2014 World Ag Expo: Big Crowds, Warm Weather and New Innovations

February 14, 2014 09:43 AM
2014 World Ag Expo: Big Crowds, Warm Weather and New Innovations

The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Farm Journal. It corresponds with the article "Where Worlds Meet." You can find the article in Farm Journal's 2014 March issue.

The world's largest annual agricultural exposition drew 100,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibitors to Tulare, Calif., Feb. 11-13, 2014.


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Hot products and award-winners

Equipment companies such as Case Construction Equipment and Massey Ferguson displayed their best and brightest in outdoor exhibits along Median and Greenbelt streets at this year’s World Ag Expo.

New products from Case included the SR210 skid steer and TR270 compact track loader. Both machines feature maintenance-free Tier 4 Final solutions, as well as new controls and enhanced productivity capabilities. Massey Ferguson featured the WR9800 Series self-propelled windrowers from Hesston as well as Hesston’s 2270XD large-square baler.

Reece Andrews, new technology product manager for Lindsay Corporation, demonstrated his company’s new FieldNET product. The wireless micro-irrigation management system allows growers to see, schedule and control their entire irrigation operation at any time and from anywhere. FieldNET was named one of World Ag Expo’s Top 10 New Products for 2014.

"The irrigation controller on FieldNET is an industry first," Andrews says. "You can easily control your entire system from anywhere with an Internet connection using the FieldNET apps for smartphones or tablets or Internet browser instead of trying to decipher and use the limiting interfaces of traditional irrigation controllers."

Inside Pavilion C, developer Jared Siegler sold several of his GeoBlu Explorer, or "Quad Copter," units during the show. The unmanned aerial vehicle offers producers a bird's eye view of fields, pastures, orchards and vineyards. The Explorer comes equipped with a camera to produce still or video images. It sells for $2,700 and is another of Expo’s 2014 Top 10 New Products.

Just outside of the Farm Credit Dairy Center, DeLaval’s Feed Pusher FPM300 drew keen interest from dairy producers. Also a Top 10 New Product winner at this year’s show, the robot offers a simple, labor-saving alternative for pushing forage closer to cows at the feed bunk. It will be commercially available by the third quarter of 2014.

"The DeLaval feed pusher is easy to install and operate in any type of animal housing facility – new or old," says Mark Futcher, marketing manager with DeLaval’s Automatic Milking Systems.

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