5 Things to Consider When Choosing Engine & Transmission Oils

Farmers and construction business owners have many options available to them. Chad Lange, Birkey’s Parts Representative in Bloomington, shares some things to consider when choosing engine and transmission oils.


1. Is every task covered?

Did you know high-quality lubricating oils have many functions? Oil:

A. Lubricates.

Lubrication is the first and foremost task. To do this, oils form a thin fluid film on moving parts, preventing the metal to metal contact which would cause excessive wear or failure of an engine.

B. Cools.

Cooling is provided by the circulating oil which carries heat away from moving parts to minimize oxidation and deposit formation.

C. Disperses Contaminants.

Dispersion of Contaminants is achieved by special additives that surround some contaminants, keeping them in solution within the oil. The additive package in CNH Viscosity oil is designed specifically for your equipment, to insure that particles are transported to the filter where they can be removed from the oil. Particle disbursement prevents the formation of deposits on metal surfaces in the engine and also prevents corresponding engine wear.

D. Prevents Oxidation.

Oxidation Resistance is important in extending the service life of an oil. Oil reacts with oxygen at high temperatures in engines to form gums and varnish which cause deposits and thickening of the oil. As part of the CNH Viscosity Oil additive package, oxidation inhibitors reduce sludge formation and significantly increase the oil’s useful life.

E. Protects Against Corrosion.

Corrosion Protection is necessary to combat chemical attack on engines. CNH Viscosity Oils are designed to meet the needs of today’s high horsepower agricultural equipment, with the right detergents and acid neutralizers to counteract the strong acids which are a byproduct of combustion.

If your oil doesn’t perform these tasks, nothing else will. Aftermarket lubricants do not have the same combination of base stocks and additives that perform these functions. Protect your equipment with CNH Viscosity OEM oil.


2. Are you using the right lubrication for your machine?

Aftermarket lubricants may work well with some machines, but not others. CNH Viscosity oil is engineered to work with the newest Tier 4 machines, but also with your Legacy machines.

Many aftermarket oils being offered to you are not capable of meeting the load demand of high horsepower equipment. What does that mean?

  • The Available Horsepower Used in a car or pickup engine is around 30%.
  • An over-the-road truck averages 60%.
  • Farm tractors, combines, or construction equipment uses up to 90% of available horsepower. CNH Viscosity oils are engineered to meet or exceed the demands of all the equipment on your farm.

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3. Are you voiding your warranty?

Lubricants—including engine oil, hydraulic and transmission oil, and coolant—are now tied to your equipment warranty. If a problem occurs and you apply for warranty, but you’ve used an insufficient aftermarket lubricant that does not meet the minimum requirements it may void your machine’s warranty.


4. Do you have the most cost-effective solution?

As you can see, there are costs involved with using non-OEM products. Using aftermarket lubricants can damage your machine. They can also decrease the oil change intervals. CNH Viscosity Oils are a value in what it provides in terms of preventative maintenance and service intervals.


5. Are you maintaining a high performance level?

As you can see, having the right product is important. Birkey’s Farm Store recommends using only the CNH Viscosity Oil products that your equipment was designed to use. With CNH OEM lubricants, you can trust that your equipment will run at peak performance all season long.


For all of your Case IH lubricant needs, call or visit your local Birkey’s today.


By : Birkey's /May 22, 2015 /Agriculture, Construction, Tech Tip, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /0 Comment Read More

How & Why Growers Aim for Precision

Written for Friends & Neighbors of Agriculture


Invested in Soil

Each spring, the rich, black soil of the Midwest presents a new opportunity. Kids scoop it into Styrofoam cups, plant seeds, and wait for magic to happen on sunny window ledges. Home gardeners till it into furrows and anticipate fresh herbs and vegetables. Landscapers use it to create artistic designs.

While everyone reaps the benefits of fertile soil, no one is more invested in its potential than the men and women who rely on it for their livelihood. Since the 1970s, farmers have more than doubled their feed crop yields. Improved planting equipment is one big reason for this change. 

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Growers hope for “photocopy” plants like this.

To help farmers continue to improve, Birkey’s Farm Store announced that all 12 of their agriculture locations have been certified as Case IH Premier Precision Planting dealers. With this partnership, growers can access the latest planting technology and best row unit through their local dealership.

Why Aim for Precision


Birkey’s Greg Rueck and Mitch Wooten look for seeds in a recently planted Precision Planting test plot. They are accompanied by a representative from Precision Planting.

Those not closely associated with agriculture may wonder how machines that simply place seed in the soil can make a difference in yields. The reasons are many. For one, farmers face unpredictable spring weather. In the race against time and rain, planting equipment must work quickly. A planter working at 5 miles per hour needs to plant about 16 to 17 seeds per second in each row, if planting a typical 38,000 seeds per acre in 30-inch rows.

Beyond speed, planters must be precise to grow healthy crops. If corn seeds are planted too close together, the stalks may not produce ears of corn. If planted too far apart, fertile soil—and opportunity—is wasted. Seed depth is equally as important because it affects how quickly the plants grow. If one seed sprouts just a day before neighboring seeds, it may siphon away nutrients and yield.

What’s more, soil texture, moisture, and nutrients matter. Farmers must select the best seed type and placement depending on these field conditions.

How to Achieve Precision

With all these factors in play, even the simplest agricultural planters are feats of engineering. For many years, these machines relied on a simple chain and sprocket system. Farmers made the best guesses they could as to seed type and placement—usually on a field-by-field basis—and used a wrench to make adjustments.

Service technician Dakota Shepard displays a Precision Planting meter at Birkey's in Henry.

Service technician Dakota Shepard displays a Precision Planting meter at Birkey’s in Henry.

In the 1990s, hydraulic drive planters were developed. For the first time, farmers could make adjustments from inside their tractor cab. Soon after, technology developed that allowed farmers to collect data from their planter and interpret it at the end of the season in order to create field maps. Using GPS signals, today’s planters can automatically follow these maps, changing seed settings on the go.

Birkey’s Precision Farming specialists, available at each Birkey’s location, help growers take even greater steps toward accuracy. Products like Trimble TruCount row clutches help to avoid overlapping seeds. Birkey’s partnership with Precision Planting makes available an electric meter-drive system that fine-tunes each row—every inch of the field—for the best possible results. As the planter moves along, seed is spaced uniformly, even around curves, and software generates a map of what has been planted to avoid overlap. Another component of the system can sense soil conditions and adjust for accurate seed depth. After planting, farmers can walk through their fields holding an iPad above seedlings to learn what seed variety it is and how it was planted.

A Commitment to Improve

Few industries have taken such strides to improve their profession. Farms today have been transformed into research centers that try new things, measure their results, and make improvements. As a result, farmers grow more food, waste fewer resources, and are the best stewards of the land that they can be. With the support of equipment dealers, agronomists, and other local businesses, it stands to reason that farmers will find even more ways to make the most of every inch of soil.

By : Birkey's /May 18, 2015 /Agriculture, Case IH, Farm equipment, Planting, Precision Farming, Precision Planting, Press Releases /0 Comment Read More

The Precision Planting Season: Planting

May 7, 2015


Follow our blog to watch our Precision Planting test plot grow. There’s nothing more important than the planting itself; watch it happen in this video.


For info about new, Precision Planting-equipped Early Riser planters, click here.

For info about updating current planters with Precision Planter products, click here.

Watch for more videos in this series.

By : Birkey's /May 18, 2015 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Planting, Precision Farming, Precision Planting /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s Planter CMI Specials


Here’s something you can do to stay ahead of the game: get on the list for an after-season planter CMI from Birkey’s.

The 2015 planting season will be over before you know it. Planning ahead for next year will save you time and money, and prevent problems during your busiest months.

Schedule a CMI for your planter at a reduced rate of $249. You’ll earn a 20% discount on any planter parts installed by Birkey’s. To receive these discounts, the CMI must be completed by July 31, 2015. (more…)

By : Birkey's /May 05, 2015 /Agriculture, Farm equipment, Planting, Promos /0 Comment Read More

Building a Precision Planting Early Riser


Precision Planting-Ready Case IH Early Risers

Producers considering a Case IH Early Riser® this year have a new option to transform their proven planter into 12, 16 or 24 individual planters – all on the same toolbar, but each equipped to adjust individually to field conditions and predefined prescriptions. 

In this video, Ed Leman, sales representative in Henry, shares about a new partnership that allows customers of Birkey’s to specially equip their Case IH planters with select Precision Planting components.​ (more…)

By : Birkey's /May 05, 2015 /Agriculture, Case IH, Planting, Precision Farming, Precision Planting /1 Comment Read More

Updating Your Current Planter with Precision Planting


Adding Precision Planting to Your Case IH Planter

Are you the owner of a Case IH 1200 planter and interested in the advantages that Precision Planting has to offer? In this video, Birkey’s sales representative, Ed Leman, shares about how and why a customer might choose to retrofit their planter with Precision Planting components.


By : Birkey's /May 05, 2015 /Agriculture, Planting, Precision Farming, Precision Planting /0 Comment Read More

All 12 Birkey’s Locations Now Case IH Precision Planting Dealers

Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc. announced this week that all 12 of its agriculture locations have been certified as Case IH Premier Precision Planting dealers.

With this partnership, customers can access the latest planting technology and best row unit through their local dealership. Growers also have the option of selecting any or all Precision Planting components, depending on what they feel will deliver the greatest value to their operation. (more…)

By : Birkey's /April 28, 2015 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Planting, Precision Farming, Precision Planting, Press Releases /1 Comment Read More

Tech Tip: Why Batteries Fail

When considering the type of battery to purchase, it’s important to understand why batteries fail. Here are the top 4 reasons:

1. Vibration

Vibration is the number-one killer of batteries—and it’s particularly detrimental in the tough, off-road conditions your equipment endures. Extended and repeated heavy vibration can crack a battery’s welds and plates, causing an electrical short. (more…)

By : Birkey's /April 20, 2015 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /1 Comment Read More