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The Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association (N.A.M.A.) will launch an online alfalfa evaluation tool at the upcoming Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference, to be held at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, Nebraska, February 7 and 8.

“The evaluation tool allows users to calculate a sound value of their alfalfa based on a nutrient comparable basis or a market comparable basis,” said Kyle Lechtenberg of Spencer, Nebraska, a member of the N.A.M.A. board who is helping to develop the tool.

“The goal is to have a specific value for buyers and sellers to use as a starting point when marketing alfalfa, instead of simply asking neighbors or coming up with a ballpark guess.”

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback continues to give truck drivers some relief from state regulations if they're hauling hay to livestock in drought-stricken areas.

Brownback has extended an executive order suspending some trucking regulations until Jan. 27. The governor began providing the relief in October.

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The Case IH tractor plant in Racine, Wisconsin, home to the Magnum™ Series tractor, was recently accredited with ISO 50001 certification for energy management, joining a handful of companies worldwide to receive such a rare honor.

“This accreditation for ISO 50001 recognizes the Racine plant’s continuous improvement in energy efficiency and Case IH’s long-term commitment to reducing its environmental impact,” says Steve Tyler, Racine Plant Manager. “This certification is another testament to this world-class manufacturing facility and can be a source of pride for our employees and the community.”

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New Holland Agriculture has been honored with four prestigious AE50 awards by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The awards are presented for the most innovative product ideas to enter the market in 2011.

The New Holland award winners  include two high-horsepower tractors with Tier 4 ECOBlue™ SCR engine technology, the SynchroKnife™ drive for New Holland’s new 880CF combine SuperFlex draper header, and the MowMax™ II cutterbar for New Holland’s Durabine™ disc mower-conditioners.

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What does it cost you to own and operate agricultural machinery for crop production?  Should you own the equipment or seek a custom operator for oone or more field operations?

What should you charge someone else to have your people and your machine conduct field operations on their farm, and vice versa?  These questions definitely need answers as you put a final wrapping on the 2011 growing season and evaluate your cost of production for grains and forages produced.

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