Category: Machinery

How to Increase Straw-Chopping Performance on Your Combine & Why It Matters – Phil Needham

It’s important, when you’re going about the business of farming that you really think about it not as a series of distinct and separate seasons, but as a series of interconnected processes. Not just in an obvious “seeding naturally leads to harvest” kind of route, it’s more like, “how I set my machine at harvest… Read more »

A Tour of the Case IH Patriot with AIM Command Pro

Covering ground in a timely manner is only half the equation when planning your spray operation. Accuracy, coverage and limiting over-spray have a huge impact on product performance and cost effectiveness. So when it comes to choosing a sprayer and spraying technology, it’s not wonder there are big options with truly high tech precision farming… Read more »

New Hollands’s P2080 Disc Drill Focuses on Longevity to Minimize Downtime

Whether you’re planting beans or wheat, depth control and seed placement are key settings on the drill to establish an ideal plant stand. With that in mind, precise depth consistency, ideal flotation and seedbed moisture conservation are all features on the P2080 disc drill, featured at this year’s Farm Progress Show.’s Bernard Tobin caught… Read more »

Kinze Features “Next Big Innovation” Planter at Farm Progress Show

The 4900 Series of planter has been five years in the making. Why? Because the engineers designing this planter changed just about everything, from the frame, to the row unit, to the metering system. Kinze’s 4900 planter is all about big capacity, best in class in fact, says Rhett Schildroth, but all that capacity gets… Read more »

Be Careful to Avoid Restless Tillage Syndrome

Farmers tend to get itchy in the spring and fall when it comes to tillage. Some joke about needless recreational tillage that just occupies a farm’s boredom. Below is acute video addressing the serious disease called “restless tillage syndrome.” Enjoy and happy harvest!!! If you cannot see the above embedded video, CLICK HERE

Canola School: Combine Speed, Header Choice & Harvest Tips to Minimize Losses

The canola crop is ripening at an incredible pace — should you wait and straight cut or try and swath ASAP? How fast is too fast to combine canola, in either scenario? These are questions that come up every year, but the trade-off between swathing and straight-cutting are especially important this year as the canola… Read more »

A Farmer’s Perspective on the John Deere 7R Series Launch

If you’ve never been to a product launch from an equipment manufacturer, believe us when we say it’s typically a very big deal. More often than not there is fanfare, a light show, possibly smoke and sometimes even a parade. But when the confetti settles and the food brought out on combine headers (yes, really)… Read more »

Dutch AirGuard Puts the Brakes on Seed Speed to Limit Bounce

Air seeders can be tough on seed — the amount of air needed to push seed and fertilizer all the way to the openers can be tough to get just right, and, to avoid plugs or bridging, can sometimes run a little high, causing seed to bounce out of the furrow. Dutch Industries has developed… Read more »

Get Reacquainted with the Wick Weeder

Those farmers involved in forage seed production are likely quite familiar with a wick weeder — a unit that uses chemical-soaked rope to deliver herbicide to weeds towering above the crop. But, increasingly, wick weeders are being used in more conventional operations as well in pulse crops, where herbicide options are sometimes limited, and even… Read more »

Gleaner Launches the Class 8 Transverse Rotary Combine – Kevin Bien

Harvesting technology continues to evolve as manufacturers attempt to  improve the harvesting process.  Last week, Gleaner introduced the first Series 8, Transverse rotary combine.  We encourage you to listen to the interview with Kevin Bien, Gleaner to get a better understanding of the machine and its benefits.   Below are some pictures from the launch… Read more »

In the Dirt: How Deep do I need to set the Soil Ripper? A Soil Pit Provides Answers

After harvest is a great time to get out and scout soil conditions and start planning soil management passes for the fall and spring. One of the tillage questions that often comes up at field days is depth settings on implements, like a soil ripper. The answer to how deep you need to go is… Read more »

The Wireless Capability & Big Capacity of the Meridian 1050 Seed Tender

Saving time on seeder and planter fills can translate to covering a good chunk of more acres in a day, plus there’s the added bonus of fewer man hours needed per day, if you can get your planting set up just right. Meridian Industries’ 1050 Seed Tender is one piece of equipment that was designed… Read more »

Hypro Express Nozzle Endcap Saves on Product, Eases Boom Cleanout

Choosing nozzles, comparing spray patterns and carefully setting water volume are all ways to improve the efficacy of products applied in-crop. Add to this GPS-equipped sprayers and variable rate application programs, and spraying can be one precise business. Until you reach the end of the field or spray zone and nozzles continue to spray even… Read more »

Blocked Nozzle or Overflow Alerts Via the TeeJet Sentry 6140 Tip Flow Monitor

Perhaps the only thing more irritating than a plugged run at seeding is a blocked nozzle at spraying. While proper sprayer maintenance can help decrease the incidence of plugged or broken nozzles, nozzle monitoring systems are a great way to instantly know whether you’re over or under applying product. At this year’s Farm Progress Show,… Read more »

Canola School: Swath Timing Decisions on Branched Plants and Big Acres

In a perfect world, all canola fields would have uniform maturity and one large, heavily podded main stem, making swath timing decisions easy peasy. The reality, of course, is that emergence problems, hail events and heat stress can all cause maturity variability, excessive branching or yield-heavy secondary stems that need to be included in the… Read more »