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What goes better with a nice ride around in a tractor than some good ole’ tunes about them! In a follow up to our post Top Ten Songs About Farming, we have created our top ten songs about farm equipment, because after all, we do love farm equipment!
Amarillo Sky – Jason Aldean – This songs brings back the days of riding around on the tractor and hoping for a good harvest.
Take A Back Road- Rodney Atkins – Though this song is not as much about tractors, we cant help but love ” if its going to be a traffic jam, well it better be a tractor man!”
A Man on a Tractor – Rodney Atkins – We love the way this songs captures how great it is to be a farmer and why so many people farm.
Like a John Deere – Sawyer Brown – “He aint no good at giving up no matter how it hurts,” is a great wayt o sum up a farmer’s worth ethic.
John Deere Greene – Joe Diffie – Whether your a red, green or blue fan you have to admit, this song is pretty catchy!
She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy – Kenny Chesney – This tune is as catchy as they come and we can’t help but love when it comes on the radio!
She Cranks My Tractor – Dustin Lynch – What is there not love about a girl who knows tractors? Combine that with the sound of the tractor starting at the beginning and you’ve got one great song! (more…)
Miller St. Nazianz has announced a new dealer for sprayers in Kansas. Simpson Farms Enterprises Inc. has received the honors of selling the Miller Nitro Field Sprayers.
Simpson Farms Enterprises, Inc. was chosen for the dealership for many reasons. Viewed as the go-to people in Central Kansas for sprayers, Simpson Farms makes providing great customer service and support a top priority to both their commercial and agricultural markets. By obtaining this dealership, they will provide sales and support to the (more…)
Fastline often receives photo submissions for the front covers of our books that come with a story. Here’s one story of how an International Harvester tractor has helped a couple become a family.
This 1979 IH 1486 was manufactured in Rock Island, IL. It was purchased by Josh and Darci in December 1991. Josh and Darci had just met during the spring of 1991. Darci was from an IH farm in Carroll County, IL.
They knew then that farming and IH would be near and dear to them. Back in the winter of 91-92, Josh and Darci painted their “new” tractor.
Their paint job was far from professional; however they were very proud of it. They were married that following spring, and put the 1486 to work chiseling and disking.
Eventually the tractor became their planter and mower tractor.
The tractor has been working their Prairieville, IL farm ground ever since.
Twenty years and two kids later, they decided to do a total restoration. Nate Shank, a talented neighbor and friend did the work – about a three month process. Today, their “courtship 1486” is reserved for tractor shows, the county fair, and parades.
Josh and Darci have been blessed with good kids, good soil, health and red tractors. Someday, Josh hopes their kids will pass this tractor down to their children.
Story and photos submitted to Fastline.
1979 IH 1486
Owned by Josh and Darci Francque, Dixon, IL
Restored by Nate Shank, Dixon, IL
Today is World Food Day. That’s a pretty important topic for all of us, no matter if you farm, ranch, or just eat food of any kind. We found this blog, Buzzard’s Beat, that posted “World Food Day – Kansas Style.” Take a look.
The author, Brandy Buzzard, is an Animal Science graduate student that grew up in the agriculture world. She shares the Kansas Department of Agriculture‘s Kansas Food Day priorities.
As part of the agriculture industry, Fastline knows how important equipment is to the full cycle of farming and feeding people. The iron, service, seed, fertilizer, silos and parts dealers that utilize Fastline are key in the production cycle. Farmers and ranchers need these things and Fastline and Fastline.com provides a way to find them. For information on how to advertise in Fastline, please contact us at 800-626-6409 or find the rep in your area here.
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Results from the most recent Dealer Sentiment & Business Conditions Update survey shows that North American farm equipment dealers are feeling a bit better about their business prospects these days. At the same time, commentary from the survey indicates that dealers are still gun shy about making big plans for 2013.
The DOI, a measure of sentiment among dealers compared to the prior month, showed strong improvement to a net 10% of dealers reporting they have a more optimistic outlook now vs. a net 19% last month reporting they were less optimistic about the next year. The latest DOI scored out as 28% are more optimistic; 54% same; 18% are less optimistic.The survey conducted by Ag Equipment Intelligence and Cleveland Research Co. (previously called Dealer Trends & Business Outlook) revealed a significant jump in the Dealer Optimism Index (DOI) after three months of negative scores.
Ag equipment dealers also reported year-over-year sales grew 4% on average in August, flat from 4% in July. “Other” and Kubota dealers saw sequential growth of 8% and 6% respectively, while Shortline and New Holland dealers say business declined 3% sequentially.
For 2012, dealers slightly increased their sales forecast and expect 4% sales growth for the full year vs. 3% in July. John Deere, Kubota and “Other” dealers are the most optimistic this month while New Holland and Case IH dealers report the least optimistic outlook.
Read the full article at Farm-Equipment.com
To the naked eye, two of Dale Kuehl’s fields looked identical in late August—amazingly good, in fact, for one of the worst droughts since the Dust Bowl. Upon closer inspection, though, the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour scouts found that one field had nearly double the yield potential.
So how did two fields, literally side by side, end up with varying production levels? Kuehl, who farms near Atlantic, Iowa, thinks it all comes down to hybrids. The field projected to yield 202 bu. per acre was planted with a new drought-resistant hybrid. The hybrid projected to yield 122 bu. per acre, a top performer in 2011 for Kuehl with more than 200 bu. per acre, did not contain the droughtresistant genes. Kuehl planted the drought-resistant hybrid on 15% to 20% of his acreage this spring.
Will Kuehl plant a higher percentage of drought-resistant corn in 2013? “It’s a real possibility,” he says, not yet committing to next year’s seed until he sees what his yield monitor shows at harvest.
If the drought lingers to next spring, one Nebraska producer says, he might plant all soybeans and no corn since soybeans can produce a crop with less moisture.
Read the full article on Agweb.com
For those who have served our country, New Holland has a special offer to recognize their service and provide a discount on a blue tractor.
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USDA: Corn, Soybean Harvest Well Ahead of Average:
USDA reports harvest activity for corn and soybeans was widespread around the U.S. last week and both crops continue to develop faster than normal following a very hot, dry summer in many key growing areas… Read More
Association of Equipment Manufacturers: Analysis Shows Farm Machinery Sales May Not Suffer From Drought:
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Cash Rents Continue to Rise:
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the county-by-county breakdown of its 2012 survey of cash rents. The average cash rent of cropland in Missouri was 4% higher compared to 2011 and pasture rental rates increased 9% from last year… Read More