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December 2010 Archive for Machinery Journal

RSS By: Margy Eckelkamp

The Machinery Journal blog is your place to find the latest machinery updates, industry news, and interesting tid bits.

Definitely Not a $100 Winner

Dec 30, 2010

Here’s an example of what wouldn’t be a winner in our $100 Ideas contest:

  

But you can enter your idea, trick or tool to win cash prizes in the $100 Ideas contest. Every published idea earns at least $100 with the possibility of being named a Double Your Money winner for $200. And you’ll receive a $100 Ideas hat!

Guidelines: The submission…

·         can’t have been previously published

·         Needs to  be safe in construction and operation

·         Should be able to replicated and usable on other farms

Enter online today using this link.

Or mail your idea with a photo(s) or sketch(es), a brief description, and your full contact information including phone number and/or email to:

Farm Journal
P.O Box 1188
Johnston, IA 50131-9421

 

 

Sneak Peek of Ag Connect Expo 2011

Dec 29, 2010

Taking place from Jan. 8 to 10 in Atlanta, Ga., Ag Connect Expo 2011 presents an international event for agriculture. Setting itself apart from other industry events, Ag Connect Expo places a priority on providing attendees with exhibits from around the world, educational events, and prime networking opportunities.

With a spectrum of companies on the exhibition floor, it’s a guarantee there will be plenty of new machines, technologies and products to explore.

Here’s a bit of a sneak peek of what will be unveiled on the show floor:

·         high-power, high-capacity harvesting machines

·         tech savvy tractors

·         smart irrigation systems

·         precision ag components that take technology and machinery integration to a new level

·         tools for livestock production in the field and in the parlor

·         services for integrated farm management

·         machines from around the world

Farm Journal’s team of editors will be at the show and will be posting full coverage during the event on our Ag Connect page: http://www.agweb.com/agconnect

Project Fresh Start Progress

Dec 21, 2010

“Maria” Luke Goessling’s planter is getting a makeover courtesy of Project Fresh Start and the Precision Planting pit crew.

So far, the planter has been stripped down, the gauge wheels have been taken apart and painted, and a fresh coat of paint is ready to be applied to the toolbar. You can see more updates on the Facebook page of Precision Planting and this album.

 

If Fiat Gives Green Light, AGCO Seeks to Buy CNH

Dec 09, 2010

In numerous reports (referencing the same interview) it’s being said that AGCO CEO Martin Richenhagen met with Fiat's chief executive Sergio Marchionne within the past few days.

In that conversation Richenhagen said his company would like to acquire Fiat’s CNH, if the business was for sale.

So really the question remains, “Is CNH for sale?”

In November, AGCO finished the acquisition of Laverda from the ARGO Group, which effects the company’s European harvesting business. This business transaction evolved from a 50% joint venture.

In U.S. joint venture news, AGCO and Amity Technology have entered an agreement to develop and distribute air seeding and tillage equipment.

Since its formation in 1990, AGCO Corporation has acquired more than two dozen ag companies and brands.    

New Year, New Emissions Standard, New Machines and More to Come

Dec 08, 2010

As the calendar flips to 2011, the next level of emission standards mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency—Tier 4 Interim for engines 174 hp and higher—will take effect.

“If you look at the greatest challenges in our industry, for many years it has been the advent of coming online with Tier 4. The industry has spent billions of dollars on research and development to come into compliance,” says Charlie O’Brien VP of ag services for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “Some of the companies have spent 50% of their research and development budgets on Tier 4 compliance in the past few years. These regulations are with good intentions overall, but it hasn’t come without a price.”

Of course, new engines have meant new models of machinery. Manufacturers are working toward a common goal, but they are each using different technologies and strategies to meet regulations and phase the new engines into their lineup. Tier 4 Interim put a fork in the road with engine technologies.

In 2009, AGCO announced its technology path was selective catalytic reduction (SCR) with the Challenger MT600B and Massey Ferguson 8600 Series. After the introduction, AGCO still offered another engine option without the SCR system. However, a year after those models were introduced, I asked a dealer how many of his orders were SCR, and he responded at least 75%.

The other technology path besides SCR is an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR).

And much like the technology paths, there is more than one way manufacturers are reaching compliance. Using government credits, equipment makers are able to offset their timing for bringing models up to compliance.

“For our Apache sprayers, we’ve decided to transition to Tier 4 Interim engines by model. Our 1020 model, which makes up half of our production, will transition as the compliance comes due. But for our other two models, we will use purchased credits with the government to transition those at a later date,” says Matt Hays, CEO of Equipment Technologies.

Manufacturers report that customers are moving forward with machinery purchases.

On December  1, Case IH shipped the world's first tractor that meets Tier 4 Interim emissions standards for ag machinery. Paul Fortkamp, a Fort Recovery, Ohio farmer was the first customer to receive the new Magnum 180 tractor with SCR technology. Fortkamp traveled with his dealer, Hull Brothers, and neighbor Duane Lennartz, who he shares equipment with, to the Case IH tractor factory in Racine, Wis. Fortkamp raises poultry and grows corn and soybeans.

At the end of November, John Deere officials reported that 2,500 retail orders had been placed for 8R tractors with Tier 4 Interim compliant engines.

There are still plenty of machines above the power threshold of 174 hp that we haven’t seen with their new power plants. Stay tuned at the winter farm shows and through the fall for these machines to be rolled off into the public eye.

At least one manufacturer has already revealed that this summer they will have the biggest product introduction in the company’s history.

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