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  • Consider These 3 Things When Buying Used Equipment

    08/20/2017 08:00 AM Equipment is one of the largest investments you’ll make for your farm. Therefore, the decision between purchasing new and used is a big one. Lower grain prices and tighter budgets mean many farmers are weighing used equipment as a better, more economical option. But purchasing used equipment is only economical if it actually works for your farm. Consider this: Simply looking at the hours logged may not be the best way to assess whether or not it’s the right fit for your operation.
  • Bean Platform Maintenance
    08/17/2017 08:15 PM It's easy to forget from year to year the fine points of bean platform maintenance.
  • Owning versus Leasing a Propane Tank: Which Is Better for Your Operation?
    08/15/2017 08:00 AM If you’re one of the many farmers expanding propane storage for your operation, you may find yourself contemplating the pros and cons of leasing a propane tank versus purchasing and owning one. While owning a tank gives your operation greater flexibility with fuel suppliers, the upfront cost can be very expensive depending on your equipment needs. Leasing does not require an up-front investment and establishes a dedicated supplier relationship but may also come with a leasing fee.
  • Economists Agronomists and Mechanics
    08/13/2017 08:20 AM The truth about experts.
  • Useless Information About Belt Maintenance
    08/10/2017 08:29 PM But maybe it will helps someone, someday...
  • V-Belt Questions
    08/04/2017 09:13 PM Yes, I'm fussy about v-belts and drive belts on harvest equipment.
  • Gear Oil: The Lubricant You Need to Think About
    07/31/2017 09:00 AM If you’re a farmer or fleet manager, your equipments’ performance is directly connected to the success of your business. Many of the farm and fleet customers we talk with understand the importance of proper, routine equipment maintenance. In fact, many of them know their equipment’s OEM-recommended engine oil change intervals or have them within an arm’s reach at the shop.
  • Annual Varmint Warning
    07/28/2017 07:53 PM I need to take my own advice.
  • Impact Screwdriver Strikes Again
    07/20/2017 08:16 PM A simple tool that often saves the day.

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  • Could AgTech Solve Water Scarcity Issues?

    07/20/2017 07:08 AM

    Testing is underway at Purdue University on a “human-computer collaborative decision-making system.” More simply put – Purdue researchers want to make it easier to make otherwise more complex irrigation decisions.

  • Lindsay Corporation Names New CEO and President
    07/18/2017 08:14 PM

    Timothy Hassinger has been named effective October 16, 2017.  

  • Illinois Water Use Issues Exacerbated by Irrigation
    07/14/2017 07:45 AM

    The demand for water in Illinois is likely to increase up to 50 percent in the coming decades, according to the State Water Survey. Over the past five years, agriculture irrigation in Illinois has increased by 20 percent, equivalent to the use of more than half a million people. Illinois State Water Survey experts say the overall increase in demand for water could range from 20 percent to as high as 50 percent.

  • Moisture Sensors: Time Your Irrigation Right
    07/06/2017 11:41 PM

    Irrigation is a great way to maintain ideal soil moisture throughout the growing season. But it's not a silver bullet. Cory Gilbert, independent crop consultant with On Target Ag Solutions explains why.

  • 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.

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