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Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

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
 

Monday 03/24/14

DTN Poll: Farmers Want to See New Planter Technology at Work
DTN asks agricultural-related poll questions every few weeks on the website. In early March we asked this question: "New planting technologies were unveiled recently at the 2014 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky. One of them would allow farmers to plant different hybrids on the go and another can plant crops accurately moving as fast as 10 mph. What do you think of these new advances in planting?"[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:25PM CDT 03/24/14 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 03/17/14

Kinze Re-invents Its Assembly Line
The latest change to Kinze's factory is that it was designed specifically to handle assembly of Kinze's latest planter.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:09AM CDT 03/17/14 by Jim Patrico | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 03/11/14

Honda Pioneer 700: The Arizona Test Ride
Progressive Farmer Senior Editor Dan Miller test drove a new Honda side-by-side.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:39AM CDT 03/11/14 by Dan Miller | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
60" wide. Is that also the center to center distance of the tread width? Can the tire width dimension be increased without voiding a warranty? (To match row widths) Thanks
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 7:29AM CDT 03/12/14
 

Wednesday 03/05/14

Exports of U.S.-Made Farm Equipment Fall 6% in 2013
U.S.-manufactured agricultural equipment exports dropped 6% in 2013 for a total of $12 billion, according to press release from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:03AM CST 03/05/14 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 02/26/14

Passing Down the Family Business
An event hosted by Vermeer at the National Farm Machinery Show reminded Jim Patrico how much some short-line manufacturers have in common with family farms.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:13PM CST 02/26/14 by Jim Patrico | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
I suppose my heart brought me back to this game as well!
Posted by Roger Cooper at 8:50AM CDT 03/14/14
 

Wednesday 02/19/14

Survey: Used Farm Equipment Inventories Still High, But Improving
Farm machinery dealers are facing higher inventory levels as lower commodity prices in recent months have had a negative effect on sales. But their situation is actually improving, according to a publication, which conducts regular surveys of farm equipment dealers.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:34AM CST 02/19/14 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 02/11/14

Thunder Creek Offers New DEF Delivery System
Thunder Creek's DEF Transport Tote holds 50 gallons of Diesel Exhaust Fluid, and fits into the bed of a pickup truck.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:41AM CST 02/11/14 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 02/03/14

Trimble Launches Pilotless Scouting Aircraft
Trimble this month added to the squadron of unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) waiting to take off to scout American farm fields.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:37PM CST 02/03/14 by Jim Patrico | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 01/30/14

Raven, Kinze Collaborate on Multi-Hybrid Planter Control
New technological advances in corn planters continue to be unveiled. Among the most interesting recent developments are multi-hybrid planters, which would allow farmers to switch between multiple hybrids across a field automatically when planting.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:32AM CST 01/30/14 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 01/23/14

Polaris Launches New Line in Sportsman ACE
From the Polaris idea factory comes a new vehicle with an architecture that is completely new to the company -- and really, to the off-road industry. Polaris calls this single-seater the Sportsman ACE.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:43AM CST 01/23/14 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 01/15/14

F-150 Gets Lighter
An aluminum pickup truck? That's the question behind a big gamble Ford has made with its new F-150. There are several reasons to think it will succeed.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:41PM CST 01/15/14 by Jim Patrico | Post a Comment
Comments (5)
Are many rail cars and semi-trailers not manufactured from aluminum alloys?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:36AM CST 01/17/14
As a semi owner I have had reliability issues with both aluminum frames and bodies when put into situations where twisting forces are present (farm use). I foresee serious longevity issues with aluminum body parts. Especially farm, industrial or commercial uses. Mike
Posted by Mike Baker at 9:59AM CST 01/18/14
Does this that the new Ford pickups will not rust?!!
Posted by JEFF HANSON at 8:49AM CST 01/20/14
Does this mean that the new Ford pickups will not rust?!!
Posted by JEFF HANSON at 8:53AM CST 01/20/14
Aluminum does not rust but it does corode. I'm sure Ford has figured out how to build a quality product. Just look at Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks for example, they have been utilizing aluminum in their cabs for many many years with very few problems. Those of you who don't believe in aluminum bodies, I'm betting you are diehard GM or Ram fans. Ford is not going to release a new F150 unless they truely believe it will hold up to their already high standards. Lets face it, they simply could not afford for the f150 to flop. I will bet big bucks that says it will be a huge hit.
Posted by RJZ Peterson at 1:01PM CST 01/21/14
 

Thursday 01/09/14

Cold Weather Hard on Batteries, Diesel Fuel
If you don't take proper steps before the cold air hits, machinery will not be able to operate.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:12AM CST 01/09/14 by Russ Quinn | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Fuel additives do help, but do not make #1 fuel out of #2. In Mn., we can also purchase bio-free #1 in Winter. While we promote and have used bio ever since it was available, it does start clouding at higher temp. than diesel. To prevent moisture build up and separation, we do add a conditioner and on occasion we recirculate the stored fuel within the storage tank with the use of the pump (Summer and Winter) In extreme cold, we will cover the tractor with a small tarp to use heat from the engine block to warm the filters while feeding. Also, if one turns off all electric in any motor vehicle prior to turning off the engine, the battery will have a chance to charge a little. Get trapped in the skid steer with the door closed and a haybale on the spear for while, one learns to prepare a bit.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:18AM CST 01/21/14
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