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USDA Reports 72% Of Corn, 83% Of Soybeans Have Been Harvested, Other Crop Reports

The U.S. corn and soybean harvests continue to run ahead of average. The USDA says that as of Sunday, 72% of corn is harvested, compared to 60% last week, and the five-year average of 56%, and 83% of soybeans are harvested, compared to 75% a week ago, and 73% on average.

74% of sorghum is harvested, compared to 61% typically in late October.

Some areas will see delays during the early part of this week, but much of the Midwest should see a less wet weather pattern as the week progresses.

85% of winter wheat is planted, compared to the usual rate of 80%, and 62% has emerged, compared to 60% on average, and in the first rating of the season, 41% of wheat is rated good to excellent, compared to 56% a year ago, because of widespread drought in the U.S. Plains.

95% of cotton bolls are open, compared to 92% on average, and 42% is harvested, matching the normal pace, with 40% of the crop in good to excellent shape, unchanged on the week.

94% of rice is harvested, compared to 97% on average.

20% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are called good to excellent, steady with a week ago, but sharply lower than a year ago.

National Co-op Bank Reports 100 Largest Co-ops In The U.S.

Today, National Cooperative Bank, known for providing banking solutions tailored to meet the needs of cooperatives and their members nationwide, released its annual NCB Co-op 100, listing the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses. In 2019, these businesses posted revenue totaling approximately $228.2 billion. The NCB Co-op 100 remains the only annual report of its kind to track the profits and successes of cooperative businesses in the United States.

The following are the top revenue producers in 2019 for the NCB Co-op 100’s main sectors:

• CHS Inc., based in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota reported $31.9 billion in revenues in 2019 and maintained its first place position on the NCB Co-op 100 list.

• Dairy Farmers of America., based in Kansas City, Missouri reported $15.9 billion in revenues, earning the number two ranking this year.

• Wakefern Food Corporation/ Shoprite, based in Keasbey, New Jersey reported $13.1 billion in revenue, earning the fourth ranking again this year.

• Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., based in Kansas City, Kansas reported revenue of $9.7 billion and earned the fifth position on the list.

Hardware & Lumber:
• ACE Hardware Corp., based in Oak Brook, Illinois earned $6.1 billion in revenue and came in at number nine on the list.

• Do-it-Best Corp., located in Fort Wayne, Indiana earned the 12th place on the list, with $3.5 billion reported in revenue.

• Navy Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Merrifield, Virginia, earned $7.9 billion in revenues and is number seven on the list.

• CoBank, headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado earned $4.7 billion and came in 10th on the list.

HealthPartners Inc., located in Bloomington, Minnesota earned $7.3 billion in revenue and is eighth on the list.

Energy & Communications:
• Basin Electric Power Cooperative, located in Bismarck, North Dakota earned the 17th position with a reported $2.3 billion in revenue in 2019.

• Oglethorpe Power Corporation, located in Tucker, Georgia earned the 32nd position with reported revenue of $1.4 billion in 2019.

While the companies and rankings change each year, the cooperative sector continues to advance, playing an increasingly influential role in the national and global economy. Released annually in October during National Co-op Month, the NCB Co-op 100 is just one way the Bank strives to educate and promote the importance of this sector.

As a long-time advocate for cooperatives, NCB’s mission is providing critical financing to support the growth and expansion of cooperative businesses, while also deploying hundreds of millions of dollars to support underserved communities and cooperative expansion initiatives.

Although similar to other business models, a cooperative has several unique features. It is owned and controlled by its members, who have joined together to use the cooperative’s goods, services and facilities. A board of directors, elected by the membership, sets the cooperative’s policies and procedures. By pooling resources, members can leverage their shared power to buy, sell, market, or bargain as one group, achieving economies of scale and sharing in any profits generated. In addition, communities benefit both socially and fiscally by the cooperatives’ ability to access and deliver goods and services from across the nation.

View the entire Co-op 100 Report.

First Commercial Shipment Of U.S. Rice Unloads In China, From ADM Rice

Yesterday the first ever commercial shipment of U.S.-grown rice was unloaded in China, following more than a decade of regulatory and political effort by USA Rice to establish a two-way trading relationship with the nation.

The premium, medium grain Calrose rice was grown in California and sold by ADM Rice, Inc. to a private importer under the ‘Sungiven’ brand for retail distribution.

China is the world’s largest rice producer and consumer, and only second to the Philippines in global rice imports. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report projected that China would consume more than 146 million MT of rice this year, dwarfing the 4.6 million MT estimated for consumption by Americans.

“As seasoned exporters, this small shipment of California milled rice sounded routine at the outset, but the many logistical challenges of exporting to this new market proved to be one of our most complex transactions to date,” said Buzz Burich, Vice President, ADM Rice.

Burich added that, “This shipment would not have been possible without the teamwork of all involved at Arbuckle, California-based ADM Rice, the USA Rice Federation, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials, and our esteemed customer, Sungiven, a retail chain in China. We hope this initial collaborative effort will lead to increased sales of U.S. rice to China and contribute to stronger trade relations between both nations.”

“We are pleased to see the first shipment to China of U.S.-grown rice take place following the U.S.-China Phase One Agreement in January, calling for U.S. commodity purchases, including rice,” said Bobby Hanks, chair of both USA Rice and the USA Rice International Trade Policy Committee. “We hope to see more buyers, both private and government, step forward to purchase U.S. rice. As a reliable supplier with high quality long, medium, and short grain, the U.S. is well positioned to help fill some of the import demand in China moving forward.”

Hanks added, “USA Rice has spent many years working cooperatively with the U.S. and Chinese governments to get us to the point that sales and shipments were possible, we have also invested significant promotional funds into the market for more than 15 years to establish relationships with importers and start developing demand for our products. Our recent reverse trade missions have confirmed that the Chinese buyers visiting our U.S. rice farming and milling operations are interested in our crop and those efforts have now begun to materialize into sales.”

A reverse trade mission for Chinese importers hosted by USA Rice that visited Arkansas, Louisiana, and California in December 2019 helped lead to this sale and eventual shipment. China’s rice market has a demand for all types of U.S. rice, so all the U.S. rice growing regions stand to benefit. China’s neighboring countries currently provide the bulk of their needed rice, but access to U.S.-grown rice brings another premium option to the market for more high-end hotel, foodservice, and retail channels and consumers who prioritize sustainability and strong food safety practices.

Under the terms of the phytosanitary agreement reached between the U.S. and Chinese governments, all rice entering China must be milled and packaged according to specifications and originate from a pre-approved export facility. There are currently 32 approved export facilities spread across the six major rice-growing states.

U.S. rice entering China under their tariff rate quota faces a 1 percent in-quota duty in addition to a 25 percent retaliatory duty. In most cases, importers in China may apply to waive the retaliatory duty.

USA Rice recently asked the U.S. Embassy to invite the purchaser of the rice to the Embassy “Constitution Day” celebration, where he met with Ambassador Branstad (see accompanying picture).

Kubota Introduces The New L60LE Tractor Series

Kubota Tractor Corporation announced the launch of the new L60LE Series. With the success of the launch of the L3560HSTC-LE last year, three new models have been added to complete the new L60LE series, which now offers a total of four models – two cab models and two ROPS models. Ranging from 37 to 42 gross horsepower, the new Series offers an array of deluxe quality and comfort features at an affordable price point. The new L60LE compact tractors will be available starting November 2020.

“Last year, Kubota launched a single unit, the L3560HSTC-LE, based on the market-driven needs for an affordable, deluxe cab. Since then, we found that many of our customers were looking for tractors that would provide the level of quality, comfort and entry-level affordability the L3560HSTC-LE offered, but needed either a little bit more horsepower or in a ROPs version. It was with these market-driven needs that I am excited to introduce the completion of an entire L60LE Series, adding three more models with a variety of sizes and power options,” said Kelcey Richardson, Kubota product manager.

“The L60LE Series will exceed expectations in terms of providing so many premium features found on our Grand L60 series which maximize both performance and comfort, but without breaking the bank. The L60LE series is designed to provide maximum performance for every operator, no matter the experience level, in a wide variety of applications. Perfect for property maintenance, hobby farms, equestrian facilities or landscaping, to name a few, this new series really is a steal for anyone who wants the best bang for their buck in terms of both premium features and affordability,” said Richardson.

Kubota-Engineered Power and Performance
Kubota’s new L60LE Series is comprised of the L3560LE and the larger framed L4060LE, each with cab and ROPS models, offering a total of four models to chose from in the new series. Built with a heavy-duty large chassis, all metal hood and fenders and equipped with a Kubota-built diesel engine, this series provides the quality and durability Kubota is known for. Kubota’s industry leading electronic HST Plus Transmission comes standard on all models and is designed to provide smooth, quiet operation and maximize productivity and ease of use.

With many features, like Stall Guard and Auto Throttle Advance, the HST Plus transmission allows any operator, no matter the experience level, feel and look like a professional. Other performance features include a heavy-duty three-point hitch with a lift capacity of 2,646 pounds (24″ behind the pin) on the L3560LE and 2,760 pounds (24″ behind the pin) on the L4060LE. Additionally, with available options for the LA555 or LA805 front loader, the L60LE Series has a loader lift capacity of up to 1,715 pounds (at pivot pin) and a front loader maximum lift height of up to 105 inches (at pivot pin).

The BH77 and BH92 backhoes are performance-matched with the L60LE Series to deliver more power and greater capacity. And, thanks to the full-flat deck and a quick attach/detach mounting system, the backhoes deliver optimal legroom for maximum operator comfort. A mid-PTO option can also be used with a variety of performance-matched, front-mounted snow removal implements. Lastly, the L60LE Series can be equipped with a full line of performance-matched implements and attachments from Land Pride.

Premium Quality at an Affordable Price
Kubota offers multiple deluxe standard features and options for customers throughout the L60LE Series lineup. The new Series includes premium features such as a larger chassis size, low engine noise, high performance HST Plus transmission, smooth loader operation and spacious operator platform, all at an unexpected affordable price. To further customize the tractor, Kubota offers a wide variety of tire tread types and sizes. For example, agricultural tires are available for heavy-duty field work requiring maximum traction; turf tires are designed for mowing with minimal ground disruption; and, industrial tires are designed for loader work requiring a more everyday-use style tread.

Comfort Features and Options Galore
The new L60LE tractors boast a wide range of ergonomically designed comfort features and functions to reduce fatigue and maintain productivity. Standard features for both cab and ROPs models include a wide, spacious operator area and standard deluxe suspension seat with swivel feature, as well as standard tilt steering, electric PTO switch, full-flat deck with rubber floormat, wide step, cup holder, full open hood and ground level fuel tank fill.

All cab models come standard with the wide, deluxe Grand L cab with heater and A/C. Many optional features are available to outfit the tractor to meet exact customer needs. Optional accessories include an air-ride seat, ROPs canopies, front weights, rear hydraulic remote valves, and many more to choose from based on your needs.

AMVAC And Syngenta Promote Tank Mixing With FirstRate Herbicide

AMVAC, an American Vanguard company, and Syngenta Crop Protection have teamed up to promote the agronomic value of tank mixing FirstRate herbicide with Prefix, Boundary 6.5 EC or BroadAxe XC herbicide for long-lasting and full-season weed control in soybeans.

The combination of FirstRate and Syngenta herbicides provides unmatched flexibility and performance across all soybeans, including conventional, LibertyLink, GT27, Enlist, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend and XtendFlex soybeans. Together they provide unique flexibility and performance, resulting in better on-farm solutions for tough-to-control weeds.

“Not only do these herbicides provide excellent crop safety, the combination also delivers multiple modes of action to address tough-to-control weeds, such as waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, giant ragweed, common ragweed, morningglory and marestail,” said Nathaniel Quinn, marketing manager for corn, soybeans and sugar beet. “Soybean growers should talk to their trusted retailers to further discuss the weed control benefits these herbicides provide.”

For more information on AMVAC, visit www.AMVAC.com. For more information on Syngenta, visit www.syngenta-us.com.

NexusBioAg Launches Next Generation – Pulse, Cereal, And Soybean Inoculants

Univar Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UNVR), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, announced today the addition of three new Novozymes BioAg inoculants, BioniQ, TagTeam BioniQ, and Optimize LV, to the NexusBioAg portfolio of crop biological and fertility products. NexusBioAg, a division of Univar Solutions, is the exclusive distributor of Novozymes inoculants in Canada. The addition of these innovative inoculants enhances and expands NexusBioAg’s already extensive portfolio of inoculants, micronutrients, nitrogen stabilizers, and foliars for the Canadian agricultural market.

NexusBioAg is committed to launching innovative, cutting-edge products that provide value to the Canadian agricultural industry and benefit its growers. The three new inoculants are proven to increase yields and enhance crop performance for pulses including lentils and peas, cereals (small grains), canola and soybeans.

They result from years of collaboration with customers, research and development, and multiyear field trials conducted across Canada through the BioAdvantage Trials (BAT) program. The launch of these inoculants, solely distributed and marketed by NexusBioAg, ensures they will be on farms in time for the 2021 spring planting season across Canada.

“Novozymes’ product innovations and proven manufacturing capabilities, combined with NexusBioAg’s dedicated sales and marketing team, demonstrates how we have strategically collaborated to bring innovation to the Canadian agricultural market, ultimately benefitting Canadian growers,” said Rob Chomyn, senior manager-biologicals at NexusBioAg. “Bringing our industry experience, significant reach, advanced logistics, and market intelligence data and analytics, together with Novozymes’ trusted and proven inoculants, – provides customers new solutions and efficiencies for their crops.”

Darrell Wolkowski, Novozymes commercial operation lead for Canada, added, “The launch of BioniQ, TagTeam BioniQ, and Optimize LV marks a new era of collaborative product launches with NexusBioAg. Working together, we’re at the forefront of agricultural innovation and distribution, bringing the best inoculants to market along with a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.”

Check your dugouts this fall

Producers should inspect farmyard dugouts regularly to ensure they remain viable water sources.

‘The fall inspection should start with a check of the area that feeds into the dugout,’ says Dan Benson, water specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

‘Make sure this area is free of debris that might flow into your dugout. This area should be mowed and kept clear of trees and weeds. A properly graded, mowed grassed waterway is an excellent best management practice that can reduce turbidity and nutrient-rich water from entering your dugout. Not only will it improve your water quality, it will extend the life of your dugout.’

He says that a well maintained dugout perimeter allows for greater access to regularly visually inspect the dugout itself. It might also deter native animals, such as muskrats, from feeling at home in the dugout.

Tree growth should be also be discouraged near the dugout as leaves falling off deciduous trees will add nutrients to the dugout, and that will contribute to poor water quality. Deciduous trees should be kept back 165 ft, or 50 m, and conifers should be no closer than 65 ft, or 20 m.

If the dugout has an inlet structure such as a gated culvert, Benson says that it should be inspected to confirm that it operates correctly.

‘If you don’t have a method of controlling the flow of water into your dugout, you might want to consider adding this feature. The ability to choose what water enters your dugout is an important management tool that will improve your water quality and the lifespan of your dugout.’

He adds that during the 2020 growing season, many areas of Alberta received higher than normal rainfall events.

‘Because of that, many dugouts that did not have the ability to prevent nutrient rich inflow during these events have had deterioration in water quality. Nutrient rich water is a major factor in algae and cyanobacteria blooms.’

He suggests these next steps:

  • Inspect the aeration system. It introduces oxygen into the water and enhances the natural biological activity in the dugout.
  • Confirm that the pump is working, and remove the aeration line by pulling it to shore.
  • Once on shore, check the soundness of the line and the check-valve.
  • Inspect the diffuser to make sure that it is working correctly. If not, clean it or replace it. Install a diffuser if one is not being used.
  • Check that the diffuser is located on – or near – the bottom of the dugout.

Research has shown that year-round continuous aeration with a diffuser located on the bottom of the dugout provides the best water quality.

Benson says that the fall is also a good time to inspect the operating system.

‘If you use a floating intake, it should be inspected and cleaned. It is best done by pulling your floating intake to shore. Your intake should be lowered to about 4 to 5 ft, or 1.25 to 1.5 m, below the water surface. In most situations, it gives sufficient depth to provide water after the float freezes in the ice. You should also ensure that the intake line is weighted correctly, so it stays below the ice during winter.’

He says to remember that during winter, dugout aeration systems can result in open or weak areas in the dugout ice.

‘These conditions can be very dangerous for young children, pets and people snowmobiling at night. It is essential to educate your children about these hazards and post the area with highly visible warning signs and a fluorescent snow fence around the open water area. For greater safety, it is best if farmyard dugouts are fenced to avoid unauthorized access.’


Connect with the Alberta Ag-Info Centre to speak to an agricultural water specialist:

Hours: 8 am to 5 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-FARM (3276)

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Phone: 780-422-1005

2019 ARC-CO Payments for Corn and Soybeans in the United States, By Gary Schnitkey

Gary Donald Schnitkey, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, ACE; College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, ACES schnitke@uiuc.edu office_phone: (217) 244-9595 office_address: Agr & Cons Econ 300a Mumford Hall 1301 W Gregory Dr M/C 710 Urbana, IL 61801 title: PROF department: Agr & Consumer Economics

With the Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently releasing actual county yields for the 2019 program year, ARC-CO payments can now be calculated. Last week we provided an overview of ARC-CO payments on corn and soybean base acres in Illinois counties (farmdoc daily, October 14, 2020). Earlier this week we compared the FSA yields used to determine ARC-CO payments with other county yield data reported by USDA agencies for counties in Illinois (farmdoc daily, October 20, 2020).  This article illustrates and discusses 2019 ARC-CO payments on corn and soybean base acres for all counties across the US.

ARC-CO Choices

Farmers and landowners had three choices for commodity title programs:

  1. Agricultural Risk Coverage at the County level (ARC-CO)
  2. Price Loss Coverage (PLC)
  3. Agricultural Risk Coverage at the individual level (ARC-IC)

These decisions had to be made by March 15, 2020 for the 2019 and 2020 program years.  By the time decisions had to be made, reasonable estimates of 2019 payments between the three alternatives could be made.  One would expect that farmers and landowners would choose the alternative with the highest expected returns for 2019, though the choice was for both program years.

Nationally, ARC-CO was chosen on 18.6% of the corn base acres and 79.7% of soybean acres.

2019 ARC-CO Payments for Corn

Figure 1 maps ARC-CO payments for corn base acres for counties in the US. Payments are reported for “non-irrigated” acres for counties with separate ARC-CO programs for irrigation practices, and for “all” acres otherwise.  Payment amounts are adjusted to account for the 85% payment rate for ARC-CO, and are thus given on a per base acre basis.

As discussed last week, ARC-CO payments are determined by actual county level revenue as compared to a county level benchmark. Actual revenue in each county is equal to actual county yield times the 2019 national MYA price of $3.56 per bushel. The ARC-CO payment is then equal to the difference, if positive, between 86% of benchmark revenue and actual revenue.  Given the 2019 benchmark price for corn of $3.70, the actual corn yield in a county would need to be less than 89% of the county’s 2019 benchmark yield to trigger an ARC-CO payment.

In most corn-producing states at least some counties had 2019 yields low enough to trigger ARC-CO payments for 2019 for “non-irrigated” or “all” practice types. Notable exceptions include Nebraska, and also Iowa where very few counties triggered ARC-CO payments.

Regions of relatively large ARC-CO payments on corn base exist in:

  1. Counties in the eastern portions of North and South Dakota,
  2. Counties in southern Minnesota,
  3. Counties running from eastern Kansas through northern Missouri through north-central Illinois,
  4. Counties a along the Ohio River in Indiana and Kentucky,
  5. Counties along the lower Mississippi River,
  6. Counties from Alabama to Georgia, and
  7. Counties in eastern North Carolina.

Payments are in the $20 to $35 per base acre range for the majority of counties throughout the Midwest where payments were triggered.  Some Midwestern counties triggered payments exceeding $50 per corn base acre.

Relatively large payments for corn base outside of the corn belt and surrounding states were triggered in parts of the southwestern US, southern Kansas and eastern Oklahoma, and in areas of the southeastern US.

2019 ARC-CO Payments for Soybeans

Figure 2 maps ARC-CO payments for soybean base acres for counties in the US. The 2019 MYA price for soybeans is $8.57, compared with an ARC benchmark price of $9.63. This implies that ARC-CO payments for soybeans are triggered in counties where actual yields are less than 97% of the county’s benchmark yield.

Payments on soybean base are triggered in:

  1. The majority of counties in the eastern corn belt in Illinois, Indiana, and the western regions of Ohio.  Areas close to the eastern corn belt were impacted including Michigan and Kentucky.
  2. Upper Midwest in southern Minnesota and eastern North and South Dakota.
  3. The Delta region of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
  4. The southern region in Alabama and Georgia
  5. Both North and South Carolina


With county yield information being released by FSA, ARC-CO payments can now be computed for the 2019 program year. For corn, ARC-CO payments will be made in some areas of major corn-producing states in the Midwest as well as states in the western and southeastern US.  For soybeans, ARC-CO payments were triggered in a greater number of counties due to the MYA price for soybeans being lower relative to its benchmark as compared to corn. Thus, county soybean yields did not need to be as low, compared with the county benchmark yields, to trigger payments.  The majority of counties in the major soybean producing states of Illinois and Indiana triggered ARC-CO payments for soybeans, while a number of counties in other parts of the US will also receive ARC-CO support for enrolled soybean base.


Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture. ARC/PLC Program Data. https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/arcplc_program/arcplc-program-data/index

Paulson, N., G. Schnitkey, J. Coppess, K. Swanson and C. Zulauf. “2019 ARC-CO Payments for Corn and Soybeans in Illinois.” farmdoc daily (10):183, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 14, 2020.

Schnitkey, G., C. Zulauf, N. Paulson, K. Swanson and J. Coppess. “Understanding FSA Yields Used to Calculate 2019 ARC-CO Payments.” farmdoc daily (10):186, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 20, 2020.

Valley Introduces Pump Command – Automated Control Solution For Irrigation Pumps

Valley Irrigation, The Leader in Precision Irrigation, has released Pump Command, a new solution for growers to automate pumping and wirelessly control irrigation pumps. The innovation helps save time and resources with wireless remote monitoring, plus control of all pumps and the ability to link them to a fleet of pivots or linears. Learn more at valleyirrigation.com/pump-command.

“Valley Pump Command is like an easy button for your pumping,” says Andy Carritt, Vice President, Global Product for Valley Irrigation. “Just turn your pivots on, and your pump station takes care of itself. Pump Command is able to achieve that through our revolutionary intuitive pump control technology, an automatic VFD set point that automatically matches output to demand for multiple pumps and pivots. It saves growers water and energy, and conserves natural resources.”

In addition to Intuitive Pump Control, Pump Command offers the following benefits:
• Maximized efficiency – Save energy and water at all times by using only the pressure required
• Time savings – Eliminate trips to the pumps
• Cost savings – Avoid the expensive and difficult digging necessary to install wires
• Reporting capabilities – Integration with Valley 365 and AgSense irrigation management solutions* for comprehensive recordkeeping
• Flexibility – Valley offers several tiered solutions to meet growers’ specific needs

* Additional hardware and subscription fees may be required.

“Not every farm is the same,” Carritt continues. “Pump Command is ideal for large and small farms, with three different tiers – Basic, Enhanced and Pro – to meet the unique needs of different operations.”

• Monitor and control up to four pivots
• Integrates with most VFDs
• Intuitive Pump Control
• Integrates with Valley 365 and AgSense
• Pump VFD controller required

• Monitor and control an unlimited number of pivots and up to six pumps
• Intuitive Pump Control
• Integrates with Valley 365 and AgSense
• Total PID Motor Control
• Works with booster pumps
• 7-inch (17.8 cm) touchscreen for on-premises control
• Enhanced remote diagnostics for improved service and cloud-based support

• Fully customizable solutions tailored to the needs of your operation.
• Monitor and control an unlimited number of pumps, pivots and other devices, regardless of brand
• Seamless integration with pivot networks
• Integrates with Valley 365 and AgSense

“The water management experts at Valley work with you to understand your operation’s requirements and engineer the correct solution based on your situation,” Carritt concludes. “Pump Command is the latest solution demonstrating Valley continues to be the industry innovator in large part because we listen and respond to the needs of growers.”

AGCO Introduces Massey Ferguson 1800E And 2800E Series Compact Tractors

AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, announces a new family of economical compact tractors ― the Massey Ferguson 1800E and 2800E Series. The new lineup replaces the 1700E and 2700E Series and includes five models ranging from 24 to 57.3 engine horsepower. All are equipped with dependable Iseki diesel engines, offer greater hydraulic capacity and sport the bold new styling common across the Massey Ferguson tractor line.

These new tractors are engineered and built for heavy-duty jobs and tough applications. A cast steel rear end and cast front axle, 4-wheel drive and high-capacity hydraulics provide the weight, muscle and traction to tackle demanding jobs, such as transporting round bales, skidding logs or moving heavy gravel, topsoil and other bulk materials. The E Series can be equipped with a broad range of implements and attachments, making them an economical and versatile choice for property owners, livestock producers, landscapers, hobby farms, municipalities and commercial contractors.

“The E Series tractors are powerful, easy to operate and offer a down-to-earth price that will appeal to budget-minded customers,” says Jeffrey Ratliff, AGCO tactical marketing manager. “Plus, these heavy-duty, no-nonsense work horses provide capabilities you might only expect from larger-horsepower utility tractors.”

Leading the lineup is the 1825E. It features a naturally aspirated 1.49-liter, 3-cylinder diesel engine producing 24 horsepower. The 1835E and 1840E feature turbocharged 1.83-liter, 3-cylinder engines that provide 34.5 and 39.4 engine horsepower, respectively. The larger-chassis 2850E and 2860E models are each equipped with a brawny 2.43-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, delivering 48.8 and 57.3 engine horsepower. Liquid-cooled for increased durability, the clean-burning Iseki engines meet final Tier IV emissions standards and can be found in specialized equipment used worldwide in a broad range of demanding ag, turf and commercial applications.

“The rugged Iseki diesel engines provide significant advantages,” according to Ratliff. “They deliver outstanding fuel efficiency, tremendous power, torque and reliability. Plus, they are easy to service and maintain.”

Hydraulic performance gets a boost
New E Series compact tractors offer up to 18 percent greater hydraulic capacity than the previous generation. The dual-pump high-flow system provides more responsive power at low engine speeds, allowing operators to throttle back to reduce noise, while maintaining full steering and implement function and control.

Open station offers convenient, easy-to-use controls
All E Series models feature an open station with a wide, uncluttered platform to provide ample room and comfort for the operator. All controls are logically arranged, easy to reach and simple to understand ‒ advantages beginning operators will appreciate.

The E Series compact tractors also benefit from an updated design with a newly styled hood and fresh decals, reflecting the look of larger Massey Ferguson utility and row-crop tractors. Operators can still count on the solid metal hood and fenders, which are stronger and less susceptible to damage than plastic hoods found on other compact tractors.

Choice of simple mechanical or smooth hydrostatic transmissions
The E Series compacts are standard equipped with a proven 8F x 8R Synchro Shuttle transmission. This rugged mechanical-gear transmission provides a wide range of working and transport speeds from 0.8 to 16.6 mph (1.4 to 26.8 km/h), depending on tire size and type. It’s an ideal choice when performing jobs such as mowing or rotary tilling, when consistent working speeds must be maintained. A handy forward/reverse mechanical shuttle shift provides easy direction changes – great for loader work.

An optional 3-range hydrostatic transmission also is available. Simple and convenient, it allows the operator to reach the speed needed within each range without shifting gears.

The 1800E models offer a Category I rear 3-point hitch, while the 2800E models are equipped with a Cat. I/II 3-point hitch with up to 2,425 lb. lift capacity, providing compatibility with dozens of implements, including the Massey Ferguson FL Series loaders and BH and CB backhoes, depending on the model. Third-function loader control enables the use of a wide array of skid-steer attachments, such as root grapples and 4-in-1 buckets. A 540 rpm rear PTO is standard.

“For customers looking for a practical, simple-to-operate and maintain tractor, the E Series has a lot to offer,” Ratliff says. “Whether you own an acreage with a few horses, a dozen cattle or half-dozen food plots, or you’re the equipment manager of a municipality or township with miles of roadsides to mow, the E Series tractors offer powerful, dependable choices, sold and supported by a dealer network with a keen focus on the small tractor market.”

E Series compact tractors have a limited, five-year powertrain warranty. Full details are available from Massey Ferguson dealers. To learn about Massey Ferguson and the 1800E and 2800E Series compact tractors or to locate the dealer nearest you, visit masseyferguson.us.

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