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Landoll Corp. buys Beloit firm.

Landoll Corporation, which manufactures agricultural tillage equipment, trailers and forklifts, is serious about its recent foray into primary tillage equipment. It bought Icon Industries, located in Beloit, a few weeks ago. Terms are unknown.

  • Beloit, incidentally, is home to Sunflower Manufacturing. A few years several former Sunflower sales and engineering folks joined Landoll, and last year, the company unveiled its new lineup of tandem disks. More tillage equipment is forthcoming from Landoll, company officials told me at the fall farm shows…
  • Icon built pull-type earth movers, graders and other construction equipment at its Beloit plant. Landoll will continue manufacturing operations at the facility, according to the company…
  • Did you know Kansas is one of the nation's leading pecan-producing states? That reputation will be enhanced with the release of a new pecan varietal called "Lakota."…
  • Developed jointly by an Agricultural Research Service unit at College Station, Tex., and by K-State horticulturist Bill Reid, at Chetopa, Lakota is a high-yielding variety, with good scab resistance, early maturity and very good tree strength. Grafts of this new pecan will be available in limited quantities this fall…
  • Congratulations to Ron and Deb Ervin, owners of the Eureka Livestock Sale, who opened a new sale barn in October. The Ervins, owners since 1991, decided to replace an outdated building dating back to 1938. The base building is a 66X90-foot Morton steel building, with café, lobby and 200 seats; it also has pens for 2,000 cattle…
  • The Eureka Livestock Sale has its weekly sale on Thursdays. More than 50,000 cattle are sold each year, with regular customers from a 100-mile radius…
  • Kansans had a great showing at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last week (read more tomorrow on www.KansasFarmer.com). While they didn't get first place in the Chevron Tractor Restoration Competition, Cherryvale's Shane and Cory Blaes did get first runner-up for their 1956 John Deere 720, entered in the competition on behalf of the Cherryvale FFA…
  • Kids can cook with beef, too, as evidenced by the 2007 Kids in the Kitchen Beef Cookoff, held during the American Royal on Oct. 27. Participants were between the ages of 9-12, with an adult helper. Recipes had to contain eight or fewer ingredients, with total prep and cooking time less than 30 minutes…
  • Earning honors from Kansas were Tammy, Trenton and Taylor Goering, McPherson, first place, with Marinated Beef Kabobs; Grant and Sam Wuellner, Kansas City, third place, Bacon Swiss Burger Roll and Lisa Koehn-Daniels and Merit Koehn, Scott City, fourth place, Beef Taco Pizza. Recipes are available at www.kansasbeef.org.
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