Check out some of the latest equiptment on the agriculture market this summer.

Check out some of the latest equiptment on the agriculture market this summer.


Utility vehicle

Maker/dealer: John Deere’s Gator line

Price: $6,500 to $13,000

What it does: Not a recreational vehicle but a hard-working  “miniature truck,” as one dealer put it. The vehicle’s 1,200-pound carrying capacity makes it a modern workhorse. Some Midwestern farmers even employed them as emergency planters during an especially wet spring when heavier equipment couldn’t handle the muddy fields.

‘Triple stack’ corn seed

Maker/dealer: Various including Monsanto, Pioneer, Syngenta and others

Price: $175 to $225 for bag weighing from 38 to 55 pounds (depending on size and weight of seed)

What it does: Genetically-enhanced corn seed that contains herbicide as well as pesticide aimed at stopping the European corn borer and the corn rootworm.

All-Terrain Vehicle

Maker/dealer: Honda

Price: Prices vary on different models but the heavy-duty TRX500 model ranges in price between $5,299 and $6,499

What it does: ATVs have become increasingly popular among farmers — not just as runabouts on the farm but doing serious hauling and other jobs.

Fertilizer

Maker/dealer: Mosaic

Price: $1,000 a ton

What it does: The most popular fertilizer in the nation, tailored for corn. The phosphate/potash mix often goes by the brand name, “DAP.” Farmers usually buy a blended mix from dealers.

Tractor

Maker/dealer: John Deere

Price: Ranging from $130,000 to $200,000 for Deere’s 8000 generation tractor

What it does: The modern workhouse tractor of the day. A John Deere dealer in Illinois said the company can’t keep up with demand right now.

Planter

Maker/dealer: Various including John Deere

Price: Depends on size but the Deere CCS line ranges from $70,000 to $180,000

What it does: As farmers look for ways to be more efficient and work faster, they’re heavying up on the size of their planters. Many are upgrading from eight-row planters to 16-row (and larger) models.