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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 /1 Comment 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

Q&A: Would a Thunder Creek trailer fit your operation?

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Would a Thunder Creek trailer fit your operation?

Ed and Peggy Yotter of Wapello, Iowa, agreed to share about their experience with a Thunder Creek trailer. We’ve printed their interview below.

Birkey’s: Tell us about your farm.

Together with our daughter, Jasey, and nephew, Drew, we own and operate Yotter Family Farms outside Wapello, Iowa. We work about 4,000 acres of corn and beans.

How did you transfer fuel and DEF in the past?

We had a thousand-gallon fuel trailer that we constructed ourselves, but we didn’t have any way to haul DEF.

And you bought a Thunder Creek trailer in…

2012. Our salesman at Birkey’s in Galesburg told us about it. Our model holds 100 gallons of DEF and 990 gallons of fuel, and has two oil barrels on top, one we use for hydraulic and the other for engine oil.

 What was your first impression?

It’s a really nice trailer—especially the way it keeps everything clean. It definitely saves us a lot of time.

You said the trailer keeps things clean. Tell us more about that.

We’re able to roll up our hoses in a compartment in the front. That keeps them from getting torn up—if they come loose on a regular trailer they can drag on the road. Also, the oil tanks on it aren’t open at all, and we can pump oil out of them into a clean container.

What other features are useful?

Our trailer also has a storage area in the back. We’re able to carry our window cleaning supplies, oil cans, parts, grease guns, and chain oil. It keeps them out of the dust. It also has its own 110 volt heater in the DEF tank. That’s nice.

There are 12 months in a year. When does the trailer get used?

It’s always on the road during the growing season. During the winter, we park it inside our shop. That way, if we need a little diesel, we have it. And if we need to put DEF in something, it’s in there where it’s warm and we can pump it. A lot of times, oil-wise, we just work directly from the trailer in the shop.

How is it “on the road?”

You could go at 70 miles an hour if the speed limit allows! It can be towed at the posted highway speeds, and it pulls really well.

Other farmers might be considering a Thunder Creek. What advice would you give them?

Know how much fuel you need every day. We’re filling up two combines and two grain-cart tractors, and it takes quite a bit of fuel. You want to make sure that every two days you don’t need to run after fuel.

Any last words?

We’d recommend a Thunder Creek. We’ve gotten along very well with it.

By : Birkey's /June 17, 2015 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Uncategorized /0 Comment Read More

Kids Explain What Dad Does at Work

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We asked a few kids to share what their dad does at work and at home. Here’s what they said:

Neal Nelson

Neal Nelson and Asher Annawan Customers

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Annawan Customers

Orion/Lynn Center, IL

Asher, age 4

At Work: “My dad drives the sprayer and the semi and makes corn. Oh, and he drives the lawnmower.”

At Home: “My dad is the best because he talks to me and lets me drive the combine. And he talks to the tractors!” (Asher said this with a big grin)

Neal is also dad to Khloe, age 6, and Kalli, age 2 (more…)

By : Birkey's /June 16, 2015 /Birkey's, Interactive, People /0 Comment Read More