New on the field
Check out some of the latest equiptment on the agriculture market this summer.
Maker/dealer: John Deere’s Gator line
Price: $6,500 to $13,000
What it does: Not a recreational vehicle but a hard-working “miniature truck,” as one dealer put it. The vehicle’s 1,200-pound carrying capacity makes it a modern workhorse. Some Midwestern farmers even employed them as emergency planters during an especially wet spring when heavier equipment couldn’t handle the muddy fields.
‘Triple stack’ corn seed
Maker/dealer: Various including Monsanto, Pioneer, Syngenta and others
Price: $175 to $225 for bag weighing from 38 to 55 pounds (depending on size and weight of seed)
What it does: Genetically-enhanced corn seed that contains herbicide as well as pesticide aimed at stopping the European corn borer and the corn rootworm.
Price: Prices vary on different models but the heavy-duty TRX500 model ranges in price between $5,299 and $6,499
What it does: ATVs have become increasingly popular among farmers — not just as runabouts on the farm but doing serious hauling and other jobs.
Price: $1,000 a ton
What it does: The most popular fertilizer in the nation, tailored for corn. The phosphate/potash mix often goes by the brand name, “DAP.” Farmers usually buy a blended mix from dealers.
Maker/dealer: John Deere
Price: Ranging from $130,000 to $200,000 for Deere’s 8000 generation tractor
What it does: The modern workhouse tractor of the day. A John Deere dealer in Illinois said the company can’t keep up with demand right now.
Maker/dealer: Various including John Deere
Price: Depends on size but the Deere CCS line ranges from $70,000 to $180,000
What it does: As farmers look for ways to be more efficient and work faster, they’re heavying up on the size of their planters. Many are upgrading from eight-row planters to 16-row (and larger) models.