If the snowplows can't get out, the folks in Katowice, Poland are in trouble. Good thing they have Adam Skowroński close by to install a Vantage Pro2 to oversee the snow-removal machinery!
New Vermeer service plow with trencher right pick for tight spaces
Vermeer has introduced a new walk-beside service plow with trencher for contractors who need a productive machine that can work in tight spaces. The PTX40 service plow with an optional forward-mounted trencher and boring attachment was designed primarily for irrigation and utility installations. These types of jobs often require a machine that is narrow, maneuverable and fits in tight spaces. The PTX40 also has a remote control that gives an operator flexibility in congested areas and the ability to see the...
Q&A: Ethanol, oil and what it means to be green
Q: What is the ethanol mandate? A: In 2007, Congress passed a law requiring oil companies to blend corn ethanol into the gasoline supply. That requirement started at 9 billion gallons and has risen each year since. This year, it`s about 13 billion gallons. Barack Obama, who was running for president against a crowded field of Democrats in the Iowa caucuses, was a champion for this law. And with oil prices high and imports climbing, President George W. Bush signed it. Politicians in both parties predicted homegrown...
NRDC: House farm bill should be plowed under
The U.S. House today approved a Farm Bill that cuts conservation, undermines longstanding environmental protections and denies states the right to set farm-related standards. Franz Matzner, the Natural Resources Defense Council’s associate director of government affairs, made these comments on the bill: “Once again, House Republicans are pushing an extreme agenda, this time to gut critically important conservation programs farmers depend on to be good stewards of our land and water and wildlife....
New Ag Leader GPS System Offers Farmers Accuracy, Range, Simplicity
Ames, Iowa, January 29th, 2013 – Farmers requiring sub-inch accuracy for tiling and other precision farming operations have a new GPS option from Ag Leader Technology, Inc.: the GPS 2500B RTK Base Station.Bill Cran, Ag Leader GPS Product Specialist, said, “The GPS 2500B is a dual-frequency 900 MHz RTK Base Station for use with the field-proven GPS 2500 smart antenna.”Intended for highly accurate tile installation and pass-to-pass repeatability in field operations, the system can access multiple...
Manure runoff depends on soil texture
Research has documented the rise of nutrient runoff from flat agricultural fields with high rates of precipitation that adds nitrates and phosphates to waterways. These nutrients increase the amount of phytoplankton in the water, which depletes oxygen and kills fish and other aquatic creatures. While injecting animal manure slurry into the soil has been proven to be an effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there has been no research on the possibility of nutrients leaching from the soil and...