CEEDA Briefing
Mar. 13, 2014

How does an automatic greasing system sound? Lexion 780 upgraded for 2014
Real Agriculture
If 543 horsepower and a 360-bushel carrying capacity don't impress you, then how about Lexion's accelerated pre-separation threshing system, which separates up to 30 per cent of grain before the crop even enters the main cylinder? An increased net performance of 20 per cent without added fuel consumption doesn't sound half-bad. And what about the 740TT combine, which can now hit speeds of up to 25 miles/hour? An on-board air compressor and hose for easy in-field cleaning? A 43L cooler, lumbar support and a "breakfast table" in the cab?More

Telehandler rip saw makes short work of branches
Farmers Weekly Interactive
If James Bond's next adversary were a farmer, he'd definitely want one of these. It's called the Meteor T90R and it's designed to slice its way through hedgerows, trees and most other wooded obstacles that dare cross its path.More

U of G to close its Kemptville, Alfred agriculture campuses by 2015
Rumours were put to rest as the University of Guelph confirmed that it will be suspending enrollment at its Kemptville and Alfred campuses by 2015, located in Eastern Ontario. "We are operating in an era of scarce resources," Alastair Summerlee, University of Guelph President said in a release. "We must make difficult decisions together with changes that minimize duplication and preserve programs that are unique and central to our mission."More

Fertilizer spreader evaluation
As farmers prepare for crop planting, its important to calibrate dry fertilizer spreaders to make sure you are getting a good pattern in the field. Most newer spreaders calculate the rate per acre for you, in other words, you may know how many pounds of material you are putting out per acre, but you should also check to make sure the spreader applies evenly. You want an even spread with no heavy or light streaks.More

The Cummins CorePlus motor-generator provides hybrid-like benefits
Equipment World
If anything, ConExpo has been the first construction trade show in a decade where Tier4 Interim and Tier 4 Final are no longer news. Engine emissions controls are a done deal. Now manufacturers are moving aggressively to improve the fuel and power efficiency of components outside the engine envelope. These contributions also reduce carbon dioxide and other pollutants and will likely play a key role in the next round of regulatory requirements, what some people are already calling Tier 5. More

Wireless nitrate soil sensor could cut fertilizer use
Ag Professional
A University of Oregon spinout company developing a wireless soil sensor to detect nitrate levels in fields that could help farmers reduce fertilizer use by up to 30 percent has been awarded Oregon BEST commercialization funding to fast-track the product to the marketplace. Because plants can absorb only so much nitrogen, approximately 30 percent of the fertilizer applied to North American soils is wasted due to over-application and runoff. With U.S. farmers spending $12 billion annually on fertilizer, the new supramolecular sensor technology, discovered by accident by chemists at the UO, could lead to significant savings in fertilizer purchases, as well as in labor and fuel costs associated with fertilizer application.More

Telehandler rip saw makes short work of branches
Farmers Weekly Interactive
If James Bond's next adversary were a farmer, he'd definitely want one of these. It's called the Meteor T90R and it's designed to slice its way through hedgerows, trees and most other wooded obstacles that dare cross its path.More

CEEDA Dealer Profile: Bobs Motorsport Ltd.
In 1983, Bob Funke purchased the Motorcycle, ATV and Snowmobile Division form C.L.Benninger Ltd with whom he had worked for since 1976. Renting space from them until 1993 Bob and his wife, Judy purchased their current location 615 St Clair St in Chatham. A true, family run business, Bob and Judy's son, Darrell and daughter and son-in-law, Sha-Lynn and Mario all work at the dealership. More

Maple Farm Equipment gets a new partner
Farm Equipment
Maple Farm Equipment is now part of the Jim Pattison group. Canada's third largest privately-held company, it has divisions in a wide range of different industries through western Canada, but this will be the first time it has gone into agriculture. Jim Pattison, company founder, says that the move is neither a merger nor a takeover, but a partnership between his company and Maple Farm Equipment. More

John Deere to feature new balers and mower at Grass & Muck event
A new John Deere 800 Series mower-conditioner, plus three new 400 Series fixed chamber round balers, including a wrapping baler model, can be seen working for the first time in the Ireland this May at FTMTA Grass & Muck event which is on in Gurteen Agricultural College. John Deere's new 830 centre-pivot mower-conditioner is available in working widths of 3 or 3.5m, with a choice of impellers or adjustable rubber rollers for the conditioning process. It says as an exclusive feature, the modular cutterbar allows high-speed mowing, and has been engineered to duplicate the load conditions of a self-propelled machine.More

Sophistication emerges with advanced technology, new models
Iowa Farmer Today
Planters are becoming more sophisticated as manufacturers offer new technology and models. At the recent Iowa Power Farming Show, Brett Buehler with Ag Leader Technology, explained in a seminar for farmers how their hydraulic down-force system can improve planting depths.More

U.K. steel firm helps make the tractor of tomorrow
The Northern Echo
A steel firm is helping to make the latest version of a famous farm vehicle. Tata Steel has teamed up with JCB Landpower to create the company's most productive tractor yet. Using innovative design and engineering methods Tata Steel engineers at its Skinningrove, east Cleveland site have been able to reduce the weight of the next generation of JCB Fastrac machines making them leaner on fuel consumption, able to handle bigger loads and safer than previous models while retaining the strength required by farmers around the world. More