CEEDA Briefing
Apr. 26, 2012

Infrared seed sorter could revolutionize agriculture industry
Infrared technology has been hailed by scientists as something that could revolutionize the way wheat, barley and durum are graded and sorted. Crude protein, moisture and density of grain, particle size and other aspects can be measured by infrared light. Until now, the seeds are graded and sorted using visual, gravitational and colour-sorting means. Infrared light technology looks at the chemistry of each seed in the sorting process. With infrared technology, not only is there a higher volume sorting capacity, but the subjective visual element would be eliminated, allowing greater opportunity to separate quality kernels from lower quality feed kernels.More

Ziegler Ag equipment acquires Missouri store locations
Farm Equipment
Ziegler Ag Equipment has announced its expansion into Missouri and Kansas with the purchase of Dean Ag Services. Ziegler will offer a complete line of agricultural equipment, including Challenger and Massey Ferguson tractors and hay equipment, LEXION combines, Gleaner combines, White Planters and Sunflower tillage equipment.More

Tillers Direct launches Masport tillers
Digital Journal
Tillers Direct has announced the addition of Masport garden tillers. The Masport front tine tiller can be outfitted with optional aerator, power brush or edger attachments, making it a truly versatile do-it-all tool.More

Anaerobic digestion system set to be commercially available
The Engineer
U.S. researchers have unveiled what they claim is the first commercially available, high-solid anaerobic digestion system. The technology was invented at the University of California, Davis, and is now licensed to Clean World Partners, a Sacramento-based start-up. Anaerobic digestion relies on bacteria to break down biodegradable waste material in the absence of oxygen. While anaerobic digestion is not a new technology in itself, operational and material-handling limitations had prevented its commercial adoption.More

John Deere 180G LC hydraulic excavator
Utility Products
John Deere announces the introduction of the customer-inspired 180G LC hydraulic excavator. This 18 metric ton model provides contractors a larger mid-size excavator solution with an Interim Tier4-certifed engine. The new 180G LC joins the popular G-Series hydraulic excavator line and continues the John Deere tradition of reliability, power and productivity on the jobsite. More

Number of large farm equipment dealerships growing
Wisconsin Ag Connection
There are at least 16 more farm equipment ownership groups in Ag Equipment Intelligence's "Big Dealers" club than at this time last year. According to Farm Equipment magazine, the trend signals an uptick in the pace of consolidation of North American farm equipment dealerships. More

CNH Global shares on the rise
There's been no slowdown in the agriculture sector. CNH Global manufactures agriculture and construction equipment for customers in 170 countries under the Case and New Holland brands. More

Daily processing equipment plant tour — behind the scenes at Hewitt's Dairy
The Hamilton Spectator
The surprising first impression when walking through the main processing plant at Hewitt's Dairy, near the eastern edge of Hagersville, is that there is no smell of milk. There's an aroma of water on concrete, and a whiff of something akin to ammonia.More

Vertical-tillage improves planting conditions, preserves conservation
Southeast Farm Press
Just one pass with a vertical-tillage tool can maintain conservation benefits of residue and size residue so that it is more manageable at planting time. However, aggressive use of the tools, or using it on more than one pass, will decrease the conservation benefits. More

Bad bosses get the workers they deserve
Diego Basch's Blog
Being a horrible boss is its own punishment, writes Diego Basch. The more you lecture, talk down to or patronize your workers, the less initiative, loyalty or responsibility they'll offer you in return. More

Valmont announces first quarter results
Digital Journal
Valmont Industries, a leading global manufacturer of engineered products for infrastructure, mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, and a provider of coating services, reported sales for the first quarter of $717.4 million compared with $567.9 million for the same period of 2011. More