06/23/2017, 03:46PM

Machinery News

Farm Shops

  • Milkweeds and Stalk Choppers

    06/18/2017 02:15 PM If you don't like current trends in agriculture, wait a few years.
  • Evolving Electrical Testing Methods
    06/10/2017 09:08 AM I concede that my methods for checking voltage are out-of-date.
  • Things the Old Guys Taught Me
    06/03/2017 09:52 AM Sometimes the lesson behind the lesson has the most value.
  • 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."

$100 Idea

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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.

To submit by by mail:

What a Day!, Farm Journal

P.O. Box 958

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  • Is High-Tech Subsurface Moisture Monitoring on the Way?

    06/23/2017 09:38 AM

    Purdue University has developed technology that researchers say could be used by farmers in the future to more accurately sense subsurface moisture by measuring the reflections from communication satellite signals.

  • First-Ever Rice Farming Carbon Credits Sold to Microsoft
    06/14/2017 01:56 PM

    For the past four years, the California Air Resources Board, the Environmental Defense Fund and others have been working behind the scenes to develop protocols that allow farmers to offset carbon emissions and get compensated for their efforts. Today, those groups celebrate a critical milestone as the first-ever voluntary carbon credits generated from U.S. rice farmers were sold to Microsoft.

  • Lindsay Expands its Pivot Control Lineup
    06/08/2017 04:30 PM

    FieldNET by Lindsay Corporation is adding a new end-of-pivot controller option, Pivot Control Lite, that company officials say will give users a lot of advanced irrigation management capabilities previously only available in more expensive, complex solutions.

  • Agriculture Beware: Groundwater Future Belongs to SCOTUS
    05/31/2017 05:36 AM

    U.S. agriculture has a tremendous amount of skin at stake in an off-the-radar fight that may impact the future of groundwater regulations at federal, state and private levels.

  • 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.

Precision Ag

  • How ExactApply Gives Nozzles A 3-Speed Transmission

    06/02/2017 02:28 PM

    Here's a video walk through of the technology.

  • 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.