This spring, as farmers hit the fields, Farm Industry News editors will hit the road to bring you the latest news about products, trends and technologies changing this farm industry.
Editor Karen McMahon just returned from a week-long trip in Puerto Rico, the new hotbed for seed breeding that is changing what U.S. farmers plant .
Here are just a few of the other stories we’ll be covering these next few months.
New tire launches: In April, Titan Tire and U.S. newcomer Mitas Agricultural Tires will hold media events to unveil new farm tire technology. Titan will hold its event in Des Moines, where it will give us an in-depth look at the tire market, including industry trends and new advances in technology and compounds to combat soil compaction and the growing problem of stalk puncture . Mitas Agricultural Tires, based in the Czech Republic, will officially become what it says is the third manufacturer to produce radial agricultural tires in the U.S. by opening the doors to its new factory in Charles City, Iowa . Farm Industry News will bring you along on a tour of the plant and formal press conference.
What’s next in farm machinery: In May we’ll bring you inside the world of agricultural engineering by attending the 27th Annual Ag Machinery Conference in Waterloo, Iowa . At previous conferences, we broke stories about telemetry  and Tier 4 diesel engines , which have changed the course of farm vehicles. Hot topics being discussed this year include hybrid and electric drives; advancements in plastics, metal and adhesives; and new developments in biofuels and biolubricants.
What’s new at AGCO: This will be a busy year at AGCO based on the number of media invites. The first is to an April ribbon cutting and tour of its fourth full-service parts center, this one located in Independence, Mo. AGCO says the center will improve order processing, parts delivery, phone ordering and technical support in North America.
In June, we’ll take you to the grand opening of the Intivity Center, part of AGCO’s tractor and sprayer factory in Jackson, Minn . The center will feature interactive displays, animation of futuristic products, videos, and a collection of historical artifacts of its Massey Ferguson and Challenger brand equipment .
Later this summer, AGCO plans to hold several field days for media to showcase some new products and give us the chance to test them out. Also, expect to get an up-close look at its high-tech Fendt tractors made in Germany .
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