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Tuesday 07/14/15

Hearing Loss in Agriculture Can Be Prevented
Production agriculture produces high noise levels, according to a Penn State University Cooperative Extension report. Studies suggest that lengthy exposure to these high levels has resulted in hearing loss in farmers of all ages, including teenagers.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:18PM CDT 07/14/15 by Russ Quinn | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
When Deere came out with Sound Guard cabs rated about 2 decibels below the 85 that results in hearing loss, I gave up the earmuffs. Now, after spending $7,000 on hearing aids, I'm told that long periods of noise close to 85 decibels is also damaging.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:09AM CDT 07/22/15
 

Thursday 07/09/15

Ambivalence about EPA
The ECOmax engine by JCB is one of the many engines built to meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards. Proposed EPA standards would emphasize increased fuel efficiency from certain diesel engines.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:25AM CDT 07/09/15 by Jim Patrico | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Nothing wrong with efficiency. Hope the brains behind the concept considers over all maintenance.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 11:48AM CDT 07/13/15
 

Thursday 06/25/15

I Am NOT Old!
Farming changes. Things I did when I was young my kids will never have to do.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:49AM CDT 06/25/15 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 06/18/15

Midyear Check-Up on Equipment Sales
Used inventories, especially combines, sprayers and large planters, are piling up on dealers' lots as sales of both new and used sag.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:47AM CDT 06/18/15 by Jim Patrico | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 06/15/15

Yamaha New ATVs Give Choices
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, has announced an expanded line of ATVs for 2016, targeting both the work and the off-road trail riding markets with machines built to fit specific needs and budgets.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:54AM CDT 06/15/15 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 06/03/15

Sidedressing Nitrogen on Corn Skyrockets in Popularity
Sidedressing nitrogren on corn is returning as a favored option for farmers seeking higher yields and more efficiency.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:06PM CDT 06/03/15 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 05/20/15

"Ownership" Kerfuffle Continues
When you remove the headline and the overwrought prose, the recent Wired piece "We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership" actually was about a fairly technical legal struggle: The desire of customers to get into the software guts of their vehicles to repair and modify them versus the desire of Deere and other manufacturers to protect proprietary software.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:53AM CDT 05/20/15 by Jim Patrico | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 05/15/15

A Sound of Recovery
Useful as they are, chainsaws improperly used compound the damage of a storm.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:27AM CDT 05/15/15 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 05/06/15

Look Before You Leap When Purchasing Used Farm Machinery
When buying used equipment, make sure it has all necessary safety features.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:14PM CDT 05/06/15 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 04/30/15

Fastest (Production) Tractor
JCB's new 4000 Series tractors will do 38 mph. Its older cousin the 3230 XTRA will hit 50 mph on the road.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:50AM CDT 04/30/15 by Jim Patrico | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
the old adage is still relevant: Speed KILLS ! I wouild expect highway and field upsets will probably be increased.
Posted by Gerald Kurtz at 1:16PM CDT 05/02/15
 

Thursday 04/23/15

Wolverine Heads for the Mountains
The newest side-by-side from Yamaha is built for rough trails and steep slopes.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:56AM CDT 04/23/15 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 04/17/15

Tractor Sets a New World Record
In February, a new Guinness World Record for fastest tractor was set in Finland.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:45AM CDT 04/17/15 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 04/08/15

IronPlanet Adds More Iron
The online heavy equipment auction site IronPlanet just got stronger. It recently merged with Cat Auction Services, which is an alliance of Caterpillar and several of its independent dealers.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:51PM CDT 04/08/15 by Jim Patrico | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 04/03/15

FAA Knocks Down Another Barrier to Unmanned Flight
Training is complete and now the pilots at Empire Unmanned can take to the sky with their unmanned aerial vehicles.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:16AM CDT 04/03/15 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 03/25/15

PED Virus Changes Hog Farmers' Patterns
North American hog producers have been battling porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus for nearly two years. In response, hog farmers have stepped up biosecurity practices to guard against the deadly disease infecting their herds.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:53AM CDT 03/25/15 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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