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Get Your Equipment Ready for Harvest

Attend a Combine Clinic at Birkey’s

Birkey's service manager, Brian Wright, speaks to a crowd at last year's Bloomington clinic

Birkey’s service manager in Bloomington, Brian Wright, speaks to a crowd at a 2013 Combine Clinic.

A crucial part of a successful harvest is equipment that is up to the task. Our free Combine Clinics are designed to help you achieve that success.

Join us for useful information and the chance to talk one-on-one with our combine technicians about your equipment.

What you’ll learn:

  • Get tips on inspections
  • Make sure you’re doing proper routine maintenance
  • Review operational adjustments and productivity tips
  • Learn about our product update and support kits
  • Find out about new harvesting support products
  • Review off-season storage tips

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By : Birkey's /July 14, 2014 /Agriculture, Case IH, Clinics, Illinois, Indiana /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s Branded LED Light Kits

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Upgrade your lights with Birkey’s Branded LED Light Kits

Sale Price: $975

Fits: 2100, 2300 & 2500 Series Combines
Installs in less than 2 Hours

Call Your Local Birkey’s Location Today!

Benefits:

  • Plug & Play (everything included)
  • Eco Friendly
  • Draws less energy
  • Brighter than OEM
  • 8 LEDs, 40 Watts, 3200 Lumens

Kit Includes:

  • 6 LED Lights
  • 6 Birkey’s Mounting Brackets
  • Connectors, Terminals & Seals


By : Phil Stewart /August 20, 2015 /Agriculture, Uncategorized /0 Comment Read More

Observation Systems Provide Confidence

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Wes Veach can remember when the Case IH dealer in Oakland, Illinois, first put a Birkey’s sign out front in 1991. Since then, he’s watched the dealership—and the equipment—grow and change.

Two of the more obvious changes include the increased size of equipment and the enhanced role of technology.

Wes Veach at the Case IH tractor plant in Racine, WI

Wes Veach at the Case IH tractor plant in Racine, WI

Take grain carts, for example. To help him harvest the 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans he works, Wes bought the largest grain cart he’s ever owned—a 1200-bushel 1282 Brent—from Birkey’s last season. The farm already had a 1000-bushel Brent cart in their fleet. But the larger wagons brought new challenges. Wes explains, “The big wagons sit up so tall. You can see the side nearest you, but the other side is impossible to see. You’re just guessing…and spilling a lot of corn on the ground.”

That’s when technology came in. Wes adds, “With a camera, you can look at that far side. It helps out a lot.” About five years ago, the farm chose to install observation systems on their grain carts. Wes had his new 1282 outfitted at the start. “I got my last grain cart in mid-season, and I told Jeremy, [Oakland’s Precision Farming Specialist], to hook the camera up. He’s really good with that kind of stuff. And the shop made a mount for the camera in back.”

The camera in the back provides extra safety. “When you’re going down the highway, you can’t see behind you. The cart is so wide. To me, you almost have to have a camera for safety.”

Adapting to the new system has been simple for Wes. ”It’s really easy to use. We put it right into our Pro 700. For each different camera, I just move to a different run screen. It’s pretty neat.”

Currently, Wes’ wife runs the grain cart, and the observation system is a big help. Wes explains, “She didn’t drive a grain cart until a couple years ago, when I was desperate for help. She grew up on a farm but never operated equipment. She has latched on to the new Brent cart and really likes it.”

“It’s really easy to use. We put it right into our Pro 700. For each different camera, I just move to a different run screen. It’s pretty neat.”

The observation system gives grain cart drivers confidence to know when a load is ready. Wes jokes, “This past harvest season, I was in the combine and my wife was loading a wagon. I was high enough to see that it was getting full so I came on the radio to warn her. Before I had a sentence out, she replied, ‘I got it! I got it!’”

At the end of the day, what matters most is a smooth harvest. Wes notes, “It takes time to clean up spilled corn. No spills means one less thing to do—it keeps you going.”

By : Phil Stewart /August 03, 2015 /Agriculture, Articles, Birkey's, Case IH, Customer Feature, Illinois /0 Comment Read More

AFS Correction Signal Options

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Our goal is to keep customers up-and-running during the season.

One of the easiest ways to increase productivity is to select the best signal for GPS-guided equipment. With the variety of options available today, it is worth the time to research and select a signal that fits your operation. Read the article below, and talk to your local Precision Farming specialist to learn more.


High Accuracy

Birkey’s RTK

Ground Based
<1” Pass to Pass Accuracy
Correction provided via radio

  • Subscription based signal offered by Birkey’s.
  • Individual ground based RTK correction stations broadcast correction for US GPS and Russian Glonass satellites.
  • Best suited to high performance row crop operations requiring high accuracy including planting and strip tillage.
  • Also provides high repeatability year to year.

*Compatible with Trimble displays and Case IH receivers unlocked for high-level correction.

DigiFarm VBN

Ground Based
<1″ Pass to Pass Accuracy
Correction provided via cellular modem

  • Subscription based signal offered by DigiFarm.
  • Uses multiple ground based correction stations to create a virtual RTK base station near the rover.
  • This provides high-level correction for US GPS and Russian Glonass satellites even when the nearest base station is 40 miles away.
  • Best suited to high performance row crop operations requiring high accuracy including planting and strip tillage.
  • Also provides high repeatability year to year.

*Compatible with many different displays and receivers including Trimble, Case IH, and Ag Leader unlocked for high-level correction.

CenterPoint RTX

Satellite Based
1.5” Pass to Pass Accuracy

  • Subscription based signal offered by Trimble Positioning Services.
  • High-level correction for US GPS and Russian Glonass satellites.
  • Best suited to high performance row crop operations requiring high accuracy including planting.

*Only compatible with Trimble FM750, FM1000, and CXN2050 displays, or Case IH 372 receiver unlocked for intermediate-level correction.

TerraStar C

Satellite Based
1.5” Pass to Pass Accuracy

  • Subscription based signal offered by NovAtel.
  • High-level correction for US GPS and Russian Glonass satellites.
  • Best suited to high performance row crop operations requiring high accuracy including planting.

*Compatible with Ag Leader 6500 receivers unlocked for intermediate-level correction.


Medium Accuracy

OmniSTAR HP

Satellite Based
2-4” Pass to Pass Accuracy

  • Subscription based signal offered by Trimble Positioning Services.
  • Intermediate-level correction for US GPS satellites only.
  • Best suited to high performance broadacre seeding, spraying, and harvesting.

*Must have a compatible Trimble or Case IH receiver unlocked for intermediate correction.

OmniSTAR G2

Satellite Based
3-4” Pass to Pass Accuracy

  • Subscription based signal offered by Trimble Positioning Services.
  • Intermediate-level correction for US GPS and Russian Glonass satellites.
  • Best suited to high performance broadacre spraying and tillage.

*Not recommended for operations requiring high accuracy such as planting. 
Only compatible with Trimble FM750, FM1000, and CXN2050 displays, or Case IH 372 receivers unlocked for intermediate-level correction.


Low Accuracy

OmniSTAR XP

Satellite Based
3-4” Pass to Pass Accuracy

  • Subscription based signal offered by Trimble Positioning Services.
  • Intermediate-level correction for US GPS satellites only.
  • Best suited to high performance broadacre spraying and tillage.

*Not recommended for operations requiring high accuracy such as planting. 
Must have a compatible Trimble display or Case IH receiver unlocked for intermediate-level correction.

RangePoint RTX

Satellite Based
<6” Pass to Pass Accuracy

  • Subscription based signal offered by Trimble Positioning Services.
  • Entry level correction which corrects for both US GPS and Russian Glonass satellites.
  • RangePoint is an improvement over WAAS but still best suited to broadacre application and tillage.

*Not recommended for operations requiring high accuracy such as planting.
Only compatible with Trimble FM750, FM1000, and CXN2050 displays, or Case IH 372 receivers.

WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System)

Satellite Based
6-8” Pass to Pass Accuracy

  • Free correction signal provided by the US Government.
  • Originally designed for aviation it is now used extensively in agriculture.
  • WAAS provides correction for US GPS satellites only and does not correct for Russian Glonass satellites.
  • Suggested uses include broadacre application and tillage.

*Not recommended for operations requiring high accuracy such as planting.

By : Phil Stewart /July 07, 2015 /Agriculture, Precision Farming, Tech Tip /0 Comment Read More

Q&A: Would a Thunder Creek trailer fit your operation?

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Would a Thunder Creek trailer fit your operation?

Ed and Peggy Yotter of Wapello, Iowa, agreed to share about their experience with a Thunder Creek trailer. We’ve printed their interview below.

Birkey’s: Tell us about your farm.

Together with our daughter, Jasey, and nephew, Drew, we own and operate Yotter Family Farms outside Wapello, Iowa. We work about 4,000 acres of corn and beans.

How did you transfer fuel and DEF in the past?

We had a thousand-gallon fuel trailer that we constructed ourselves, but we didn’t have any way to haul DEF.

And you bought a Thunder Creek trailer in…

2012. Our salesman at Birkey’s in Galesburg told us about it. Our model holds 100 gallons of DEF and 990 gallons of fuel, and has two oil barrels on top, one we use for hydraulic and the other for engine oil.

 What was your first impression?

It’s a really nice trailer—especially the way it keeps everything clean. It definitely saves us a lot of time.

You said the trailer keeps things clean. Tell us more about that.

We’re able to roll up our hoses in a compartment in the front. That keeps them from getting torn up—if they come loose on a regular trailer they can drag on the road. Also, the oil tanks on it aren’t open at all, and we can pump oil out of them into a clean container.

What other features are useful?

Our trailer also has a storage area in the back. We’re able to carry our window cleaning supplies, oil cans, parts, grease guns, and chain oil. It keeps them out of the dust. It also has its own 110 volt heater in the DEF tank. That’s nice.

There are 12 months in a year. When does the trailer get used?

It’s always on the road during the growing season. During the winter, we park it inside our shop. That way, if we need a little diesel, we have it. And if we need to put DEF in something, it’s in there where it’s warm and we can pump it. A lot of times, oil-wise, we just work directly from the trailer in the shop.

How is it “on the road?”

You could go at 70 miles an hour if the speed limit allows! It can be towed at the posted highway speeds, and it pulls really well.

Other farmers might be considering a Thunder Creek. What advice would you give them?

Know how much fuel you need every day. We’re filling up two combines and two grain-cart tractors, and it takes quite a bit of fuel. You want to make sure that every two days you don’t need to run after fuel.

Any last words?

We’d recommend a Thunder Creek. We’ve gotten along very well with it.

By : Birkey's /June 17, 2015 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Uncategorized /0 Comment Read More

Kids Explain What Dad Does at Work

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We asked a few kids to share what their dad does at work and at home. Here’s what they said:

Neal Nelson

Neal Nelson and Asher Annawan Customers

Neal Nelson and Asher
Annawan Customers

Orion/Lynn Center, IL

Asher, age 4

At Work: “My dad drives the sprayer and the semi and makes corn. Oh, and he drives the lawnmower.”

At Home: “My dad is the best because he talks to me and lets me drive the combine. And he talks to the tractors!” (Asher said this with a big grin)

Neal is also dad to Khloe, age 6, and Kalli, age 2 (more…)

By : Birkey's /June 16, 2015 /Birkey's, Interactive, People /0 Comment Read More

National Strip-Tillage Conference: August 5-6

Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2014, the 2nd annual National Strip-Tillage Conference will feature more than 20 presentations during the course of two education-packed days from Aug. 5-6 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel in Iowa City, Iowa.

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The unique event brings together a diverse group of top strip-tillers, consultants and researchers who share experience-based tips and techniques that both veteran and recent adopters of strip-till can put to work immediately in their operations. The conference will also get equipment dealers quickly up to date on the newest strip-till techniques and trends. (more…)

By : Birkey's /June 10, 2015 /Agriculture, Press Releases, Recent News /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s Summertime Recipe Contest

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Send in your favorite grill-out recipe!

Share your favorite summertime recipe—from grilled meat, to salads, to desserts.

To Participate

  1. Type up detailed recipe instructions (photo is optional)
  2. Email these instructions to bulletin@birkeys.net

June 24 is the last day to enter. All ages can participate. (more…)

By : Birkey's /June 09, 2015 /Interactive /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s BBQ Tips from Grilling Expert, Phil Hennenfent

There’s only one reason Galesburg customers buy parts in the store and BBQ sauce in the parking lot.

It’s Phil Hennenfent: master griller and Parts Representative at Birkey’s. His line of homemade BBQ sauces are available in grocery stores across western Illinois. Phil’s specialties are pork spare ribs and beef brisket.

Pork Spare Ribs

Ribs!

Ribs!

Phil recommends using the “3.2.1 method” for preparing pork spare ribs.

  • Remove membrane off the back of the ribs and trim off any excess fat.
  • If smoking, set your temperature to around 200 degrees using cherry- or applewood for flavor.
  • If you are using a grill, offset heat is best. To create offset heat, light your burners on low on one side and place your ribs on the other.
  • Season your ribs to taste and place on grill or smoker.
  • Spray ribs every 45 minutes with apple juice, or a juice or cola of your choice, for first 3 hours. (more…)
By : Birkey's /June 08, 2015 /Birkey's, People /0 Comment Read More