Keep your eye on the best!!! The best blogs about agricultural engineering all around the world!
Alex Tiller’s Blog
First of all I would like to introduce you to Alex Tiller. He is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and is also an agribusiness author/blogger.
He writes about commercial farming, family farms, organic food production, sustainable agriculture, the local food movement, alternative renewable energy, hydroponics, agribusiness, farm entrepreneurship, and farm economics and farm policy. He visits lots of farms in different areas of the country (sometimes the world) that grow all kinds of different crops and shares what he learn with all of you through his blog. So for further information you can check his activities and you’ll find out all his opinions about trending topics.
I would like to highlight his last daring post about “Where U.S. Agricultural Policy Goes from Here” , where he critics the U.S. policy in spite of being the most productive of any in the world in terms of agricultural resources, it’s been harmed by government policies. A commodity-based industrial system has encouraged overproduction, lowering prices and making it difficult for farmers to survive without government assistance. Meanwhile, erosion and water pollution have exacerbated the man-made problems facing the farming industry. It is clear that something needs to be done at the national level, if turning the U.S. agricultural base into a sustainable industry is still possible.
If you want to be bang up-to-date, there is another blog called AGCO, it stands for Agricultural Company. Their focus is to provide high-tech solutions for farmers feeding the world. AGCO offers a broad range of tractors, combines, sprayers, forage and tillage equipment, implements and hay tools, and they have distributors in more than 140 countries.
Indeed they deliver Massey Ferguson, Fendt and Valtra, Challenger products. It’s very useful and it allows you to stay in touch with the latest technologies and the latest events. For them October was a special month for Massey Ferguson. In 2011, the brand will complete 50 years of existence in Brazil and will celebrate with a series of events around the country.
They have a special topic about harvesting with several videos about the latest combines:
and about safety, with a very interesting post “Harvest Hazards” , it means that the pressure of harvest often leads to fatigue, another major factor in farm accidents, so they recommend that you must take your time and think safety.
Machine Finder Blog
You also have to keep this blog in sight. There is a huge variety of posts, some of them are only for “children” and other are heavier. In their web you can find out what’s new in the world of used equipment with the John Deere MachineFinder blog. They offer tips and resources related to equipment used for farming, lawn care and gardening. They also provide helpful information on using Machinefinder as your source for finding used equipment.
Related to the environmental issue and in the light of the forthcoming environmental legislation, the company has launched a new model of engine Interim Tier 4 (IT4) .
To become more environmental friendly they have develop that technology. Today’s emissions regulations have their roots in the Clean Air Act of 1970, one of the most significant environmental laws in U.S. history, which created sweeping laws to reduce and control air pollution. Among other air pollutants, the Clean Air Act addresses particulate matter (PM, known as “soot”) and nitrogen oxide (NOx). Nitrogen oxide reacts with sunlight and other substances in the atmosphere to create ground-level ozone, otherwise known as “smog,” and come from many sources, including diesel engines.
In an effort to reduce and control these PM and NOx emissions, the Clean Air Act required the EPA to establish and enforce rigorous emissions requirements for all new non-road diesel engines starting in 1996. These requirements are what we have come to know as the “Tier” emissions standards.
The following graph visually portrays this tiered approach from Tier 1, which set limits on PM and NOx emissions, to Final Tier 4, which will take full effect in 2014 and requires further reduction of PM by 80 percent.
2011 marks the beginning of the move to Interim Tier 4 (IT4), which requires a significant reduction in PM and NOx emissions, unquestionably the most significant step in the regulation process to date. Keep yourself informed and check back often as they dig deeper into these regulations and the impact they will have on your business.
All off-highway vehicles have a normal low idle speed — generally in the 800 to 1,000 rpm range — while some have an auto low idle (1,200 – 1,300 rpm) or an ultra-low idle (600 – 700 rpm). Different machines have optimal rpm settings; for example, excavators use the higher auto low idle setting to provide quick response when returning to work mode.
Even though idling may be set for optimal performance for a particular machine, there can be significant benefits to minimizing the idling time of Interim Tier 4-compliant equipment. An immediate and significant benefit of reduced idling time may very well be compliance with state or local laws limiting the duration of diesel engine idling.
Other potential benefits of reduced idling time include improved fuel economy, along with lower emissions and a decrease in both the hours and wear put on a vehicle/engine.
At John Deere, another reason they recommend avoiding excessive idling is that idling can shorten the interval before an active regeneration in which exhaust filter cleaning occurs.
John Deere offers technology solutions to help equipment owners and operators keep idling to a minimum. Many new John Deere machines have an auto-shutdown feature that can be set to turn the machine off after a certain idling duration. Also, John Deere dealers can provide details on how our JDLinkTM telematics system can enable you to monitor and optimize idle times throughout your equipment fleet, reducing downtime and increasing fleet-wide productivity.
Blog de Daniel Masero
This blog in spite of being in spanish is very useful from the point of view of management, it has a very interesting video (in french) about mesurements on the go. Agricultural management solutions are available to planning tools and documentation to record data on the conditions of the plots, tillage practices, crop protection applications, the amount of fertilizer applied, the varieties used, weather conditions and many more data.The management of these data using computer software will make you have a powerful information system, usable throughout the year, and to facilitate the optimization and complete documentation of their business by improving the decision-making.