Under 40HP tractors still the bright spot in U.S. tractor and combine sales

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was more of the same in May for U.S. retail sales of ag tractors and combines, with under 40HP tractors leading the way and sales of larger tractors and combines continuing to lag, according to data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the leading trade organization for off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers.U.S retail sales of farm tractors under 40HP were up 9.4 percent in May 2016 compared to the same time period last year, and up 15.5 percent January through May. For 2WD tractors 40-100HP, sales were up slightly for May compared to last year – plus 1.4 percent,  and year-to-date are tracking at minus 2.1 percent.May sales of 2WD 100+HP tractors in the U.S. declined 3.5 percent, with year-to-date sales down 24.3 percent, while 4WD tractors dropped 26.1 percent year-over-year and dipped 30.6 percent year-to-date.Combine sales declined 40.2 percent year-over-year for May but for January through May dropped 28.8 percent compared to 2015 year-to-date sales.“The May retail sales numbers, taken together, are higher than the 5-year average, mostly driven by the smaller under 40HP machines, which remain an area of growth compared to the negative numbers for production equipment. However, farm tractors 40-100HP continued their stable trend, and the 2WD tractors 100+HP experienced a lower decline than earlier this year,” said Charlie O’Brien, AEM senior vice president.“Farm incomes are expected to be more stable this year and we are seeing some growth in crop receipts in certain areas of the country, but we will most likely have to wait until later this year or 2017 to see an appreciable impact on equipment sales.”last_img read more

Sampling for SCN: Fall is the time!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Anne Dorrance, Ohio State University Extension plant pathologistAs we continue to wait another week for the fields to dry out, this provides some time to sample soil for the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) populations. The SCN Coalition theme for the next few years is “What’s your number?” Do you know where SCN is in your fields and what the current population is sitting at? If its high, then there is a second number: what is the SCN type? This addresses the bigger concern: can it reproduce on the SCN resistance source PI 88788 or Peking? All of these numbers can impact management of this root pathogen and future losses.In Ohio, we know that the state is now “polluted” with SCN. Fortunately most of those fields are at very low levels, which is where they should be kept.From samples received to date as part of an initial survey for Ohio of 33 counties as part of the SCN Coalition sampling, we found the following results. Our first round of data collection is from members of the American Soybean Association sponsored by Ohio Soybean Council.However, there are some surprising locations where individual fields are getting or have gotten into trouble with very high populations (>5,000). So let’s review the loss levels for SCN.If your SCN report in the past has come back as:Not detected: this is not surprising. Remember that SCN sits in pockets and can be quite variable. Continue to monitor your fields.Trace: May begin to measure some yield loss on susceptible varieties, especially on lighter soils.Low: Plant SCN resistant varieties or rotate to a non-host crop (corn or wheat).Moderate: Rotate to a non-host crop and follow with SCN resistant varieties the following year. We have planted susceptible varieties in fields with this level of SCN and have recorded 20% to 50% yield loss.High: rotate to a non-host crop for two to three years, then sample SCN to determine if populations have declined to a level where soybeans can be planted again.SCN is picky about what it feeds and reproduces on but it does like a few weed hosts andcover crops as well as soybean. If you have SCN in your fields it is important to also control winter annuals such as purple deadnettle, but also avoid cover crops such as several of the clovers, cowpea, common vetch, and hairy vetch.We recommend sampling in the fall because in most cases this is what the population will be in the spring. With the warmer weather this year and hopefully no frozen ground, there should be ample time to collect and process the samples for spring planting. Processing of samples does cost time and money, so here are a few thoughts on how to sample or how to target your sampling to get the best information for your money.Updated information on where to send the samples for processing for a fee:OSU C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic8995 E. Main St. Bldg 23Reynoldsburg, OH 43068Phone: 614-292-5006www.ppdc.osu.edu – follow this link to download forms to go along with the samples Brookside Laboratory Inc.200 White Mountain Dr.New Bremen, OH 45869417-977-2766,[email protected] Spectrum Analytic Inc.1087 Jamison Rd. NWWashington Court House, OH 43160740-335-1562www.spectrumanalytic.com For some additional information on Management of SCN always check Ohio’s SCN fact sheet and several other resources as well including: https://u.osu.edu/ohscn/,http://soybeanresearchinfo.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQgg-UPQdcs&feature=youtu.be.last_img read more

Who Needs Auto Insurance Once Your Smart Car Has Radar?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market bradley berman A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#collision avoidance#Disruptive Technology#Drive#radar#smart cars Related Posts center_img ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation.Most cars on the road will soon be smart enough to detect and avoid collisions—with little or no help from drivers who all too easily get tired, drunk, or distracted by incoming texts. And that could radically change a lot of things around the auto industry.Proven automotive safety technologies—most notably radar-based automated braking—are expected to produce an auto industry shift that is more transformational than the introduction of safety belts and air bags a generation ago. These technologies require a wholesale reconsideration of the overlapping industries that insure and repair cars (and people) damaged in car crashes. These expenses are measured in the hundreds of billions of dollars per year.Nissan-Infiniti offers “Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning” on select vehicles. The technology continues to improve.Several companies, including Mercedes, Volvo, and Nissan, are already envisioning a “zero fatality” scenario by the end of the decade. Today, more than 30,000 Americans die in car crashes every year.“The emphasis over the past half-century has been on engineering vehicles so that occupants survive a crash,” said Robert Hartwig, president and economist at the Insurance Information Institute, an industry organization. “The new generation of technology seeks to avoid the crash to begin with. That’s a fundamentally new way of thinking about safety.”Disruption AheadCars equipped with radars, lasers and lightning-fast processors can detect, with great accuracy, an imminent collision with another vehicle. These systems—already found in luxury vehicles from the likes of Mercedes, BMW and Volvo—issue warnings to drivers to apply brakes. If the driver doesn’t respond, the car will automatically bring the car to a stop or otherwise avoid the collision.In 2013, sales of Volvo cars equipped with systems for automatic braking passed the one million mark.Expect to see crash avoidance systems spread throughout the industry, first as pricey options, then as standard features—and maybe one day as federally mandated technology.Americans paid approximately $170 billion in auto insurance premiums in 2013. About 77 percent of that was used to pay on claims, with the remainder going roughly half to the insurance company’s operating expenses and half to profit.Alain Kornhauser, a professor of operations research and financial engineering at Princeton, has absolutely no doubt about the economic benefits of driver-assist technologies. “Money that would otherwise go to body shops, lawyers, ambulance drivers, MRIs, clinics, and hospital emergency rooms will now go to technologists working on safety systems,” he said. “This is disruptive as hell.”Kornhauser is not exactly sure—and not overly concerned about—how the disruption will play out. “This is fundamental economics,” he said. “The technology to do collision avoidance is so inexpensive that it’s cheaper than the amount of chaos and carnage that it takes out of the system.”New Business ModelsThe Mercedes-Benz Distronic Plus system has proximity control with an operating range of about 1 to 500 feet. It’s capable of braking the car all the way to a standstill and accelerating it back up to a pre-set desired speed as the traffic situation permits.As billions of dollars are liberated from the current system, it’s only a matter of time before enterprising insurance providers begin offering steep discounts to owners of cars using crash-avoidance technology. That represents a consumer subsidy to help car buyers pay for the technology.In fact, Kornhauser believes the car companies selling much safer vehicles could directly offer insurance—much the way they provide financing today. Besides, with increasing levels of automation, the liability in an accident might very well rest with the carmaker, rather than the driver.In essence, the broad interconnected markets regarding auto safety market would shift from insuring cars that we all fully expect will experience accidents to development and deployment of technology intended to ensure that accidents rarely happen.“About 80 percent of what auto insurers take in goes to hospitals, lawyers and body shops. Assume you chop that in half,” said Kornhauser. “I would prefer to see the money in the pockets of the technologists who do the vision systems, the cameras and the radar.”Lead image by Flickr user Ben Margolin, CC 2.0; others courtesy of Nissan, Volvo and Daimler Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Achieve toned midriff with right food and exercise

first_imgCelebrities always inspire the commoners with their flat, toned stomachs. One can achieve that perfect midriff if one follows right exercise regime and diet, says an expert.Personal trainer and outdoor fitness expert Rob Jones shares five tips to achieve the toned stomach, reports femalefirst.co.uk.If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you’re in for a rude awakeningIt’s not all about sit-upsSit-ups and ab crunches work your six-pack. But for better defined abs, spend the majority of your workout on exercises that burn more calories and shift body fat.Be consistentDedicate time every day to focus on your training and make abs an integral part of each and every workout.There’s probably no body part women obsess over more than their midsectionsHone your dietYou eat your way to a six pack, so watch what you munch and focus on foods and sports supplements high in protein that help muscle growth and keep body fat low.Vary your workoutsVary your ab workouts daily to work the different muscles that run across that area of the body for the perfect balance.Core and moreInclude both isometric exercises (holding exercises such as a plank or side plank) with dynamic exercises (where you contract the muscles such as an ab crunch) in every workout.last_img read more

Alas, Fuel Masters to go all the way

first_imgAfter decades of fulfilling promises made to others, Louie Alas is trying to make good with one that he made to himself.“It’s sort of an unfinished business,” he told the Inquirer after Phoenix Pulse practice at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig on Tuesday afternoon as the Fuel Masters await a semifinal foe in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “[That episode] started off on the wrong foot,” he recalled. “When everything got settled, Asi (Taulava) was deported. Everything went wrong.”Fortunately, the job at Phoenix is letting him address that.“I would want to win one on my own,” Alas said. “Also, this is for my children—who pushed me, who asked me to pursue this (PBA head coaching) once more.”And given his experience—one that has started from the amateur arenas in St. Francis of Assisi in Las Piñas and stops in the defunct MBA and NCAA as champion with Letran and Manila, to the the big boys’ league in the PBA—Alas knows it won’t be easy.He knows what he’s talking about, for waiting on the other end would be either TNT or San Miguel Beer, which no team has been able to touch in the all-Filipino Finals in the last four years.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alas said he has long yearned for another crack at being head coach after an initial try that didn’t go well.He’s had offers to join Red Bull as a deputy and even take over GlobalPort in the past, but scheduling woes got in the way and he stuck it out for a long time as a chief assistant at Alaska.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The farthest I made it [to winning a title in the PBA] was in the semis,” he said. “Of course, I would love to become a champion as a head coach. I’ve had titles, but they all came during a time where I was an assistant.”That PBA shot came in 2001 with Mobiline. And it was a turbulent one. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ateneo rallies to rip St. Clare Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Replace Your PC and Improve Productivity

first_img PC’s aren’t that different from a lot of us: They just sit around all day getting flabby. So if you want to squeeze another year out of your machine–or even retrofit it with Windows Vista in ’07–there’s no better time to put it on a regular program of tuning up and toning up.I don’t know your machine personally, of course. But even if it isn’t bogged down with Trojans and spyware (as so many are), just the way Windows goes about its business will pack flab on the fastest hunk of hardware. A PC’s Registry can get cluttered with outdated keys that waste processor cycles and have marginally useful or even harmful proc-esses in system memory. Just one day of computing will thoroughly fragment a C: drive. And out-of-shape PCs are more likely to be pushed around by hackers.We’ve covered the security aspect before, so let’s fast-forward through that discussion: Run Windows Update regu-larly and use ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite as well as Mozilla’s Firefox browser and its Thunderbird e-mail editor. Install Lavasoft Ad-Aware and Spybot-S&D to nuke new bugs that sneak through your firewall. You may even need a specific tool like Trend Micro’s CWShredder for some strains. ZoneAlarm is $50 (all prices street); the rest are free.As for keeping your PC in shape, we’re not talking about triathlon shape, which would mean spending half your workdays on computer maintenance. But if your computer is going to load Windows and browse the web without wheezing, its disks, memory and Windows Registry need regular tuneups.Whose PC Is It?Theoretically, you control what gets put onto your hard drives and into system memory by clicking icons. But in reality, the only PC property rights you have are those you’re prepared to enforce–which has become pretty complicated since you signed up for broadband.A lot of programs and web pages today treat your PC as though they own it. Remember that “I accept the license agreement” button? They consider that carte blanche to load whatever self-serving processes they want, hold onto as much RAM as they can and, when unloaded, leave behind a Fourth of July weekend’s worth of litter.You shouldn’t have to spend your time policing your machine, but if you don’t, you’re going to be exploited. As with security, start with a good general-purpose suite like Symantec’s $70 Norton SystemWorks 2006 or Iolo’s $50 System Mechanic 6. Both are jumbo toolboxes of scanners and utilities that will root out and fix 95 percent of your PC snafus, and you can choose whether they do it en masse or one problem at a time.It’s My ProcessJust for fun, I ran a couple of PCs for several weeks without maintenance to see how much plaque would build up. Norton’s scanners uncovered 118 invalid ActiveX entries, three invalid application paths, five missing file extensions, seven invalid help files, 38 broken shortcuts and 10 missing shared files on one. System Mechanic found a similar complement of system snarls on the other, along with 430MB of unneeded Windows and internet files. Both C: drives were a mess, and one had about 200MB worth of system memory tied up by processes whose applications were no longer running.With a couple of mouse clicks, both suites had most of that junk swept out and Registry and RAM tuned so programs could load and unload cleanly. Some jobs, like disk diagnosis and optimization, are better addressed individually so you can determine the which, when and how. In fact, even though you could schedule most maintenance tasks to run automatically at off-peak times, that’s not a good idea. Any program that can change a PC the way these suites can needs supervision.It can seem foreign at first, but over time, these scanners and sweepers will help you get to know what’s going on behind your foreground applications. Launch Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl-Alt-Del) and you’ll see that every machine has a couple dozen strange-sounding processes running all the time. Which are Windows services, which belong to your applications, and which are potentially harmful strangers?Task Manager won’t say. But the alternative process viewers in System Mechanic and SystemWorks can help you decipher them. Problems vary, so you may also need Codestuff’s Starter and HijackThis–a shareware pair favored by blogs and forums that helps solve parasite problems.I wish you just needed to buy one program and push one button. But it’s 2007, the bad guys are clever, and you can’t afford not to keep up. There’s no such thing as being fat and happy anymore.Personal TrainersThese sites help you figure out what’s necessary, what’s safe and what’s not.Shieldsup!: This Gibson Research site will probe your perimeter every which way to tell whether yours shields are UP!Tech Support Forum: Got a question? Someboy in this geek nation should have the answer.Winguides:Support forums and other technical resources maintained by PC Tools, publisher of several PC tuneup utilities.Spywareinfo:Volunteer sysops will hold your hand while you remove spyware and other bric-a-brac from system memory.Spyware Warrior: A list of what’s naughty and what’s nice out there. Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now January 1, 2007 This story appears in the January 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 5 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more