CEEDA Briefing
Dec. 11, 2014

Kubota Tractor will open huge distribution centre in Kansas
Kansas City Business Journal
Kubota Tractor Corp., the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, will open a nearly 450,000-square-foot parts distribution center at the 1,500-acre Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton. Kubota plans to have the facility operational during the third quarter of 2015. When initial operations begin, the new parts distribution center will primarily service the Midwest.More

Grain farming under attack by government

Grain Farmers of Ontario is confounded by the recent announcement by the government to reduce neonicotinoid use by 80 per cent by 2017. The announcement flies in the face of numerous efforts and investments made by grain farmers across the province over the past two years to mitigate risks to bee health.More

Dear Premier,

We understand that the government is planning to announce target reductions in the amount of neonicotinoid-treated corn and soy seed planted in Ontario. The agriculture industry has met with you, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs over the past year to discuss the value and benefits of treated seed in a sustainable agricultural system and to develop a collaborative path forward. We are extremely disappointed that the government has chosen a non-science-based approach that will harm, rather than help, the environment.More

AgJunction's Satloc Division debuts LiteStar III Guidance System for aerial application
Precision Farming Dealer
AgJunction announced the release of its latest aerial guidance product, the LiteStar III from Satloc, at this week's National Agricultural Aviation Association Annual Convention in Louisville, Ky. With the introduction of the new LiteStar III guidance system for aerial applicators, Satloc has taken entry-level guidance to a new level of performance. As the next generation of affordable GPS guidance system, LiteStar III builds upon the features of the previous LiteStar II system, with even more attributes, including simplified navigation set-up and guidance options. More

Steyr to present the Steyr Kompakt Ecotech at Agraria 2014
TractorByNet
Following the extremely successful launch of the Steyr Kompakt Ecotech tractors, with three models so far over the past few years, Steyr will be presenting the second generation of these all-rounder tractors at Agraria 2014, in Wels/Austria. At the heart of the enhancements are a new transmission design and the additional configuration options associated with it. Furthermore, the range is being expanded to include two additional models; the Kompakt series is being expanded both downwards (with the 4075 models) and upwards (with the 4115 models, which generate 115 HP).More

Same Deutz-Fahr launches 3E premium tractor series
Financial Chronicle
Same Deutz-Fahr has launched its much-awaited new 3E premium tractor series for the Indian market in the 35 to 42 HP segment to tap the growing demand for tractors in the world’s largest tractor market. The three new models – Deutz-Fahr 3035E, 3040E and 3042E – made in India for the Indian market would be available for sale from June 2015 onwards.More

Dawn Equipment unveils new technology for planters, drills
Farms.com
Dawn Equipment recently unveiled new products for planters and drills for spring 2015 during a live broadcast. Among the highlights that Dawn showcased is a down-pressure system for John Deere 60 and 90 Series drills, a floating row cleaner that uses air down pressure, and a fluid coupling down-pressure sensor for John Deere planters. More

Yamaha's commitment to agriculture
AgWired
Yamaha’s ATV/SxS marketing manager, Steve Nessl, stood in front of their brand new 2015 Viking VI while chatting with Chuck during the recent Trade Talk at the 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual meeting. “It is the industry’s first true six passenger utility vehicle out there. Each person in the cabin has their own designated space. It’s not only a durable, reliable workhorse in the field, but also a comfortable and capable one for everyone who gets in it.”More

SST Software sees more farmers adopting variable rate seeding
AGProfessional
Low corn prices are causing farmers to take a hard look at what new technologies will optimize inputs while minimizing costs. As farmers begin to plan for the 2015 season, SST Software is seeing an increased interest in variable rate planting recommendations. SST's decision support technologies are one technology being used by ag service providers around the world to provide precision ag services to farmers. More

Massey tractor arrives at South Pole after 2,500km trek
Farmers Weekly
Massey Ferguson has reported that, after a gruelling 2,500km ice-journey, the Antarctica2 expedition team arrived with its MF5610 tractor at the South Pole today. The project was to drive the agricultural tractor on a 5,000km round trip from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.More

AgJunction's Satloc Division debuts LiteStar III Guidance System for aerial application
Precision Farming Dealer
AgJunction announced the release of its latest aerial guidance product, the LiteStar III from Satloc, at this week's National Agricultural Aviation Association Annual Convention in Louisville, Ky. With the introduction of the new LiteStar III guidance system for aerial applicators, Satloc has taken entry-level guidance to a new level of performance. As the next generation of affordable GPS guidance system, LiteStar III builds upon the features of the previous LiteStar II system, with even more attributes, including simplified navigation set-up and guidance options.More

New Holland completes acquisition of Miller-St. Nazianz, Inc.
AgProfessional
CNH Industrial N.V. announced that it has completed the acquisition of precision spraying equipment manufacturer Miller-St. Nazianz, Inc. All assets and activities of Miller are being incorporated into CNH Industrial’s New Holland brand. The Miller products will be further integrated into the New Holland Agriculture portfolio which specializes in agricultural machinery. More

Global business climate for agricultural machinery has weakened
Farm Equipment
Agrievolution Alliance says manufacturers of tractors and agricultural machines are less satisfied with their current business situation than they have been in the past four years, based on responses to its latest biannual survey of machine manufacturers and importers. Agrievolution Alliance, a global network of the leading agricultural machinery associations representing more than 6,000 equipment manufacturers worldwide, presented the survey results during a press conference at EIMA International 2014 in Bologna, Italy.More

Deere announces acquisition to enhance strategic focus on sugarcane industry
Machine Finder
Deere & Company has recently announced the full acquisition of Auteq Telematica, an onboard software and computer company located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to provide integrated innovative technologies and solutions for the sugarcane production process. In 2009, John Deere created a joint venture with Auteq and recently acquired the onboard technology specialist to enhance its strategic focus on the sugarcane industry.More

Volvo launches first T4i de-tiering kit allowing resale of certain articulated haulers, wheel loaders to lesser-regulated countries
Equipment World
Volvo Construction Equipment has launched its first conversion kit that will allow customers to resell their Tier 4 Interim machines to others outside of highly-regulated countries. Tier 4 engines require the use of ultra low sulfur fuel, which is not available in much of the world. This, in turn, has caused concerns about the resale of U.S. Tier 4 machines, many of which end up in lesser-regulated areas, particularly Mexico and South America. More