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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
 

Monday 03/16/15

A Possible Tier 5 Could Be Win, Win
Tier 5 engines could be on the way with a different strategy which could be a win for both sides.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:28PM CDT 03/16/15 by Jim Patrico | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
I have nothing against clean air. Could someone please figure out cost and emissions of keeping DEF equipped engines in a heated shop in order to feed the livestock in cold weather. Tank heaters and #1 fuel used to accomplish this. Does the additional energy consumption provide a net gain?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:40AM CDT 03/19/15
 

Monday 03/09/15

Mahindra Goes Off-Road With New Utility Vehicle
Mahindra USA is beginning to roll out its inaugural line of mPACT XTVs, the tractor manufacturer's new, built-from-the-ground-up entry into the highly competitive off-road utility vehicle market.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:34PM CDT 03/09/15 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 03/02/15

Cut Hay Waste With Bale Feeders
If you feed hay to cattle, the last thing you want to do is waste the hay during the winter feeding season. It's possible to limit hay waste with different types of feeders.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:50PM CST 03/02/15 by Russ Quinn | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 02/23/15

It's Almost Time to Fly
The commercial unmanned aircraft era is one big step closer. In mid-February, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-expected proposal for regulating small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:01PM CST 02/23/15 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 02/17/15

A Quieter Farm Machinery Show
As the National Farm Machinery Show prepared to open last week, exhibitors had lots to show but no blockbuster announcements from the majors.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:18AM CST 02/17/15 by Jim Patrico | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 02/10/15

Polaris Building Plant in Alabama
Polaris Industries Inc. is breaking ground on a new manufacturing facility outside Huntsville, Ala.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:09PM CST 02/10/15 by Dan Miller | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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  • "Ownership" Kerfuffle Continues
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  • Tractor Sets a New World Record
  • IronPlanet Adds More Iron
  • FAA Knocks Down Another Barrier to Unmanned Flight
  • PED Virus Changes Hog Farmers' Patterns
  • A Possible Tier 5 Could Be Win, Win
  • Mahindra Goes Off-Road With New Utility Vehicle
  • Cut Hay Waste With Bale Feeders
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