Equipment

Spray drift: A serious problem you can manage

By Erdal Ozkan

Spray drift not only result in wasting expensive pesticides and pollution of the environment, it may damage non-target crops nearby, and poses a serious health risk to people living in areas where drift is occurring. Drift happens! It accounts for about half of all non-compliance cases investigated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

As you know, we are experiencing an unusual weather situation in Ohio and several other Corn Belt states this year. Wet fields have delayed planting of corn and soybeans delayed or, in some cases, forced farmers to abandon it altogether looking for alternatives such as planting cover crops. Either situation presents added caution when applying herbicides in terms of spray drift, which is defined as movement of pesticides by wind from the application site to an off-target site during, or soon after, application is done. When the same types of crops, such as genetically modified (GM) beans, or non-GM beans are planted in neighboring fields, herbicide drifting from one field to another may not show injury symptoms.… Continue reading

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Participate in a study to identify major barriers to precision agriculture technology adoption

By John FultonElizabeth HawkinsAmanda DouridasHanna Bond, Ohio State University Extension

The Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (FABE) is looking for farmers, consultants, and other individuals who work alongside farmers to participate in a survey aimed at identifying major barriers that row crop farmers, consultants, and other personnel involved in crop production face when adopting precision agriculture technologies. Eligible participants must have row cropping operations in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas or preform consulting tasks or other tasks for famers who have row crop operations within the states stated above.  

Participants who are interested in participating are required to take the survey found with the link here: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_201lPMuZxRSESge. You will have six weeks from April 25, 2022 to June 15, 2022 to respond to the survey.… Continue reading

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Salford Group to be acquired by Linamar Corporation

Salford Group Inc., a global leader in high-quality tillage and application equipment has announced it will be acquired by Linamar Corporation, an advanced manufacturing company based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The purchase is expected to close during the second quarter of 2022, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the receipt of required regulatory approval. 

The acquisition of the Salford will expand Linamar’s agriculture’s portfolio, which is currently anchored by MacDon Industries Limited. Aside from MacDon, Linamar is steeped in agricultural manufacturing history, having owned White Farm Equipment in the 1980’s along with Western Combine, who manufactured combines under the Massy Ferguson brand in the 1990’s. Linamar’s OROS Division in Eastern Europe also manufactures combine corn and sunflower headers under the MacDon and OROS brands.

“We are very excited to join the Linamar family,” said Geof Gray, President of Salford Group. “Linamar and MacDon both have excellent reputations in the industry and we believe the combination of our resources, our respective brand strengths and distribution networks will enable Salford to compete and innovate at a higher level with greater market coverage, delivering even more value to dealers and farmers.” … Continue reading

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Winter meeting highlights from Ohio State’s Precision Ag Corner

By John Fulton

Spring has arrived and attention has turned to planting and spraying. It was great be back in-person for many of the winter meetings. It was refreshing to see people and get to visit in-person about crop production topics and what is front of mind for farmers and consultants. What stuck out was that increasingly, farmers across the United States are finding more ways to deploy technology in their fields and within their farm operation. While there were many discussions on various precision agriculture topics, here are three topics within crop production that stuck out.

Automation

Ag technology have been providing precision ag hardware and sensors for a few decades now. Much of this technology has been used to automate functionality of farm machines taking responsibilities off the machine operator allowing them to focus on important aspects of field operations. The question for several years has been: when will we see full-automation or robots in our fields?… Continue reading

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Five tips for planning an efficient grain system

Farmers work hard all season to get the most yield on every acre. Jay McGahey, GSI regional sales director, said a well-planned grain system is essential to protect stored grain quality, promote efficiency and help avoid any safety issues.

McGahey offers five key factors to consider when designing a new grain system. 

  1. Location — If possible, locate a grain system near a state highway or other major roadway to be able to haul grain year-round without road restrictions. “In addition, having a system in close proximity to your fields will reduce transportation time and fuel costs and can also lead to a cut in the number of trucks your operation needs,” he said.
  • Future expansion — Grain yields have been increasing in recent years, requiring more storage. Planning for growth upfront will lead to better decisions about current as well as future equipment needs — including the number and capacity of grain bins, conveyors and dryers that will be needed.
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AGCO’s Fendt Rogator 900 Series Applicator wins 2022 Davidson Prize

The Fendt Rogator 900 Series Applicator has been awarded the prestigious Davidson Prize for agricultural engineering excellence.

The Davidson Prize is awarded by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) to their three top-scoring AE50 winners that represents the best of each year’s new products. The Fendt Rogator, along with seven other AGCO products, was awarded an AE50 award in November 2021.

“Fendt is sincerely honored and very proud of this award,” said Greg Pumo, marketing director, application equipment, Fendt® North America. “The Fendt Rogator exemplifies the qualities recognized by the Davidson Prize — breakthrough innovations and engineering excellence that benefit our farmers and retail operators. Fendt’s design teams relied on tremendous voice-of-customer input and AGCO’s historic application experience to produce a revolutionary solution that provides year-round capabilities without compromises and ROI for a value that’s very unique in the industry.”

The Fendt Rogator 900 Series is a self-propelled, rear-mounted boom applicator with one-button adjustable height and the ability to transform between liquid, dry pneumatic, and dry spinner delivery systems in as little as two hours.… Continue reading

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Apple Farm Service Ride-N-Drive

Apple Farm Service is organizing a Ride-N-Drive event, to be held at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima April 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Washington Court House May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This is the perfect event to test-drive equipment with no strings attached. There will be knowledgeable professionals on standby to assist and answer any questions. Test ride the full lineup of Kioti tractors and utility vehicles, Bad Boy mowers, Grasshopper mowers, Exmark mowers (Exmark is exclusively at Washington Courthouse location), and dozens of attachments that Apple Farm Service has to offer. Bring family members too for a free cookout, music, games, and prizes!

“We’re so excited to bring the Ride-N-Drive to Allen and Fayette County this spring,” said Kent Holmes marketing manager. “We’ve done this set-up before with our Covington store and had a blast!”

Each fairground will be left un-mowed, giving attendees the perfect conditions to try out each zero-turn around trees, poles, and other obstacles. … Continue reading

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Sprayer calibration (even with a rate controller)

By Erdal Ozcan, Ohio State University Extension

Whenever I give a presentation about the need to calibrate a sprayer and how to do it, there is always someone asking me this same question: “I have a rate controller in the cab that regulates the flow rate of the sprayer regardless of the changes in sprayer ground speed. I just enter the gallons per acre application rate, and the controller does the rest, just like a cruise control in a car. So, should I still calibrate the sprayer? The answer is, Yes, a calibration should be done. Although the rate controllers do an excellent job with regulating the flow rate of nozzles to keep the application rate constant regardless of the changes in travel speed, a manual calibration at least once a year is needed for two reasons: 1) to ensure the rate controller is functioning properly, 2) the rate controller is not forced to operate outside the pressure operating range for the nozzles on the sprayer boom.… Continue reading

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Kinze to introduce new 3505 high-speed planter for 2023

Kinze Manufacturing will introduce its new 3505 True Speed high-speed planter for the 2023 season, providing advanced technology and improved productivity on smaller farms or small fields.

“The 3505 pivot fold planter is the newest addition to Kinze’s True Speed high-speed planter lineup,” said Susanne Veatch, Kinze president. “It is simple to operate, high-performing and offered with or without split 8-row 30″ and 6-row 30″ configurations.”

With Kinze’s True Speed technology, consisting of a high-speed seed meter and seed tube, the 3505 enables farmers to plant at speeds up to 12 miles per hour, doubling the amount of acres they can cover in a typical day without compromising singulation accuracy or spacing.

Performance is optimized with Kinze’s Blue Vantage display with shared coverage data and up to four planter-mounted cameras. The 3505 also features Kinze’s Blue Drive electric drive and True Depth hydraulic down force for accurate seed placement to maximize performance and productivity.… Continue reading

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LLCs for farm machinery, not the liability barrier you might think

By Robert Moore, Attorney, OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program

A common business strategy for farming operations is to place their machinery in a separate, stand-alone LLC. The idea behind this strategy is that by putting the high-liability machinery in its own LLC the other farm assets are protected. Unfortunately, the liability protection of a machinery LLC is sometimes overstated and may not provide as much protection as intended.

The compromised liability protection of a machinery LLC is not due to a defect in LLCs, but rather it is a result of who is operating the machinery. Typically, the persons operating the machinery are the owners or employees of the farming operation. Many liability incidents involving farm machinery are the result of operator error which pulls the liability back to the farming operation.

Consider the following example. XYZ Farms is a grain operation. To mitigate the liability of having large machinery traveling on roadways, XYZ Farms establishes Machinery LLC and transfers all machinery to the LLC.… Continue reading

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Apple Farm Service Open House March 4

Apple Farm Service is holding their open house event with a day of fun and food at their Washington Court House location on Thursday, March 4.

“Come hungry,” said Matt Apple, store manager and vice-president, “Chris Cakes will be serving his famous pancakes and sausage from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you’ve never heard of Chris Cakes, you’re in for a treat! Chris is known for throwing his pancakes for hungry patrons to catch on their plates. Of course, you don’t have to catch your pancake, but it’s a fun challenge to see!”

Along with a hearty breakfast, Apple Farm Service will be offering free prize giveaways, music, games, and a chance to meet with area equipment specialists.

“This is a great time to stop in and meet the entire Washington Court House team,” said Kent Holmes, marketing manager for Apple Farm Service. “It’s also a great time to get all your equipment and parts questions answered.… Continue reading

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Great Plains expands seeding solutions with New 50-foot BD7600 Drill

Two years after introducing the revolutionary BD7600 Box Drill line to the market, Great Plains is expanding its seeding solutions with the introduction of the new 50-foot BD7600. Based on producer feedback and industry demand, the BD7600 has received enhancements like the addition of a 50-foot model size, hydraulic drive with DrillCommand capabilities, an exclusive Great Plains Metering System, and a durable, field-tested design. 

Now available in widths from 26 feet to 50 feet, the BD7600 also provides producers industry-leading box capacity with up to 3.8 bushels per foot — over 180-bushel capacity for the 50-foot model. 

With the increase in working width and box capacity, the 50-foot BD7600 brings productivity and efficiency together to improve producer profitability. Whether producers need a simple-to-operate, ground drive unit or a technologically-advanced, hydraulic drive unit to overcome field variability, the new BD7600 50-foot sets each operator up for success,”said Sterling Stepp, Great Plains Associate Product Manager.… Continue reading

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Case IH Introduces Precision Disk 550 Series air drill

Complete with greater tank capacity, a superior parallel-link row unit and new productivity-enhancing features, the Precision Disk 550 air drill is designed to boost yield potential in a variety of crops and tillage practices. Available to order for spring 2023, the new model will help producers get the most out of every seed.

“We continue to hear from growers — they need added capacity to get more seeding done in a day,” said Trent Nowosad, Case IH marketing manager for seeding equipment. “Case IH engineered the Precision Disk 550 air drill to meet this demand, with agronomically designed features to boost producers’ bottom lines.”   

Built on Agronomic Design principles, the Precision Disk 550 series row unit maintains an industry-leading parallel-link design with new features and enhancements to boost performance. A new closing system with indexable angle adjustments delivers effective seed trench closing, no matter the conditions — from conventional to no-till. Angle adjustments are simple, with indexed settings from 0 to 13 degrees to match your fields.… Continue reading

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Bazooka Farmstar announces new agitation solution

At the 2022 Iowa Pork Congress Bazooka Farmstar announced the release of and showcased its latest addition to their agitation product category: the Renegade agitation trailer.

Over the last 45+ years, the manure handling equipment manufacturer has been recognized primarily for delivering progressive solutions to the marketplace, specifically for the injection segment of the manure management process. Bazooka Farmstar has recently and proudly introduced its newest product category within the agitation segment. The first product introduced in the category was their dual articulating propeller-based Wolverine Series agitation boat that quickly gained industry acceptance. The manufacturer is confident the Renegade agitation trailer will follow suit from the positive performance remarks they have received from their early adopters. 

The Renegade has been designed in collaboration with experienced end-users to provide an agitation solution that is efficient and overall easy to use. This trailer-bound agitation solution is compact, making transport and set up on the job site quick and simple.… Continue reading

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AGCO agrees to acquire Appareo Systems

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology, announced an agreement to acquire Appareo Systems, LLC, a leader in software engineering, hardware development and electronic manufacturing. The acquisition is expected to close in January 2022.

Appareo, based in Fargo, North Dakota, specializes in the research, development, design, and manufacture of tangible technology that utilizes A.I., mechatronics, and innovative electronics designed to deliver exceptional customer value. The solutions Appareo has delivered are focused on communication, monitoring, sensing, tracking and controlling devices and systems used in the agricultural and aviation industries as well as other off-road businesses.

“Appareo has developed a world-class organization with exceptional capabilities to solve highly complex customer problems in emerging technology areas,” said Eric Hansotia, AGCO’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We see Appareo as a great addition to support delivering high quality, smart solutions to our farmers to maximize both their user experience and profitability.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Equipment to expand CLAAS brand throughout Ohio

Ohio Ag Equipment has expanded its brand lineup at 3 of its locations to now include CLAAS combines. 

Ohio Ag Equipment has proudly represented the CLAAS brand in Ohio for many years at the Napoleon, Millersburg, Upper Sandusky and Washington Court House locations. The CLAAS combine will now also be represented and supported at the New London, Lima and Salem, Ohio locations. With the addition of the CLAAS brand, these 3 locations will now be able to sell, service and provide parts support. 

For 25 years, the CLAAS combine has been an engineered mix of efficiency, precision, and convenience all in a reliable and easily-maintained package. 

“Ohio farmers know they can count on Ohio Ag Equipment for top-of-the-line products and service and the CLAAS combine is no exception,” said Mike Mampieri, General Manager. “With this expansion, we are better equipped to service our CLAAS combine customers throughout Ohio.” … Continue reading

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The advent of automation

By Matt Reese

This fall, Dale Minyo was in the cab of a tractor pulling a grain cart, but he was not driving. No one was.

Minyo was at a Raven OMNiDRIVE autonomous grain cart system field demonstration outside of Minster with Precision Agri Services, Inc. Paul Bruns, sales specialist for Raven, gave an overview of the scenario leading up to the development of the system.

“Raven acquired two companies back in 2019 that started to build the pathway toward autonomy. The acquisitions of Smart Ag and DOT Technology Corporation have started to pave the way to bridge that labor gap and move faster into autonomy. Realistically what we are trying to do is solve the labor constraints we’ve got. It doesn’t matter where I have been throughout the country, good help is getting harder and harder all the time to find on the farm. We are trying to find the best way to reallocate the resources and people we have to let technology handle some of the more mundane tasks and let the individual do a more highly valued skill that may take some customization,” Bruns said.… Continue reading

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Prevent combine fires during fall harvest

By Dee JepsenWayne Dellinger, CCA, Ohio State University Extension

Autumn weather conditions have led to an increase in combine fires. Two recommendations to prevent injuries and property damage include: preventative maintenance and pre-planning for fire emergencies. 

Ohio ranks fourth in the nation for combine fires. Other states leading the list include Minnesota (1st), Iowa (2nd), Illinois (3rd), Kansas (5th), Nebraska (6th) and South Dakota (7th). 

The majority of harvester fires start in the engine compartment. Contributing factors for heat sources include faulty wiring, over-heated bearings, leaking fuel or hydraulic oil. The dry crop residue makes a ready source for rapid combustion to occur when the machine is operated in the field. Birds and wildlife are known to make nests in the engine compartment or exhaust manifolds – which can add fuel sources for unsuspecting combine operators.… Continue reading

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Five tillage tool maintenance tips

Harvest is here, and equipment is being prepared for another fall in the field. While the focus is on combining and yields, it is never too early to start thinking about prepping the seedbed for spring planting. Fall tillage offers a head start on preparing the perfect seedbed for planters in the spring. But before heading out to the field one last time this fall, make sure your equipment has been properly maintained and checked over.

When it comes to tillage tool management, a little goes a long way. Proper maintenance and regular checkups on tillage equipment can be the difference between minor tune-ups or costly repair bills. 

Here are 5 quick tips to do before heading to the field this fall.

  1. Do a full machine walk around, checking for leaks and cracks on the frame of the machine as well as the hoses and bearings. Neglecting this important step could lead to much larger problems and bigger repair bills down the road.
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New Case IH VT-Flex 435 vertical tillage tool ?

Available for fall 2022, the VT-Flex 435 vertical tillage tool from Case IH offers simple, variable gang angle adjustments, allowing producers to meet the soil management needs of any field with greater flexibility and precision. With adjustments that can be performed on the go and a rugged, durable design built to withstand tough conditions, this vertical tillage tool is ideal for mixed farms and small to midsize grain operations. The VT-Flex 435 is available in widths 11 to 25 feet.

“This addition to the Case IH lineup is designed with the agronomic features needed to match a wide variety of soil management requirements,” said Chris Lursen, Case IH tillage marketing manager. “Whether a producer is looking to size residue and preserve soils — or mix even the most stubborn crop residue — effective field preparation is made simple with fast, easy gang angle adjustments.” 

Agronomic flexibility is a core design feature of the VT-Flex 435 vertical tillage tool, which helps producers achieve optimal field conditions with simple, variable gang angle adjustments.… Continue reading

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