CEEDA Briefing
Jan. 16, 2014

Collaboration results in multi-hybrid planter
AgProfessional
There are various companies and public institutions working on multi-hybrid planter development. Having one engineered and planting crops in 2013 is testament to the value and ingenuity of this collaborative effort in identifying innovative solutions for the future of agriculture, contends SDSU Extension spokespersons.More

New Holland offers 2014 speedrowers
Real Agriculture
New Holland is unveiling its new 2014 Speedrowers, replacing the H8000 series, including the 130, 200 and 240 models. The changes in the new series are wide-ranging, but not unlike most new models, there is a heavy focus on operator comfort and user-friendly features. Still toting the Tier 3 engine, the new speedrowers are equipped with hydro-mechanical steering, enabling easy turning and speeds of up to 24 mph.More

Giant Ropa Panther beet harvester arrives in U.K.
Farmers Weekly Interactive
Just two months after its launch at the giant Agritechnica show in Germany, Ropa's new Panther beet harvester has been in action at Grange Farm, Kirton Lindsey in North Lincolnshire. Its key feature is a stabilising system which is said to give better traction on slopes and a more even flow through of beet.More

Airblast 101: A new online resource available for users of Airblast sprayers
Farms.com
The Airblast 101 website hosts practical pesticide application technology resources for advanced readers and trainers, including current factsheets, presentations, videos and articles. Thanks to the efforts of Jason Deveau, application technology specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF), and others, there is a new online resource available with practical tools for users of airblast sprayers: Airblast 101. More

AGI ties equipment brands together
AGCanada.com
Grain growers and livestock producers looking for new equipment from the Ag Growth International (AGI) group of manufacturers can expect to look for new logos. Winnipeg-based AGI announced a "rebrand initiative" in which the company's grain and livestock handling equipment and grain storage brands — Batco, Westfield, Wheatheart, Hi Roller, Union Iron, HSI, Tramco, Twister, Grain Guard, Airlanco, Mepu and Applegate — will now sport the same font and AGI's "rolling hills" insignia.More

Latest MX loaders are aimed at smaller tractors
Farmers Weekly Interactive
The latest U300 Series loaders from French manufacturer MX consist of nine models for tractors from 35 to 150hp. Of these, the U303 and U304 models are the most recent ones and are aimed at smaller tractors up to 65hp. MX's Fitlock2+ system is standard and is said to give quick hitching and unhitching. When the loader is attached a dual safety lock automatically engages to ensure safety, with a green indicator clearly visible from the driver's seat. More

PFG rolls out new Versatiles
The Land
PFG Australia, the largest independent tractor and machinery importer in Australia, has kicked off 2014 with the release of a number of new Versatile tractor models onto the Australian market. The new range includes a front wheel assist series, several 4WD standard and large frame articulated models and the large frame articulated DeltaTrack series. More

Next big thing for planters: Electric seed meters
Farm Industry News
Planters continue to get more precise. The latest upgrade is the use of electric motors to drive the seed meters in place of hydraulic- or ground-driven meters. Toby Graham, Graham Equipment, started selling electric-drive kits for planters in 2011 after designing one for his father's Monosem twin-row planter. Graham says in the short time he has offered electric-motor drives, they've gone from "gee whiz" gadgets to an accepted and sought-after investmentMore

Collaboration results in multi-hybrid planter
AgProfessional
There are various companies and public institutions working on multi-hybrid planter development. Having one engineered and planting crops in 2013 is testament to the value and ingenuity of this collaborative effort in identifying innovative solutions for the future of agriculture, contends SDSU Extension spokespersons.More

Combines add capacity
Ag Web
A capacity increase of up to 15 per cent and enhanced operating flexibility top the list of what's new on the Twin Rotor CR combines from New Holland. The Dynamic Feed Roll improves feeder performance up to 10 per cent with greater throughput. The cleaning shoe on the CR8090 and the CR9090 delivers up to 8 per cent higher performance in standing corn with a larger-diameter clean-grain cross auger. More

Seed through heavy trash with corn planter
Western Producer
Yield isn't the only criterion when comparing canola seeded with a hoe drill to canola seeded with a corn planter. Growers who have conducted their own field-scale comparisons say they also look at seeding rate, crop health, crop uniformity and ease of seeding and swathing. More

Should you insure a drone?
Agriculture.com
Insurance companies are realizing there is a void in their industry when it comes to drone protection. "As the use of drones increases, we realize there is a gap in coverage," says Brent Van Roekel, Nationwide Agribusiness. "The policies that both farmers and agribusinesses have, typically, exclude liability coverage for aircraft. In order to keep up with the technology and to keep up with customers' needs, we needed to address that issue. We want to make sure our customers are covered appropriately."More

Farmers gear towards robots
Farm Weekly
Without question, the most notable advance in agricultural machinery in 2013, centred on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones. Linked to arguably world-breaking advances in software technology, the initial trial work, principally by the Mingenew Irwin Group (MIG), has set the stage for UAVs to play a pivotal role in broadacre farming throughout Australia. More

Diggerland, a construction equipment theme park, is coming to NJ
Equipment World
The United Kingdom's popular Diggerland Adventure Park — centered around a construction equipment theme — will see a U.S. version. According to philly.com, Sahara Sam's Oasis, a water park located in West Berlin, New Jersey, will open the new 14-acre park by this summer. Sahara Sam's says it will announce details in a press conference. Park guests operate full size machines in obstacle courses, reminiscent of dealer operator rodeos and construction equipment experiences such as People at Play and Extreme Sandbox. More