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  • Employees at AGCO's Jackson, Minnesota, assembly plant use Google Glass to make operations run more efficiently. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    AGCO Uses Glass Technology

    AGCO is using a new technology, Google Glass, in the manufacturing of farm equipment. It allows the company to become more efficient when assembling tractors and application equipment.

  • AGCO to Buy Precision Planting

    After a couple of months of industry speculation about who would buy Precision Planting, AGCO answered the questions this week with the announcement that it would be the new owner of the multi-faceted planting technology company.

  • The advanced 4640 display from John Deere requires an equipment purchase and a software subscription. The formula is a departure from previous payment plans. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)

    Deere's New Payment Path

    Last month John Deere introduced a new, more powerful display for use in many farm vehicles, only the 4640 will be marketed in a new way: There will be an equipment price plus an annual software subscription.

  • Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota right now are the hot spots for drought in the country. USDA on Friday approved emergency CRP grazing for the three states. (Map courtesy of the U.S. Drought Monitor)

    Deere Makes Construction Acquisition

    John Deere recently agreed to buy the Wirtgen Group, a privately held German company that is described as the world's leader in road building equipment. Reported sales price: $5.2 billion.

  • Cyndee Smiley Dolan, division marketing manager for John Deere, helped introduce the new S700 Series of combines last week at Deere's Media Days in Moline, Illinois. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Deere Kicks Off Introduction Season

    John Deere introduced a number of new products at its recent media days event in Moline, Illinois.

  • Three-point hitches can be a mass of metal and hoses. Be careful how you connect them. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Kurt Lawton)

    Think Safe Hitching

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn looks at a report on safe implement hitching. The detailed report covers safe drawbar, three-point, power take-off (PTO), hydraulic and electrical connections.

  • The SpeedTube was the heart of deal between Precision Planting and John Deere. Other components of the deal included vSet meters, vDrive electric motors and DeltaForce automatic downforce controllers. (Photo courtesy Precision Planting.)

    Deere, Monsanto Deal is Dead

    While Climate Corporation has backed out of a deal to sell its Precision Planting subsidiary to John Deere, they still intend to sell the equipment business and have spoken to several third parties who are interested.

  • Our shops contest is open and has several categories to accommodate entries from all kinds of shops. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Great American Shops Contest

    As part of our semi-annual Great American Shops contest, DTN/The Progressive Farmer is again looking for the best shops in America. These are shops planned for hard work, equipped to make your work profitable and full of imaginative ideas that make...

  • Drone pioneer and farmer Robert Blair helps run an aerial scouting company. (Photo courtesy Robert Blair)

    Aerial Scouting Earns Its Wings

    Working from his more than century-old Three Canyon Farms outside Kendrick, Idaho, Robert Blair is a pioneer instrumental in launching the nation's agricultural unmanned aircraft scouting industry. In fact, he claims that in 2006 he was the first farmer...

  • 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.

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