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  • Being Machinery Editor for DTN/The Progressive Farmer included perks like doing aerial photos from a helicopter at a new production launch of Lexion combines. (Photo courtesy of CLAAS)

    Last Word

    Jim Patrico, who retired as Machinery Editor for DTN/The Progressive Farmer on Jan. 2, looks back on the variety of topics he wrote about in the Machinery Chatter blog over the past several years.

  • Old Abe, Case Farm Equipment's mascot for many decades, can still found on newer Case IH farm equipment. This is the steering wheel of a 1993 Case IH 1644 combine. (Photo courtesy of Howard Myers)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    A reader shares a story about Case and Case IH farm equipment and Russ remembers his family's Christmas star.

  • A few maintenance steps now can prolong equipment life and make spring an easier time. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Tom Dodge.)

    Winterize Your Farm Equipment

    To have equipment ready to go next spring and to protect their equipment investment, farmers should winterize their equipment.

  • Swarms of mini-robot planters could one day put corn in the ground. Thiemo Buchner, Fendt project developer for robots, displayed a Xaver robot at Agritechnica. Plans are to have the robots in production and for sale in two years. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    A Peek Into the Future

    In keeping with the theme of "Green Future -- Smart Technology," robotic equipment inhabited each of the fairground's 27 buildings at this year's Agritechnica trade show in Hannover, Germany.

  • AGCO head Martin Richenhagen (left) told a conference at Agritechnica that Africa can become a breadbasket for the world. Gerd Muller, German federal minister for economic cooperation and development, is at right. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Africa's Food Potential

    A panel of German government, academic and industry experts at Agritechnica discussed why the explosion of modern technologies still has not solved the riddle of widespread food insecurity.

  • Cuban farmers could certainly use some new tractors. These relics on a farm south in the village of Melena del Sur are typical of the tractors Cubans have kept running since the U.S. embargo started more than 60 years ago. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    US Equipment Cos. Ink Deals With Cuba

    The Trump administration announced new business and travel restrictions for Americans going to Cuba. The restrictions come just after John Deere and Caterpillar announced agreements with the Cuban government to...

  • The author goes flat out to test the new PRO MULE-FXR's handling in rough terrain. (Photo courtesy of Douglas Henry/Kawasaki)

    Machinery Chatter

    Kawasaki says it was going for a truck-like appearance, but it's better than that. Here are some of the features on the new MULE PRO-FXR.

  • The C Series RoGators come with 90-, 100- or 120-foot booms and are designed to make cleanout faster and more efficient. (Photo courtesy AGCO)

    Machinery Chatter

    At a time when chemical application has grown increasingly more complex, AGCO this summer introduced a new series of RoGators with creative plumbing solutions to tackle those complexities.

  • Liquid tanks can change the center of gravity on ATVs and UTVS. Make sure you make adjustments. DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo.

    ATV Safety

    One of the most popular pieces of equipment on farms and ranches today are All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Utility Task Vehicle (UTV). These versatile machines are at home on most any type of farm/ranch as well...

  • Randy Jax (left) and Herb Dowse, an ag precision specialist with Northern Country Co-op, discuss images taken with an AgEagle. (DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Bob Elbert)

    Trifocals for the Farm

    UAVs, airplanes and satellites give agriculture three distinct views of your fields. Which technologies are right for you?

  • The new methane-powered tractor drew crowds to the New Holland booth at the Farm Progress Show in August. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Methane-Powered Concept Tractor

    New Holland has introduced a concept mid-sized tractor that runs on either methane or compressed natural gas, and do all the work of a diesel-powered T6 with up to 80% less total emissions.

  • News stories about robots in the livestock industry beg an interesting question about the accelerating mechanization of agriculture and what it means for the ever-shrinking population and vitality of rural America. (Robot photo by Brickset, CC BY 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    Agbots to the Rescue?

    Robots are increasingly playing a larger role in livestock and meat production. Whether that's good or bad news for the livestock industry and rural America remains to be seen, says DTN Livestock Analyst John...

  • : The Kodiak 450 has user-friendly features that make is a work vehicle for the farm or ranch. (Photo courtesy of Yamaha)

    Yamaha Rolls Out Farm-Sized ATV

    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.

  • J.I. Case and Company built its first steam engine tractor in 1869. It was pulled by horses and only used steam power to run other machinery. (Image courtesy of Case IH)

    Case IH's Past, Present and Future

    Case IH is celebrating the 175th anniversary of when it was started as Machine Threshing Works in Racine, Wisconsin.

  • 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...

  • 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.

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