Massey Ferguson, a worldwide brand of AGCO, has introduced the 8700 series high-horsepower tractors. The tractors feature an AGCO 8.4-liter diesel engine, improved hydraulics, an advanced CVT transmission, and redesigned cab that is equipped with the latest technology for precision farming. The five models range from 270 to 370 maximum engine horsepower. The design also provides for greater fuel efficiency. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.masseyferguson.us.
Superior Manufacturing, Kindred, N.D., provides grain bins with capacities ranging from 1,850 bushels to more than 1 million bushels and has a lifetime roof warranty. Superior models include hopper, farm and commercial grain bins. Superior builds its roofs to withstand wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour and 37-pound snow loads per square foot. Roof features include 3.5-inch-deep rigidized roof ribs. The 20-by-20-inch vents increase airflow and reduce condensation to allow grain to dry faster. A 9-inch, under-bin grain auger inside an 11-inch U-Trough keeps grain moving continuously to preserve kernel condition. The system provides a maximum unload capacity of up to 6,000 bushels per hour. For more information, call 877-989-5747, or visit www.superiorincnd.com.
The Two-Box Seed Tote with a belt conveyor made by CrustBuster/Speed King, Dodge City, Kan., is seed friendly and now available with optional telescoping conveyor and standard rubber-lined spout. The seed tote has a 12-foot, three-piece telescoping downspout, and its 180-degree horizontal travel can fill 40-foot planters in the field. A crescent belt gently carries the seed, and belt speeds are pre-set to eliminate impact damage and will discharge up to 900 pounds a minute. The updated frame allows for easier box loading or unloading from the rear with access to speed box gates and bar hold downs. For more information, see a dealer or visit www.CrustBuster.com.
Dairy efficiency program started
Landmark Services Cooperative, Cottage Grove, Wis., has introduced ProfitEDGE, a program to help dairy producers be profitable and efficient. ProfitEDGE is a full-service approach to dairy production, with the Landmark team of nutritionists and agronomists collaborating with a group of industry partners to help dairy producers establish management and production goals and create timelines for achieving those goals.
Through the program producers learn and use technologies to build a toolbox of management practices from seed to feed to the milking parlor. The ProfitEDGE program includes tools and strategies customized to the individual dairy, with some dairies using services and others making use of specific expertise based on needs.
Potential components include: on-farm audits from the fields to calf and heifer facilities and the milking parlor; ration formulation and adjustments based on herd performance and available feedstuffs; bunker density and feed inventory assessments; field planning, nutrient management and crop sampling programs; grain marketing and purchasing guidance through marketplace analysis; fuel and energy purchasing and planning programs for efficient purchases; software training for maximized investment of herd and forage management computer programs; and workforce development training opportunities for optimal employee involvement, growth and leadership.
After creating a ProfitEDGE plan, the Landmark team works with the producer to follow the plan and achieve goals by scheduling on-farm visits and consultations. For more information, call 800-236-3276 or visit www.landmark.coop.
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