Importance and Value of Data

By Kurtis Shipp

Today when we think of Precision Farming we think about AutoTrac and Swath Control. Although these are pertinent examples of great Precision Farming technology that helps farmers become more profitable, there is another side to Precision Farming that is just as important and can save a producer just as much money but is not quite as tangible.  I’m talking about data.  Everything a farmer does today generates data collected by his precision farming display.  Yield maps, seeding rates, variety information, weather conditions, tank mixes, and machine utilization.  The data the display is collecting is more important and more valuable than even AutoTrac or Swath Control.  Why is this data so important and how can they utilize this data? 

Levels of Satellite Signal Accuracy

By Kurtis Shipp

Many growers across the Corn Belt fully understand the concept of automated steering but many become confused when they try to decipher all the different levels of satellite accuracy available.  With terms like WAAS, SF1, SF2, XP, HP, CORS, RTK, and RTX it can be very hard to determine what is out there in the marketplace.  In this discussion I would like to help clarify and simplify things for the consumer.  When you really break things down there are 3 classes of accuracy.  These three classes are satellite based (free), satellite based (subscription), and ground based correction.  We will take a closer look at each of these 3 classes and discuss what makes them different from each other.

Tractor Sales Up For 2012

According to, tractor sales in April 2012 showed some increase. This is a year-over-year increase from 2011 using stats compiled from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. From
In its monthly Flash Report, AEM says 12,107 tractors in the under 40-hp category were sold in April 2012. Sales in the 40 to under-100 hp category were equally as strong, up 11.9 percent for the month. Sales in the 100+ hp category were down slightly, 3.6 percent, compared to the same month a year ago.
For the year, sales in the under-40 hp category are 6.6 percent higher compared to last year at this time, up 5.8 percent in the 40 to under-100 hp category, and up slightly (0.1 percent) in the 100+ hp category.
Four-wheel drive sales were down for the month, 4.6 percent, compared to a year ago, and are off 2.2 percent year to date.

More than Straight Lines With AutoTrac

By Kurtis Shipp

We are at a point in agriculture where guidance and automated steering have become mainstream in production agriculture.  It is very common to see growers using products like AutoTrac and lightbars to keep straight lines going through the field.  The adoption of guidance technology has trickled down from its starting point on large scale operations to even the smallest operations due to the benefits it can provide.  Even though guidance technology has become very common there is still a large segment of operators doing it “the old fashioned way”.    Farming is still a business and successful business people have to make decisions based on value and Return on Investment (ROI).  Many of these growers ask how will this technology ever pay for itself?  By exploring all of the benefits we can quickly see that guidance is more than straight lines.

The Early History Of Tractor Sales And Tractors As Farm Equipment

While our main thing is tractor sales in Indiana and Ohio, we still like to talk and write about other things too. In this case we delve into the history of farming, how tractors were used, and other forms of farm equipment before tractors.
The history of tractors in agriculture is a long and storied one. There's a lot to it that most people may not know. Sure, many of us have played with tractors as kids and we know that they're used in farming. But if you didn't grow up in a rural environment, you may well not be familiar with just how important they are in growing most of the food we eat.
Early on in colonial times in the United States of America, the most important things to a farmer was his oxen and/or horses. Oxen are stronger than horses and can pull more weight. Horses do a fine job but sometimes can founder a bit if they get worked too hard after a long layoff. Oxen can pretty much just get up and go. 

Welcome To Our Blog About Tractor Sales & More!

This is the first in a series of posts we'll be doing. We'll talk about lots of agricultural terms and explain things in layman's terms. We'll touch on agriculture history, various tractors and other farm implements and farm equipment. Of course we'll cover John Deere farm equipment and tractor sales, but we'll also touch on all manner and brands of tractors. 


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