Keep these important precision farming tasks in mind before and after the planting season.
Make sure your GPS is working.
Pull your tractor outside early to make sure you can receive a GPS signal. If locking on to a correction source is a problem, then check the integrity of the wires running to the GPS antenna or receiver. If you are using a 252, 262 or 372 receiver make sure the power light is lit on the back of the unit. Condensation inside the antenna or receiver will also hinder GPS performance. Remove the unit, and tilt it from side to side to test for water damage. Please call your local PF specialist if you need assistance starting your GPS system up for the first time. (more…)
This past summer was the first time Gary Appleby had ever seen a drone flown. “A farmer I know just north of Villa Grove has one for scouting. He programmed a flight path into his laptop, took off, scouted the whole field, and then landed in the road.”
This growing season, Gary will have the chance to try it himself. He’s the winner of Birkey’s drone giveaway.
This is Part 2 in our series on preparing your mower for spring. We recognize that many of our customers have the tools and knowledge to do basic maintenance themselves. This video will show more advanced tips for spring riding mower maintenance. Watch the video below or scroll down to read a list of tips. (more…)
Birkey’s service department repairs lawn mowers year-round, but spring is a particularly busy time. In this video, Richard (“Bird”) Perkins shares some basic maintenance tips to help you get your mower ready for the summer season. Watch the video below or scroll down to read a list of tips. (more…)
Optimizing flow to your remote valves is an important pre-season task. If hydraulic flow is set too high, operators risk robbing flow from other components of the planter, such as fans, vacuums, or bulk fill speed. Higher flow rates also put more pressure on the system and can increase wear and tear.
Different planters require different setups. In the videos below, Case IH Product Specialist Nathan Wilhelm demonstrates how to program your tractor’s timers and remotes to help optimize the performance of the hydraulics when running a planter. (more…)
Graphite and Talc are often considered to be interchangeable, but they have very different purposes.
Graphite acts as a lubricant for finger style or vacuum meters. As a lubricant, it will reduce wear on meter components and also will allow the meter to turn smoothly. This results in a more uniform seed drop. Graphite will also help with seed flow in bulk fill applications. (more…)
Watch a short overview of the features of the Case IH Early Riser planter (and see how it lives up to its name) from Josh Oaks, Birkey’s sales rep in Galesburg.
In this 2-minute video, learn how pulling a wheel barrel can illustrate one of the planter’s advantages. Josh also highlights the differences in the row unit, especially the leading disc edge and trailing gauge wheel. (more…)
Planter Prep Tips from Service Manager Craig Greenwood
1. Prepare the meters
If your unit has finger pick-up meters, do a visual inspection or bring them in to Birkey’s to run on our test stand. As expensive as seed is, it makes sense to use this service. Running a 16-row planter through the test stand costs about as much as one bag of seed. Vacuum meters require visual inspection as well—especially the brushes. Make sure they turn free. (more…)