Apple Farm Service Spring Sale

Apple Farm Service is excited to announce savings, helpful educational clinics, and time for the community to prepare for another year of productive farming with the upcoming annual Spring Super Sale.

This year’s Spring Super Sale will run Feb. 19 through March 8 at all five locations. As always, Apple Farm Service will be offering a 10% discount on parts when customers purchase with cash, credit card, or check. The annual sales catalog is available at The event also includes free educational clinics offered to all area farmers.

“The best part of our Spring Super sale is always getting area farmers connected to learn together for a more worry-free season. This year we’re eager to bring back the popular hay clinics, planting clinics, and a new telematics clinic,” said Kent Holmes, Marketing Manager.

Apple Farm Service will be offering a free educational clinic for those who own the following:

• New Holland Hay Equipment

• Kinze Planting Equipment

• Case IH Planting Equipment

• Telematics for 2018 and newer Case IH or New Holland tractors & combines.… Continue reading

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North Star Hardware & Implement Co. opened new service shop expansion

Dan Creager, Vice President and Service Manager of North Star Hardware & Implement Co., announced the new service shop is officially open and welcomed its first customer on January 18, 2024.

In May 2023, North Star Hardware & Implement Co. began constructing a service shop expansion to increase productivity and storage. The expansion includes a new 100-foot by 200-foot shop to house all service employees, an indoor pressure washing room, service offices, and a 90-foot by 100-foot warehouse to store parts and equipment.

“We are excited to start utilizing the new shop,” said Dan Creager, North Star Hardware & Implement Co. Service Manager. “This expansion will allow us to be fully equipped with up-to-date tools and technology to continue to provide top-tier service for our customers.”

North Star Hardware & Implement Co. is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

“Times are always changing, especially from 100 years ago to today,” Creager said.… Continue reading

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North Star Hardware & Implement Co. becomes a Fendt dealer

North Star Hardware & Implement Co. recently signed a contract with AGCO Corporation to become a dealer of their Fendt product line.

North Star Hardware & Implement Co. is one of a handful of dealers in Ohio that now carries AGCO’s Fendt brand. North Star Hardware will now be selling and servicing Fendt tractors, Ideal Combines, RoGator equipment, and Hesston hay and forage equipment in addition to their already diverse equipment options.

“We’re excited to expand our line of products for our customers,” said Kevin Selhorst, North

Star Hardware & Implement Co. Sales Manager. “We are getting ready to celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2024, and becoming a Fendt dealer is a great way to show that we are committed to adapting to the innovations in the agricultural industry and that we plan on being a steadfast business in our community for years to come.”

For 90 years, the Fendt brand has offered and continues to provide leading products, from tractors to harvesters and planters, to make farmers more successful.… Continue reading

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Highlights from the 2024 AE50 Awards

The prestigious AE50 awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)  recognize the industry’s top new products and services for remarkable innovation, significant engineering advancement and impact on their markets. In late 2023, the 2024 awards were announced. A panel of expert engineers meticulously selects the winners, using criteria that emphasize innovation, engineering advancement and market impact as the key determinants. Here are highlights of some the equipment recognized.

Case IH

Steiger 715 Quadtrac 
Case IH’s largest and most powerful tractor ever produced, the Steiger 715 Quadtrac delivers built-in power and speed to cover more ground in less time. The purpose built 715 horsepower-rated, 778 peak horsepower FPT Cursor 16L engine sets a new bar for performance in the most demanding applications. This newest Steiger model introduces the new heavy-duty Quadtrac undercarriage that offers increased traction to keep up with the engine’s horsepower.

Steiger Model Year 2024 line-up 
With a peak horsepower range of 467 to 699, the new Steiger tractors boast updated FPT 13L Cursor engines with an updated fuel system, numerous serviceability improvements and a simplified exhaust system providing improved visibility from the cab.… Continue reading

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John Deere partners with SpaceX to expand rural connectivity

Deere & Company announced it has entered into an agreement with SpaceX to provide cutting-edge satellite communications (SATCOM) service to farmers. Utilizing the industry-leading Starlink network, this solution will allow farmers facing rural connectivity challenges to fully leverage precision agriculture technologies. This partnership, an industry first, will enable John Deere customers to be more productive, profitable, and sustainable in their operations as they continue to provide food, fuel, and fiber for their communities and a growing global population.

“The value of connectivity to farmers is broader than any single task or action. Connectivity unlocks vast opportunities that were previously limited or unavailable,” said Aaron Wetzel, Vice President of Production and Precision Ag Production Systems at John Deere. “For example, throughout the year, farmers must complete tasks within extremely short windows of time. This requires executing incredibly precise production steps while coordinating between machines and managing machine performance. Each of these areas are enhanced through connectivity, making the entire operation more efficient, effective, and profitable.”… Continue reading

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Unverferth offering new options on Pro-Force dry fertilizer spreaders

Unverferth Manufacturing enhances its lineup of Pro-Force dry fertilizer spreaders with two added, high-flotation undercarriage options for models 1850, 2250 and 2650; an Equalizer track system and in-line walking tandem dual wheels, and ISOBUS-enabled boundary control for optimal fertilizer placement.

The Equalizer track system features the ultimate in maintaining ground contact. Its patented cambering action pivots the track up to 20-degrees front to rear and up to 9-degrees side to side for smooth operation over rough terrain for maximum flotation. The 42-inch wide by 131-inch- long belt with 87 inches of ground contact provides up to twice the flotation of single wheels and tires. The one-piece, molded rubber belt design provides long-life and durability. An auto-greaser for lubricating pivot points is standard for making daily maintenance a breeze.

The new in-line walking tandem axle undercarriage features front to rear oscillation for maintaining ground contact and smoothing out the ride through the field.… Continue reading

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Great Plains partnering to innovate in regenerative ag

James Shurts, ag division president of Grain Plains Manufacturing, joins Ohio Ag Net to talk their forward-looking perspective at the company, including an update on their ownership by Kubota. Discussions also focus on regenerative agriculture and sustainability through their partnership with Bayer, taking advantage of the unique relationship farmers potentially have with carbon markets. Tune in to learn more.… Continue reading

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Maintenance considerations for spinner spreaders

By John Fulton

Winter is a good time to go over fertilizer application. Good maintenance and calibration ensure accurate applications especially for variable-rate application (VRA). We recommend spinner spreaders to be routinely maintenance and, at minimum, calibrate at least once annually for each fertilizer source one plans to apply with a spreader. Spinner spreader settings need to change for each type of fertilizer product being applied while these settings may need to be adjusted based on application rates and field conditions. 

While technology on spreaders, especially VRT spreaders, has increased over the past decade, field performance remains vital for profitable production. Just because the latest technology has been adopted does not directly correlate to accurate field performance; unfavorable consequences are possible if incorrect rates or non-uniform application occur. 

Here are suggestions to ensure accurate placement of fertilizer this coming spring 2023 with spinner spreaders along with resources our OSU Digital Agriculture Team has developed for spreaders.… Continue reading

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Santa coming to Apple Farm Service

Everyone at Apple Farm Service was excited to learn that the big man in red is stopping by each Apple Farm Service to spend some time with good little girls and boys who love farm toys. To celebrate, Apple Farm Service is turning their showrooms into Santa’s workshop. Children and their families are invited for a morning of fun with Santa. Visitors can get a free printed photo with Santa, warm up with fresh hot chocolate or hot apple cider, create a homemade ornament, and check out the large display of farm toys and apparel.

This fun and festive event is free and open to the public. Santa will be at the Botkins, Mechanicsburg, and West College Corner locations on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. until noon, and the Covington and Washington Court House locations on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Visit to view this year’s craft, see which real-bearded Santa is at your store, and view the current selection of toys and apparel.… Continue reading

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Trimble opens Technology Labs to advance agriculture and construction talent

Two state-of-the-art Trimble Technology Labs are now open to students at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). One lab is on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, while a second is located on the CFAES Wooster campus. 

Trimble, headquartered in Westminster, Colo., built the multidisciplinary labs to enhance the university’s hands-on learning, teaching, research, and outreach activities in food and agricultural engineering, as well as in construction management. 

“The new Trimble Technology Labs help Ohio State lead the way when it comes to innovative agriculture programs,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “Not only does Trimble help the university in the classroom, but having such a well-respected agriculture partner engaged with the college opens a lot of doors within the industry for our students and community.”

The new Trimble Technology Labs provide students with access to leading agriculture and construction technologies used by industry professionals.… Continue reading

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Ohio Farm Bureau releases Technology Intelligence Report

Ohio Farm Bureau and Nationwide have created an Ag Intelligence Service report to help guide your technology investment decision-making process. It is designed to help position farm businesses to leverage technology trends on their operations by focusing on six important areas to consider before pulling the trigger on any new technology.

Adopting New Ag Technologies: Tips to Minimize Your Risks,” available exclusively for Ohio Farm Bureau members, will also help farmers understand and implement technology and help evaluate the risks associated with it.

“Technology is changing how farmers get the job done, bringing more productivity and efficiency,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “These advances and those on the horizon have farmers dreaming about what’s next, and this report will help our members better make decisions to turn those dreams into reality.”

The report identifies common pitfalls when adopting new technology and shares tactics to help avoid them.… Continue reading

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Did controlled drainage help your 2023 crop yield?

By Vinayak Shedekar, The Ohio State University

If you practice controlled drainage during the growing season, do you think that controlled drainage helped your crop yields in 2023? It may be too early to answer this question, as many of you are still waiting to finish harvest. But if you are wondering about the role that controlled drainage played this year, I will give you a few tips on how to answer this question.

Monthly rainfall during the 2023 growing season

The early season drought affected crops across most of the state. If you can obtain monthly rainfall totals from an on-site rain gauge or a nearby weather station, look at the rainfall totals from April through September and compare them with average crop water use. The OSU weather station network website ( provides weather data and graphs that can be helpful. For example, the Northwest branch research station in Wood County recorded lower than average rainfall during April, May and June, and slightly above average rainfall in July and August.… Continue reading

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Bane-Welker Equipment acquires exclusive Case IH commercial application equipment sales & service rights for Ohio

Bane-Welker Equipment now offers commercial application sales and service in all 88 Ohio counties.

Bane-Welker Equipment is pleased to announce it has acquired the exclusive Case IH Commercial Application Equipment rights from Kale Marketing LLC of Richwood, OH. This acquisition expands Bane-Welker’s reach across Ohio, bringing its exceptional brand, products, and services to more commercial application customers.

“We are thrilled to have acquired the exclusive rights for Case IH’s commercial application business in Ohio. This is a game-changer for us, as it allows us to access new markets while offering unique and differentiated products, support, and services to our commercial customers,” said Jason Bane, President and COO of Bane-Welker Equipment. “This transaction is a vital piece in Bane-Welker’s ongoing transformation, and through this, we are creating significant value for our customer base, stakeholders, and Case IH. Furthermore, I would like to personally thank Mrs. Eilene Kale, Mr. Jeff Evans, and the entire Kale Marketing team for their professionalism and respect throughout negotiations and the closing process.”… Continue reading

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BEDNAR Demo Day — Tillage edition

You’re invited to BEDNAR Demo Day — Tillage Edition where innovation meets the field. This is an opportunity to witness the evolution of farming technology and engage in meaningful conversations with industry experts at1510 Dean Rd, Cedarville. 

The event starts at 9:30 a.m. and will feature BEDNAR and ATX Implements including:

  • Atlas AO 7000 Profi – Heavydisc: Experience the power and precision of this heavy-duty disc cultivator.
  • Terraland DO 5000 – Combined Tine Plough: Witness the versatility of this innovative combined tine plough.
  • Swifter XE 12 400 Profi – Speeddisc: Explore the efficiency and speed of this advanced Speeddisc.

There will be a working lunch at 1:00. RSVP by 10/25: Ensure a spot by sending an email to or calling us at 317-999-7545.… Continue reading

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Unverferth debuts six-wheel steerable header transport

Unverferth Manufacturing introduces new patent-pending 6-wheel steerable header transports for added maneuverability and increased flotation over uneven ground and through fields designed for today’s heavier corn heads and draper platforms.

The new design features a front axle with rubber-cushioned suspension for a smoother ride over any terrain. The rear, in-line walking tandem wheels follow the ground contour to better distribute the weight and increase flotation under load. New, high-capacity IF320/65×15 wheels and tires provide the carrying capacity needed.

These models also include patented, tool-free adjustable rest brackets and tie downs for dependably securing the load. The 16-foot long tongue, 12-foot on model ASWP 42, permits tighter turning for greater maneuverability and added clearance for header gauge wheels and other attachments. An optional 20-foot tongue with built-in drop provides hitching ease when pulled behind a combine and to accommodate flex draper heads.

For greater transport safety the two front and two rearmost wheels feature electric braking for sure-footed stopping power.… Continue reading

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Managing corn harvest losses with variable harvest moisture

By Jason Hartschuh, CCA

This year has been a weather rollercoaster in many areas which has delayed corn dry down. In some areas, disease killed the corn prematurely which will affect dry down and harvestability. High-moisture corn may require us to look harder at combine settings to minimize harvest loss. Initial settings for different combines can be found in the operator’s manual but here are a few adjustments that can be used to help set all machines.

Corn head

Setting the combine starts at the header with an average of 66% of all machine harvest loss in corn occurring here. Wetter corn often has stronger ear shanks making it harder to snap at the head. When fodder is wet, it is tough and does not flow as well through the head. The major adjustments on the header are deck plate width and gathering chain speed.

Deck plate settings

Setting deck plates in variable field conditions caused by poor stands in some areas can be challenging, hydraulic adjust deck plates are a significant help, but if they are not automatic adjust you will have to adjust them as conditions change throughout the field.… Continue reading

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Automation advancements impress at the 2023 Farm Science Review

New automation options have taken center stage at the 2023 Farm Science Review. In our latest video, join Joel Penhorwood of the Ohio Ag Net as he hears from Dr. John Fulton from The Ohio State University to explore the latest in agricultural automation. From high-flying drone companies to a state-of-the-art automated mobile irrigation system, and even a tractor retrofit to be fully autonomous, they discuss the details on things available to farmers today.… Continue reading

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Great Plains adds Implement Command system to popular Max-Chisel

Great Plains has expanded the family of Implement Command-compatible products to include the ever-popular Max-Chisel. The Max-Chisel is an aggressive soil management tool that is designed to achieve complete soil fracture, even at shallower depths. In the fall, the Max-Chisel works to remove ruts, limit erosion, and capture moisture through vertical tillage. In the spring, the Max-Chisel prepares the soil for a single pass with a seedbed preparation tool, like the VT1100 Turbo-Max.

For added control and convenience, the Max-Chisel is now offered with the optional Implement Command System (ICS), allowing producers to set, adjust, and monitor the implement from the tractor cab. The Max-Chisel joins several other Great Plains models that are compatible with Implement Command, including VT1100 Turbo-Maxes, Velocity, and select models of HT1100 Terra-Maxes and Disk Harrows. ICS allows producers to make active decisions and real-time field adjustments to improve yield potential and soil health. With Implement Command, several tillage functions can be easily controlled with a simple push of a button.… Continue reading

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