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Here’s a roundup of new mowing tools from the National Farm Machinery Show.

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There’s no secret that around the farm plants grow, and that’s a great factor when you’re talking about crops. But when it comes to keeping ditches, pastures and the farmstead cleaned up, that means cutting that growth.

Today’s range of mowing options — from PTO-powered mowers for big jobs to ride-on machines that offer new features — can be mind-boggling. In this roundup, a trip around the show floor at the National Farm Machinery Show offered a range of new options.

From deck redesigns for better product flow, as RhinoAg has done, to new zero-turn machines that fit into close quarters, as shown from Exmark: Buyers have a fair share of options. Matching up the machine to your task may require a little homework. What’s offered here is a start, along with links to company information.

About the Author(s)

Austin Keating

Associate Editor, Prairie Farmer

Austin Keating is the newest addition to the Farm Progress editorial team working as an associate editor for Prairie Farmer magazine. Austin was born and raised in Mattoon and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in journalism. Following graduation in 2016, he worked as a science writer and videographer for the university’s supercomputing center. In June 2018, Austin obtained a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he was the campus correspondent for Planet Forward and a Comer scholar.

Austin is passionate about distilling agricultural science as a service for readers and creating engaging content for viewers. During his time at UI, he won two best feature story awards from the student organization JAMS — Journalism Advertising and Media Students — as well as a best news story award.

Austin lives in Charleston. He can sometimes be found at his family’s restaurant the Alamo Steakhouse and Saloon in Mattoon, or on the Embarrass River kayaking. Austin is also a 3D printing and modeling hobbyist.

Willie Vogt

Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology for more than 40 years, with most of that time as editorial director for Farm Progress. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied.

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