Equipment & Tech


  • GPS guidance and variable rate technologies are widely accepted. But a USDA study wonders how much they increase profits. (DTN/The Progressive photo by Bob Elbert)

    Does Precision Ag Increase Profits?

    A report from USDA's Economic Research Service finds precision agriculture has widespread acceptance, but added little to farming's overall profitability.

  • The ICON10 control panel features a touchscreen interface for ease of use. Users can take control of some ICON models without leaving their pickups. (Photo courtesy of Valley Irrigation)

    Irrigation Panels Get Even Smarter

    New panels are able initiate a wide array of functions for an irrigation pivot, and are simple to use for anyone who already has mastered the basics of a cell phone or tablet.

  • Sales of tractors under 40-hp were a bright spot in a November report. But larger tractors and other equipment categories continued to slump. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Farm Equipment Sales Decline

    According to a recent Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) December newsletter, both domestic and global equipment sales continue to be down compared to a year earlier.

  • Welding is inherently dangerous, as are many tasks around the farm. Be smart and stay safe now and in the new year. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Machinery Chatter

    Steve Thompson, who writes the Ask the Mechanic column in DTN/The Progressive Farmer magazine, shares some valuable tips to keep you safe in the year ahead.

  • More farm equipment than ever rides on tracks, from tractors and combines, to grain carts and planters. DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Back on Track

    Here are some of the reasons farmers are selecting tracks over tires for their fields, but also why they might not be for everyone or every application.

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