Chris Rewerts, Master Tech at Birkey’s Farm Store in Henry, offers some basics on rasp bar maintenance. He outlines proper rasp bar configuration for your rotor type and explains when to replace your rasp bars. Read the tips, or watch the video below.
Proper Rasp Bar Configuration for Your Rotor Type
When determining what rotor configuration you need, keep in mind that vein position is extremely important.
On a small tube rotor:
Chris recommends 8 straight bars over the grate area for threshing. This avoids rotor loss issues.
Two Precision Farming products can help minimize the stress of operating a combine in downed corn.
Lance Nelson, Precision Farming Specialist in Annawan, explains the challenge,
Out in the field this year, we’ve seen wind-damaged corn that’s a tangled mess. Some tassels seem like they are in one row, but they are actually one or two rows over because the corn is so goosenecked. Row one might be blown over to row three.
Company: Hoekstra Potato Farms Owners: Tom, Steve and Bob Hoekstra Local Birkey’s store: Hoopeston
Tear open a bright, foil bag filled with Lay’s potato chips in the next few months, and chances are you’ll be eating Tom Hoekstra’s potatoes—grown on a farm in St. Anne, Kankakee County, Illinois, and fried at a factory just down the road.
While the end result is unique, the day-to-day tasks of potato farming might not be that different from your own farm operation. (more…)
Birkey’s does a lot of repair work on mowers during the summer, and we wanted to share our knowledge to help you fix common mower problems yourself. Every mower is different, so be sure to have your owner’s manual handy when you’re troubleshooting.
Here are tips for fixing 4 common mower problems yourself:
With its strong relationship with Case IH and its reputation as a dealership that takes care of customers, it’s no surprise that Case Construction would select Birkey’s to handle its construction equipment line. That happened in 1988, when the manufacturer needed a dealership in the Urbana area.
Product Support Representative, Curt Arseneau
Since then, Birkey’s has added Case Construction Equipment to its lineup in Mattoon, Bloomington and Galesburg.
Case Construction Products and Support
Birkey’s is a full-line dealer for Case Construction, handling everything from compact items up to the highest-horsepower equipment.
“Case’s loader backhoe has been an industry leader for a long time, and it really holds its resale value,” said Jeff Hedge, a Birkey’s owner and regional manager for both agricultural and construction equipment. However, for many customers, the product support and reliability offered by Birkey’s is the key deciding factor for construction equipment.
We let them know that if they buy it from us … we will be there to support it. (more…)
For most people, Birkey’s is closely associated with one manufacturer—Case IH. Birkey’s has carried the brand since it was introduced back in the 1980s and was a strong International Harvester dealer before Case and IH joined forces. So, for all intents and purposes, the dealership has carried the same brand since its founding 60 years ago.
But two questions are worth asking:
Why did we choose Case IH? And why should our customers choose us to be their Case IH dealer?
A Case IH rep talks with Birkey’s customers
1. Long Relationships Develop Rapport
Birkey’s long history has led to an excellent relationship with Case IH. Mike Carley, a Birkey’s owner and regional manager for agricultural products, explains:
We are one of their largest dealerships, and they take us very seriously. We have great respect for each other.
This means customers of Birkey’s are on the front end of Case IH innovations and promotions. If it’s new at Case IH, you’ll find it here first. (more…)