The World of Concrete may not be the most exciting title for an exhibition, but interesting article in Better Roads magazine, slightly more inspiring title, about three new Kubota compact excavators that have been relaesed – main focus seems to be on improvement in drivers cabs and facilities
The logic for colour coding controls on a Kubota tractor in terms of safety, is fairly self-evident. If there is a standardisation of colour representing certain controls or controlling types of mechanism, then there is more likely to be less confusion and less misunderstanding by people who drive or use a Kubota tractor.
The colour orange is used to designate a certain number of ground motion controls. These generally include the engine speed, the controls of the transmission, the main parking brake or parking lock, the differential lock and the independent emergency brakes.
Whilst the standardisation of colour controls helps anyone who is new or unsure of how to drive a Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST, it is also important to note that the array of colours and the array of controls can still be extremely confusing someone.
It is important for anyone who is to drive a Kubota Tractor who does not have experience of driving before or driving another may contractor to seek advice and guidance prior to commencement of the operation of the Kubota tractor.
This may involve someone within them a practical lesson, it may involve them reading through the owners manual or a Kubota tractor if one is to hand, or it may mean consulting the main Kubota dealer for their advice and guidance.
Orange coloured controls on a Kubota tractor generally mean one of the following rules. The controls for regulating the speed of the engine tend to be operated by either the right hand or the right foot or both on a Kubota tractor. Differential lock controls tend to be made possible with either a forward or a downward motion.
Tractor safety is ultimately only as good as the person using it. To this end an understanding of the mindset of mentality behind the layout of controls on a Kubota tractor is really important.
Understanding that colour controls are meant to help the driver or operator of the Kubota tractor navigate which levers do what and how, is important. It is equally important that the operator of the tractor familiarise themselves with these controls prior to engagement of the tractor.
This may need to be done as a slow learning process, in which case the actions or usage of the Kubota tractor should be supervised by someone who is familiar with it and is in a position to advise and help someone learning the process.
Great ad on YouTube for the new Kubota Grand X factor, sorry tractor, currently being aimed at the Australian market, presumably to be rolled out elsewhere in the future.
Aside from the pleasure of watching such a great ad, there is a real encouragement for a sense of adventure and it captures something of the spirit of the delight of driving a proper tractor.
Full story : Skiddmark
Lots of excitement about a new Kubota manufacturing facility costing $73 million being opened in Jefferson, Georgia.
Aside from the good news in terms of jobs in Georgia, it is actually also good news for people who own or intend to buy any type of Kubota tractor.
This is largely because it shows a vote of confidence by Kubota, based in Georgia and in the United States generally.
This type of commitment is important especially for Kubota tractors and agricultural machinery generally in part because of the longevity of use of the equipment.
Kubota tractors can last easily 20/30 years, the issue becomes servicing and maintenance and Kubota parts.
This type of investment and opening of a manufacturing plant shows that Kubota is looking forward.
Kubota also hint that they want to expand significantly within all of the US, which is at least an indication that they are committed for the long-term.
Full story – Kubota
Story on eBay concerning a potential scam regarding Kubota tractors.
The gist of the story is to be wary of an increased number of Kubota tractors that are becoming available for sale on eBay.
There are obvious pitfalls and dangers with any online auction site as it fundamentally relies on trust on both sides. It is impossible to verify the truth of this but it is worth always being careful.
The interesting thing about this news item is at it is reporting a significant increase in the number of Kubota tractors that are becoming available for sale from one particular site.
Anything that raises awareness of potential fraud is probably a good thing, as potential buyers need to weigh up the balance of probabilities as to whether they think it is worth the risk or not.
Full story – eBay
News report of an accident in Murphy’s California highlights the dangers of tractor run overs.
The incident involves a seventy five year man who was driving a Kubota tractor, parked it without engaging the break properly, got out of the tractor and was run over by it.
Apparently the tractor rolled over his legs stomach and chest before coming to a stop.
The news report says he was airlifted with moderate injuries, which must be a God send if that turned out to be the case. A sober warning for all of us.
Full story – The Union Democrat
Kubota is recalling a number of zero turn mowers because of a problem with the fuel tank which could potentially pose a fire risk.
The affected models are :
ZG 123S – 12505 and below
ZG 127S – 12959 and below
ZG 124E – 12179 and below
ZG 127E 11574 and below
Owners of these models are advised to stop using them immediately and contact their local Kubota Dealer. Apparently the problem concerns the fuel tanks pressure relief valve, which can malfunction, causing wear of the fuel tank, obviously a major safety issue.
Further info : Kubota Corp USA
Repairing or rebuilding a kubota engine can be a major decision, and an expensive one, whether you get it right or not.
This site gives calot of really useful info about new engines, rebuild and kubota parts.
Rebuilt kubota engines can be used with some other manufacturers, so worth checking out.
County Sales and Service – click here
An interesting initiative in Wisconsin highlights both a potential problem concerning health insurance for dairy farmers as well as a possible solution.
The rural health initiative, a non-profit, has identified that just under 1/5 of dairy farm families in Wisconsin have no health insurance.
Equally of those who do, the health insurance coverage they have is fairly limited in many ways.
The issue of health provision on farms is much more complicated is then simply identifying risk as in a normal business or for a regular family.
The rural health initiative is a program designed to visit farms and farm families at their place of work and in a variety of ways help them to identify health risks, farm safety risks, to do various screenings to identify potential health risks, and to help educate farmers and their families on a wide range of medical and health issues.
For a detailed news and assessment on Fox News click here
To access the rural health initiative website click here
The United States Department of Agriculture is saying that there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Census of agriculture that was distributed to farmers and ranchers approximately one month ago.
They are saying that 25% of the questionnaires have already been returned, and they are doing their best to deal with all the questions have arisen.
The questionnaires are due to be completed by February 4, and may be submitted either online or by regular mail.
It will be interesting to see how the USDA uses this information, and whether the final basis of assessment is one of real benefit to those who work in agriculture.
Full report click here
Anyone with questions about the census please click here
Advance warning of an event that could be mistaken for some type of futuristic Mad Max type film, in fact is an annual gathering or celebration of tractors.
June 23 will see approximately 500 tractors converging upon Sioux City, as a celebration of Iowa’s agricultural heritage.
This is an annual event, lasting about four days, and is quite an amazing spectacle.
Full details click here
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has recently undertaken a remarkably candid assessment of the problems and strengths that currently characterise agriculture in the state of Oregon.
The intent of the report was primarily to compare Oregon with neighbouring states, with a view to understanding where it might be lacking, and as such would be able to demonstrate what could be done to make it better.
The main recommendations of the report are listed below, and a full copy of the report can be accessed by the link below the recommendations. Perhaps most important thing about the report, is the fact that the Department of agriculture was willing to honestly assess what the problems were in the first place.
The value of this is very much in the fact that if you demonstrate what a specific problem is then a solution or potential solutions tend to flow very naturally from such an analysis. It makes it much harder to argue against implementing solutions, although politicians will always need to assess the viability of any such solution.
The report makes its recommendations as policy recommendations to politicians in Oregon, and those that can be implemented easily, will have much more weight attached to them.
Those that are more difficult to implement will nevertheless provide a long-term framework, that will serve a valuable purpose. The report also acts to serve as a model for other states, and for many other industries as a way of providing a solid basis for advancing recommendations of policy, but are rooted in a natural flow from an analysis of specific problems or areas that are lacking and can be improved.
Priority policy recommendations to the legislature, governor, and regulatory agencies
- Ensure access to irrigation water (statewide).
- Expand markets and increase sales locally, regionally, and internationally.
- Support truck transportation, but begin to maximize rail use, and barging and other water modes, to move product to market more efficiently.
- Provide relief from the high cost of inputs, including taxes, energy, and labor.
- Encourage management of natural resources in a way that enables farming while protecting water, soil, air, habitat, and endangered species.
- Support a land use system that protects farmland for farm use.
- Support high quality research and experiment and extension services that enable growers to diversify cropping and capitalize on unique geographic micro-climates and soils, and to remain competitive in a world market.
- Offer assistance for food processors—as key markets for growers—with technical and financial help to address wastewater permits that incorporate recycled, reclaimed, or reused water methods and technologies.
- Help growers meet new food safety standards that are becoming more stringent and costly.
- Help young or new farmers and transitional family farmers successfully become the next generation of aspiring producers.
Oregon Department of Agriculture – report into state of Oregon agriculture, click here
Interesting article on the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition website, explaining why only sixteen states are able to apply for federal aid with regard to national organic certification programs, and why thirty four other states are not able to.
The federal aid comes via the Agricultural Management Assistance program (AMA) . This has more to do with the fiscal cliff than with any debate about organic farming, or any debate about federal aid, but does raise huge concerns about the future of organic farming for a simple reason.
Organic farming depends on trust and credibility to justify higher prices on produce to consumers. Key to that trust is certification of organic produce. Anyone can pretty much use the word organic to mean what tehy want.
For proper organic farming, it is essential to have national standards of certification, that everyone can judge produce and farming accordingly. This is now less likely……
Read full article here
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition website here
Agricultural Management Assistance program here
Useful comparison spec site that covers a load of different types and manufacturers of agricultural equipment – asphalt, aggregate,concrete, construction equipment,forestry equipment, lifting and material handling equipment. mining and transportation equipment.
Gives detailed spec breakdown of tractors, Kubota and others, in very simple, easy to follow guide – useful , wherever you live.
An app, called the Ariel Spray Crop, has been developed by the Agricultural Research Service arm of the USDA, and has been designed to help make crop spraying more efficient.
There are a huge number of manufacturers of spray technology, with differing types of nozzles, different flow rats and different pressure setting ranges. This can make the whole process of spraying much more complex and inefficient than it need be,
This app is meant to help by introducing a easy to follow process that allows the sprayer to adjust the nozzle and setting to achieve their maximum effectiveness.
The full article explaining this can be found at the Agweb web site, click here
The app can be downloaded from the Apple app store, click here
The app can also be downloaded from Google Play , click here
For the USDA ARA, click here
Grain handling and storage equipment, latest in ICT – computers and electronics, all types of tractors and combines, tillage implements, latest advances in alternative energy sources and their different usage on farms, etc etc.
The 2013 National Farm Machinery Show runs from 13/Feb till 16/Feb at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, and with over 850 exhibitors has a huge array of different areas of interest for anyone involved in farming, agriculture or livestock.