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    Farm Company Expands, Another Starts a Club

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     by Willie Vogt
     on March 28, 2012

    This week we're picking through the ol' in-box and have found a couple of items of note. First, Kuhn Krause announced this week that it is expanding its Hutchinson, Kan., manufacturing facility. The $5 million investment includes a new 70,000-square foot "high bay" building expansion along with new machinery. The company says the expansion will complement "other investments made in 2011…and constitutes yet another major commitment by the Kuhn Group to manufacture and distribute…

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    New Farm Tech Worth Nothing if You Can't Get It

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     by Willie Vogt
     on March 21, 2012

    Earlier this year there was a lot of hubbub in the mainstream media (of which I am not) about the coming great corn seed shortage. Of course, those of us who've been around awhile know that every season brings its fair share of shortages of specific hybrids - usually the ones you want - but there would be seed to plant. At least one report we saw showed a concern that farmers may not have enough seed to plant the 94 to 95 million acres predicted at planting time. Most of us pooh-poohed the…

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    The Farm Equipment Beat Goes On

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     by Willie Vogt
     on March 13, 2012

    Bumping my way past crowds, tractors and equipment at a couple major shows in the last few weeks was a key indication that farmers are still out there interested in buying. The latest figures from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers does not dispute that point, in fact February numbers show some strong growth for most sectors, except combines. In the February Flash Report, sales of 40 to 100 horsepower tractors rose 14.6% over the same month a year ago, for 100-plus hp tractors, the…

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    Herbicide Sprayer Setup May Require Heading Back to School

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     by Willie Vogt
     on March 5, 2012

    Farmers are taking on more of their own spraying as they work to manage application timing and cost for their operations. Part of that has been driven by rising use of glyphosate, but also the growth in the popularity of fungicides. In the next few years, crop protection companies are launching new biotech traits that fall back on what I'll call "legacy" products - new forms of 2,4-D and dicamba. Both of these herbicides are great at what they do and are well known to farmers. However, they…

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