Tech Tip

Tech Tip: Nudge the guidance line in a combine

Precision Farming Basics:

Nudging the guidance line in a Case IH combine using the multi-function handle.

In this video, Jeff Stiers, one of Birkey’s Precision Farming specialists, demonstrates how to nudge the guidance line in a Case IH combine using the multi-function handle.

For more information, contact the Precision Farming Specialist at any of Birkey’s locations.

By : Phil Stewart /August 15, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /0 Comment Read More

Tech Tip: Engaging AccuGuide in Case IH combines

Precision Farming Basics:

Engaging AccuGuide in Case IH combines using the multi-function handle.

In this video, Jeff Stiers, one of Birkey’s Precision Farming specialists, demonstrates how to engage AccuGuide in Case IH midrange and flagship combines using the multi-function handle.

For more information, contact the Precision Farming Specialist at any of Birkey’s locations.

Midrange and early Flagship Combines:

Click the shift button on the back of the handle 2 times.

Common Cab Combines:

Click the Auto Guidance engage button on the front face of the handle.

 

By : Phil Stewart /August 09, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /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

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Engine & Transmission Oils

Farmers and construction business owners have many options available to them.

 

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

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 /0 Comment Read More

Set Remote Valves & Timers for Planting

Tech Tip: Optimizing Remotes and Timers

Setting Remote Valves and Timers for Planting

Setting Remote Valves and Timers for Planting

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…)

By : Birkey's /March 17, 2015 /Agriculture, Case IH, Farm equipment, Planting, Tech Tip /0 Comment Read More

AFS Tech Tip: Creating a Product Type

Precision Farming Basics:

Creating a Product Type on a Pro 700

In this video, Jeff Stiers, one of Birkey’s Precision Farming specialists, demonstrates how to create a product in a Pro 600 or 700 display monitor.

If you are preparing to plant, watch this video on Uploading Prescriptions.


For more information, contact the Precision Farming Specialist at any of Birkey’s 12 locations.

 

By : Birkey's /February 24, 2015 /Agriculture, Precision Farming, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /0 Comment Read More

AFS Tech Tip: Uploading Prescriptions

Planting with Precision Farming:

Uploading Prescriptions on a Pro 700

In this video, Jeff Stiers, one of Birkey’s Precision Farming specialists, demonstrates how to upload a prescription to a Pro 600 or 700 display monitor.

Be sure to watch our Precision Farming Basics video on Creating a Product if you don’t have products created in your display.

 

For more information, contact the Precision Farming Specialist at any of Birkey’s 12 locations.

Watch for more videos on planting with Precision Farming soon.

 

By : Birkey's /February 24, 2015 /Agriculture, Planting, Precision Farming, Tech Tip /Comments Off on AFS Tech Tip: Uploading Prescriptions Read More