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Ag Leader Adds New Plant Monitoring System
For ‘08 Crop Season


Ag Leader Technology, Inc., has announced that planter monitoring functionality has been added to the planter control system, SeedCommand. SeedCommand now tracks and logs average population while monitoring seed spacing.

A color bar graph and population display provide this information to operators in real-time. These capabilities allow producers using Seed-Command to eliminate planter monitors from their tractor cabs completely. Now they can monitor and control necessary planting functions from the InSight display.

For the 2008 growing season, planter monitoring functionality is available to replace KINZE KPM I, II or III planter monitors. In addition, SeedCommand monitors auxiliary planter functions on KINZE planters.

For the 2009 growing season, planter monitoring functionality will be available for John Deere, White, Case and all other planters with seed tube sensors.

The system also allows producers to map hybrid/variety locations and record split-planter operations for better record keeping and decision making. Variable rate planting can also be done with SeedCommand through a serial connection to Rawson controllers. For more information go to www.agleader.com

TeeJet Alerts Customers Of GPS System Update

TeeJet Technologies sells and supports GPS receivers utilizing the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), the United States’ free DGPS correction system, according to a company announcement. WAAS exists primarily to improve the accuracy of GPS for aviation applications, but it is also a convenient and effective solution for agricultural GPS systems.

The WAAS signal is transmitted by geostationary satellites that are completely independent of the GPS satellite system. Two of these satellites (referred to as PRN 122 and PRN 134) were decommissioned on July 30, 2007. Once those satellites ceased broadcasting correction signals, PRN 135 and PRN 138 became the only active WAAS satellites available. Many GPS receivers that have been shipped over the past five years will need a configuration change in order to continue receiving the WAAS correction signal from the new satellites.

The TeeJet products affected by this will require a configuration change. For more product information, go to www.teejet.com.

Continental Eagle To Continue Operating

Continental Eagle Corporation has ceased negotiations with Lummus Corporation and terminated the preliminary agreement reached between the ginning equipment companies, according to a Continental statement.

Continental Eagle will continue the uninterrupted operation of its Prattville, Ala., facility and its branches across the Cotton Belt.

The announcement further stated: “Continental Eagle’s dedication to quality and service has been developed throughout the company’s 175-year history in the ginning business, and the company and its employees will continue to devote all energy to meet customer expectations.

“Innovative research and development for new products, quality manufacturing, parts availability and superior service will continue to be the focus of Continental Eagle and, as always, Continental Eagle will strive to better serve the ginning industry.”

For additional information, go to www.coneagle.com.

Monsanto Wants Less Carbon Dioxide Emissions In Atmosphere

Monsanto Company has announced that it joined the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), North America’s only voluntary, legally-binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction, registry and trading program.

As part of its agreement, the company will, by 2010, reduce its own direct carbon emissions from major U.S. operations by 6 percent below its 2000 levels or purchase carbon emission offsets as specified in the CCX contract.

The company says it will also work with farmer groups to discuss reducing carbon dioxide in the air by practicing no-till agriculture, which involves minimal plowing of farmland. This practice sequesters carbon in the soil rather than releasing it into the air in the form of carbon dioxide.

Globally, studies have shown that no-till practices in 2005 reduced carbon dioxide releases from agriculture by an amount equal to the emissions from about four million cars.

Monsanto’s scientists studied the evidence about global climate change and its impact on agriculture. They concluded that temperatures were rising, weather patterns are changing and agriculture would be affected.

For more information, go to www.monsanto.com.

High Market Prices Affect Govt. Payments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that because market prices are high, producers with wheat, barley or oats base acres who are enrolled in USDA’s Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program will not receive partial 2007-crop year counter-cyclical payments.

Producers enrolled in the program may receive counter-cyclical payments when effective prices for eligible commodities are less than their respective target prices specified in the 2002 Farm Bill. USDA calculates these program payments based on historical base acreage and payment yields, not current production.

USDA uses the November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, which was released on Nov. 9, 2007, to project these rates and determined that the effective prices exceed their respective target prices.

Any partial payments for producers with upland cotton, rice or peanut base acres will be announced on or after Feb. 1, 2008. Any partial payments for producers with corn, grain sorghum or soybean base acres will be announced on or after March 1, 2008.

More information on this program is available at local Farm Service Agency offices and at www.fsa.usda.gov.

USDA Names Glauber As Chief Economist

Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner has announced the Jan. 3, 2008 retirement of USDA chief economist Dr. Keith Collins and the appointment of deputy chief economist Dr. Joseph Glauber as the department’s acting chief economist.

Glauber is currently on detail to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative and serving as special Doha agricultural envoy. He assumed the duties of chief economist full-time beginning in mid-December.

Collins has served as USDA chief economist for the past 15 years overseeing USDA’s program of market forecasts and projections. Collins’ 32 years of federal service has included leadership with wide-ranging impact in the economic analysis of agricultural policy, energy and bioproducts, risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis, and global climate change.

Glauber, USDA deputy chief economist, returned to USDA in December from temporary assignment to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and will retain his role as special Doha agricultural envoy for the United States.

Ga. Cotton Commission Plans Annual Meeting

Plans are underway for the Georgia Cotton Commission’s first annual meeting to be held in conjunction with the Georgia Cotton Production Workshop and the Georgia Quality Awards presentations on Jan. 29-30 in Tifton, Ga.

The Commission decided to merge these events and provide a comprehensive educational experience where producers can hear from political and industry leadership about current policy issues and industry information at one location.

The conference schedule begins at mid-day on Jan. 29 with the Georgia Cotton Production Workshop breakout sessions from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Cotton Quality Awards reception and banquet will follow in the evening.

The meeting concludes the next day with lunch and a special program.

Sunflower Introduces New Disc Harrow

The new Sunflower 1435 Series carries forward the legacy of one of the best selling disc harrows in the marketplace with improvements and refinements that may make it even more popular than the previous series.

The 1435 Series offers more stability, better penetration and more effective disc scraping for smoother and more efficient operation in the toughest field conditions.

Small improvements in materials eliminate traditional service points, while design refinements make other components easier to service. A list of options, from heavy-duty walking tandem wheels to hydraulic self-leveling and a choice of finishing attachments, lets customers select the package that best suits their needs.

For more information on Sunflower, visit www.sunflowermfg.com.

Case Expands Use Of Biofuels In Equipment

Case IH has extended its recommendations on use of biofuels to include B100 – or pure biodiesel – on even more of its farm equipment models.

Farmers now can use B100 on nearly all Case IH medium- to high-horsepower tractors, combines, windrowers and most self-propelled sprayers and cotton pickers – so long as proper protocols are followed for engine operation and maintenance.

“With record prices for crude oil, we committed to exploring better ways to use environmentally-friendly biofuels made from renewable raw materials,” says Don Rieser, Case IH director of tractor product management.

Rieser says that Case IH dealers can advise farmers on biodiesel approvals and technical requirements. Recommended practices include sourcing pre-blended biodiesel from reliable suppliers, following proper filter and oil change intervals and – in some cases – having dealers install special parts to help the vehicle perform as expected with a higher percentage of biodiesel.

For more product information, go to www.caseih.com.


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