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February 2013 Archive for Machinery Journal

RSS By: Aimee Cope, Farm Journal

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

The Most Popular Tractors to Compare

Feb 27, 2013

 Just before the end of last year, we launched a new way for you to research tractors with the AgWeb Tractor Search tool. You can find it here:

One of the helpful features of this tool is the ability to do side-by-side comparisons of the tractors. So far, here are the most popular:

Case IH LBW Puma 200 CVT vs John Deere 7200R

New Holland T6050 vs John Deere 6430

Case IH Magnum 235 vs Case IH Magnum 210 PS

John Deere 6125R vs John Deere 6115R

John Deere 9360R vs John Deere 8360R

Recap Coverage from NFMS ‘13

Feb 21, 2013

 To see all of multimedia coverage visit Below is a list of our headlines…


Interviews with Farm Journal Seminar Speakers:

Bob Utterback: ‘The Storm Clouds Are Looming’

Six Trends for Used Machinery in 2013 

Weakened Demand for Used Combines Persists 

Used Ag Equipment Values Climb Higher 


Coverage from Freedom Hall and the Tractor Pull:

Indiana Tractor-Pulling Family Talks Shop 

2013 Championship Tractor Pull Results 

2013 Championship Tractor Pull Preview 

Tractor-Pull Techs Keep Sport Safe 

Tractor-Pull Expert Recounts 40 Years of Sport 

Wisconsin Puller Talks Tractor Specs at NFMS 


Machinery and Technology News:

Precision Ag: Does Farm Size Matter? 

Hardi Enters Self-Propelled Sprayer Market 

Loftness Introduces Windrow Draper 30 

Steinbauer Product Improves Diesel Engine Efficiency 

Woods Showcases New Cutters, Grapples, Loader 

New Holland Highlights Tractor Range at NFMS 

Farm King Unveils 60’ Sidedress Toolbar 

Massey Ferguson’s New Tractors for Haying and Farm Chores 

Quicke Loaders Extend Reach with Rhino Alliance 

Unlock Your Farm Data 

JCB Debuts Tier 4 Interim Fastracs, Loadall and Articulated Telehandler 

Precision Planting Unveils Electric vDrive System 

FMC Bolsters Online, Mobile Resources 

Michelin Expands YieldBib Line, Boosts Stubble Protection 

Changing How We Look at Fertilizers? 

Kioti Pink Tractor Auction for Cancer Underway in Louisville 

Versatile’s Trio of New Row Crop Tractors 

From Tools to Tractors 

Ready for NFMS ‘13

Feb 12, 2013

 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.


Trends in Used Equipment Values with Greg Peterson

Implement & Tractor’s "Auction Action" Columnist

Wed., Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.


Marketing Outlook with Bob Utterback

Farm Journal Economist

Thurs., Feb. 14, 10 a.m.


Live Marketing Roundtable Taping for "U.S. Farm Report"

Hosted by Al Pell

Thurs., Feb. 14, 2:30 p.m.



Follow Us on Social Media

Want to find us at the show and get the latest farm show updates? Follow @FarmJournal and@AgWebEditor on Twitter, and like the Farm Journal page and the AgWeb page on Facebook. You can also chat with social media editor Nate Birt (@natebirt). Remember to use the hashtag #nfms13 so we'll see your message.


Plus, check out our social media homepage at You can also view video updates from the show at

Preview of NFMS 2013

Feb 11, 2013

Here’s the top machinery, products and technologies our team looks to learn more about: 

Planters with electric drives.

Kinze will have the first public unveiling of its new 4900 series planter, the new 4000 series row unit and an all-new vacuum seed meter with option for electric drive. Learn more here.

Precision Planting announced to its dealers that NFMS will provide the introduction of the Precision Planting vSet with electric drive option.

And the Horsch Maestro planter has been making its tour around the farm show circuit how it has been adapted as a corn planter for the North American market.


There will be many new models of utility and compact utility tractors to see stretching from the South Wing to the West Hall. A special auction will be taking place at Kioti's booth, where a pink CS2410 subcompact will be auctioned for the proceeds to be given to breast cancer research. 


On the technology front, expect to see the continued evolution of telematics.


Don’t forget the Championship Tractor Pull, taking place every night from Feb. 13 to 16.


You can find all of our coverage from the event here:

Kinze Puts Its History on Display

Feb 07, 2013

 Whether it’s a four-wheel drive tractor with a planter mounted into the air, a series of to-scale grain carts stacked as a tower, or its impressive manufacturing facility, Kinze Manufacturing has attracted many eyeballs and visitors along their travels through Iowa on I-80.

In January, the company opened its first-ever museum open to the public at the Kinze Innovation Center. All of the major agricultural inventions by Kinze founder and president Jon Kinzenbaw, as well as those made by Kinze engineers are highlighted in the exhibits.

web Kinze Innovation Center

Kinze Manufacturing began in 1965 when Jon Kinzenbaw took out a small bank loan and used his gifts and abilities with machinery and design to build what is today quoted as one of the largest family-owned, privately held ag machinery companies.

The exhibits include:

Big Blue

web Kinze Innovation Center Big Blue

web Kinze museum bigblue

A Tractor of the season from the private Kinzenbaw collection

web Kinze Farmall

A replica of the first workshop, including the Kinzenbaw’s original welding bench

kinze welding bench

An area where visitors can design their own Kinze planter and grain cart

An example of a Kinze repowered John Deere 5020.

web Kinze repower

The first Kinze grain cart

web kinzefirstgraincart

Kinze Autonomy, the world’s first large-scale, truly autonomous row-crop solution

Company milestones include: the company’ s first mass produced item was an anhydrous applicator; the first two-wheel grain cart, although many thought the equipment would be a fad, it was quickly an adopted piece of machinery and in five years farmers thought it a necessity for harvest; push units on planters; Twin-Line pivot fold planters; and more. 

Completed in December 2012, the Innovations Center is now open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations are required, but large groups are asked to call ahead.

Interactive displays for adults and kids, including this Kinze Innovation Diplomat pledge:

web kinze pledge 

Learn more here:

Need Help Out of the Mud?

Feb 06, 2013

 Purdue University’s Fred Whitford presents information that overflows with not only with practicality but also entertainment. He’s a regular at our Corn College events, and now he’s released a new publication titled "Extracting Stuck Equipment."

This publication was inspired by questions he received during presentations on proper tie-downs and quality of chains. Here’s a video description from Whitford: 


The 96-page publication is available for free download or $5 in printed form from Purdue's The Education Store. The book can be ordered online

Hagie Unveils First Ever Toy

Feb 04, 2013

 After many years of inquiries, Hagie has given a sneak peak of the 1/64 scale STS 12 toy sprayer. Although the toys won’t be available until this summer, updates will be posted on, along with the company’s facebook and twitter.

The Hagie toy sprayer is being created by Ertl and will be available for purchase online at, as well as at various farm shows and farm supply retailers.toy sprayer

What Company Will Kubota Buy

Feb 01, 2013

 I’ll be honest, it takes a certain level of momentum behind a machinery business rumor before I get excited about it. Plenty of people were spreading the early rumor that Kubota might be looking to acquire a company to fulfill its mission to enter the large ag machinery market. (Check out my report on that aspiration here.)

And then, the Wall Street Journal joined the group. And the potential of Kubota making a move to acquire a company drove me to blog about it.

Just a few days ago, Reuters posted this.  

Remember, in 2012 Kubota starting makes its moves to acquire Kverneland, reportedly for its strong presence in the implement market in South America. So already the Japanese machinery maker has shown its interest and ability to expand its lineup and worldwide presence beyond its traditional tractor market. 

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