Farm show season is just around the corner. In fact, the Farm Progress Show is Aug. 29-31 in Decatur, Ill.
I’m looking forward to it. And I’m bringing along a couple of other folks who are also into the machinery scene … new and antique.
If you’re planning on making the trip, I’m sure you’ll stop by the major equipment suppliers. You know, the big company displays, arena shows and demonstrations with new John Deere, AGCO and Case IH products. I’ll stop in there, too. These companies are well known, the equipment is advanced and the presentations are truly impressive.
After that, though, I plan on visiting with the likes of Woods Equipment, Yetter, Mitas Tire, Dixie Chopper, Dalton Ag Products, KIOTI tractor and so on. Their displays might be somewhat less impressive, but the innovations, expertise and downright excitement with their new products just can’t be surpassed.
I also like the names and numbering systems these smaller companies give to their new products. For example, AKE Safety Equipment is introducing the STOP-FYRE fire extinguisher; Drago Corn Heads is bringing out the DragoGT with QuadSuspension; and Lankota would like you to see its new Shark Fin center crop stops for draper headers.
Names aside, there’s exciting news coming out of farm shows, and it’s not always from the “majors.”
Bestway Sales out of Hiawatha, Kan., will be showing off its new UTV/Skid Sprayers available in 40-, 60- and 100-gallon sizes. The company also manufactures and markets other pull-type and mounted sprayer lines, the Retriever Self Loading Trailer for combine heads and three-point equipment, and the Retriever Transport Hitch for converting a semi-tractor to a large implement towing vehicle.
A.M.S. Incorporated, of Ogden, Ill., is introducing the APV PS 800 Cover Crop Seeder. The company notes that cover crops are becoming more popular, not only because the crops provide an environmentally friendly way to keep your fields from losing nitrogen and other nutrients during the winter months, but they also provide good organic matter for the health of soil. The pneumatic seeder can be mounted onto any tillage equipment, new or used.
A.M.S. Incorporated has another item of real interest: BRISTOL chainsaw attachments. These attachments make your chainsaw useful for posthole digging, or providing a small motor for your boat, brush trimmer, cut-off saw and more.
Brandt Agricultural Products is introducing a new line of green grain carts in addition to the Brandt blue. I guess green looks better behind green tractors.
Brandt also has a new line-up of transport augers that offers a choice of intakes. The enlarged tube of the “supercharged” intake produces up to 24 percent more capacity than the “standard” intake. The low-profile hopper intake offers maximum clearance for getting under low spaces.
The company has two new, unique mover systems, as well: the Brandt EZMOVE with joystick-controlled power steering and the Brandt AugerMOVER which uses a unique swing arm for manual steering with minimal effort.
For tractors, if you’re looking for something more versatile than a lawn tractor but smaller than a compact tractor, Kubota may have the answer: the BX80 Series. And be sure to check out Kubota’s largest ag tractor, the M7-171 Standard, Premium and Premium KVT. The models feature a 168-HP engine, a Kubota Variable Transmission, headland management system, ISO-BUS monitor/controller, GPS/auto guidance system and a multitasking hydraulic system with 4-speed live independent PTO. It’s particularly suited for hay and forage applications, livestock operations, row-crop production and more.
And KIOTI Tractor will highlight their latest promotions and offerings at Farm Progress. The company recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary and launched its First Responders “Shout Out” social media promotion and video contest. KIOTI Tractor also has partnered with Woods Equipment, offering more than 275 agriculture and landscaping products, and has added two new models to their CK10SE Series, the CK3510SE HC and the CK4010SE HC.
These are just a few of the more than 600 exhibitors at this particular farm show. Of course, every farm show has a variety of equipment on display, including those of smaller manufacturers — displays which make the trip and the visit worthwhile.