Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Deere & Company On Its Way to Expand Manufacturing Capacity for Hydraulic Cylinders

According to the latest news coming from Deere & Company, they are going to invest $47 million to expand manufacturing capacity in their Moline, Illinois factory, where the company produces a wide range of the hydraulic cylinders used mainly in agriculture, construction and forestry around the world.
Deere continues the strategy aimed at the global growth and requires some investments in manufacturing operations.  Fortunately, market demand for John Deere products has remained high and the planned improvements in manufacturing hydraulic cylinders will be launched in order to meet that growing demand.
The investment is supposed to result in crucial upgrades in machining tools at the cylinder operations, however they won’t  require any changes to the physical design. Also, no jobs will be added as a result of the investment itself.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Are the Changes in John Deere Senior Management Team Going to Affect the Company’s Policy

 The announced changes in the company’s senior management team made the observers wonder about the direction in which John Deere is going to head. The decision, made as a result of the anticipated retirement of the two executives, is hoped to enhance Deere & Company ability to develop the leadership talents.
Samuel R. Allen, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer believes that these leadership changes will add up to the management effectiveness and the advanced organizational alignment in Deere’s strife to complete the 2018 objectives.
David C. Everitt, the president of agriculture and turf division, and James R. Jenkins, senior vice president and general counsel have revealed their retirement plans early enough for the company to initiate the transition process of the key roles in organization.  Allen has announced that all the management assignments related with the planned retirement  are effective September 1.

Friday, June 1, 2012

How Dust Can Limit the Effectiveness of Herbicides

Dry soil conditions in Illinois have encouraged farmers to plant crops earlier than it is usually performed and spray them with postemergence herbicides. Weed science specialists make a point that it is quite an unusual procedure at this point of the season to spray such a high amount of corn acres with the herbicides.
One of the side effects of applying the herbicides could be propelling the large amounts of dust, coming from the dry soil, into the air. Such dust cloud, reduces the activity of  some foliar-applied herbicides, including glyphosate. Greenhouse research conducted in 2006 revealed that the control of nightshade species with glyphosate was reduced once the dust covered leaves before or within 15 minutes from glyphosate application. If the dust was deposited later than a quarter after application, phytotoxicity was not reduced. Glyphosate easily adsorbs  to soil colloids, no matter if they are difused in the air or deposited on leaves of the targeted weeds. Had the glyphosate been adsorbed, plant leaves are less likely to absorb it, which results in reduced phytotoxicity.