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February 2011 Archive for Machinery Journal

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

A Blue New Holland Skid Steer

Feb 17, 2011

To recognize the new 200 series of loaders, New Holland has customized a model with wrap around graphics, tinted windows, everything in sight covered with chrome and a blue leather seat.

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Before NFMS Opens, Your Look Inside

Feb 15, 2011

The folks at the Kentucky Expo Center have posted an album of photos during set up for the 2011 National Farm Machinery Show. You can view the entire album here:

The Farm Journal Media team is on the ground in Louisville for the week. Stay tuned to our coverage here: We'll walk the more than 1.2 million square feet to be your eyes and ears to report the new machines and technology as well as from the pit of the National Championship Tractor Pull.

Vermeer in Spotlight of I Make America Campaign

Feb 15, 2011

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers launched the I Make America campaign to put a spotlight on American manufacturing. Vermeer Corporation of Pella, Iowa is part of the latest installment of their video series.


To learn more about the campaign, visit their web site:

Own a Piece of New Holland History

Feb 14, 2011

In celebration of the 50th year of being in the self-propelled forage harvester business, New Holland is produced a special limited edition of the FR9000 Series. There will only be 50 of these machines made with the latest tech innovations as standard equipment and anniversary decals.

The anniversary model features eye-catching commemorative decals, black accents, a chrome exhaust, luxury seat and leather steering wheel. The custom-built machines are designed to symbolize New Holland’s 50 years of experience in the field with self-propelled forage harvesters
The anniversary edition will be outfitted with:
·         Metaloc - System detects ferrous metal objects in the forage and instantly stops the feedrolls; active protection for the machine and for livestock.
·         Adjust-O-Matic - System sharpens knives and automatically regulates the knife-to-shearbar clearance; better fodder quality and reduced power and fuel requirements.
·         Variflow Crop Accelerator - System quickly adapts the blower position versus the cutterhead in relation to the use of the crop processor.
·         Power Cruise II - System adapts the engine speed and ground speed in relation to the crop load, resulting in fuel savings of up to 15 percent on the field and up to 20 percent on the road.
·         IntelliFill - System with 3D camera for automatic trailer filling that won the 2010 EIMA Innovation Award and a Gold Medal at Agritechnica 2009.
·         IntelliView III touchscreen monitor and CommandGrip multifunction handle - Maximum intuition and simplicity of operation, now also adopted on new tractors in the New Holland T7 and T8 Series.
·         HydroLoc - Feed roll drive system provides instant and on-the move chop length adjustment to suit specific requirements.
·         Double Drive - Independent header speed adjustment particularly useful for large heads in demanding crop conditions. The attachment speed can be adapted independently from the feed rolls optimizing crop cutting and collection.

Sneak Peek of New Machinery at Louisville

Feb 11, 2011

With 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space, next week's National Farm Machinery Show at the Kentucky Expo Center will have plenty for all to see. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the farm iron that will be unveiled on this year’s show:

  •  High Capacity Skid Steers
  •  Utility Tractors Designed for Farm Chores
  • New Technologies Applied for Farm Tires
  • Tillage Tools for Today’s Residue Challenges
  • Tools to Make the Planter Pass More Efficient
  • Precision Ag Components Designed for Return on Investment and Efficiency in the Field
Be sure to check out our complete coverage LIVE from the event:

John Deere Green on the Big Screen

Feb 09, 2011

A recent post on the Machine Finder blog highlighted the appearances of John Deere equipment in the movies.  

John Deere Model D in Seabiscuit
John Deere 2840 in Field of Dreams
JD fieldofdreams 

500 hp ANTS

Feb 08, 2011

With up to 563 hp, the two module ANTS ag vehicle was unveiled during the 60th anniversary celebration for Valtra. ANTS (which has its roots in the current Valtra lineup of the A, N, T, and S Series tractors), are built to be versatile, efficient, lightweight and powerful.

The two modules include a solider unit and a worker unit. The two can be combined into a single unit with three axles, eight wheels and 536 hp.
The cab is adjustable along the “spinal core” of the ANTS modules. The cab window features the control panel, the controls are voice activated, and the cab is outfitted with intelligent armrests.
ANTS use a drivetrain technology with an electric motor located in each of the wheels–the wheels are expandable and respond for traction in all working conditions.
Check out the concept vehicle yourself in the video below or view the 1:5 scale model that will be on display at SIMA and Agritechnica.

For more visit the Valtra anniversary homepage:

51,000 bu. Harvested in 10 Hours

Feb 07, 2011

On October 10, 2010, the team from Lexion harvested a record 51,153 bushels of corn over ten hours (9hrs. 7min. actual harvest time). The event took place on a 590 acre corn field farmed by the Stewart Farms Partnership near Yorkville, Ill. In the first hour, the 760 Terra Trac harvested, 5,954 bu. The field had a yield average of 220 to 235 bu./acre. The team used Claas telematics to see engine load and harvesting throughput during the day. The 760 is the second largest machine offered in the 700 series of Lexion combines from Claas.


For more visit:

Compare Machines Side-by-Side

Feb 02, 2011

The Case IH comparison tool allows a user to select up to five competitive models in the following equipment categories:

Planting and Seeding Equipment
Application Equipment
Harvesting Equipment
Hay and Forage Equipment
Skid Steers

Then you can convert the results to PDF or Excel worksheet.

Check out the Case IH tool here:

This past year, AGCO also introduced a comparison tool here (which includes combines) here

Join Farm Journal in Louisville

Feb 01, 2011

Mark your calendar to kick tires and see the latest technology at the 2011 National Farm Machinery Show and Championship Tractor Pull, held Feb. 16 to 19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
Seminars and Show Tapings
Take advantage of these free Farm Journal Media events at the show, held in Room 105 of the South Wing B Conference Center.
Corn College Tune-Up with Ken Ferrie and Missy Bauer Farm Journal Field Agronomists
Wed., Feb. 16, 10 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 18, 10 a.m.
Sponsored by Great Plains Manufacturing and SFP

How the Marketing Game has Changed
Presented by AgWeb blogger Kevin Van Trump
Wed., Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m.
Rising Used Values: The New Reality with Greg Peterson Implement & Tractor’s Auction Action Columnist
Wed., Feb. 16, 1 p.m.
Sponsored by Bush Hog
Marketing Outlook with Bob Utterback Farm Journal Economist
Wed., Feb. 16, 2:30 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 17, 10 a.m.
Sponsored by Great Plains Manufacturing and SFP
Live Marketing Roundtable Taping for “U.S. Farm Report”
Panelists: Bob Utterback, Mark Gold and Gregg Hunt
Hosted by Al Pell
Thurs., Feb. 17, 2:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Challenger and Syngenta
Stop By and Visit
Most of these individuals will be at the show throughout the week. They will also honor the following appearance schedule in the Farm Journal Media booth, Booth 128 in South Wing A.

Wed., Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Frank Lee, Implement & Tractor Sales Tips columnist
Wed., Feb 16, 2 to 4 p.m.
Ken Ferrie, Farm Journal Agronomist
Wed., Feb. 16, 4 to 6 p.m.
Charlene Finck, Farm Journal Editor and Test Plots Director
Thurs., Feb. 17, noon to 2 p.m.
Bob Utterback, Farm Journal Economist
Fri., Feb. 18, noon to 2 p.m.
Missy Bauer, Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist
Fri., Feb. 18, 2 to 4 p.m.
Margy Fischer, Farm Journal Machinery Editor and Assistant Test Plots Director


Admission to the show and Farm Journal educational seminars is free. Parking is $8. The show is open each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. For more information, visit Pull tickets, go to or call (800) 745-3000.



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