Posts from "February, 2016"

Are today’s mammoths headed for early extinction?

The dynamics in the ag machinery industry in recent years have been pretty interesting. Until this year, new, very high capacity machines sold in record numbers. Traditionally, new machines have eventually trickled down to that group of farmers who rely primarily on used equipment. But the size of some new machines on the market now

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A new choice

When AGCO’s Fendt brand introduced its newest tractor line, the 1000 Series, to North America at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, in February, it gave us another entirely new and very different choice in high-horsepower tractors. Until recently in our market front-wheel assist tractors topped out at about 380 horsepower. But that

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Out of sight, out of mind

We once had a combine that had more than its fair share of mechanical problems. It frequently left me walking back from the field in the middle of the day, so we spent a lot of money on it for parts and service over the years. Every summer when it came out of the shed,

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Let me make you famous…for a price  

Sports and advertising don’t always have things in common, except when you consider how completely out of whack — out of touch — these industries can be with real life. Take the biggest sporting event in the world (according to the Americans) — The Super Bowl (even though I didn’t see the game). But TV advertising during

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Blackmailed into promoting pulses

You really have to know someone to get a recipe in Grainews, so I decided this blog was a good place to post a recipe and also promote the International Year of Pulses too. The recipe below is called Wheatberry and Lentil Salad. It was one that was featured during presentations at the recent Farm

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Keeping track

I once counted up all the tires in use on equipment around the farm. Even though I knew each machine and how many tires were on it, when I consciously tallied the total number I had to say, “Wow. That’s a lot”. The same was true for the number of engines, large and small, that

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