CEEDA Briefing
Dec. 18, 2014

AGCO announces new $500 share repurchase program
Farm Equipment
AGCO has announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program of up to $500 million of the company’s common stock. The latest authorization is in addition to any previously authorized share repurchases and is effective through Dec. 31, 2016.More

SprayTest offers remote boom control
Real Agriculture
Checking nozzles on the sprayer for uniformity can prove rather tedious, as it often means clambering up and down sprayer steps to turn booms on and off, and running behind the sprayer to take a look, all while attempting to avoid drift. SprayTest Controls Inc. has changed that process, with the remote boom control system. The system controls up to 8 booms, allowing the user to select individual booms with a handheld remote from behind the sprayer.More

Honda launches three ATVs
Farmers Weekly Interactive
The Honda Foreman TRX500 newcomers build upon enhancements introduced early last year by using the same new frame with its increased torsional rigidity helping comfort, ride quality and handling. Adding IRS further improves those characteristics, says Honda, contributing towards a 55 per cent increase in towing capacity and a 44 per cent rise in payload, as well as higher load rack capacities front (45kg) and rear (85kg).More

Expert: Trains can't be built for winter
The Western Producer
Harsh winter is a fact of life in Western Canada, but farmers shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for winter-optimized grain trains, says a former railway vice-president. Not only would winter-best trains likely be worse for the rest of the year, but railway manufacturers aren’t too interested in customizing equipment for the Prairies.More

5 key features of the John Deere 8530
The John Deere 8530 Row Crop Tractor, which rolled units out of Waterloo from 2006 to 2009, remains an extremely popular piece of equipment for customers in row crop applications who demand re-configurable product solutions for flexibility across a wide-range of applications.More

Caterpillar has a ride-on dozer for kids now
Equipment World
If your kid loves big machines and dirt, here’s the item that should be at the top of your shopping list for them this Christmas. This Caterpillar dozer from Kid Trax features a working blade that your little operator can raise and lower and it has two motors that allow the diminutive dozer to turn in place just like the real thing. Unfortunately the tracks aren’t real, but it sits atop rubber tires (no plastic tires like most Power Wheels) that offer plenty of traction on your kid’s jobsite. More

Valley develops technology integrating irrigation data into farm management systems
Precision Farming Dealer
Due to the growing demand for increased food production to feed the expanding population, along with rising land prices and increasing fertilizer and fuel costs, making precise choices about irrigation and nutrient management is more critical than ever. Valley Irrigation has developed a way to share precision irrigation data that facilitates data-driven decisions and simplifies irrigation management. The first of its kind, Irrigation Exchange provides the seamless transfer of precision data to other ag companies from BaseStation3, the new Valley remote irrigation management product. More

Zetor to use Deutz engines in new models
Zetor has announced that it is to use Deutz engines on a new model series which Zetor plans to introduce in 2015/2016. According to the company the existing offer of Zetor engines will be expanded by engines from Deutz. It says the engines from the German manufacturer will be added to the Zetor brand engines, used primarily in the new model series of tractors that Zetor plans to introduce in 2015 and 2016More

Iteris announces ClearAg Prime
Intelligence. It’s vitally important to national security and your crop’s security. Iteris has just released ClearAg Prime, which they call “Next Level of Intelligent Agriculture Decision Support.” To learn more about it I visited by phone with Tom Blair, Senior Vice President, Iteris. He says that ClearAg Prime is the latest in a series of API’s that customers can readily integrate with third part agricultural software applications. It contains climatological and soil data information to augment the previous release of ClearAg Select.More

AGCO announces new $500 share repurchase program
Farm Equipment
AGCO has announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program of up to $500 million of the company’s common stock. The latest authorization is in addition to any previously authorized share repurchases and is effective through Dec. 31, 2016.More

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.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

Is the MF5610 the ultimate loader tractor?
Farmers Guardian
Billed as the ultimate loader tractor, we were keen to find out if Massey Ferguson’s claims regarding its 5600 Series were justified. James Rickard puts one to the test on-farm. With the old Massey Ferguson 5400 Series renowned as being one of the best loader tractors in the industry, and also pretty handy in the field, it looks as though the new 5600 Series tractors have some serious boots to fill.More

Pro operators assess Caterpillar's 627K technology
Construction Equipment
The self-propelled scraper—or in Caterpillar parlance, the “wheel tractor-scraper”—continues to be not only a viable machine in Caterpillar’s range of bulk-earthmoving equipment, but also, with the recent introduction of the 620K Series, continues to keep pace technically with the most advanced of the company’s products. The design of the new K Series models (621K, 623K, 627K), says John Gerhold, wheel tractor-scraper application specialist, is aimed at production efficiency and operator amenities, qualities that Construction Equipment recently asked a pair of seasoned professional operators to evaluate.More

New Holland Agriculture upgraded T8 tractor range set for U.K. debut
Farming Life
The T8 Tractor Series upgraded with ECOBlue™ Hi-eSCR technology for compliance with Tier 4B emissions standards will make its UK debut showing at LAMMA 2015. The entire range is more powerful than its predecessor and has maintained its excellent fuel efficiency. The upgrade also introduces a host of improvements to the operator’s comfort and convenience, with enhancements for machine setting and maintenance.More