I now know of farmers who say they hardly ever open the laptop anymore, because they can conduct most of their farm business on their smartphones. There are many very creative apps for that and farmers are taking full advantage of them....More
Farmscrapers may be billed as futuristic towers, but that is an understatement — the stunning designs look like an agricultural version of Blade Runner, but the descriptions smell of pie-in-the-sky dreams....More
Could a robot honey bee actually pollinate an orchard or crop field? With a carbon fiber body and titanium wings, researchers say a mechanized honey bee is leading a microbot charge toward real world applications — agriculture included....More
Farmers are seeking bigger and more powerful equipment to meet the demands of larger farming operations. Case IH’s Ron Blessing talked about how the Steiger RowTrac is designed to help meet those needs – without causing compacting or rutting up fields. He was interviewed during the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif....More
Rory Paul says drones have tremendous potential for farmers and service providers. But that potential is being constrained by privacy and regulatory issues, including the lack of firm policy from the FAA about their use. Paul talked about the current situation for drones in this interview at the On-Farm Network’s annual conference in Ames, Iowa....More
A growing number of farmers are pushing back against Mother Nature, thanks to what climate researchers have learned about El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), recurrent and normal temperature variations in a large swath of the eastern Pacific Ocean that influence climate conditions in the U.S. Southeast....More
How are two farmers beating the odds against the drought and perpetual wind that nearly all farmers and ranchers face in New Mexico? The secret is in the water – not how much is used but how it is applied....More
China is exerting a major influence on many of the world’s commodity markets and the hay market is no exception. Veteran hay market analyst Seth Hoyt says China plans to double its milk production in the next five years, a move that will require it to import lots of quality hay. Those and other comments are contained in this segment of Hoyt’s presentation at this year’s Forage Seminar at the World Ag Expo....More
In an agriculture industry increasingly reliant on complex technology, dogs herd sheep; watch over cattle; detect invasive pests and plants hiding in produce for U.S. Customs; track metal theft through forensic marker recognition; and even hot-nose the trail of crop-destroying feral hogs. In addition to workaday value, for many farmers, dogs are simply ever-present, loyal companions — maybe a faithful Lab that is lord of the truck bed....More
Drought, high grain prices, fiscal cliffs. They all combined to create a “perfect storm” for farmers and equipment manufacturers at the beginning of 2013. Although some thought the fiscal cliff might prove to be the undoing of the U.S. economy, the Jan. 1 version actually turned out well for the equipment business....More
MyTraps.com enables growers and consultants to manage insect trap data and pesticide records on a secure website by entering data through a smartphone or Web browser. The application is available as an online subscription service through MyTraps.com....More
Three days of near perfect weather helped the World Ag Expo attract record crowds to the 46th annual edition of the show. World Ag Expo’s Jerry Sinift says the Expo filled all of its parking area, including a newly expanded location, on the second day of the show. Sinift also talked about the WAE’s Ag Warriors program in this interview from the show grounds....More
Agriculture is not only about growing crops and livestock. Agriculture is about people, those who spend their lives dedicated to producing food and fiber. Here's one last peek at the people and companies involved in agriculture attending the 2013 World Ag Expo.
World Ag Expo is drawing people from 70 countries from around the world in search of the latest innovations in global agriculture. The farm show continues through this Thursday at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif.
KIOTI Tractor will be showcasing a pink MECHRON 2200 UTV at the World Ag Expo from Feb. 12-14, 2013. This special edition UTV will be displayed in support of breast cancer awareness, research and prevention....More
The Dodge Ram truck commercial celebrating farmers that ran during this year’s Super Bowl obviously struck a note with many viewers. Many have commented on the photos of Case IH equipment that were part of the commercial. Case IH’s Dan Danford talked about Case IH’s role in the commercial during a stop at the Media Day Tour at World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif....More
Farmers and ranchers are big users of lubricants for their equipment; however, it was a different oil widely applied for the opening of the 46th World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., Tuesday. Sunscreen was liberally spread as blue skies, bright sun and afternoon temperatures in the 60s bathed a big crowd for opening day at the International Agri-Center....More
Snow-capped Sierra Nevada peaks framed the Expo grounds as parking lots filled quickly in the morning. Show officials were obviously pleased with the turnout of visitors prowling the 2.6 million square feet of exhibit. More than 1,400 exhibitors are shoe-horned into 2,000 indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces.