Equipment en Taylor Farms boosts renewable energy footprint <div class="field-deck"> REC Solar project at Taylor Farms marks 100th agricultural installation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The newest Taylor Farms system in Gonzales, coupled with its existing wind turbine, can offset more than 25 percent of that facility’s energy consumption during peak periods. REC Solar previously completed a solar project for Taylor Farms in nearby Salinas, and is working with the company on additional projects for facilities in Tracy, Calif. and Dallas, Texas.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Business Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:01:00 +0000 170061 at <p>Taylor Farms recently finished installation of a 1 megawatt solar farm at its Gonzales, Calif. location. Coupled with a large windmill, the renewable energy covers about one-fourth of the facility&#39;s energy during peak periods.</p> Krone introduces lift technology for single-rotor rakes <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Krone announces Swadro single-rotor rakes which now feature Krone lift tines with new angled ends allowing the equipment to lift the material while raking, creating the Krone lift effect.</p> <p>Previously, Krone lift tines were only utilized on twin-rotor rake models.</p> <p>The special design improves harvested forage quality by reducing contamination since the lift tines do not drag on the ground or pick up other materials from the field. In addition, the curve in the lift tines improves the windrow shape.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:31:00 +0000 170071 at Case IH rolls out new large-square balers <div class="node-body article-body">With the addition of Model Year 2017 RB5 series round balers, Case IH offers ISOBUS Class 3 functionality across the majority of its baler lineup and all Maxxum CVT, Puma and Optum tractors. This Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) technology enhances both productivity and bale quality. From the beefed-up bale chamber to the rugged frame, the LB434XL is designed from the ground up for large-scale hay and forage operations. Operators will immediately notice a 31.5-inch longer bale chamber. This 31 percent increase over current LB434 balers delivers up to 10 percent higher bale density. Greater density means more crop per bale, decreasing bale count. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:27:00 +0000 169781 at <p>The Case IH LB434XL&nbsp;3x4 large square baler features a longer chamber, capable of boosting bale density by 10 percent over other models.</p> Top 6 issues agriculture faced five years ago <div class="field-deck"> Have agriculture’s problems changed since then? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Farmers are faced with new challenges and opportunities every day, a.k.a. agricultural problems - from feeding an expanding global population while meeting strict new emissions requirements, to producing more food on fewer acres while minimizing their environmental footprint.</p> <p>To help farmers meet their challenges, Case IH five years ago (2011) conducted a survey to gather farmers&rsquo; perspectives on problems in agriculture and the issues in agriculture facing their operations.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:34:00 +0000 169281 at Collaborative effort cuts labor costs in strawberries <div class="field-deck"> Driscoll's, Plantel Nurseries and Solex combine to mechanize transplanting process </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Driscoll's, Plantel Nurseries and Solex combine efforts to mechanize strawberry transplant process.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Fruits Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:37:00 +0000 169191 at <p>A study along the California Central Coast reveals a significant savings in labor costs and improved speed with mechanically transplanted strawberries.</p> Photo by Surendra Dara, UCCE San Luis Obispo County Trimble creates agriculture business solutions group <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Trimble is establishing a business solutions group in its agriculture division to support the more complex needs of agricultural leaders.</p> <p>The Trimble Agriculture Business Solutions group will provide customers with technology integration across their business and data solutions to improve operational efficiencies and enhance decision making throughout the value chain.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:10:00 +0000 168741 at Wuertz honored as subsurface drip irrigation pioneer <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Howard Wuertz, a central Arizona crop farmer at the family&rsquo;s Sundance Farms operation at Coolidge and considered by many as the father of subsurface irrigation, has received Netafim USA&rsquo;s 2016 Award of Advancement in Microirrigation.</p> <p>Wuertz&rsquo;s selection is based on his pioneering efforts and contributions to the adaptation of subsurface drip irrigation (SDI).</p> <p>&ldquo;It is a great honor to be recognized by Netafim and industry peers for the steps we have made at Sundance Farms to achieve greater efficiency and productivity,&rdquo; Wuertz says.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Systems Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:22:00 +0000 168731 at <p>Howard Wuertz, center, Sundance Farms, Coolidge, Ariz.,&nbsp;has received Netafim USA&#39;s 2016&nbsp;Award of Advancement in&nbsp;Microirrigation&nbsp;in recognition of his pioneer advances in subsurface drip irrigation. Wuertz is flanked by his sons Greg (left) and David. Farm Press 2009 photo.</p> Yara North America introduces water sensor for citrus <div class="node-body article-body"><p><span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Yara">Yara</span>&nbsp;has introduced its&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Yara">Yara</span>&nbsp;Water Solution in the U.S. with installations in citrus groves in California and Florida. With water supplies and access growing scarcer in these U.S. states, agricultural solutions are needed to make the best use of water.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Citrus Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:13:00 +0000 168441 at Yara water sensor on citrus leaf. The bigger picture if three times more Central Valley groundwater exists <div class="node-body blog-body">Stanford study suggests California might have several times more groundwater than previously thought</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Systems Farm Press Blog Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:07:00 +0000 168211 at Ways to improve efficiency in flood irrigation systems <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Surface irrigation sometimes gets a bad rap, and a representative of a pioneering Australian-based company out to automate gravity fed systems pointed this out at a rare presentation on improving efficiency of various forms of flood irrigation.</p> <p>&ldquo;The irrigation industry in general, with the exception of the people in this room, if you tell them you want to maximize efficiency with drip irrigation, they&rsquo;ll put you on their shoulders and throw money at you,&rdquo; said Alan Jackson, area manager for Rubicon Water.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Systems Alfalfa Almonds Cotton Grapes Pecans Pistachios Stone Fruit Vegetables Walnuts Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:48:00 +0000 168041 at <p><strong>UCCE speakers Dan Munk, left, irrigation specialist in Fresno County, and Daniele Zaccaria, agricultural water management specialist, at a surface irrigation workshop at the Kearney Ag Center in Parlier, Calif.</strong></p>