Can deep-tilling soybean residue be justified? A researcher from the University of Manitoba is looking at whether tillage practices need to change as farmers in Western Canada grow more soybeans. Despite leaving less plant matter behind than most crops, it’s not uncommon to see soybean ground cultivated to leave a dark surface that warms up and dries out… Read More

Superior Manufacturing’s new grain bin unloading system maintains upload speeds up to 6000 bushels per hour, but with a few changes to increase reliability, efficiency and ease of use. The unloading system now features an 11-inch U-Trough, adding a full inch to the previous diameter of the tube, while maintaining the 9-inch auger size. The… Read More

Ontario-based tillage equipment manufacturer Salford Group, Inc. has acquired a Georgia, U.S.-based company that makes spreaders for the agriculture, poultry, turf and construction industries. The deal to buy BBI Spreaders closed on October 2nd. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “BBI is a great fit for us because they come to the market… Read More

Grain Systems Inc’s (GSI) 40 series bins are now available with four-inch corrugation. The bins, offered in 2.66-inch corrugation since their launch in 2013, still use the optional Z-Tek Roof System, but are designed to be built taller, offering capacities up to 282 000 bushels. “We now have a much more comprehensive bin offering along with… Read More

Introduced in August, Grain System Inc.’s (GSI) VersaLoop round tube chain conveyer, can move up to 6000 bushels per hour and can reach a maximum incline of 60 degrees. The Versaloop will be debuted in the first quarter of 2015, along with the four-inch corrugation in GSI’s 40-Series Bins. The conveyor, according to Greg Trame, GSI… Read More

Switching between corn varieties on-the-go while planting is showing a yield benefit, according to Kinze, as the Iowa-based equipment manufacturer ramps up production of its multi-hybrid planters. The last time we heard from Kinze’s Luc Van Herle on Real Ag, the company was rolling out its new electronic metering system for its 4,900 series multi-hybrid planting units. Bern… Read More

Early this year, Sunflower announced seven new models to its Sunflower 6631 vertical tillage series. The new models offer widths from 20’5″ to 34’9″, expanding on previous models above 32′. Sunflower 6631 units feature the much-touted Sunflower Saber blades, which are 22 inches in diameter, with twenty-five flutes and a serrated edge. The blades are staggered, offset… Read More

New Holland’s new Discbine models, the 313 and 316 centre-pivot disc mower-conditioners, offer 13 and 16.3-foot cutting widths, respectively, and improvements in cutting, floatation, efficiency and durability. The models, which are available as both flail and roll conditioning units, feature what New Holland is calling the MoxMax II cutterbar. The cutterbar has larger discs and heavier components,… Read More

Case IH’s 240 series of combines, set to release in 2015, bear some of the largest grain tanks available and yet are still exulted for their productivity and efficiency. The Axial-Flow 9240, the most powerful of the three new models, houses 410 bushels of grain, tops out at 625 peak horsepower and runs on a 15.9L in-line,… Read More

Beyond the “cool” factor, the value of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for farmers comes down to how they help them make more-informed decisions. That includes helping a producer understand plant stand counts across entire fields early in the growing season, explains Kris Poulson, CEO of Casselton, North Dakota-based North Country Ag Services. “If we just talk about… Read More

It’s hard finding farm safety national stats that go past 2008 – and it’s high time we had some, to figure out trends – but you don’t need hard numbers to know farm safety is vital, especially this time of year.  Farm safety problems peak in the fall, during harvest, when farmers spend long hours… Read More

 

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