Capital Press | Press Releases http://www.capitalpress.com Capital Press Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:59:01 -0400 en http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg Capital Press | Press Releases http://www.capitalpress.com Wilco buys 84 year old Denson Feed & Seed http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140701/wilco-buys-84-year-old-denson-feed-seed http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140701/wilco-buys-84-year-old-denson-feed-seed#Comments Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:22:11 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014140709976 June 25, 2014, Corvallis, Oregon

Wilco, a farmer-owned agricultural cooperative from Mt. Angel, Oregon, has agreed to purchase Denson Feed and Seed Store, Inc. of Corvallis, Oregon and will relocate the business to a new Wilco store that opens on July 15, 2014

Timing was perfect for both Denson's and Wilco. Third generation owners Casey and Shelley Denson were considering lifestyle changes and at the same time Wilco was building a new 20,000 square foot farm store in Corvallis. The timing provided an opportunity for both parties.

Sam Bugarsky, Wilco COO, characterized the agreement by saying, “This is a great opportunity for Wilco to meet and serve new customers in Corvallis while opening up options for the Denson family to do things they have been thinking about for some time.”

The plan has the new Wilco store opening July 15th coinciding with Denson's last day open as a feed and seed store July 14th. Wilco will then hold a two week clearance event in the Denson Feed & Seed store building starting July 17th.

Most of Denson's employees have agreed to work for Wilco and Wilco will continue to sell many of the niche feed and seed products Denson's customers are accustom to buying. The new Wilco store will be located next to Applebee's and the Carmike movie theatre at 1905 NE Four Acre Place.

TJ Colson will manage the new Wilco store. As a current Corvallis resident and graduate of OSU, he is anxious to manage a store in Corvallis and excited about the Denson's opportunity. When asked about the purchase TJ said, “Anyone involved in agriculture within Corvallis knows Denson's Feed. I'm excited to work with the new team members from Denson's and continue to serve a community that has had a positive impact throughout my life.”

Casey Denson said, “Our family has served the Corvallis community for over 84 years and we are very grateful to the community for their support. The timing coincides perfectly with my desire to spend more quality time with my family. We feel that Wilco will carry-on the wonderful customer service that this community deserves."

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Kubota Introduces Two New Models to its MX-Series Diesel Tractor Lineup http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140617/kubota-introduces-two-new-models-to-its-mx-series-diesel-tractor-lineup http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140617/kubota-introduces-two-new-models-to-its-mx-series-diesel-tractor-lineup#Comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:41:25 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014140619870 TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kubota Tractor Corporation introduces two new models to its MX-Series utility ag tractor line with the MX4800 and MX5200; both offer two- and four-wheel-drive models and HST models, and deliver 49.3 or 54.7 horsepower, respectively. With enhanced environmental performance, compliant with Tier 4 Final emissions, as well as increased engine power, greater comfort and upgraded ergonomics, the new MX-Series maintains many of the powerful and versatile features inherited from previous MX-Series models.

“Kubota’s MX4800 and MX5200 diesel utility tractors offer one of the smoothest running 4-cylinder diesel engines in the industry,” said Paul Williams, senior product manager for Kubota. “The added bonus is the new bold design – including the new seat, wide deck with ample leg room, and the digital LCD dash panel. The MX-Series delivers exceptional comfort that will allow the operator to maximize productivity and minimize fatigue.”

A Powerful Engine and Transmission Combination

The Kubota diesel engine in the new MX4800 and MX5200 models provides a smooth transfer of power, low noise and quick starts. A Common Rail System (CRS) and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) offer cleaner emissions that comply with EPA Tier 4 Final emission regulations, and electronic common rail direct fuel injection maximizes fuel economy. Each model features hydraulic servo HST systems that increase pedal responsiveness and shifting ease regardless of load size. And, Kubota’s synchro shuttle transmissions on the gear drive models – with 8 forward and 8 reverse speeds – maximize productivity with easy shuttle lever shifting for maximum control.

Easy handling and maneuverability make traveling from site to site easier. Both the two- and four-wheel-drive models come equipped with easy-turn hydrostatic power steering, and a touch and turn, electric PTO switch has been repositioned to the right side of the console for convenient operation with a push and turn start.

Comfort is King with the MX-Series

The new suspension seat on the MX4800 and MX5200 provides greater comfort for reduced fatigue after a long day’s work. The fully flat deck enables safe and easy mounting and dismounting, with 30 inches of space between fenders, giving the operator more room to work in comfort. In addition, the easy-to-operate hanging pedals optimize leg room. More comfort features include a convenient cup holder, behind-the-seat toolbox, and newly designed LCD dash panel with larger, easy-to-read gauges. The new models also feature a larger fuel tank with 13.5-gallon capacity for longer, more productive operation, with fewer fill ups.

The newly designed, one-piece slanted hood increases visibility and is made of steel for added strength. With hydraulic dampers for easier opening, the fully-opening hood allows for quick and efficient routine maintenance checks.

Performance-Matched Front Loader and Backhoe

Assembled in Georgia, Kubota’s performance-matched LA1065 front loader and BH92 backhoe were designed to ensure precise operation and improved productivity for the MX Series. The high lift capacity and lift height of the LA1065 front loader delivers impressive performance and with each load it has a maximum lift height of 111.2 inches and lift capacity (at pivot pin) of 2,275 pounds. The series valve provides dual function ability for simultaneous operation of the lift and bucket circuit. The regenerative dump circuit provides fast bucket dump times. A two-lever quick coupler is now standard equipment for easy attaching and detaching of implements such as buckets and bale spears. Hydraulic tubes are enclosed within the rounded boom for protection and a clean look.

The BH92 backhoe delivers more power and greater capacity with over 9 feet of digging depth. Attaching and detaching is simple and, with the hoses routed through the backhoe arm operation, appearance is cleaner and offers better protection. The fully-flat deck delivers optimal leg room for maximum comfort while the optional hydraulic thumb offers greater versatility for working the backhoe.

The powerful Category I and II 3-point hitch easily handles implements, with standard rigid link ends on the MX4800 and MX5200 models. Telescoping link ends and stabilizers are standard on the MX5200 four-wheel-drive models, and optional on other models in the series, making attaching and working with large implements easier.

About Kubota Tractor Corporation

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, Calif., is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured equipment, including a complete line of tractors up to 118 PTO hp, performance-matched implements, hay tools and spreaders, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact Kubota Tractor Corporation at 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or visit www.kubota.com.

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Compact Disc Harrow with In-Depth Effect http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140613/compact-disc-harrow-with-in-depth-effect http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140613/compact-disc-harrow-with-in-depth-effect#Comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:58:48 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014140619937 Already at the Agritechnica 2011, with the ‘concept’ of the Rubin 12, Lemken introduced a compact disc harrow that enables deeper cultivation up to a depth of 8’’. After two years of intensive work and numerous field tests, the Rubin 12 is now ready for series production. The positioning of the discs and the shape of the beam have been optimised. For the mounted models, there is also a completely new support wheel concept.

Two rows of serrated concave discs with a diameter of 29’’ let the Rubin 12 work just as deep as a tined cultivator, but it mixes and crumbles more intensively in the process. The symmetrical arrangement of the discs in each row enables working without lateral pull, even at high driving speeds. The angle of the discs of 20° to the soil and the inclined position to the direction of travel by 16° provide optimum penetration and enable cultivation over the whole width from a working depth of 3’’. The legs are specially curved and coiled, and thus ensure maximum clearance between the discs. This prevents clogging, along with the slight offset of the middle discs. Because of the higher forward speed with lower slipping compared to tined cultivators, the Rubin 12 by Lemken is capable of providing higher acreage performance with lower fuel consumption.

An impact harrow behind the first row of discs provides intensive mixing and crumbling, while a levelling harrow behind the second row ensures optimal soil distribution and perfect levelling. Both harrows have a central depth adjustment with an innovative self-locking mechanism, so that no locking device is required.

In the mounted version, the Rubin 12 can be equipped with a depth and transport wheel, which loads the front tractor axle when the implement is lifted. This makes the machine stable during road transport and easy to manoeuvre at the headlands. Here, a new semi-mounted system is used that lifts the implement without an additional control unit solely through activation of the three-point linkage, and transfers the weight of the roller onto the depth and transport wheel. Therefore, there are no more obstacles for using heavy rollers to achieve better reconsolidation.

The Rubin 12 is suitable both for stubble cultivation and for primary soil tillage, even under the heaviest soil conditions. Also larger amounts of organic matter can be intensively and especially evenly incorporated into the soil. It is available as a mounted rigid version with working widths of 10’ – 13’, and as a hydraulic folding implement in semi-mounted versions with 13’ – 20’ working width.

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As a specialist in professional crop cultivation, LEMKEN is one of Europe’s leading companies with more than 1,100 employees worldwide and sales in excess of 360 million euros. Founded in 1780 as a foundry, the family company now has sites at its German headquarters in Alpen, as well as in Foehren and Meppen (Germany) and in Nagpur (India), where it produces premium quality high performance agricultural machines for tillage, sowing and crop protection. We are constantly working on innovations that bring maximum benefit to our customers. Further information about LEMKEN is available on our homepage www.lemken.com.

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Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. (MCAG) and BASF sign agreement for new insecticide http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140611/mitsui-chemicals-agro-inc-mcag-and-basf-sign-agreement-for-new-insecticide http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140611/mitsui-chemicals-agro-inc-mcag-and-basf-sign-agreement-for-new-insecticide#Comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:43:57 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014140619961 Tokyo, Japan and Limburgerhof, Germany, June 11, 2014 – Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. (MCAG) and BASF announced today the signing of an exclusive global development and license agreement for a new insecticide (MCAG’s development code “MCI-8007”).

Under the terms of the agreement, MCAG has granted BASF a worldwide, exclusive license to commercialize the new insecticide, except in Japan and some other countries where MCAG will hold the exclusive and/or co-exclusive rights.  

Featuring a new mode of action, the active ingredient will provide growers and pest management professionals with a unique and attractive solution. It will also be an important rotation partner in managing insect resistance.

Intended use applications for the new insecticide include leafy vegetables, fruiting vegetables, soybeans and other legumes, cotton, corn and rice as well as urban pest control settings. It will control many problematic insects, including caterpillars and beetles in specialty and row crops as well as termites, ants, cockroaches and flies in the professional pest management market.

“BASF is committed to delivering innovative insect control solutions to growers and pest management professionals. This new, highly-effective active ingredient enhances BASF’s insecticide pipeline, providing complementary chemistry to our current and future solutions,” said Markus Heldt, President of BASF’s Crop Protection division.

“This new molecule was discovered by MCAG. We are very glad that the joint development has been started with BASF on a global basis. MCAG believes that this new insecticide can contribute to the improvement in food production and living environment in the world,” said Takehiko Kanai, President of MCAG.

Both companies intend to develop unique formulations for specific markets and applications. Significant research over the next three years will continue, with the first registration submission in 2016 for Japan, with other markets following in 2017.

The agreement remains subject to relevant governmental approvals. Additional details of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Mitsui Chemicals

Mitsui Chemicals (Tokyo:4183, ISIN:JP3888300005), which traces its roots back to 1912, has an annual sales of US$ 15,660 million in the fiscal year ending March 2014 and more than 135 companies with 14,500 employees in 27 countries. As one of Japan’s leading chemical companies, Mitsui Chemicals contributes broadly to society by providing high-quality products and services to customers through innovations and creation of materials and products while keeping in harmony with the global environment. Mitsui Chemicals’ business portfolio includes healthcare, automotive materials, food packaging, energy, agrochemicals, and others.

Mitsui Chemicals’ global agrochemical business is operated by its 100% subsidiary, Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. who supplies innovative agrochemicals for crop protection and pest management. The company always stands for customer’s view, offers “Very safe”, “Highly functional”, and “Environmentally friendly” products and services, and contributes to the sustainable agriculture.
Latest group news can be found at www.mitsuichem.com.

About BASF’s Crop Protection division

With sales of more than €5.2 billion in 2013, BASF’s Crop Protection division provides innovative solutions in crop protection, seed treatment and biological control as well as solutions to manage water, nutrients and plant stress. Its portfolio also includes products for turf and ornamental plants, pest control and public health. BASF’s Crop Protection division is a leading innovator that supports growers to optimize agricultural production, improve their business efficiency and enhance the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com or through our social media channels.

About BASF

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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BASF announces investments and new products for North American agriculture http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140611/basf-announces-investments-and-new-products-for-north-american-agriculture http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140611/basf-announces-investments-and-new-products-for-north-american-agriculture#Comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:41:26 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014140619962 Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, June 11, 2014 – BASF today announced new investments and solutions that will help growers and partners in North America drive yields and efficiency. BASF will invest more than €200 million ($270 million) to expand production capacity for key herbicides dicamba and DMTA at the Beaumont, Texas site as well as upgrade production at the Hannibal, Missouri site. With capacities expected to be on line in 2016/17, the expansions will serve to meet the growing demand for BASF’s diverse herbicide portfolio, which features nine different modes of action and multi-year rotational plans in order to ensure effective, flexible and durable weed control. BASF is evaluating additional investments as part of its plan to spend approximately €1.8 billion between 2014 and 2018 to increase production of its crop protection products worldwide.  

The investments coincide with the planned launch of more than 20 different innovations for the agricultural industry from BASF’s R&D pipeline in North America, highlighted by an advanced dicamba formulation, Engenia™ herbicide. Starting in 2015, Engenia will help growers to control resistant weeds in key row crops and also serve as a key component of dicamba/glyphosate-tolerant cropping systems.

“The North American market has seen many challenges along with great opportunities in the past few years,” said Markus Heldt, President of BASF’s Crop Protection division. “We are committed to investing in R&D, production and personnel in North America, so that we can deliver effective and efficient solutions for growers and our retailer customers.”

Additional innovations include the miticides Nealta® for specialty crops and Sultan™ for turf and ornamentals, which provide effective residual control of mites at all life stages. From Functional Crop Care’s R&D platform, BASF will provide from 2015 onwards a new family of seed coating products based on Xemium® fungicide as well as Limus® urease inhibitor. Limus provides optimal nitrogen availability during crops’ critical growth stages and also contributes to better environmental outcomes by helping to reduce nitrogen losses in the field.

Plant Science shows promising results

In the area of plant biotechnology, BASF Plant Science is moving ahead with several promising projects. These include the 2013 launch by Monsanto of Genuity® DroughtGard® Hybrids, a drought-tolerant corn variety developed in collaboration with Monsanto. BASF is also initiating the first field trials for its fungal resistance project, which is designed to address stalk rot in corn through innovative trait technology.
“BASF Plant Science stands on three strong pillars including yield increase and stress tolerance, herbicide tolerance, and fungal resistance,” said Peter Eckes, President of BASF Plant Science. “We continue to focus on collaborating with key partners in order to prepare the next generation of innovations for agriculture.”

Innovation Specialists focus on customer needs

Since 2010, BASF has expanded its in-field staff by 150 experts in North America, highlighted by the Innovation Specialist advisory program initiated in 2012. Innovation Specialists provide direct agronomic and decision support for the newest technologies available from BASF. Currently, BASF employees work directly with more than 30,000 growers and 11,000 retail partners in North America, meaning that BASF team members now provide expertise and tailored solutions for over 84 million acres of agricultural production in the region.

“Supporting our customers is our number one priority, and we continually collaborate with them to address the issues that matter most,” said Nevin McDougall, Senior Vice President, BASF Crop Protection North America. “That means helping growers and retail customers improve output, care for their natural resources and support their local communities.”   

About BASF's Crop Protection division

With sales of more than €5.2 billion in 2013, BASF's Crop Protection division provides innovative solutions in crop protection, seed treatment and biological control as well as solutions to manage water, nutrients and plant stress. Its portfolio also includes products for turf and ornamental plants, pest control and public health. BASF's Crop Protection division is a leading innovator that supports growers to optimize agricultural production, improve their business efficiency and enhance the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com or through our social media channels.

About BASF Plant Science

BASF Plant Science – a BASF group company – is one of the world’s leading companies providing innovative plant biotechnology solutions for agriculture. BASF Plant Science is helping farmers meet the growing demand for improved agricultural productivity and healthier nutrition. BASF Plant Science is where Innovation Yields Results and has developed an unparalleled gene discovery platform focusing on yield and quality traits in crops such as corn, soybean and rice. Jointly with leading partners in the seed industry BASF Plant Science is commercializing its products. Current projects include higher yielding row crops and higher content of specific omega-3’s (EPA/DHA) in oil crops for preventing cardiovascular diseases. Further information on BASF Plant Science is available on the Internet at www.basf.com/plantscience.

About BASF

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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LOCAL BRANCH MANAGER RECEIVES CERTIFICATION IN ADVANCED TRAINING http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140609/local-branch-manager-receives-certification-in-advanced-training http://www.capitalpress.com/Advertising/Press_Releases/20140609/local-branch-manager-receives-certification-in-advanced-training#Comments Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:18:18 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014140609859 CLEARY BUILDING CORP. would like to congratulate Stacy Smith, Branch Manager, Hermiston, OR, sales and construction office, on receiving his Masters of Branch Administration certification from Steel Wood University.


Steel Wood University is an extensive training program designed to teach both new and veteran employees the fundamentals of success at Cleary Building Corp. The week long course includes training on leadership, accountability and customer service.


Cleary Building Corp. is a nation-wide leader in customized pre-engineered buildings. Building applications include commercial, residential, suburban, farm and equine facilities along with metal roofing and re-roofs. The buildings consist of a wood frame with pre-painted steel panels used for roofing and siding. Cleary Building Corp. is proud to offer a lifetime paint warranty. This type of building provides for a long-lasting, low-maintenance and cost effective structure.

Cleary Building Corp. is a family-owned company in business since 1978! The corporate office and manufacturing plant are located in Verona, WI. Additional manufacturing facilities are located in Grand Island, NE and Hazelton, ID. Cleary Building Corp. employs over 800 full-time employees throughout the United States at its 81 offices.

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