Archive for June, 2010
Since its launch by the Prime Minister in 2000, the Red Tractor has united the food chain in raising standards and verifying that they are being met. Shoppers can be confident that food bearing the Red Tractor has been checked every step of the way from farm to pack.
Over 78,000 farmers and growers are now members of the scheme, all committed to maintaining high standards of food safety and hygiene, animal welfare and environmental protection. Source: The Red Tractor
What are some emerging and/or existing food assurance programs in your region?
Recently I had the pleasure of traveling to two of AGCO’s US Manufacturing Plants, the Jackson. Minnesota and Hesston, Kansas facilities. These plants manufacture a variety of farm equipment; RoGator and TerraGator application equipment, harvesting equipment, such as the Gleaner, Massey Ferguson and Challenger combines, and Hesston balers. Come take a virtual tour by viewing a number of videos on our YouTube channel. As a sample, take a look at the “Welcome to Jackson” video by Eric Fisher, head of Jackson Operations:
Learn more about the DELTA combine and take a 3D tour at www.MasseyFerguson.com/DELTA (in English, German, Danish and Swedish).
You can also view the walk around videos at the Massey Ferguson YouTube channel.
“As data centers require ever more power to operate, they’re increasingly being located near existing power generation or cooling resources. One largely untapped source of energy, however, is the methane generated by manure on farms around the world.What ways have you found to turn your farm waste into something useful and beneficial?
*Photo via Cathy, Sam, Max and Mai’s photostream on Flickr
If released into the atmosphere, methane is 21 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide. But it can be captured and used to power electrical generators.
The HP ASME paper shows how a farm of 10,000 dairy cows could generate 1MW of electricity, enough to power a typical modern data center and still support other needs on the farm.
Heat generated by a data center could also be used to more efficiently process the animal waste and thus increase methane production.
This symbiotic relationship helps address the dual challenge of reducing farm pollution and making data centers more environmentally sustainable, says Chandrakant Patel, HP Fellow and director of HP’s Sustainable IT Ecosystem Lab.” Source: The Cow-Powered Data Center: HP Labs Feature Article (May 2010)
The Gleaner S7 prototype combine is currently on the Texas to the Dakotas wheat harvest run (see pictures). AGCO is using the black-painted S7 (nicknamed by some as “The Stealth”) machine to provide the final round of engineering tests and data collection before the new‑generation Super Series Gleaner combines are introduced to the public.
This year’s wheat run by the S7 is the final chapter in years of development and field testing that is leading to a historic product introduction for the Gleaner transverse rotor combine line. Gleaner “Natural Flow” harvesting technology has been constantly improved and developed since its 1979 introduction. The new Super Series transverse Gleaners build on these decades of experience while delivering design innovations that will make the Super Series set new standards for capacity, efficiency and productivity. The Super Series Gleaner combines are poised to redefine the performance customers can expect from Class VI and Class VII combines.
So far on this year’s run, the S7 has harvested in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas in wheat crops ranging from less than 30 bu./acre to more than 50 bu./acre. Moisture levels have also varied significantly as the S7 has joined a succession of custom harvest crews running both Gleaner and competitive brands of combines. Combine customers and dealers visiting the harvest sites and riding in the S7 are reporting very favorable impressions of the bu./hour harvested, the clean grain samples produced, and the efficient fuel use they are observing.
The S7 will continue to work the wheat harvest for several weeks recording more testing hours, completing more comparison tests and shouldering its part of an annual U.S. wheat harvest that is worth billions of dollars. We will return soon with additional reports from the S7 and the 2010 harvest run.
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