Machinery News

Farm Shops

  • New Demands on Farm Shops

    05/23/2017 01:02 PM

    With every part of an operation set on go, the farm shop is a critical switchboard of activity. 

  • The Perks of Propane-Powered Irrigation
    05/23/2017 07:00 AM Across the United States, thousands of farmers are changing how they power their irrigation systems. According to the PROPANE EDUCATION AND RESOURCE COUNCIL (PERC), from 2008 to 2013, 25 percent more farms added propane-powered irrigation and, as a result, nearly 1.1 million acres were irrigated with systems driven by propane in 2013. Why are so many farmers making the change? Propane is a high-performance, cost-effective option that’s right for nearly any operation.
  • Any Ground Is No Longer An Adequate Ground
    05/21/2017 07:47 PM Make sure you and your electronics are "seeing" the same ground.
  • Why Service Calls Can Be So Expensive
    05/18/2017 07:27 PM An explanation for service callss twice as expensive as you expected.
  • Grudging Acknowledgement of Technology
    05/13/2017 07:54 AM There may be something to all the bells and whistles on new planters.
  • Cumulative Wear to Planters
    05/10/2017 07:35 PM Sometimes it's not so much about being "broke" as being "worn out."
  • Is Your Hydraulic Fluid Doing Enough for Your Equipment?
    05/04/2017 07:00 AM Not all hydraulic fluids are created equal. A poor-quality fluid can lead to damaged or nonfunctioning machinery. Learn the difference between premium hydraulic fluid and standard or generic fluid.
  • Don't Call With Clean Pants
    05/01/2017 06:47 PM Sometimes diagnosing planter problems over the phone requires odd questions.
  • Protecting Your Equipment, Inside and Out
    04/24/2017 07:00 AM Regular maintenance is key to keeping your equipment running smoothly. A fast and easy step you can take yourself is to perform a monthly oil analysis.

$100 Idea

Do you have a really great idea that has made life easier on your farm? 

Share your unpublished ideas and join our $100 Ideas Club. Upon publication, you’ll receive a hat and check. The Double Your Money winner receives $200. Other farmers featured receive $100 each.

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What A Day!

Have you ever had one of those days? These farmers sure have!

If you've had one of those days—or caught someone else's on film—we'd love to share it with our readers. Link to the gallery and submit your own What a Day! online.

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  • Heart of Delta Hides Visionary Farmer

    05/22/2017 05:02 AM

    An American farming story: When Mike Wagner spliced a vertical business approach with ultra-conservation, he created one of the most unique agriculture operations in the United States.

  • Arkansas Rice Farmers Test Water-Saving Technique
    04/26/2017 09:38 AM

    Generations of Arkansas rice growers who farmed the flood plains near the Mississippi River had little reason to pay attention to water supplies or their impact on a changing climate. Dan Hooks is different.

  • Could This be a Game Changer for Phosphorus?
    04/21/2017 11:18 AM

    At great cost, phosphorus is laboriously mined and processed so it can be used by the agriculture industry. Some 27.6 million metric tons were removed from the earth in 2015. But an agtech UW-Madison spinoff has discovered another innovative way to collect this valuable mineral.

  • Who Killed the Finest Soybean Soil in the World?
    03/21/2017 10:44 PM

    Randy Dowdy says a gas line company is responsible for major topsoil losses on his record-breaking farmland.

  • Where Sustainability and Technology Collide
    03/17/2017 10:24 AM

    Field to Market recently announced it is now able to integrate sustainability metrics and algorithms of its Fieldprint Platform with several leading precision ag and farm management software programs. This represents one of several moves the group hopes will help meet its ambitious goal of 50 million participating acres by 2020.

  • Online Resource Helps Irrigators Manage Water Allocations
    03/02/2017 06:09 AM

    Crop Quest launches management and reporting tool for water resources. 

  • Irrigation Makes a Splash in Yield
    10/22/2016 02:30 AM

    A 110-acre reservoir, five pumps and 18 pivots net a big return on investment

  • How a 110-Acre Reservoir Transformed This Alabama Farm
    10/19/2016 01:22 PM

    Dee River Ranch features a whole-farm irrigation system fed by a 110-acre reservoir. Five 150-hp pumps supply water to 18 pivots and one corner unit across 2,800 acres of corn and soybeans. The results since 2011? Corn profits ranging from $144-$1,093 per acre over non-irrigated ground, and soybean profits hovering between $115-215 per acre over non-irrigated ground.

  • Pigweed War Reaches Far Beyond Farmland
    09/22/2016 07:08 AM

    On many farming operations, mowing has given way to high-powered pre-emerges to kill vegetation, but bald ditches may spawn a regulatory leviathan. Silt gathering in the bottom of ditches and canals; eroded turn rows; washed out roads; and hammered PTO ditches are caught in a vicious spray cycle of unintended consequences with no simple fix.

Precision Ag

  • Trimble to Acquire German Precision Ag Company

    05/25/2017 03:36 PM

    Trimble announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the privately held German-based Müller-Elektronik, which specializes in implement control and precision farming products.

  • Crunch Numbers To Find Precision Ag Efficiencies
    05/19/2017 12:14 PM

    What’s the first move in determining if a new technology is worth investing in for your farming operation? Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie suggests dusting off your calculator.

  • Large or Small, Tech Benefits All
    05/11/2017 08:00 AM

    Rough ground and odd-shaped fields might increase the value

  • Right Mindset Key to Using Successful Farm Management Software
    05/09/2017 02:49 PM

    The benefits of precision agriculture and data management systems are widely agreed upon but the generational gap, in terms of technology adoption, on and off the farm remains a significant barrier to the broad use of these management advancements.

  • 6 Tips For Application Season
    03/16/2017 08:46 AM

    These tips could help with this season and every season ahead. 

  • The Big Picture on Precision Ag
    02/11/2017 01:02 AM

    Veris Technologies Inc. designs, builds and markets sensors and controls for the precision ag industry. Veris President Eric Lund discusses the growing precision ag marketplace, the impact on the industry and offers insight for farmers climbing the agtech learning curve.

  • New Innovations and Technology From John Deere Part 1 2-9 audio
    02/09/2017 06:00 AM In today's show I sit down with Beverly Flores Media Relations Manager with John Deere to talk about some of the new precision ag technology that is on the market today and how they are trying to focus on customers during these challenging times. Part 1 in a 2 Part series.
  • Farm Inventor Goes Digital DIY
    11/29/2016 02:32 PM

    Jim Poyzer is a new breed of innovator connecting digital DIY technology to older equipment.

  • The Quest for Apples-To-Apples Farm Data
    11/21/2016 08:44 PM

    Anyone who has collected baseball cards understands that part of the appeal lies with the statistics on the back. How many RBIs, home runs, strikeouts and other stats a particular player has amassed arms the fans with the data they need to argue about who’s the best – and who falls short. Jason Tatge, CEO of Farmobile, can relate.