Birkey’s Planter CMI Specials


You’ve been thinking about your planter for weeks. 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.

Believe it or not, the 2014 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 during June or July 2014 at a reduced rate of $249. You’ll also earn a 10% discount on planter parts during those 2 months.


Customized Maintenance Inspections at Birkey’s come with important benefits:

  • Service call base fee waived
  • Guaranteed off-season labor rate (10% discount)
  • Job priority in season

The inspection can be done in-shop or on-farm.

Your planter will work hard this spring. Identify the potential problems and resolve them before you put it back in the shop.

Call your local Birkey’s to schedule a Planter CMI today.

By : Birkey's /April 18, 2014 /Agriculture, Uncategorized /0 Comment Read More

What would you do if you won a Farmall Super MTA?


What would you do if you won a restored 1954 Farmall Super MTA?

Ross Cluver called his father.

“I sat and thought about it a little and then called dad. First I said, ‘We got to make room for another tractor in the shed.’ He didn’t catch on so I told him I won the tractor. I think he was just as shocked as I was.”

The family shared a photo of Ross as a young child, sitting on the seat of his father’s 1954 Farmall Super MTA—the first tractor the Cluver family farm owned.

The family shared a photo of Ross as a young child, sitting on the seat of his father’s 1954 Farmall Super MTA—the first tractor the Cluver family farm owned.

His dad, Elroy Cluver, who only responds to the nickname Pee Wee, knew about “the tractor.” He had been with Ross in Hoopeston when he entered the Birkey’s Farm Store raffle. In fact, he had encouraged Ross to take his chances and buy some tickets. He bought $100 worth.

“I figured it was just a good donation—that I’d never win,” says Ross.

The donation was made to Birkey’s 60-Day Hunger Drive, which aimed to raise money for seven local food banks. Individuals who gave $10 or more between Feb. 3 and April 4 were entered into a drawing to win the restored Farmall. Overall, the drive raised approximately $167,000 and sold 21,000 entries into the raffle.

After calling his father, Ross went outside and swept the shop.

“It usually doesn’t get too dirty, but I swept it up before everyone came.”

And everyone certainly came. Neighbors drove in from all directions to celebrate with Ross. Word travels quickly in a small farming community, although Ross’ father admitted to helping it along.

“Yeah, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut,” says Elroy.

The event included a presentation by Birkey’s President and CEO Mike Hedge. He thanked customers for partnering with Birkey’s and presented Jim Hires, the Executive Director of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, with a check for $90,000. He also officially “handed the keys” of the tractor over to Ross.

Today Ross farms 650 acres with his father. He considers 1986 to be the year he started farming, but he grew up harvesting the same fields he works today. His father bought the farm in 1964, and first tractor he farmed with was a 1954 Super MTA. He wished he still had it.

Ross stands by his father Elroy "Pee Wee" Cluver. Photo taken in 1986.

Ross stands by his father Elroy “Pee Wee” Cluver. Photo taken in 1986.

“I wasn’t surprised when Ross started farming. He started farming when he was old enough to haul in ear corn. We had a small tractor that he could get off and on. He hauled in the corn and our neighbors helped him unload it,” say Elroy.

As he admired the 60-year old tractor, Elroy reflected on how things had changed over the years.

“Ross has a new tractor in the shed—it has a steering deal where you don’t even need to put your hands on the wheel. The combine is the same way. It’s kind of different than when I farmed,” says Elroy.

Ross built a new shop 5 years ago, and he had cleared out a spot for the new tractor to reside. It will not stay there all year, though.

“We’ll probably drive it occasionally. The town—Buckley—has a summer Fun Days with an antique tractor parade. I’ll probably take it to that,” says Ross.

By : Birkey's /April 14, 2014 /Agriculture, Articles, Press Releases, Recent News, Uncategorized /3 Comments Read More

Birkey’s Raises 1 Million Meals

Birkey’s Farm Store 60-Day Hunger Drive raised one million meals for 7 food banks in Illinois and Indiana. On Friday, April 11, President and CEO Mike Hedge concluded the drive with a presentation to Jim Hires, the President of the board of directors of Feeding Illinois.

A fully-restored Farmall Super MTA was raffled off as a way to encourage donations. Ross Cluver of Buckley, Illinois, won the prize. His farm hosted Friday’s presentation. Cluver’s donation supported the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, who also sent a representative to the event.

Notable Numbers

  • Since it was commissioned in January, a 60-year-old red tractor traveled  more than 1,300 miles, visiting 12 of Birkey’s 13 store locations.
  • $1 donation buys 6 meals. Birkey’s goal was to raise $100,000 for 600,000 meals in honor of the company’s 60th Anniversary. 
  • More than 1,000,000 (1 million) meals, or $167,000, were raised for 7 local food banks.
  •  Over 3,000 individuals donated to the drive, purchasing more than 21,000 entries into the raffle.
  • The drive ran for 60 days and ended at the Grand Opening of Birkey’s in Urbana.
  • The tractor was restored by 8 Parkland College students who are part of the Diesel Tech program. 
By : Birkey's /April 14, 2014 /Agriculture, Articles, Construction, Recent News, Uncategorized /0 Comment Read More

Your New Urbana Store

We are excited to welcome you, our customer, to a new Urbana facility.

urbana_shopIt has been a long time coming. We started our plans in 2011. During those first years, Birkey’s owners toured dealer facilities across the Midwest to create this design, choosing the best features of each to incorporate. Throughout the process, we had your needs in mind.

For example, this new location—where Urbana meets the countryside—was chosen so that our team could be closer to you. High Cross Road is convenient for our customer base on the eastern side of the county, and it offers enough space to bring equipment in and out.

urbana_bldg-1We couldn’t have made this spot our own without the help of the Noel family. They sold us all 20 acres and supported our move at every step. They valued the type of business we run. Our partnership with Parkland College agri-industries program also sweetened the deal—it’s a program the Noel family strongly supports.

We carefully chose the people who would build our facility—at times that meant working with some of you! Jeff Hedge, Birkey’s Regional Manager, explains it best:

“Our contractor and many of our subcontractors have been Birkey’s customers, so the relationships go back a long time. We selected these companies because of the trust factor and our desire to give back to customers, and we’ve seen them take pride in building a quality facility for us.”

And who better than our own customers to know what the new shop would need?


Here’s what they came up with:
  • Because equipment is changing, our shop needed bigger doors and a higher ceiling. Our new 62,903 sq. ft. facility can service even the largest units.
  • When a customer’s equipment is down, time is of the essence. Our 32,904 sq. ft. shop needed to focus on safety and efficiency. It has a heated floor and geothermal temperatureurbana_crane2 control to save energy and provide employees with a comfortable environment. An overhead crane runs the length of the shop, allowing employees to quickly move heavy objects.
  • Parts needed to be easy-to-access. At our old shop, space was limited, and parts were stored in four different buildings. Now they are under one roof.

Caring for customers starts by empowering employees. We wanted to give our team the space, tools, and environment to do their best work. Jeff explains:

“Employees were limited in our previous store, but this new facility will help them spread out and get more done. Our customers can expect better efficiency.”

We haven’t just built walls, doors and windows. We’ve built our team. There are 42 Birkey’s employees at the new Urbana location, and we’re looking for a few more people to join us.

And we’re still moving in. Jeff adds,

 “Projects like this take time—we’ve been talking about it for so long that it’s hard to believe it’s almost finished. Employees are eager to move in and have pitched in where they could—even employees from other Birkey’s stores have helped out.”

We hope you will visit us during our Grand Opening event. Thank you for supporting Birkey’s for the last 60 years. We’re looking forward to the years ahead.


By : Birkey's /March 28, 2014 /Agriculture, Construction, Recent News /1 Comment Read More

Urbana Grand Opening Schedule


Friday, April 4

Grand Opening for Customers & Community

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Urbana will cut the ribbon for the new building. Visitors can enjoy a store tour and coffee and pastries.

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Customer Dinner

Customers can join us for a dinner, with presentations at 6:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 8 p.m. Vendor Fair, Educational Clinics, Demos, and Tour 

All day, visitors can view more than 30 vendor displays, including Case IH, Case Construction, Exmark, Kubota, and Wacker Neuson.

The event also includes 4 educational clinics: a planter clinic from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., a lunch clinic on equipment leasing from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., an AFS clinic from 1:30 p.m. to 2:10 p.m., and a Viscosity Oil and Fleetguard clinic from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Equipment demonstrations will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A store tour begins at 4:30 p.m.


Saturday, April 5

Family-friendly Community Celebration

Morning Tour & Noon Meal

Community members are invited for coffee, pastries, and a store tour from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Snacks are available during the day, and a free lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lawn & Garden Equipment Demonstrationsurbana_stihl

From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., vendors will showcase lighter equipment for lawn and garden, and Stihl representatives will showcase smaller equipment like weed eaters, mowers, and chainsaws. No sales tax will be paid by customers on all Stihl products during the Saturday event.*


Carnival Activities for Kids

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., kids can enjoy a carnival, including a bouncy house, and snacks.

*Birkey’s will pay any sales tax that applies to customer purchases during this promotion



By : Birkey's /March 14, 2014 /Clinics, Press Releases, Recent News /1 Comment Read More

Birkey’s partners with 7 food banks to provide meals for the hungry

Birkey's 60-Day Hunger Drive partners with 7 local food banks

“60-Day Hunger Drive” plans to raise $100,000 for local food banks to alleviate hunger in Illinois & western Indiana

Champaign, Ill. – In the 47 counties served by Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., more than 286,000 people are not able to access a nutritious meal when they want it, and one in five children are food insecure.

In response to this need, Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., is partnering with seven local food banks to provide 600,000 meals for the hungry. The 60-Day Hunger Drive fundraiser kicks off on Feb. 3 and runs until April 4 in every Birkey’s location and online. A fully restored 1954 Farmall Super MTA tractor will travel across the state to encourage donations; individuals who give $10 or more are entered into a drawing to win it.

“Our farm customers are growing crops that help to feed our world. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 60th Anniversary than to partner with our customers and carry out this mission on a local level,” says Hedge.


By : Birkey's /February 06, 2014 /Hunger Drive, Press Releases /0 Comment Read More

1954 Farmall Super MTA to be raffled off for hunger relief

1954 Farmall Super MTA

Birkey’s Farm Store and Parkland College students restore tractor for good cause

Champaign, Ill. – It took 4 months to turn the clock back 60 years, but the restored 1954 Farmall Super MTA proved that the feat had been accomplished.

“It looks better than it did when it came out of the factory. When it rolled off the assembly line, it didn’t shine like it does now,” said Jerry Edwards of the IH Collectors, Central Illinois Chapter 10, as he viewed the tractor on display for the first time at the 2014 Midwest Ag Expo.

The restoration was a joint effort between Parkland College’s Diesel Tech Club, who completed the restoration, and Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., a local Case IH dealer that commissioned the students for a good cause. The tractor will travel across the state to encourage donations to Birkey’s recently announced 60-Day Hunger Drive, which aims to raise money for seven local food banks. Individuals who give $10 or more at a Birkey’s location or online between Feb. 3 and April 4 are entered into a drawing to win the restored Farmall. (more…)

By : Birkey's /February 01, 2014 /Hunger Drive, Parts Days, Press Releases /6 Comments Read More

Birkey’s Construction Equipment receives Diamond Dealer status


Recently Birkey’s Construction Equipment was awarded Diamond Dealer status by Case Construction Equipment. Birkey’s is one of only six dealers in the United States to achieve Diamond Dealer status.

For Birkey’s to remain a high-performing CASE dealership, our goal is to live up the brand promise throughout every aspect of our business:

  • Hiring the right people

  • Delivering a differentiated level of service in market

  • And building enduring relationships with customers.

“Stronger Products, Stronger People, and Stronger Support.”


By : Birkey's /October 31, 2013 /Construction, Press Releases /1 Comment Read More

AFS AccuControl


Managing costly crop inputs has been a major benefit of precision agriculture since its inception. Reducing overlap by using autoguidance and section control, as well as varying product application rates, has saved growers time and money while increasing their agronomic bottom line. This fall, Case IH users will be able to manage their anhydrous application, steer their tractor and create as-applied maps. And they will be able to do it all with one display.

When calibrated, users will be able to apply anhydrous without overlap, drive using autoguidance and create valuable records to show the rate applied, all from their integrated Pro 700.

Pro 700 MonitorWith the introduction of AFS AccuControl, farmers will utilize their Pro 700 to control multiple tools in their operation. For anhydrous, a control module will be mounted on the implement and communicate with the bar’s flow meter, rate and section valves. From there it will plug directly into the ISO connector at the rear of the tractor. If the bar is currently setup for a Raven display, we can connect our control module to the Raven harness and tie into the tractor CAN system. The result is a clean implement and cab, with one user friendly interface.

Setup in the Pro 700 is simple. The display walks users through the installation process and indicates a successful setup with a green check mark at each step. Once the system is configured, calibration is easily completed by entering the flow meter calibration number, followed by weighing the amount of anhydrous applied. When calibrated, users will be able to apply anhydrous without overlap, drive using auto-guidance and create valuable records to show the rate applied, all from their integrated Pro 700.

By : Birkey's /October 04, 2013 /Precision Farming /0 Comment Read More

AFS Customer Call-In Support Line


One of the largest challenges of a Precision Farming Support staff member is maintaining excellent support to you, our customers. There are many times when the support needed becomes heavy enough that it becomes an impossibility for the local store to meet all the needs. This past spring was certainly one of those times, as the windows of opportunities to plant were very small in most of the territory as a result of heavy rains. I am going to guess that many of you have experienced an error message on your monitor or your auto steering failed to work in one of the below situations:

  • You are planting at 3 o’clock in the morning because rain is coming AGAIN.

  • You call your local precision farming specialist and all you can get is their voice mail. You know that every producer in the county is working in the field that same day so you know why your specialist was unable to answer your call.

The question you ask yourself in these situations is “Now who am I going to call?”

CNH-9023_AFS_Certified_Logo_2010_r2Case IH created a 24/7/365 AFS customer call-in support center for just that reason. Their number is 855-4AFS-HELP. An AFS support staffed employee will answer the phone and work to resolve your problem. This staff center is located in Burr Ridge, Illinois which is also where Case IH engineers work, so their access to additional help is nearby.

We at Birkey’s Farm Store like to see the support center as an extension of your current support. We believe your main source of support should still be your local Birkey’s, as we are the most familiar with your operation and many times on-farm visits will be necessary for certain problems. But for problems that may be answered quickly, such as monitor operation questions, this will supply you with an additional source of support to keep you running in the field. All resolved and unresolved support cases in the center are then relayed back to the dealer so they know what the problem was/is and what, if anything, needs to be done. There is a yearly charge for these services so if you are interested, please contact your local precision farming specialist at Birkey’s.

By : Birkey's /October 04, 2013 /Precision Farming /0 Comment Read More