter Mfg.

Making the most of fertilizer investments is on the top of producers’ minds as overall input costs continue to rise. The new 6200-060 N Keeper from Yetter Farm Equipment seals the slot that is opened during fertilizer application, helping ensure growing plants can take full advantage of either pre-plant or side-dress applied N. Read more

BouMatic’s Patented Flo-Star MAX Provides Maximum Performance, Fast Milkout

The Flo-Star MAX has top-unloading action from a bottom-unloading claw. The Flo-Star MAX's unique hooded outlet sump causes an emptying action similar to what is found with top-unloading claws. The X-crossed inlets cause milk to flow down the walls of the claw and into the sloped bottom half, which directs the milk to the out-let area. The hooded outlet results in little pooling of milk in the claw, which is common with barrel type claws. The Flo-Star MAX is constructed with the latest dairy approved engineered resins. Read more

Kinze Continues Progress on World’s First Electric Multi-Hybrid Planter

Kinze® Manufacturing, Inc. continues progress on the world’s first electric multi-hybrid planter, with six planters having successfully been used for planting on test plots in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana this spring. Based on early successes with the multi-hybrid planter, Kinze is putting the model into limited production for the spring 2015 planting season.

Kinze first announced the concept planter, which provides farmers with the ability to change the seed hybrid they are planting automatically as the planter moves through the field, last December and has made rapid progress with it since then. This spring the company collaborated with several seed businesses, including AgriGold, Beck’s Hybrids, Burrus Hybrids, and DuPont Pioneer, on test plots. Read more

Rake In Benefits With Kubota’s RA1024T Single Rotary Rake

The new Kubota RA1042T single rotor rake is designed for low power requirements, while still delivering considerable working with of 13’9”. Offering a pull-type design and linkage mounted drawbar, the Kubota RA1042T can be easily operated by low horsepower tractors. The flexible tines and curved tine arms do not touch the ground during work, significantly reducing the risk of dirt being collected into the windrow. The Kubota RA1042T leaves a fluffy and well-shaped windrow. All tine arms can be removed and parked along the frame, an advantage in both transport and storage. Read more

USDA Corn Conference Now Open To Crop Advisors And Farmers

Crop Advisors can earn continuing education credits for CCA certification through in-person and online attendance of the Resilient Agriculture Conference, August 5-7, in Ames, Iowa. Farmers and crop advisors throughout the upper Midwest are encouraged to attend in person or online, as most conference sessions will be live-streamed, with the exception of the field activities. Read more

Introducing the New, Improved Quick Disconnect 2 Corn Head Stalk Leveling Device


May Wes Manufacturing re-engineered their popular Quick Disconnect STALK STOMPER and have taken it to a new level with the launch of their new Quick Disconnect 2 (Patent Pending).

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WestfaliaSurge Products Promotes Top Performance For Milk Producers

Leading competence and groundbreaking technology: The products of the former corporate brand WestfaliaSurge are still regarded as trendsetters. The product line WestfaliaSurge of GEA Farm Technologies is the pivot of modern milk production. WestfaliaSurge and GEA Farm Technologies believe in promoting animal-friendly milking with a high level of operator comfort.

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No browning, less grease with Florida’s Elkton potato

A new potato variety grown for use as a chip should be more marketable because it averts a process that causes the crop to brown, and may be less oily than current tubers, a University of Florida researcher says.

The Elkton potato does not succumb to internal heat necrosis, said Lincoln Zotarelli, a UF assistant horticultural sciences professor and faculty member at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The disorder is caused by high temperature and changes to soil moisture and nutrients and leaves the potato brown inside. Read more