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ON THE FARM: A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST OF DATA

Farmers and entrepreneurs are starting to compete with agribusiness giants over the newest commodity being harvested on U.S. farms – one measured in bytes, not bushels, the Wall Street Journal reports. Startups including Farmobile LLC, Granular Inc. and Grower Information Services Cooperative are developing computer systems that will enable farmers to capture data streaming from… read more

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WHO OWNS WHAT

John Deere is claiming farmers don’t own the software that controls their tractors under patent law, according to a recent Wired magazine editorial.

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TRACTOR SALES

Sales of four-wheel-drive tractors were down by 65% in January compared to a year earlier, while sales of small tractors were up 18% and medium-size tractors rose by 12%.Livestock farmers are buying a lot of tractors these days, while sales falter for the big tractors and combines used by grain farmers, according to the Association of… read more

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IMPLEMENT SALES DOWN

Retail sales of large farm equipment in the U.S. and Canada continued to unravel.  The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says 2WD tractors sales are off 11%; 4WD tractors off 37%; and combines off 24% in August.

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