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The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised its popular standard for agricultural machinery management data.

The revised standard, ASAE D497.7, Agricultural Machinery Management Data, simplifies fuel consumption equations. This standard is used in conjunction with ASAE EP496.3, Agricultural Machinery Management; to report typical tractor values for tractor performance, implement power requirements, repair and maintenance costs, depreciation, fuel and oil use, reliability for field operation, probable working days, and timeliness coefficients as measure by experiment, modeling or survey.

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Rick Hanshew
Bakersfield, California
Southwest Territory Manager
Reinke Manufacturing

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Don E. Hale, 62, passed away on Thursday, May 28. Hale was a farmer in Blackfoot, Idaho, and a lifetime advocate of agricultural and water issues. In 1995, he served as the founding president of the Idaho Hay and Forage Association and welcomed all growers, no matter the size of their operation, into the membership.

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If 2008 wasn’t an interesting year for the forage industry I don’t know what would be.

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