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Planter prep for spring

Winter is a great time to get ready for spring planting, which will be here before we know it. One of the most important parts of the growing season is planting. It’s crucial that your crops get off to a good start and it’s important to make sure that your planter is field-ready when the time comes. Planting seed into the best possible growing conditions is a one of the most important tasks of spring field work. A planter in need of some adjustment can result in varied seed placement, uneven emergence, and ultimately a reduction in yield potential.

Check for and replace any parts of your planter that are excessively worn. No-till coulters or disk openers that are worn out will not create the proper seed furrow and may cause poor seed placement. Good seed-to-soil contact is critical in ensuring seed germination and uniform emergence. Emergence that is uneven can cause a loss in yield potential.… Continue reading

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Bane-Welker Equipment celebrates 50 years

Bane-Welker Equipment, LLC is turning a half a century old this August. To mark the occasion, the company is planning many events, sales and offers, as well as introducing a special 50th anniversary commemorative logo which customers will see beginning later this month.

“It is hard to believe we are turning 50 years old,” stated Phil Bane, CEO of Bane-Welker Equipment. “I can’t believe it was 50 years ago that my dad, Kenneth Bane, signed a contract that started this journey.”

Kenneth Bane started Bane Equipment in 1967 when he answered the local newspaper ad from a representative for the JI Case Co., which was looking for a dealer in Montgomery County. By August of 1967, Kenneth and wife Patricia Bane, had signed the Case contract and the family business was born along with a commitment to superior products and service.

“At that time, no one could have imagined that 50 years later, three generations of our family would still be going strong and growing the business like never before,” Bane said.… Continue reading

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Evolution Ag open houses

Evolution Ag in Plain City has announced that it will be holding its annual Open House and Customer Appreciation event on Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017 and producers will have the opportunity to be recertified for pesticide application as well as being able to complete the new course required of all producers to be able to apply nutrients.

Doug Loudenslager, Principal and General Manager said that current and future customers are invited to the dealership on Feb. 22 to enjoy lunch as well as discounts on parts, filters and fluids as well as specials on products throughout the store. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.  Classes will be run in conjunction with the open house. The dealership is located on US 42 North, eight miles south of Delaware and eight miles  north of Plain City.

Product specialists from Case IH and the other companies that Evolution Ag represents will be in attendance to answer questions and review new product offerings.… Continue reading

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Manitou MLT “RED TOUR” coming to Apple Farm Service

Manitou Americas “Red Tour” is coming to Apple Farm Service’s Covington location on Thursday January 12th from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. This event allows attendees to demo the newest and versatile Manitou MLT Multi-Purpose Telescopic Loaders with a variety of attachments; including hay handling, grapple buckets, construction buckets, silage facer, snow removal and more.

“Apple Farm Service has been a long-time partner of ours and we are happy to have them as a stop on our MLT Red Tour,” said Rick Laws, Ohio District Development Manager for Manitou Americas. “This event invites all customers and equipment owners to stop on out to demo our MLT telescopic loaders and see how these “multi-tasker” machines can increase productivity on the jobsite, handling larger capacities at extended lift heights.”

Apple Farm Service will be the sixth stop for the Manitou MLT “Red Tour”. The BIG demo event will take place in Covington on January 12th, but some of the MLT equipment will stay on site at Apples for the next couple of weeks for those interested to check out a versatile, multipurpose, telescopic loader, or curious on how they operate.… Continue reading

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Assistive technology to help families farm

The Ohio AgrAbility Program has a mission to promote independence for people in agriculture who want to continue to farm after experiencing a disabling condition. The program’s goal is to provide education, resources and technical assistance to those individuals and their families so they may continue to do what they love to do, farm.

Injuries are not limited to those that occur while working on the farm. Some injuries happen away from the property or are a result of an illness. Regardless of an injury, chronic arthritis, short- or long-term surgery impairments, or other health-related problems, the Ohio AgrAbility program can assist production agricultural workers in many situations.

This program conducts on-site assessments for the worker to determine how he or she performs their job and helps find solutions that will meet their needs. Often those solutions involve some form of assistive technology. Assistive technology includes any kind of device, modification, or service that will help a person with a disabling condition work and live more independently.… Continue reading

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Agrifac develops FastFoldPlus boom system

161215_AgrifacFastFoldPlusThe world needs sufficient, nutritious and safe food, while simultaneously we strive to reduce our ecological footprint. That’s why Agrifac develops machines with the “4e for growers” concept. The 4e’s refer to efficiency, economy, ergonomics and ecology

FastFoldPlus: Fastest way to put the boom into position

Newly developed at Agrifac, FastFoldPlus. A system that reduces the time to fold and unfold the boom significantly. It will be easier and faster than before. New to the folding-unfolding joystick is a function and technology that enables the boom to not just unfold and fold faster, but also a lot safer. The result of the new system is a longer lifetime of the boom. Simply indicate with the joystick which parts of the boom you would like to unfold or fold. The system will now automatically unfold or fold the booms in the right order in the shortest possible time. Where before (un)folding was done manually step by step, it is now automatic, speeded up and more secure.… Continue reading

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Different points of view on the farm machinery market

The changing agricultural economy of the last few years has led to a change in the climate of many agribusinesses, particularly the equipment industry. Though he has not been in the farm equipment business all that long, Evolution Ag’s Dave Shipley has seen some dramatic changes.

“I came into the business in ‘02. I farmed before that. We had a time of low commodity prices in ‘01, ‘02. And then by ‘07, ‘08, it got pretty strong. We all knew it was coming, it was just a matter of when,” he said. “You can get a pretty good gauge of how farmers are feeling through the seasons. Right now, farmers aren’t feeling too bad. We’ve had a good crop. Good or bad, it’s better than they were thinking.”

As far as what farmers are buying, there isn’t a hefty amount of money to be throwing at equipment at the moment.… Continue reading

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Free scale with purchase of Seed Runner tenders

Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc. announces a limited-time promotion for a free scale package, valued at $3,175, with the purchase of in-stock models 2750, 3750 and 3750XL Seed Runner tenders.

The dual-compartment Unverferth Seed Runner tender for bulk seed not only delivers seed directly to your planter or drill, its innovative, patented design allows it to fill itself! The models 3750 and 3750XL feature a capacity of 375 seed units and model 2750 holds up to 275 seed units. All models feature cupped and cleated conveyor belt for gentle unloading, rollover tarp for protecting contents and heavy-duty undercarriage with lighting, reflective striping and all-wheel brakes for enhanced transport safety.

Adding a scale to the Seed Runner tender allows growers to have the ability to verify the amount of seed purchased as well as delivered to the field.  A Seed Runner tender with scale also provides a convenient way to verify field trial yields at harvest.… Continue reading

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Archbold Equipment to acquire Gibbs Equipment

Archbold Equipment, a full line CASE IH dealer announces it has entered into an agreement to acquire Gibbs Equipment in Bellevue, Ohio. The purchase will bring the total number of Archbold Equipment locations to seven in the tri-state area. The deal will close in January, though a name change will not take effect until later in 2017.

“Gibbs Equipment is an ideal location to add to our company,” said Zach Hetterick, Archbold Equipment CEO. “They have a similar product mix, carry most of the same manufactures, it expands our footprint east into a contiguous area and they are built upon the same principals of product support as Archbold Equipment.”

Gordon Gibbs acquired the Bellevue dealership in 1970 after working at International Harvester dealers in Bowling Green and then Sherwood. These locations are now also part of Archbold Equipment.

“This transaction is positive both for our customers and company. Our customers will have access to expanded equipment and parts inventory, but they can still expect the outstanding service the Bellevue location is known for,” said Mike Gibbs, Gibbs Equipment co-owner and sales manager.… Continue reading

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Manure spreader calibration

Invariably when I talk about manure spreader calibration there are a few chuckles. The image of a manure spreader doesn’t call to mind a piece of equipment that needs calibration; it is the equivalent of a hammer in a carpenter’s toolbox. No calibration or explanation needed — you just use it. However, as nutrient management and its corresponding linkage to water quality continue to grow in importance, all livestock owners and anyone who hauls and applies manure needs to become more aware of managing manure as a source of nutrients. When nutrients are purchased as commercial or synthetic fertilizer, we talk about an application rate in pounds of a particular nutrient that should be applied per acre. The desired application rate is achieved by using a calibrated fertilizer spreader. We can do the same with our manure spreaders.

The application rate for manure spreaders is generally expressed as tons per acre or gallons per acre.… Continue reading

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Twin Disc introduces ‘Remote Over Center’ PTO

Twin Disc, global leader in industrial power take-offs, has recently debuted its RO 114/214 “Remote Over Center” PTO. The ground-breaking unit leverages a patent-pending design to remotely engage the over-center mechanism in the time-proven, best-selling Twin Disc SP 114/214 PTO and is complimentary to the previously released RO111/RO211.

When complex machinery configurations or location hinder easy access to activation, the RO 114/214 can be engaged and disengaged remotely via a control valve and/or electronic control. Hydraulic or pneumatic actuation is achieved through ports, making access to the fittings uncomplicated and straight-forward.

Hydraulic or pneumatic pressure is required only to engage or disengage the PTO, the fluid or air supply can be shut off when not needed. Without the constant hydraulic or pneumatic flow of other designs, the unit is far more efficient and cost-effective than that of its competition.

The RO 114/214 is dimensionally similar to Twin Disc’s current mechanical SP 114/214 and continues to utilize one 14″ friction plate in the 114 and two plates in the 214.… Continue reading

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Prepare your sprayer for storage now to avoid costly problems in the spring

It is very likely that you will not be using your sprayer again until next spring. If you want to avoid potential problems and save yourself from frustration and major headaches, you will be wise to give your sprayer a little bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care) these days. Yes this is still a busy time of the year for some of you, but don’t delay winterizing your sprayer too long if you already have not done so. You don’t want a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity because you did not properly winterize it before the temperature falls below freezing. Here are some important things you need to do with your sprayer this time of the year.

Rinsing

It is very likely that you did the right thing when you used the sprayer the last time: you rinsed the whole system (tank, hoses, filters, nozzles) thoroughly.… Continue reading

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John Deere enters agreement with Scherer Design Engineering

Deere & Company have announced a joint development agreement with Scherer Design Engineering, Inc. to develop and commercialize kernel processing solutions for self-propelled forage harvesters.

“Deere is committed to developing industry leading kernel processing solutions with the goal to drive higher milk production in dairy cows”, says Jon Chase, global director, self-propelled forage harvesters and heads. “This arrangement with Scherer will only strengthen Deere’s offering and our ability to deliver clear benefits to custom operators and dairies.”

Scherer has manufactured aftermarket rolls and kernel processors since 1999. With this agreement, John Deere and Scherer will develop a broader set of industry leading options to harvest crops and to produce feed for dairy cows.

“We are extremely pleased with this agreement,” says Jason Schiebout, manager and co-owner of Scherer.  “John Deere dealers will have access, through this allied agreement, to Scherer Kernel Processor products, including aftermarket kernel processor (KP) rolls.”

For 2017, this agreement allows John Deere dealers to offer twin-cut replacement rolls for John Deere Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters.… Continue reading

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AgSynergy introduces Genesis RAZER

RAZERAgSynergy has introduced the Genesis RAZER. This is the newest and most versatile row unit in their lineup. The Genesis RAZER is a single disk, high speed minimal disturbance opener for single or dual placement of anhydrous ammonia, liquid or dry fertilizer. The Genesis RAZER works in a wide range of conditions from no-till to conventional tillage at speeds from 5 to 10 mph.

Many features incorporated into the Genesis RAZER allow it to meet the demands of farmers and commercial applicators in the fertilizer application marketplace. The Genesis RAZER includes 20” of independent row unit travel. This superior row unit travel is achieved by utilizing active hydraulic down pressure to each parallel linkage equipped row unit, resulting in consistent application depths of nutrients. The adjustable knife design minimizes plugging by allowing constant flow of residue and soil while maintaining close tolerance to the blade. Unlike competitive row units with angled blades, side wall compaction is minimized with the Genesis RAZER row unit due to the use of straight coulter blades, resulting in true vertical application.… Continue reading

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Winterizing your greenhouse

Soon it will be time to heat the greenhouse. The heating system may have been working when it was last used this past spring, but those systems have had several warm and humid summer months to degrade.

A heater or boiler out of tune will use more fuel than necessary and could produce harmful exhaust inside the greenhouse. In addition, new cracks or other air gaps in the structure will quickly leak heat. Checking over the greenhouse structure and heating systems as fall approaches will save your heating costs.

Heaters

Service space heaters or boiler serviced once a year. Check with your natural gas or propane provider to see if heater inspection is a service offered. Hire a qualified service technician to perform regular maintenance. Gains in efficiency can more than pay for a professional tune-up.

There is some basic maintenance for a gas space heater, but only perform as much self-service as you feel comfortable with.… Continue reading

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A new option for temporary grain storage

On-farm grain storage can be a key component of any farmer’s grain marketing plan, but what if you don’t have enough? There are now some options for grain storage that may be just what some farms need to leverage what they harvest this fall.

On-Store is a new, fully aerated temporary grain storage system that is offered as a 20,000 or 50,000 bushel system.

“The most important aspect of On-Store systems, with the widening basis and new for immediate storage, is that these can be up and operational in just one day,” said Scott Gladish, On-Store’s national sales director. “So, you’ve got all that additional storage in a small amount of time and added flexibility with harvest time logistics when there is no need to choose between sitting at the elevator or sitting in a combine.”

The On-Store systems consist of a galvanized steel grain ring, grain vac unloading system ports and an aeration system that is equipped with a five or 10-horsepower fan.… Continue reading

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Farm safety — A legacy to be proud of

National Farm Safety and Health Week is September 18 to 24, 2016. This annual promotional week commemorates the hard work, diligence, and sacrifices made by our nation’s farmers and ranchers. The 2016 safety theme is “Farm safety – A legacy to be proud of.”

From a safety professional’s perspective, the term “sustainable agriculture” takes on a whole different meaning than that talked about by lawyers, tax advisors and insurance agents. Estate transitions and succession planning are management tools that can leave a lasting legacy for the next generation. Safety advocates believe that working safely and being conscientious of best management practices, are other ways to leave a legacy for the next generation of farmers.

I have often said, it’s difficult to determine where the backyard ends and the barnyard begins. This phrase helps illustrate to many rural and non-rural people the struggle that we have in agriculture to separate the home place from the work site.Continue reading

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Prepping your yield monitor for 2016

As the use of precision agriculture continues to increase across the US, it is more and more important to ensure that all equipment is prepped, calibrated, and ready for a successful harvest.  One of the more common uses of precision agriculture comes in the form of yield mapping.  Yield maps not only help growers understand end-of-year performance within fields, but also can be used to characterize in-field variation. Information about this variation is often used by service providers to deliver prescriptions, recommendations, or other information back to the farmer.  Because yield maps continue to be an important data layer to learn from and help drive changes or decisions at a field level, proper management of the yield monitor in 2016 is key in order to generate accurate and reliable yield data.  Grain moisture and test weight, along with grain flow through the combine, will vary within passes and across the field. … Continue reading

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