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Lift. Twist. Roll:

Kill Compaction—One Tiger Point At A Time.

A leading factor in crop-yield reduction is soil compaction, but most points do little to alleviate it. Case IH Tiger Points are different—and it’s all about the lift, twist and roll:

  1. LIFT. The tip starts the fracturing by lifting the compacted soil.
  2. TWIST. The front area of the wing starts the twisting action, which relocates soil layers and prevents immediate re-compaction.
  3. ROLL. The back of the wings and the shank finish the job by rolling the soil to incorporate fertilizer and residue.

Compaction restricts water and root infiltration and makes soil vulnerable to drying out, ponding and erosion. Healthy soil acts like a sponge, allowing excess rain to drain through, and letting roots absorb deep-down moisture during dry periods. The 23-degree, downward- rearward- and outward-swept wings of Tiger Points do more than just cut a slot in the compaction layer: In both wet and dry conditions, their turbulent lifting and twisting action below the soil surface aggressively fractures compaction for maximum air and water penetration and minimal runoff.

By : Phil Stewart /September 19, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH /0 Comment Read More

Tech Tip: Nudge the guidance line in a combine

Precision Farming Basics:

Nudging the guidance line in a Case IH combine using the multi-function handle.

In this video, Jeff Stiers, one of Birkey’s Precision Farming specialists, demonstrates how to nudge the guidance line in a Case IH combine using the multi-function handle.

For more information, contact the Precision Farming Specialist at any of Birkey’s locations.

By : Phil Stewart /August 15, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /0 Comment Read More

Tech Tip: Engaging AccuGuide in Case IH combines

Precision Farming Basics:

Engaging AccuGuide in Case IH combines using the multi-function handle.

In this video, Jeff Stiers, one of Birkey’s Precision Farming specialists, demonstrates how to engage AccuGuide in Case IH midrange and flagship combines using the multi-function handle.

For more information, contact the Precision Farming Specialist at any of Birkey’s locations.

Midrange and early Flagship Combines:

Click the shift button on the back of the handle 2 times.

Common Cab Combines:

Click the Auto Guidance engage button on the front face of the handle.

 

By : Phil Stewart /August 09, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s Farm Store to Acquire Farm Pride Equipment

CHAMPAIGN, IL — Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., a full-line Case IH and Case Construction dealer, is proud to announce the execution of an agreement to acquire the Farm Pride network of equipment dealerships located in Arthur, Shelbyville, Casey, Newton, and Mattoon, Illinois. The acquisition is expected to close in mid-August.

“This is a great opportunity for Birkey’s to expand our dealership operations into contiguous territory directly south of our existing footprint. We look forward to developing relationships and serving the needs of customers in the Farm Pride territory with the same high level of service that our customers have come to expect from us over the last 62 years,” said Birkey’s president and CEO Mike Hedge.

About Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc.

Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., founded in 1954, is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. The company owns and operates a network of full-service Case IH agricultural and Case construction equipment stores throughout Illinois and western Indiana. The Birkey’s network serves the Illinois communities of Annawan, Bloomington, Galesburg, Gibson City, Henry, Hoopeston, Macomb, Mattoon, Oakland, Polo, Prophetstown, and Urbana, as well as Williamsport, Indiana.

 

By : Phil Stewart /July 22, 2016 /About Us, Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Illinois, Press Releases /4 Comments Read More

Birkey’s Earns Pinnacle Excellence Status

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Seven Dealerships Recognized Across North America; Six Were Birkey’s

Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., has been recognized by Case IH for achieving Pinnacle excellence recognition in ALL areas of our business (Sales, Marketing, Operations, Parts, Service, AFS). Only seven dealerships out of 548 across North America completed the assessments and earned Pinnacle excellence status. Birkey’s accounted for six of the seven dealerships recognized by the Pinnacle Program for 2015. Birkey’s locations earning Pinnacle excellence status were Gibson City, Henry, Hoopeston, Oakland, Prophetstown, and Urbana, IL.

 

The Pinnacle Excellence Program is a company-wide program developed cooperatively by Case IH and the Case IH Dealer Advisory Board to help dealers deliver a best-in-class experience in today’s constantly changing agriculture landscape. Pinnacle recognizes dealerships for achievement in the key areas identified as important to success by both dealers and Case IH.

  • Identify best-in-class dealership business practices and benchmarks.
  • Measure dealerships’ ability to meet or exceed benchmarks.
  • Drive highly competitive, customer-centric, dealer-level improvements.

 

For example, to be recognized in the Operations component of Pinnacle, forward-looking dealers focus on leadership and team development, process improvement and optimum financial performance. A Pinnacle dealership demonstrates strong business planning and financial performance; a commitment to a well-organized work environment; a focus on professional development; a commitment to innovative technology; and an ability to offer rewarding customer experiences.

 

By : Phil Stewart /July 12, 2016 /About Us, Agriculture, Articles, Birkey's, Press Releases /0 Comment Read More

2016 Combine Clinic Schedule

2016 Combine Clinic Schedule

BE READY this harvest with a FREE combine clinic!

Attend a Combine Clinic at Birkey’s

A crucial part of a successful harvest is equipment powered by genuine Case IH parts and service. Let Birkey’s help you achieve that success by attending  a free Case IH Combine Equipment Productivity Clinic. Find out how genuine Case IH parts and service and a combine service inspection can save money and time at harvest. Learn about our wide selection of Combine Product Support Kits – the best way to increase your combine’s productivity.

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 : Phil Stewart /July 01, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Clinics /0 Comment Read More

Farm Safety: Staying Out of Grain

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Growing up on a farm can be a very rewarding experience. From a young age, children have the opportunity to receive a first-rate agricultural education, learn responsibilities, gain a strong work ethic, and value our dedicated farmers. Unfortunately, with access to chemicals, animals and large equipment, farms can also be a dangerous playground for curious, unsupervised children.

Grain safety is a very significant topic taught at Progressive Agriculture Safety Days each year. In recent years, 34% of our Safety Days had a grain safety component offered. From identifying the difficulty breathing underneath grain to observing how grain flows and how quickly entrapment can take place, participants have the opportunity to take part in a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations. The following key safety areas are emphasized with all Safety Day participants:

  1. Always stay out of flowing grain. A very sobering fact is that it only takes 5 seconds to become helpless in flowing grain and within another 10 seconds a person can become completely submerged.
  2. Never walk or play in or around stored grain.
  3. Never enter a grain bin, wagon, or truck.
  4. Never enter a grain bin while the unloading auger or suction tube is operating.

 

In addition to reinforcing the importance of staying out of grain, Safety Days also teach participants what to do in case of an emergency involving grain. These safety tips include:

  1. Turning off any equipment that is causing the grain to flow or move. This will stop the person from being pulled further underneath the grain.
  2. Always assuming the victim is alive and take the necessary measures to help the situation. This may include turning on aeriation fans and assuring dryer heat is turned off.
  3. Calling for help immediately and never attempting to pull someone out of grain on your own. Many professionals including firefighters, paramedics, and EMT’s have been trained to properly use grain bin rescue equipment. With rescue tubes and training as the theme of this year’s Grain Bin Safety Week, we hope that even more fire departments in rural areas will receive the proper training and equipment to aid in a successful rescue.

 

Article originally posted by Progressive Ag. www.progressiveag.org

By : Phil Stewart /September 20, 2015 /Agriculture /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: Case IH 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