April 2009

New Holland NH2 Hydrogen Powered Tractor

New Holland, PA (March 31, 2009) – New Holland’s experimental hydrogen-powered NH2™ tractor is a key element in a project that hopes to free farmers from the cost of purchased fossil-fuel and allow them to achieve fuel autonomy. The concept is a natural fit with New Holland’s Clean Energy Leader position, which saw the company lead the industry with its support for 100% biodiesel without complicated servicing programs or reduced machine performance.

New Holland NH2™ Hydrogen-Powered Tractor

New Holland, PA (March 31, 2009) – New Holland’s experimental hydrogen-powered NH2™ tractor is a key element in a project that hopes to free farmers from the cost of purchased fossil-fuel and allow them to achieve fuel autonomy. The concept is a natural fit with New Holland’s Clean Energy Leader position, which saw the company lead the industry with its support for 100% biodiesel without complicated servicing programs or reduced machine performance.

Equipment Notebook: Grain Heads

Once the rush of planting season ends, the hunt for used equipment will intensify. Current economic conditions could push used equipment prices up to new levels this year. On the other hand, many farmers made significant equipment investments the last two years, making the most of record crop prices. So used equipment prices may be softer than they were in 2007 and 2008.

Whichever trend the industry follows, knowledge of pasts pricing standards will help buyers make good decisions about used equipment.

Surviving High Feed Cost

The current economic downturn has presented serious challenges for many Americans. Dairymen have certainly not been exempt. Rising grain prices have inflated the cost of many traditional feeds and spurred the conversion of grasslands to row crop farming. Competition with recreational users for “marginal” land has further reduced pasture availability. More recently, high feed costs have been coupled with lower milk prices, further squeezing producers.

Nutrition in Dairy Reproduction

  A lot goes into achieving a successful calving rate in your herd-including, of course, what goes into your cows. University of Minnesota Extension dairy nutritionist Noah Litherland says one of the biggest challenges in dairying is getting cows back into positive energy balance after calving; he says strong feeding strategies for both dry and fresh cows are part of the solution, and it's important to ensure there's adequate macro- and micro-minerals in the diet.