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  • The John Deere factory in Waterloo, Iowa, is part of an ag manufacturing infrastructure that employs 114,000 Americans. (Photo courtesy John Deere)

    Equipment Mfgs. Help Economy Grow

    The equipment manufacturing industry supported 1.3 million jobs and contributed $159 billion to the Gross Domestic Production (GDP) of the U.S. in 2016, according to new report released by The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

  • A new portable dryer from GSI is easy on the ears, producing half the decibels as older models. (Photo courtesy of GSI)

    New at the Winter Farm Shows

    From dryers to planters, manufacturers rolled out new products at farm shows this winter.

  • A heat reclamation system sold by GSI for tower dryers separates hot dry air from wet air to save energy costs. It can be retrofit on many existing dryers.

    More Efficient Technology for Propane

    The Propane Education and Research Council has partnered with three agricultural companies to develop new fuel-efficient grain drying technologies that could help farmers save money.

  • The National Farm Machinery Show provides an annual opportunity to take the pulse of buyers and sellers. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Quiet Optimism Rules the Show

    Most exhibitors Progressive Farmer Senior Editor Jim Patrico interviewed at this year's National Farm Machinery Show were quietly optimistic about prospects for 2017.

  • The flagship of Kongskilde's tillage line is the 9200 vertical tillage tool. It now becomes part of the New Holland catalogue. (Photo courtesy New Holland.)

    Machinery Chatter Blog

    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.

  • A tiny Dove satellite floats over the Earth after being deployed from the International Space Station. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

    Machinery Chatter

    Tiny satellites will be launched this year to start taking photos of -- among other things -- your farm fields.

  • 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.

  • Work on waterers now to avoid them getting frozen later. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn.)

    Keep Water Flowing for Cattle

    Here are some tips on how to check the condition of your livestock waterer and what you can do to winter-proof it.

  • Esther, the robot, is the brainchild of this team at the University of Illinois. The machine gathered information on energy sorghum this season. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Real Robots

    Robots are part of a new revolution that one day could be coming to a field near you.

  • Justin Johnson, a technician at Heartland Tractor, a Case IH dealership in Nevada, Missouri, offers simple maintenance tips for the off season. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Put Your Tractor to Bed for the Winter

    A technician offers simple tractor maintenance tips farmers should perform over the winter to make sure their tractors are ready to roar out of the shop the next growing season.

  • The six-nozzle ExactApply system offers spray flexibility and accuracy. (Progressive Farmer photo provided by the manufacturer)

    Spray Efficiency Counts

    John Deere offers new technologies for existing sprayers.

  • Elverterio Cordoba has had to be creative to keep a 1958 American tractor running on his Cuban farm. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Land of Improvisation

    Progressive Farmer Senior Editor Jim Patrico was in Cuba for about a week at the end of September with a group of journalists that participated in a fact-finding mission, which meant a lot of meeting-room time in Havana with folks from institutions...

  • Some prep work and slower speeds can reduce soybean harvest loss. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Adjusting for Lodged Soybeans

    Lodged soybeans are a common occurrence in many areas of the Corn Belt this growing season. They will slow down harvest and can lead to increased harvest losses as the plants are more difficult to cut and gather into the combine.

  • A functioning fire extinguisher should be in the cab of every harvest vehicle this fall. It can save lives and expense. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Pamela Smith)

    Minimize Fire Risk This Harvest

    Long hours full of hard work at harvest time also come with an increased risk of field or machinery fire. Here are some tips to minimize the risk.

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