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ISSUE DATE: 11/17/2008

Proper tractor setup can increase fuel efficiency

Power, power, and more power are what farmers have always wanted from their tractors. Recently, the price of diesel fuel has changed that mantra to power, more power, and fuel efficiency. Passenger cars achieve greater fuel efficiency by becoming lighter and smaller, but that is not an option for farm tractors. Modern tractors need to pull and haul increasingly bigger and heavier loads; however, it is still possible to get the most from every gallon of diesel fuel.

Farmers cannot afford to just put it in gear and shove the throttle forward, anymore. Producers need to tailor their machines for better fuel efficiency with proper ballast weights, correct tire pressures, smart transmissions and new technology.


NEWS

Ag undersecretary criticizes county's FOIA appeal
California drought forces cattlemen to downsize
Changing climate brings start of 'Anthropocene' era
Chesapeake, OACD partner to sponsor conservation educator award
Chinese media say tainted animal feed widespread
Dorr resigns as USDA under secretary
Douglas County farm family earns Farm Bureau environmental award
Farm To School Program launches new website
Farmers and ranchers of Kansas Farm Bureau set 2009 policy direction
Farmers enjoy profitable year, but concerns loom
Farms collect federal subsidies, pollution fines
KFB honors Coen for Distinguished Service to Agriculture
K-State agronomy professors earn fellow status, education award
Mazurkiewicz to direct Texas AgriLife Extension's leadership program
Meeting agriculture's challenges in a rapidly changing world
Mike Kubicek honored as OSU distinguished ag alum
Moffat County rancher gets jail time for killing elk
NAP application closing date, disaster program eligibility
Nebraska Wind Power 2008 Conference in Kearney Nov. 11 and 12
New AgriLife Extension agent named for Schleicher County
OKFB asks governor to endorse renewable energy plan
OSU honors 'international voice of rodeo'
Senators, representatives urge Schafer to minimize unnecessary changes in operation of farm programs
Still time to button-up house for winter save energy, save money
Sustainable Crops and Livestock Systems Conference set for Dec. 6
USDA announces amended farm bill provisions, new sign-up deadline

CROPS

Academy for Ranch Management announces burn workshops in 2009
Ag Enhancement and Diversification Grant and Loan deadline Jan. 2
Annual Colorado Ag Classic sets schedule
Brazil to produce fewer soybeans next year
Corn Board to meet
Corn production up slightly from last month
Corn, soybean production lower than last month
Crop production forecast updated
Economic climate pushes wheat acreage lower
Insect and Disease Management School Dec. 4 in Smith Center
Kansas soybean production up, corn and sorghum down
Look at the WRP again--a change may benefit landowners
Machine helps spot soil and groundwater contamination
Mexican manufacturers return to Texas for annual peanut tour
Nebraska's crop production numbers updated
New ACRE Farm Program may generate fewer payments for Texas cotton
New Iowa Ag Statistics book shows growth, perseverance through rain and rising costs
Nutty year leads to short pecan crop in Texas, U.S.
Play it safe when storing pesticides
Proper tractor setup can increase fuel efficiency
Public invited to Arroyo watershed workshop
Questions about rental agreements
Sen. Chambliss applauds release of new cotton program rules
Small cotton harvest translates into economic losses
Texas AgriLife program saves growers millions while protecting water
Texas citrus on its way to consumers
UNL releases new dry edible bean cultivar

LIVESTOCK

12,500 Limousin cows now on whole-herd reporting
Agencies to let more bison outside Yellowstone
Allen supplies bucking stock, fills niche
American Lamb Board announces first round of FY2009 Matching Grant Program proposals
Animal agriculture faces challenges from activists
Buchholz named AHW Woman of the Year
Century Feeders recognized with Red Angus Industry Service Award
Changing markets may affect cattlemen's profits
Deer Valley Farm donates flush to Limousin Corner Post Package
Despite volatility in many global markets, August results show continued strength for meat exports
Fifth annual Southwest Beef Symposium set for Jan. 13 and 14 in Midland
New genetic defect affects Angus cattle
NM agency proposes to fine dairy $15,000
NMSU Extension animal science department hosts shearing school
Pork producers not only raise it, they promote it too
Television documentary challenges animal welfare perceptions
U.S. feedlot owners oppose beef labeling law
West Central Cattlemen's Day scheduled in North Platte
WRCA World Championship Ranch Rodeo set Nov. 12 to 16

EDITOR

Beef breeders--be proactive
Elections and fast cars
Obama administration must lead on agriculture

COLUMNS

Actions speak louder than words
Ag Leader Technology, Inc., introduces a new entry-level precision farming display
AgriLabs, St. Joseph, Mo., now markets Mycomune R
AutoFarm and MacDon introduce GPS AutoSteer
Just a scoop full
Life before refrigeration
Show thanks for our "treasures"

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock sales
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock sales summary
Bids higher, except for wheat
Clovis livestock sales report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Corn harvest remains behind normal averages
Dalhart livestock sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap cattle sales report
Ericson cattle sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Grain market close
Hay trading moderately
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional livestock sales report
Lexington cattle sales report
McAlester livestock market report
Most areas below average for moisture
Most hay trading steady, demand moderate in some areas
Nearly all wheat planted
Ogallala livestock sales
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt Livestock auction report
Row crop harvest slowed by rain
Salina livestock sales report
Sioux Falls feeder pigs
Sioux Falls sheep sales
Small grain crops progressing, most in good condition
Snows bring fieldwork to standstill
Springfield livestock sales
Steady harvest progress
Strong storm brings hail, high winds
Texhoma livestock sales
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Watertown livestock sales
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wet weather slows harvest
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Drought management workshop set for Nov. 19 in Imperial
Fall alfalfa management key to healthy spring growth

FAMILY

Alva students compete in National Agricultural Sales Event
Christmas tree search can be quality family outing
Cooking ahead for when company's coming
Cutoff date announced for the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
Florence 2 focuses on living
From "The Heart of Oklahoma"
Heat and gardens- answers to common questions
It's time to talk turkey
Like salt in a wound, hurricane-ravaged landscapes stung, but can recover
Live Christmas tree 'gift that keeps on giving'
Potato varieties flourish in Colorado
Safety precautions for hunters in cleaning meat
Surprising side dishes
UNL hires new Extension educator with 4-H, youth focus
Upcoming K-State horticultural events

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