Precision Ag Learning Center is a Classic Hit

Cindy Zimmerman

The first-ever PrecisionAg Learning Center at Commodity Classic was a big hit with growers at the trade show. According to the there was a steady stream of attendees asking questions, sitting in on presentations, and chatting with growers who use precision technology. Among the presenters were Idaho grower Robert Blair and Iowa grower Dennis Friest, Craig Smith from Kansas …

Ag Leader, Commodity Classic, Education, John Deere

Deere At Classic

Chuck Zimmerman

At Commodity Classic in Anaheim, CA, Jared Hayes, John Deere, was showing attendees what the company is offering to growers in the area of precision ag. With spring almost here and planting just around the corner I asked him what’s new from the company. Jared says one of the big things with planting which is becoming more important every year …

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Agriculture Secretary at Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack gave the keynote address during the general session at the 2010 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California on Friday and focused on the achievements of American agriculture. Comparing agriculture in this country to gold medal winners and hall of fame inductees, Vilsack talked about the amazing productivity of our producers. “These are people who plant …

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Opening of the 2010 Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

The opening of the trade show is the real “official” start to the Commodity Classic. The exhibit hall is filled with the latest and the greatest technology and machinery for growers of corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum. According to the official attendance figures, there are 4175 attendees at Classic this year, 1338 of them are growers. This is the 15th …

Commodity Classic, General, John Deere, Video

John Deere Unveils Chip Foose Designed 4020 Tractor

Chuck Zimmerman

I am attending Commodity Classic courtesy of John Deere. This is the combined meetings of the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. John Deere took the opportunity to unveil a very unique tractor designed by Chip Foose. It’s a 1970 John Deere 4020. The tractor will be given away to …

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What’s NUE from John Deere

Cindy Zimmerman

What is NUE from John Deere at the 2010 National Farm Machinery Show is Nitrogen Utilization Efficiency – a precision improvement for nutrient application. I talked to Dave Wendt with John Deere, who was demonstrating the new addition to the 2510 high speed nutrient applicators. “This machine is a 23 row model, set up on 30 inch spacing to not …

Audio, Equipment, John Deere, National Farm Machinery Show

Deere Offers RowCommand For Chain-Drive Planters

Kurt Lawton

John Deere’s RowCommand, which allows for seed savings by avoiding overplanting, is now available for chain-drive planters. Introduced in 2008 for Pro-Shaft drive planters with MaxEmerge and Pro-Series XP row units, RowCommand has become a widely used planter component for many row-crop producers. “As the cost of seed continues to rise, more producers are looking for ways to maximize their seed investment through …

Conservation, Equipment, John Deere, Planting, seed

2009 Top Stories on – Products

Kurt Lawton

HAPPY NEW YEAR! In our final installment of looking back at the top stories of 2009, here’s a list of newsworthy stories that featured new or updated products. I list the stories starting with the most current from December, working back to January of 2009. No ranking of importance is included…but feel free to post your comments about these products. …

Ag Leader, Company Announcement, Equipment, Fertilizer, GPS, Guidance, Harvesting, Industry News, John Deere, Planting, Remote sensing, seed, Software, Spraying, Tillage, Trimble

A Precision Gator

Kurt Lawton

John Deere has now updated its popular autonomous R-Gator utility vehicle with a refined chassis, based from the M-Gator military platform vehicle. The go-anywhere R-Gator now features independent suspension and improved ground clearance. And it also boasts a faster top speed, travelling up to 35 mph in manual mode. “Since we’re always looking to improve our products, we’ve been running …

Equipment, John Deere

Deere Donates Precision Ag Tractor to Iowa State

Kurt Lawton

Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering students at Iowa State University will get to play with and learn from the latest tractor technology thanks to a generous donation from John Deere. Tony Kajewski, continuing improvement engineering manager at John Deere Waterloo Tractorworks, presented gold keys to the tractor to Jonathan Wickert, dean of engineering, and Joe Colletti, senior associate dean of agriculture …

Company Announcement, Education, Equipment, John Deere