Urea Prices Drop / Monsanto Acquires Precision Planting Inc.

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

Rob Fritz - rob.f@heftyseed.com

Urea prices are dropping in the Twin Cities, but supply is still short.  Terminal-to-farm trucking has been difficult to arrange, which has been slowing deliveries of fertilizer to the farm.  Supplies of 28% are still good, and pricing is stable. Call us for more information at 1-800-274-3389. Click here to send Rob an e-mail.      

Equipment Tips by Jim Goodale

Jim Goodale - jim.g@heftyseed.com

Monsanto Acquires Precision Planting Inc.

On May 23, it was officially announced that Monsanto had purchased Precision Planting Inc.  Precision Planting is a manufacturer of aftermarket planter technology developed to improve seed singulation, placement, and monitoring.  They build replacement parts to “finger style” and vacuum meters, along with their own line of replacement meters for John Deere and Kinze planters.  Precision Planting also has their own line of planter monitors (Seed Sense 20/20), pneumatic down pressure, and variable rate control. The acquisition will become part of Monsanto’s Integrated Farming Systems division and for now will continue to operate through Precision Planting’s current dealer network. For more information, check out http://www.monsanto.com/investors/Documents/2012/FINAL_%20Robb_GS%2005-23-12_NoNotes_modified_Manny.pdf. Give me a call at 1-800-274-3389 if you have any questions. Click here to send Jim an e-mail. [table “1” not found /]
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Urea Demand Still High / What Solar Interference Means for Your Farm Equipment

Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

Rob Fritz - rob.f@heftyseed.com

Supplies of 28% are still great, and prices have leveled off.  Urea demand is still very high, and prices remain very high.  Twin Cities terminals are suffering intermittent supply shortages, and that should continue through the spring.  Look for very little price drop between now and late July. Call us for more information at 1-800-274-3389. Click here to send Rob an e-mail.      

Equipment Tips by Mike Bemboom

Mike Bemboom - mike.bemboom@heftyseed.com

What Solar Interference Means for Your Farm Equipment

In the past few weeks, there has been some abnormal solar activity. Solar storms like these have been known to affect GPS signals, which in turn can affect the accuracy of your tractor’s GPS-based guidance and steering. There are websites, like this one http://www.navcomtech.com/Support/Tools/satellitepredictor/main.cfm, that track satellites and can show you how many satellites you should be able to see during the day specific to your location. With the information websites like this provide, you can see the number of satellites available to you during the day and plan your GPS activity around any poor coverage times. Give me a call at 1-800-274-3389 if you have any questions. Click here to send Mike an e-mail. [table “1” not found /]
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