New Seed Planters Have Farmers Planting Faster and More Productively Than Ever Before

Deere Co introduced the world’s largest planter in 2009 with the DB120 at 120 feet wide with 48 rows of planter heads. Depending on tractor speed varying from 5 to 5.5 mph, the Deere DB120 can plant from 90 to 100 acres per hour. That is a 30% improvement from the previous planter at 36 rows. Seed Planters Using Advanced Mechanics and Computers More imporant than even the width and number of planter heads, new seed planters are using both mechanical [...]

Combines Becoming Mobile Offices with Automatic Propulsion Controls

Combine harvester sales are up a staggering 47% compared to last year, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) report released July 2013. While both 2WD and 4WD tractor sales were up roughly 11% and 13% each, the huge increase in combine sales shows that corn farmers have both the funds and a sound incentive for investing in one of the most expensive farm machines. Combine Harvesters – Major Farm Equipment Investment Depending on a wide range of engine sizes, [...]

Advanced Spreaders Deliver General Nutrient Application and Cost Savings

One of the greatest costs for any crop is the cost of amendments or fertilizers. This fertilizer cost has risen so dramatically in recent years that the even with high grain prices, farmers struggled to make a profit after investing in the necessary amendments for sufficient crop yields. One aspect for saving money on amendments is how the amendments get into the soil and to the seed where they are needed. Spreaders are Older Technology, Still In Use World-Wide Past spreaders [...]

Deere Brings Self-Propelled Tractor Spraying Technology To New Levels of Precision – and Profit

John Deere’s latest self-propelled tractor spray systems bring total control to the formerly “spray-everything” world of chemical coverage. By using full electrical control down to each nozzle, together with global positioning system (GPS) monitors, the new sprayers put chemicals exactly where they are needed. Spraying the Right Chemical for the Right Crop For example, if a farmer wants to cover a certain section of crops with an anti-fungal agent, while another section needs micro-nutrients coverage, the Deere R4030 or R4038 [...]

Wheat Breeding Programs in Australia

By Sweta Exclusive to Tractorexport The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) is one of the most diverse and largest research agencies in the world. It is Australia’s national science agency and conducts several wheat breeding programs targeting areas like high vigor, water use efficiency, drought resistance, salt tolerance, for zones prone to high rainfall and for health improvement. Breeding for hybrid vigor CSIRO is involved in breeding new wheats with hybrid vigor that can out-compete weeds while giving high yields. [...]

Developing hybrid maize varieties in Latin America: FONTAGRO project

By Sweta Exclusive to TractorExport Hybrid vigor or heterosis refers to increase in characteristics such as size, fertility, growth rate and yield of a hybrid organism over its parents. In practical breeding hybrid vigor has greatest success in maize. The combining ability of inbred lines is an essential feature of maize breeding programs. When appropriate lines in single, double and other crosses are combined a hybrid is obtained. A project related to maize breeding for “generating and validating maize varieties that are [...]

Africa heading towards green revolution: ARICA rice

May, 2013 added a new chapter in the rice breeding programs of Africa with the launch of five varieties of improved rice under the name ARICA. These varieties were identified by the scientists of Africa Rice Center (Africa Rice) and were launched by Africa Rice Breeding Task Force. ARICA simply refers to “Advanced Rice Varieties for Africa”. These varieties are far much superior to the miracle rice NERICA in terms of yield. In fact we can call it [...]

Improved maize varieties for Africa: WEMA

Maize is one of the most important cereal crops grown in Africa. It is one of the main food sources for Africans. Africa contributes about 6.5% to the world’s total maize production and Nigeria is the largest African producer of maize followed by South Africa. Over the ten years Africa has faced some of the most severe and biggest droughts. This has made farming to be a risky occupation for small farmers, of which mostly are women who depend [...]

Improved maize varieties for Africa: WEMA

Maize is one of the most important cereal crops grown in Africa. It is one of the main food sources for Africans. Africa contributes about 6.5% to the world’s total maize production and Nigeria is the largest African producer of maize followed by South Africa. Over the ten years Africa has faced some of the most severe and biggest droughts. This has made farming to be a risky occupation for small farmers, of which mostly are women who depend [...]

Africa’s miracle rice: NERICA

African rice (Oryza glaberrima) has many stress tolerant genes but it lacks in yield potential like Asian rice (Oryza sativa L.). African farmers prefer O.glaberrima due to its adaptability and tolerance to local pests and diseases.O.sativa has high yield potential but it can not withstand stresses of African region. So, since long time majority of rice was imported in Africa from other countries. Then a miracle happened which earned the King Baudouin award in 2000 to Africa Rice Center [...]

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