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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.

Grain Systems Inc. • (888) GSI-BINS • www.gsiag.com

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.

Mueller Milk Coolers – The Quality Standard in Milk Cooling and Storage

You want quality equipment cooling and storing your source of income and Mueller® milk coolers set the world quality standard. They are known for their dependability and durability, so you can count on years of trouble-free performance. Mueller milk coolers also provide low operating costs, precise temperature control, and a wide range of standard features. Mueller milk coolers protect your milk and your peace of mind.

Mueller milk coolers feature double-wall construction to maintain temperatures and use their exclusive Mueller Temp-Plate® heat transfer surface for maximum cooling capacity and low energy costs. They are available in 13 sizes from 500 to 8000 gallons to suit the needs of both large and small dairy operations. Read more

KRONE AM-S Rear-Mounted Disc Mower Gives High-Quality Forage

A perfect and clean cut is at the heart of high-quality forage. As a result, it is not only the design of the cutterbar but also its suspension system that is important here. The KRONE rear-mounted AM-S disc mower featuring DuoGrip suspension not only suspends the mower in its center of gravity but also provides the unit with lateral guidance. The system maintains the ground pressure across the full work width and provides highest stability, lowest weight, and optimum side control.

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Priefert Celebrates 50 Years of Farm, Ranch, and Rodeo

Founded by Marvin Priefert in 1964, Priefert has grown into one of the largest farm, ranch and rodeo equipment manufacturers in the world. When Marvin built his first headgate in a one room shop on his farm, he had no idea that his first piece of ranch equipment would help revolutionize the livestock handling industry and go on to become the foundation of one of the most respected ranch equipment manufacturing companies in the business. Now in its third generation of leadership, Priefert is still family owned and operated. Its product offerings have expanded to include cattle, equine, poultry, canine, and rodeo lines, making Priefert a one stop shop for all your farm, ranch, and rodeo needs. Read more