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Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

Wednesday 07/16/14

Hay Baling Safety Important
Safety experts remind hay growers to maintain their equipment to help alleviate this stress to help prevent accidents as well as to help prevent breakdowns while the hay is down.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:19PM CDT 07/16/14 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 07/08/14

Yamaha Launches Viking VI
Yamaha Motor Corp. has rolled out a larger capacity Viking for 2015. The newest model in the line is the Viking VI, the "VI" for six seats. Prices start at $12,799.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:05AM CDT 07/08/14 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 07/01/14

Error in Judgment
Thousands of children have attended Progressive Farm Safety Days to learn how to avoid accidents.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:19PM CDT 07/01/14 by Jim Patrico | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 06/25/14

Purdue University Article Examines Machinery Investment, Costs
Machinery investment and operating costs can affect a farm's bottom line.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:22AM CDT 06/25/14 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 06/17/14

Machinery Sales Slide
If the past few years of the farm equipment industry were an amusement park ride, it would be a kiddie roller coaster.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:39PM CDT 06/17/14 by Jim Patrico | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
I learned at National Farmers Organization meetings years ago that economy downturns or resessions were farm led and farm fed. Investers take your profits. Present grain prices will not buy much.
Posted by Robert Wildermuth at 5:30PM CDT 07/11/14
 

Tuesday 06/10/14

Quinn Farm Update: Hail Storm Causes Much Damage
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, will be a day DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn will be able to recall years from now.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:46PM CDT 06/10/14 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 06/04/14

Can-Am Unveils a Mid-Range ATV and a 6x6 ATV
Can-Am has expanded its ATV line with two new budget-priced vehicles.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:37AM CDT 06/04/14 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 05/27/14

Honda's Pioneer 500 Is Small But Mighty
Honda's new side-by-side is 10 inches narrower and 250 pounds lighter than the 700 series. It's narrow enough to fit in the back of a pickup.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:58AM CDT 05/27/14 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 05/21/14

Global Workshop
Journalists from 21 countries watched Krone hay and forage equipment go through the paces in a field in Winterswijk, The Netherlands, last week.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:59AM CDT 05/21/14 by Jim Patrico | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 05/12/14

From the Mouth of Babes...
Third graders learn about agriculture.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:44AM CDT 05/12/14 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 05/05/14

Steve Is Our Mechanical Pro
Steve Thompson has for a good many years been the Ask The Mechanic columnist for The Progressive Farmer.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:00PM CDT 05/05/14 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 04/28/14

Machinery Manufacturers Make Some Noise
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers recently tooted its own horn when it released a whitepaper titled, "The Economic Footprint of the Agricultural Equipment Industry." It laid out with impressive numbers the positive impact agriculture and farm equipment manufacturers have had on our country and on the planet as a whole.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:58PM CDT 04/28/14 by Jim Patrico | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 04/16/14

Looking Into The Past For The Future of Farm Machinery
The predictions of robotic tractors our reporter heard about in his youth are coming to pass.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:55AM CDT 04/16/14 by Russ Quinn | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Russ, in my area of west central Minnesota, there continues to be a John Deere day, but with the consolidation of dealers, my local store 16 miles away is part of at least a 9-location ownership arrangement. Thus, the John Deere day is located in a town 42 miles away, to be more centrally located for the 9 locations. Thus, I don't get there every year. It is held in a hockey area, and there are lots of machines available to climb into in weather-controlled comfort. One room of that arena is designated for the JD movie, which runs several times over the two or three day exhibit. Of course, free noon lunch is part of the attraction.
Posted by Unknown at 6:11PM CDT 04/16/14
I kind of wondered if maybe some of these multiple location machinery dealerships have a combined John Deere Day at one location in the middle of their territories. Considering the company who now owns our old dealership has 15 locations spread across two states (NE & KS), the mid-point could be many miles to the south and west of where we call home. I don't really know if they have a one location John Deere Day, I suppose I should find out. Thanks for the comments, Unknown!
Posted by Russ Quinn at 2:31PM CDT 04/17/14
 

Monday 04/07/14

Workhorse, Not Racehorse
Kubota concentrated on toughness when designing its new RTV-X Series vehicles.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:42AM CDT 04/07/14 by Jim Patrico | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 04/02/14

Side-by-Sides
Side-by-side manufactures continue to roll out new machines and machine updates[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:25PM CDT 04/02/14 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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