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Top 10 tillage and planter trends of the year

At last year’s fall farm shows, we found a number of noticeable trends in equipment manufacturing. Tillage equipment took center stage at the demonstration fields, where showgoers got a look at new blades and configurations to handle tougher crop residue.

Planters got a lot of attention, too, because of all the talk about variable-rate seeding and even seed placement. Many manufacturers had planter meters set up to show new wiring and designs to ensure those things.

Interviews with manufacturers revealed some common themes in both product categories. Many equipment makers are cautiously optimistic about the market because of speculation about falling corn prices. But they are still riding the wave of a two-year stretch of high machinery sales, still well above the five-year average for tractors and combines, the two product categories tracked by Ag Equipment Manufacturers.

Some clear trends emerged among the bustle of customers, based on walk-bys and interviews with exhibitors. Here are 10 things you’ll see in planter and tillage equipment offerings this year.

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