Equipment

Case IH adds new configurations to seeding and planting portfolios

Case IH is expanding the lineups of Precision Disk 500 series air drills and 2000 series Early Riser® planters with two new configurations. A new single-rank configuration with 15-inch spacing is available for the Precision Disk 500T single disk air drill — an ideal option for soybean seeding and other specialty crops in both no-till and conventional tillage fields. For the 2130 Early Riser stack-fold planter, a new 18-row configuration with 30-inch spacing will help producers cover more acres.

New configuration of Precision Disk 500T single disk air drill 

Built on Agronomic Design principles, Precision Disk 500 series air drills are known to deliver highly accurate seed placement regardless of tillage, residue or cropping practices to give each plant the best start possible. The new soybean special configuration available for the 500T model offers a single-rank design with a mounted tank, giving producers a simple, yet effective and efficient, seeding solution.… Continue reading

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Fendt debuting five new machines in Virtual Product Preview August 21

AGCO Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, hosted dealers and media this week to celebrate its greatly expanded Fendt distribution network and introduce five new products to North America. The public may tune in for a virtual preview of the new Class 10 combine and expanded offering of tractors during a virtual product preview at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Friday, August 21. Registration is now available at www.fendt.com/us/.

“These exciting new Fendt offerings represent the next chapter for AGCO, our growing dealer network and, most importantly, our current and soon-to-be customers,” said Bob Crain, senior vice president and general manager for AGCO North America. “For the first time, we’re offering a comprehensive line of Fendt tractors in North America to serve the needs of livestock and hay producers and those with large-acreage crop operations.

“Fendt represents excellence, efficiency, reliability, quality and passion to AGCO, our dealers and our customers.… Continue reading

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Less grain in the field with the Bushel Plus System

The Bushel Plus System has revolutionized the process of checking for harvest-loss with the ability to quantify grain loss and calibrate the loss monitor faster and safer.

“It has been featured on the television program CORN WARRIORS USA,” said Dave Burgei, S.I. Distributing, Spencerville, Ohio. “It is proven for soybeans, and small grain such as wheat, oats, barley, canola and rice, as well as corn.”

Burgei reported farmers have have saved anywhere from 2% to more than 10%, when they used the Bushel Plus system. Burgei listed the four steps in the Bushel Plus process.

1) Magnetic system attaches to any combine.

2) The drop pan can be released remotely.

3) The sample is cleaned within seconds with the optional Bushel Plus Air Separator

4) The grain is weighed with the Bushel Plus scale and quantify results with the Bushel Plus app

The Bushel Plus drop pan system attaches magnetically to the underside of the combine.… Continue reading

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Case IH offering financing options during tough times

The world of farm equipment has changed with the struggling agricultural economy. Case IH, through CNH Industrial Capital, now offers a range of financing programs for equipment purchases, including 0 payments and 0% interest until 2022 offer to provide options to help farmers navigate the challenging times.

Scott Harris, VP North America for Case IH, said this is not a new program, but the offer has been expanded to support customers during these unprecedented times.

“This financing program not only gives farmers the ability to continue their essential day-to-day practices, but it also provides them with the flexibility to upgrade their fleet to brand-new equipment, helping maximize their yields. This program helps keep farmers highly productive and gets them through two harvests without having to pay,” Harris said. “In addition, Case IH has taken added steps to provide financial assistance and programs for producers. For example, the CNH Industrial Capital team is working with those who are having financial difficulties on account of the current environment and offering solutions such as flexible re-structures and new terms. … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s autonomy technology in use today

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field Leader: a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff

The fall of 2019 was not an ordinary harvest for Charlie Troxell of Clark County. Working with Precision Agri Services, Troxell was aided in completing harvest by Smart Ag’s Autonomous Grain Cart.

“Precision agriculture is constantly changing. Autonomy is just one aspect of precision ag Autonomy is here to stay,” said Bill Lehmkuhl, owner of Precision Agri Service in Minster. “There are two forms of autonomy in use. One form is common, and most farmers do not even realize they are using it. The second, which includes driverless vehicles, is improving and we are in the early stages of adoption.”

Farmers should think of autonomy on three levels.

“The first level that most farmers are already using and don’t even realize includes combines that automatically adjust harvest settings on the go without the operator making any changes,” Lehmkuhl said.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Equipment to open new location in Lima

Ohio Ag Equipment will open a new store in Lima, Ohio, on Monday, May 4. The new location expands Ohio Ag Equipment’s service offering to seven locations, making them better equipped to provide Ohio’s agriculture industry with their exceptional line of equipment and product support.

The new facility is the only dealer in Ohio that has more than 100 acres of tillable ground dedicated to training, customer demonstrations and equipment testing.

“There is nothing more important than providing cost-effective, high-quality ag machinery to our hard-working agriculture and farming customers,” said Mike Mampieri, general manager. “Our priority also is making sure customers know how to operate equipment efficiently to ensure a productive, profitable business.”

On the nearly 200-acre campus, parent company Ohio Machinery Co. also operates The Cat Rental Store and an Ohio Peterbilt dealership across the street from Ohio Ag Equipment.

“Our new store and partner companies allow us to offer customers expanded opportunity, improved service and convenience,” Mampieri said.… Continue reading

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Spraying with drones

By John Fulton (Associate Professor), Chris Wiegman (graduate student), Erdal Ozkan ( Professor), and Scott Shearer (Professor), Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have become a common technology in agriculture. As of early 2019, there were around 1.3 million registered drones in the U.S. and over 116,000 registered drone operators within the commercial sector. Within agriculture, drones have been mainly used for scouting purposes. Today, uses of drones include collecting remotely sensed imagery, tissues samples, and water samples. Spraying with drones is also available through some manufacturers.

Drone spraying has been used Southeast Asian countries such as China, Japan and South Korea for several decades. In fact, the use of this type of spraying in Japan can be traced back to the 90s. Currently, we are seeing a significant increase in the number of drones used in these countries, mostly in rice production that requires applications done when the field is flooded with water, making entry of motorized vehicle to the field impractical.… Continue reading

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Time to stock up on nozzles, do you know which ones to buy?

By Erdal Ozkan

This is the time of the year you must complete shopping for nozzles because the spraying season is just around the corner. Although nozzles are some of the least expensive components of a sprayer, they hold a high value in their ability to influence sprayer performance. Nozzles help determine the gallon per acre. They also influence the droplet size, which plays a significant role in achieving improved penetration into crop canopy and better coverage on the target pest, both affect the efficacy we expect from pesticides applied.

When I get a question like, “What is the best nozzle I can buy?” my answer is: it depends on the job on hand. One nozzle may be best for a given application situation, but it may be the worst nozzle to use for another situation. Sometimes, the choice of nozzle may be determined by the requirements given on the pesticide label.… Continue reading

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Grain quality issues increase risk of farmer entrapment

Due to the late 2019 harvest, many farmers stored grain at higher than recommended moisture levels this fall. That increases the risk of entrapment if they enter their bins to check out grain quality issues or fix plugged augers, said Gary Woodruff, a grain conditioning expert with GSI.

Woodruff says grain stored above 15% moisture, often related to insufficient drying capacity or relying only on aeration, can cause it to degrade in the bin and become more susceptible to mold.

“Grain went into bins at a lower quality, higher moisture and with more fines this fall, which makes this year much more dangerous,” he said. “That’s why we always emphasize that farmers should never enter a bin when there is a risk of becoming entrapped.”

Woodruff recommends that farmers regularly check the quality of their grain this winter. In addition to grain monitoring controls, he says they should visually inspect their grain at least every other week.… Continue reading

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Ohio Machinery Co. marks 75th anniversary in 2020

Ohio Machinery Co. celebrates 75 years of equipment sales and service to customers throughout its business territory beginning February 2020. As a privately held, locally owned and operated company, Ohio Machinery Co. gained strength and size over time through its representation of premium products, ongoing dedicated leadership, and a strong commitment to customer service and product support excellence. Ohio Machinery Co. serves its product territories under several brand names, including Ohio CAT, The Cat Rental Store, Ohio Peterbilt, Ohio Ag Equipment, SITECH, Complete Hydraulic Service, International Fuel Systems, and Thomas Built Bus by Ohio CAT.

Founded in February 1945, Ohio Machinery Co. initially operated out of one location in Columbus with 39 employees. The following year, with 109 employees, the headquarters moved to Independence, Ohio in the Cleveland area. In 1971, due to continued growth and the need for more space, the headquarters moved to its current location in Broadview Heights.… Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Transportation issues proposed rule on remote ID for drones

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a proposed rule that would continue the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, into the nation’s airspace by requiring them to be identifiable remotely.

“Remote ID technologies will enhance safety and security by allowing the FAA, law enforcement, and Federal security agencies to identify drones flying in their jurisdiction,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The FAA seeks input on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Remote Identification (Remote ID) of UAS that today was published in the Federal Register. It is accompanied by comment period that closes March 2, 2020, to receive public feedback and help the FAA develop a final rule to enhance safety in the skies over the U.S.

“As a pilot, my eye is always on safety first,” said Steve Dickson, FAA Administrator. “Safety is a joint responsibility between government, pilots, the drone community, the general public and many others who make our nation so creative and innovative.”… Continue reading

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Reducing tire stubble damage

By James J. Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Tire damage from harvested crop residue is a major problem. Due to genetic modifications, higher corn populations with more stalks, and low cutting heights the shorter stiffer stubble causes tire damage. Stalks cut 3 inches to 5 inches high do not allow the tires to push the stalk over to minimize tire penetration, creating a “field of rebar” that the tires have to cross. The strength of the stalks combined with changing harvesting techniques, leave shorter stalks and increased tire wear and is especially prevalent with certain corn and soybean varieties.

Soil health can play an important role in stubble decomposition. Soil temperatures above 50 degrees F, adequate moisture, and healthy fungus speed up crop residue decomposition. Unfortunately, longer maturity crops, late harvest (colder temperatures), and fungicide application are negative factors in stubble decomposition. Utilizing early maturing crop varieties and limiting fungicide application helps decompose stubble.… Continue reading

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Ride and Drive Event at the Covington Apple Farm Service

The MANI-TOUR is coming to Apple Farm Service’s Covington location on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The MANI-TOUR is a ride and drive event featuring the latest agricultural handling solutions from Manitou and Gehl, including telehandlers, skid loaders, articulated loaders and track loaders. Join us anytime from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for an open house, lunch and plenty of opportunities to get behind the wheel and try out the equipment yourself.

“We’re excited to bring back the Mani-Tour,” said Bill Apple, president of Apple Farm Service. “This will be the third year we’ve hosted this event. We’ve been a Gehl dealership since our origins in 1956, and one of the first Manitou dealerships in the area. However, we find that a vast amount of operators in the area don’t understand the full versatility of these machines. The Mani-Tour is a great opportunity for any operator, farmer, or contractor to try out these efficient machines.”… Continue reading

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Bane-Welker Equipment now offers Ashland 1410E Ejector Scraper with Ag Cat 4 Hitch

Bane-Welker Equipment has been an official Ashland Industries dealer at all 13 Indiana and Ohio locations since 2017. They recently added a new product, which is first in its class.

The 1410E Ejector Ashland scraper is the fastest scraper in its class. Its rear load design allows to raise and lower the rear tires to control the depth of cut. Its modular design is precise, saves time during offload, offers two- or four-tire options, greaseless fiber bushings and is packed with features not found anywhere else. The scraper features a 10-foot width and is designed to fit 225 to 500 horsepower tractors.

“This is Cadillac of farm scrapers,” said Dallas Foster of Bane-Welker Equipment. “It’s faster. You can do more with it, and its priced right. I am excited to tell our customers about it. It’s the best option for farmers who want to move dirt faster without buying a construction hitch for tractor.… Continue reading

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How much do you value your data?

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field Leader

Ask an expert in the industry about the importance of calibrating yield monitors to collect harvest data and they will most likely tell you, “It’s about how much you value your data.” That was the response from Matt Liskai, owner of Green Field Ag in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Matt has been working with yield monitors and other precision agriculture equipment since they first came on the scene in the early 2000s.

“Everyone has a different philosophy when it comes to calibrating their yield monitor for harvest data,” Liskai said. “Some calibrate their yield monitors once a season, and some will calibrate for every field or variety. It’s about the value you place on the data you are collecting and the decisions you will make with it. You need to ask yourself how important is it that the data you collect is accurate?”

According to John Fulton, OSU Extension Specialist for Precision Ag, and Elizabeth Hawkins, OSU Extension Agronomic Systems Field Specialist, geo-referenced yield data (i.e.

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Space age crop production on planet Earth

By Peter Ling and Mary Wicks

Growing crops in a completely controlled environment would appear to address many of the challenges farmers face from variability in temperature and rainfall to infestations of insects and weeds. However, replicating the “bioregenerative support system” that is Earth, is not easy. As engineers and scientists work to create such a system that would allow for long-term space travel or living, they are developing technologies that are being used to increase crop production at home.

 

What is needed for a bioregenerative support system?

This artificial ecosystem needs to provide everything required by humans to sustain life. Plants are the crucial component. They produce the oxygen we breathe, assimilate the carbon dioxide we exhale, transpire the water that can be collected for drinking and other uses, and process wastewater and absorb nutrients through their rootzone. Finally, as a result of all these functions, plants produce the food and fiber we need.… Continue reading

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Creamer Farm Drainage cab cam 2019

2019 Cab Cam Series presented by Homan Incorporated finds Bart Johnson in the cab with Steve Creamer of Creamer Farm Drainage. Steve is working on waterways with a Wolverine “ditching” tool. Steve says this is one of the most impressive and efficient tools he has operated in his excavation business.
Time savings and precision… Continue reading

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Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc. unveils grain cart scale and data management system

Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc. recently unveiled its next generation UHarvest Pro grain cart scale and data management system at the 2019 Farm Progress Show. Using its exclusive dedicated ISOBUS connectivity, the Unverferth UHarvest Pro system provides users with the most robust and reliable harvest data recording without the need for extra cables, displays or batteries.

Developed in collaboration with Raven Industries, the UHarvest Pro system offers unrivaled connectivity to the grain cart. A Bluetooth connection built into the grain cart’s module seamlessly transfers data via cellular to any Android or IOS mobile device with the UHarvest Pro app. Users can connect to their free Slingshot account to automatically generate professional reports to send to their crop insurance adjuster, landlord, or other trusted partner.  Users can also merge and edit the data to suit their business needs.

The UHarvest Pro system can easily be set up to record data in grower, farm and field format. … Continue reading

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