Equipment

Euler named Archbold Equipment Bowling Green general manager

Archbold Equipment Company has named Roger (R.C.) Euler the General Manager of the Bowling Green CASE IH dealership.

“We are excited to have someone of Roger’s caliber and a native to the local area leading the new Bowling Green store,” Zach Hetterick, CEO said. “He deeply believes in customer service, which is a core value of Archbold Equipment Company and his daily leadership will allow us to develop into the dealership of the future in the months and years to come.”

Euler comes to Archbold Equipment Company from Allstate Peterbilt of Findlay, where he held various roles including General Manager and Regional Used Equipment Manager. He began his career at Whiteford Kenworth starting in sales and moving up to Corporate Used Equipment Manager.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to come into an organization that is in such a growth stage.” Euler said. “We can better serve customers with our completely new facility that features a 18,000-square-foot shop, new showroom and a parts storage area that is three times larger.… Continue reading

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Small Unmanned Aerial Systems webinar covers legal issues

There are plenty of questions out there about the legalities of the use of drones or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). A recent Ohio State University Extension webinar addressed some of the legal aspects of UAV operation in particular.

“We are on a project to talk about small UAS in agriculture and preparing for the legal issues that we’re seeing and will continue to see evolve with the development of this new technology,” said Peggy Hall, Ohio State University assistant professor of Agricultural and Resource Law. “After much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published proposed regulations that would govern the operation of drones used for agricultural and other activities. The proposal would allow farmers and ranchers to operate drones, referred to in the rule as ‘unmanned aircraft’ and ‘unmanned aerial systems,’ subject to requirements intended to address public safety and national security concerns.

“Under the proposed small UAS rule, operators must comply with a certification process, register and maintain aircraft, and follow limitations on aircraft operation.… Continue reading

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Evolution Ag announces opening of new Plain City location

After over three years of planning and construction during the past 12 months, Evolution Ag announced the opening of its new dealership south of Delaware at 13275 US 42, Plain City (intersection of Jerome road and SR 42).

Doug Loudenslager, Principal and one of the owners said that the 45,000 square foot facility has been designed to serve not only the agricultural community but the suburban homeowner as well.

“Our principle business is to provide agricultural producers the Case IH line of agricultural equipment, parts and service support required to profitably produce and harvest a crop today. We provide homeowners the tools they need to manage their mini-farm and landscapes,” Loudenslager said.

The dealership sells and services lawn mowers, tractors and utility vehicles through Gravely, Kioti, and Grasshopper. The dealership is now considered a full-line sales and service center for Stihl handheld power tools and is an authorized Gold Dealer for the Big Green Egg line of smoker/grill.… Continue reading

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JD Equipment to host annual combine clinic

JD Equipment, the largest John Deere dealership group in Ohio is proud to announce that its 6th annual World’s Largest Combine Clinic registration is now open. This event will be held on Friday, August 28 at their London location.

Since its inception in 2010, the World’s Largest Combine Clinic has become a comprehensive seasonal review of many subjects relevant to combine owners and their harvest. This year’s event will welcome guests from all across Ohio and surrounding states.

Participants at this year’s World’s Largest Combine Clinic have the opportunity to attend classes focused on various functions of John Deere combines and related products. Class topics at this year’s clinic will cover Header Equipment | Combine Settings, IS Software, Field Site Preparation and Grain Bin and Harvest Safety. Classes will be offered in the morning with and an optional afternoon session that will take place in the field. The afternoon session will review combine checks and adjustments to gain top harvest potentials.… Continue reading

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Evolution Ag hosting the “Be Ready” Harvest Conference

Evolution Ag announced that it will be holding its first Case IH “Be Ready” Harvest Conference at its new dealership location on August 6. Producers will be able to participate in several breakout sessions including: Managing the electronics monster; Maximizing combine efficiency and cutting harvest losses; Grain and corn head adjustments; and Harvest and grain bin safety. In addition a revolutionary new fire suppression system for combines and tractors will be demonstrated. Factory representatives and technicians will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on how to maximize this year’s harvest.

The company’s new soon to be opened dealership location and corporate headquarters will host the event. The new facility is located at 13275 US Route 42 approximately 4 miles northeast of the SR 33 and SR 42 interchange between Plain City and Delaware.

Registration is free but reservations are requested by contacting the Evolution Ag location in Circleville, Delaware, Lisbon, Upper Sandusky, Utica and Plain City.… Continue reading

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Salford Group rolls out new air carts and tillage models

Salford Group continues to raise the bar in the seeding and tillage equipment sectors with the introduction of several new products this summer. The global agriculture equipment manufacturer has rolled out a giant air cart, the AC4000L dry/liquid hybrid quad tank, and two new additions to its Independent Series line of tillage equipment, the vertical tillage I-2200 and a hybrid tillage specialist, the I-4200.

The AC4000 is the company’s largest implement to date in the large-scale air cart class. The new four-tank offering is available in an all-dry 945 bushel configuration, as well as a hybrid dry/liquid configuration to match the real needs of large acreage operations. Known as the AC4000L, the dry/liquid hybrid features 550 bushels of dry capacity across three tanks, along with a massive 4000 gallon liquid tank.

“We’ve had a lot of requests from customers to incorporate liquid fertilizer into our carts. Larger acreages really tighten the seeding window.… Continue reading

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Unverferth announces Buyer’s Bucks reward program

Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc., announces the Buyer’s Bucks reward program for purchasers of its brands of new grain carts from July 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015.  Purchasers of Brent, Killbros, Parker and Unverferth grain carts during this time period will earn up to $3,000 in Buyer’s Bucks toward future purchases of select Unverferth-manufactured brands of products including high-capacity grain wagons, sprayers, seed tenders, header transports and Rolling Harrow, Ripper-Stripper, Ripper Roller, Zone-Builder and Ripper-Bedder tillage products.

The Buyer’s Bucks coupon amounts are $3,000 for 1,500- through 2,000-bushel capacity carts, $2,000 for 1,100- to 1,300-bushel capacity carts and $1,000 for carts with 500-1,000+ bushel capacity.  Registered purchasers will automatically receive a Buyer’s Bucks coupon good in the appropriate amount. The coupon can be redeemed on future purchases of a wide range of products from July 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2016, and will be deducted from the dealer and buyer established price on a future purchase.… Continue reading

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Teamwork to find water quality solutions

Lake Erie was once known around the world for its pollution and water quality problems, but in the 1970s, farmers, environmental groups and industry teamed up to clean up the Lake. This was done by dramatically reducing the total amount phosphorus, much of it attached to soil particles. For farmers, conservation tillage and no-till were an important part of the solution. No-till reduces soil erosion, which reduces the amount of phosphorus attached to soil particles that are leaving the field.

The improvements in Lake Erie were amazing, but, unfortunately the problem is back, and this time it is the more vexing form of dissolved phosphorus. To complicate matters, no-till actually may facilitate the loss of dissolved phosphorus. A similar team effort is required to address the complexities of current water quality issues.

Without tillage to incorporate fertilizer, over years of application nutrients can get concentrated at the soil surface. At the surface, nutrients are less useful for plants and more prone to be dissolved in solution during big rain events.… Continue reading

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New Case IH Precision Air 5 Series air carts offer larger tank sizes and improved accuracy

Case IH recently introduced its new Precision Air 5 series air carts, developed to get the most from every plant’s potential through highly accurate seed and fertilizer placement. As the newest member of the Case IH Precision Air seeding equipment line, the next-generation air carts boost capacity and use AccuSection section control technology to help producers do more work in less time — and seed with the highest level of confidence.

“When it comes to seeding, producers told us they want larger capacity and more precision to match up with larger drills and higher-horsepower tractors,” said Dan Klein, Case IH Crop Production Marketing Manager. “We’re excited to provide a solution that not only meets these requirements but also offers more than 50 new patented and patent-pending features designed to provide the ultimate control over crop inputs.”

The 5 series’ modular metering control system provides best-in-class accuracy of seed and fertilizer placement.… Continue reading

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John Deere announces agreement with King Agro

Collaboration with carbon fiber technology expert includes exclusive development and distribution of carbon fiber booms for application equipment 

Deere & Company and King Agro, a manufacturer of carbon fiber technology products, announced a partnership focused on developing and distributing carbon fiber booms exclusively for John Deere application equipment.

Deere is collaborating with King Agro because of its extensive 22-year experience innovating and developing carbon fiber applications. King Agro is a world leader in producing carbon fiber applications for boating and marine products, including masts for racing sailboats. The company has expanded into developing innovative carbon fiber structures for agricultural equipment.

“We believe our collaboration with King Agro demonstrates Deere’s commitment to this innovative technology,” says Aaron Wetzel, vice president, Crop Care Platform, John Deere. “By integrating carbon fiber technology into our products, we can offer solutions to help growers improve productivity.”

The agreement between Deere and King Agro is focused on offering growers the significant advantages of carbon fiber’s versatility, strength and durability integrated into self-propelled spraying equipment.… Continue reading

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John Deere beefs up utility tractor performance with new 5E & 5ML models

New 4-cylinder and specialty models offer more in power, durability and operator comfort.

Like a boxer fighting above his weight class, the new four-cylinder 5E and 5ML Series Tractors from John Deere pack a lot of heavy-duty power and versatility for utility tractors of their size.

“We’ve taken our popular, market-proven 5 Series Utility Tractor lineup and added new models that make it even easier to perform more jobs on the property or around the farm, ranch or orchard,” says Brad Aldridge, 5 Series product marketing manager for John Deere. “These versatile 5E and 5ML Tractors combine durability with value and are the perfect choice for many types of customers.”

The new four-cylinder 5E Series Tractors are built for a variety of applications such as livestock feeding, haying operations, roadside mowing and property maintenance. The two new 5ML models are low-profile machines that are perfect for working in orchards, livestock barns and other environments with restricted heights.… Continue reading

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John Deere adds Mobile Data Transfer and MyJobs App to Operations Center

John Deere is adding more tools to its Operations Center within MyJohnDeere and making it easy to wirelessly transfer data from older John Deere equipment and non-John Deere displays to the Operations Center with Mobile Data Transfer.

Mobile Data Transfer enables customers to wirelessly transfer agronomic data to and from non-John Deere displays and from John Deere’s GreenStar 3 2630 display (in older John Deere equipment that is not JDLink compatible) to the Operations Center. It enables producers to consolidate data from multiple branded displays into one centralized location for their use or to be shared with trusted advisors.

“Mobile Data Transfer is the simple solution for customers who run older or mixed-fleet equipment and want immediate access of information stored in their displays. It eliminates the manual transfer of data,” explains Jeff Nolting, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG). “It’s a USB to WiFi device that plugs into the display and transfers data using your smartphone via the Mobile Data Transfer app.… Continue reading

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JD Equipment’s new Hilliard location in Mill Run is now open for business

JD Equipment is proud to announce the relocation and opening of its Hilliard store. The new store is located at 3727 Park Mill Run Drive Hilliard, Ohio 43026 in the Mill Run Development. JD Equipment has closed the previous location at 4079 Lyman Drive, Hilliard, Ohio.

“The new facility will allow for more space for our current customers and allow us to more effectively serve new customers. The location and the size of the new facility were key factors in the decision to move. We will be able to improve customer service and increase our selection of inventory,” said JD Equipment CEO Jeff Mitchell.

The new facility features a larger show room and expanded displays of top rated mowing and lawn care equipment made by John Deere, Scag and Hustler Turf, as well as Stihl chain saws, trimmers and blowers, standby electric generators from Generac and Honda, and a large selection of snow removal equipment.… Continue reading

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New precision ag tool to help manage inputs

With profit margins tightening, more growers are looking to precision ag and variable rate applications to help economize costs on their farm. According to a recent survey, 22% of growers surveyed plan to increase variable rate applications of fertilizer and crop protection inputs in 2015.

Trupointe Cooperative this year became a dealer of 360 Yield Center, a new precision technology system that uses data from the field along with analytical models based on field history analysis and weather patterns to provide growers field-specific prescriptions. Founder of the system is Gregg Sauder, a farmer-entrepreneur and the former CEO of Precision Planting.

The core of the system is the 360 Commander, which generates customized seed, nitrogen and irrigation recommendations, in either a variable or straight rate prescription format, based on real-time and historical data for each field.

The software pulls data from a variety of sources, such as soil zone information from the U.S.… Continue reading

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Case IH Steigertractors break drawbar fuel efficiency records in Nebraska test results

According to newly released results from the University of Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory (NTTL), the Steiger 540 and Steiger 370 tractors have set new records for maximum and reduced drawbar horsepower fuel efficiency, outperforming all other comparable competitive models.

The NTTL is the officially designated tractor testing station for North America, with active test stations in 25 countries around the world.

“These results prove once again that our exclusive SCR-only emissions system provides the most power and the best fuel and fluid efficiency,” said Mitch Kaiser, marketing manager for Case IH Steiger tractors. “In addition, our customers have no particulate filter to clean, no regeneration required and 600 operating hours between oil changes for lower overall operating costs.”

Validation testing also showed the Steiger 540 tractors achieved rated speed 20 percent faster than previous models. That model uses an exclusive indirect engine cooling system, with cooling at each turbocharger stage of the Case IH FPT engine.… Continue reading

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Guidelines for buying used machinery

Prices for used farm machinery have been trending lower in the past year due to a surplus of inventory at dealerships, but buying used may not always be the best option, a Purdue University expert said.

Robert Stwalley, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, urges farmers who are thinking of buying used planters, tractors, trucks or other machinery to be cautious.

“A used piece of equipment, under the right circumstances, may be the best economic choice for a specific operation,” Stwalley said. “But it may not be. Remember, go in with your eyes open and choose wisely.”

Mike Gunderson, an associate professor of agricultural economics, said higher crop prices over the past five years allowed many farmers to purchase new farm machinery during that time. Consequently, those farmers will probably not need to buy any new equipment in the foreseeable future, Gunderson said. Retailers selling new farm machinery can curtail inventory to adjust to lower market demand, but any new equipment sale involving a trade brings in another used piece of equipment to add to the inventory, causing a surplus.… Continue reading

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Planter check-up

Even though the snow is falling here this evening, it is time to check the planter. Here is a list of suggestions for planter setup and maintenance.

·         Check meters on a test stand in order to visually inspect parts and evaluate performance.

·         Inspect all mechanical drive components and look for any excessive wear including down pressure springs, parallel linkages and bushings.

·         Check seed tubes for any wear in particular the bottom section that can wear or become damaged.  Replace if damaged or has excessive wear.

·         Check size, wear and spacing for opening discs; always replace disc openers in pairs.

·         Inspect gauge wheels and ensure opening discs are making proper contacting with the discs.   Adjust the shims for each gauge wheel arm to ensure the correct contact with the disc.

·         Inspect closing wheels or discs and ensure bearings are in good shape and that the down force spring is properly set.

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Smart solution for drag chains introduced by Yetter Farm Equipment

When you’re fighting the time crunch during spring planting season, every minute counts. Stopping to resolve even minor challenges eats away at the day. The new 6200-040 Drag Chain Shield from Yetter Farm Equipment eliminates one of those potential issues.

“The Drag Chain Shield prevents drag chains from flipping up and catching on spiked closing wheels in difficult field conditions,” said Don Bunnell, who does service and product development for Yetter. “It’s an issue that can end up costing valuable time. We’re excited to offer this simple, cost-effective solution that will work for any growers using spike wheels and drag chains.”

When field conditions don’t necessitate the use of the drag chain, farmers can simply and quickly adjust the Drag Chain Shield to store it—no tools needed. An easily accessible clip located on the back of the shield allows the grower to secure the drag chain. The Drag Chain Shield mounts to the drag chain arms, providing more support.… Continue reading

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Onset announces next-generation HOBO weather station

Onset, a world leader in data loggers and weather stations, announced the HOBO RX3000 Station, the company’s next-generation data logging weather station that provides research scientists, meteorologists and others with instant access to site-specific environmental data anywhere, anytime via the Internet.

Ideal for agricultural research, ecology studies, climate research, and other applications, the new station combines the flexibility and sensor quality of more expensive systems with the convenience of plug-and-play operation.

“The HOBO RX3000 makes it fast and easy for researchers to deploy an advanced environmental monitoring station without having to program it, or spend weeks of training on how to set up and use it,” said Jessica Frackelton, senior manager of product marketing for Onset. “The user can simply plug in our Smart Sensors and the system will recognize them and begin taking measurements. The flexibility we now offer with support for our plug-and-play smart sensors gets magnified by the option for user-installable modules that support even more sensors.… Continue reading

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JD Equipment Annual Lawn and Garden Auction

JD Equipment needs to clear out excess inventory to make room for newer equipment models. Because of this, JD Equipment is announcing a lawn & garden used equipment auction. The auction will be held on March 28th at their new Hilliard store location (3727 Park Mill Run Drive Hilliard, Ohio 43026) starting at 10 a.m. sharp. Stop by the auction and take advantage of this great opportunity to purchase quality used lawn & garden equipment. At the auction you can bid on 75+ different equipment pieces ranging from lawn tractors, zero turns, utility tractors and gators.

Information about the auction and financing options can be found on JD Equipment’s web site at www.jdequipment.com. Live online bidding is also available through Proxibid.… Continue reading

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