Corn Chopper Competition at Farm Progress Show

Cindy ZimmermanFarm Progress Show, General

They’re not the kind of choppers that turn corn into silage – they are the kind that turn heads on the highway. A father and son custom motorcycle design team split up to create corn-themed choppers for two different corn seed companies – Dekalb and Beck’s Hybrids. The relatively friendly competition produced the Beck’s Hybrids 75th Anniversary custom built Orange … Read More

John Deere Unveils New Iron at Farm Progress

Cindy ZimmermanEquipment, Farm Progress Show, John Deere

Dealers and the media got to see the most significant product launch in the 174 year history of the company last week – the farming public got to see it for the first time Tuesday at the opening of the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL. Max Armstrong, Farm Progress Director of Broadcasting, emceed the event at the John … Read More

It’s Time For The Farm Progress Show

Chuck ZimmermanFarm Progress Show

Guess where the ZimmComm team will be this week. Yep, it’s Farm Progress Showtime! This is the layout of this year’s show. By Thursday afternoon we should have photos from all over the place. We’re on our way today to get set up and check things out. You can expect lots of story posts this week and we have to … Read More Farm Progress Shows Precision Tools

John DavisAg Leader, Audio, Farm Progress Show, Precision Pays Podcast

In this edition of the Podcast, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, we take a look at some of the precision technology on display at this year’s Farm Progress Show. Show manager Matt Jungmann characterized as a bit soggy (four inches of rain on one night of the shows!) but overall successful demonstration of what America’s farmers are doing today. … Read More

New John Deere 8R Tractors Are Precision Amplified

Joanna SchroederAudio, Displays, Farm Progress Show, GPS, Guidance, John Deere

John Deere has released the next generation of it’s 8R Tractors. These new tractors integrate the “smart-tractor” concept into the row-crop tractors, and by “smart” I mean the tractor provides growers all the latest and greatest precision ag technologies right at their fingertips. I caught up with Cody Dicken during the Farm Progress Show to take a look at the … Read More

Leica Geosystems Making Progress

Chuck ZimmermanAudio, Farm Progress Show, Leica Geosystems

During the Farm Progress Show one of the many precision ag companies exhibiting was Leica Geosystems. Here’s their team posing for a photo opp during my visit. I spoke with Harlan Little, North American Business Manager, on the far right, to learn what’s new with Leica. Harlan says they’ve got a lot of interest in their touch screen units, the … Read More

USDA Studies Show Value of Agrotain Plus & SuperU

Joanna SchroederAudio, Corn, Farm Progress Show

Nitrogen is a very important element in corn development and this year it seemed to be in short supply in many wet areas of the Midwest. When growers have to apply nitrogen, once such product they use is Agrotain Plus, a nitrogen stabilizer which controls nitrogen loss by blocking the enzyme urease. Agrotain Plus can be added in liquid nitrogen … Read More

New Apache Sprayer Line is Precision Ready

Kurt LawtonCompany Announcement, Equipment, Farm Progress Show, Raven, Spraying

A new line of Apache sprayers was showcased by Equipment Technologies at the recent Farm Progress Show. Three new models offer wide-ranging engineering and design changes to improve value, reliability and ruggedness. As one of Raven’s largest OEM customers, Equipment Technologies can factory install the following precision options on any Apache model: SmarTrax auto-steering, the SCS 5000 application rate controller, … Read More

John Deere Launches New Precision Technologies

Joanna SchroederAudio, Farm Progress Show, GPS, Guidance, John Deere

John Deere has launched several new precision ag technologies including a new telematics system, JDLink, GreenStar 3 family of displays, the StarFire 3000 GNSS Receiver, iGrade, that helps producers better manage surface water movement, and iSteer, that improves implement guidance in a grower’s field. “The GreenStar 3 and the new GreenStar 3 2630 display is the new generation of GreenStar … Read More

Raven Introduces OmniRow, Envizio Pro II & SmartYield

Joanna SchroederAudio, Farm Progress Show, GPS, Guidance, Raven

During the Farm Progress Show held last week in Boone, Iowa, Raven introduced several new products including OmniRow, Envizio Pro II and SmartYield. I caught up with Ryan Molitor to learn about these new products and more. Molitor began by explaining that OmniRow is an advanced planter control system. This system enables the grower to do variable rate seeding either … Read More