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Review: InCommand 1200 Monitor

Ag Leader’s InCommand 1200

Introduced in late 2015 the InCommand 1200 is Ag Leader’s current flagship display, replacing the Integra. The InCommand 1200 continues the Integra’s legacies of advanced planter control, high-accuracy yield monitoring, precise application control, best-in-class guidance and steering, simple and accurate tile plow operation, and effective data management while adding new capabilities and features. Designed to maximize information availability and decision making the InCommand 1200 features a two-window split screen. Implement information, Universal Terminal ISO screens, and as-applied maps can be viewed and compared side-by-side immediately, on-the-go, in the cab. Continuing the emphasis on data and decision making, the InCommand 1200 has built-in wifi for use with Ag Leader’s AgFiniti Mobile iPad app meaning maps can quickly be taken with you from the field and viewed anywhere at any time. The InCommand 1200 is also designed to provide maximum benefits from Ag Leader’s next generation products including:
InCommand 1200

  • Advanced Seed Monitoring
  • SureDrive Electric Planter Drives
  • Row-by-Row Hydraulic Downforce
  • SteerCommand Automated Steering
  • OnTrac 3 Assisted Steering
  • ISOBUS Liquid Product Control
  • Intellislope Tile Plow Control

What product should we review next?

Comment below with what product you’d like our team to review and we will work on it.

To learn more about how the InCommand 1200 can put you In Command of your operation or to learn about options call your local Birkey’s Precision Farming Specialist.

By : Phil Stewart /January 16, 2017 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Precision Farming /0 Comment Read More

Birkeys.com through the Years

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Birkey’s Celebrates 20 Years on the Web

Twenty years ago, Birkey’s launched the first iteration of www.birkeys.com. As the brand and equipment have grown, so has birkeys.com. Take a look at these screenshots through the years to see the transformation of our website.

Over time as the business has grown, the need for an online presence in the used equipment market has become very evident. Our team here at Birkey’s has always worked hard to stay one step ahead of the curve by keeping our eyes and ears open. We hear great feedback from our stores on features they’d like to see to help you know what they offer, but also from customers over the years.

Today, birkeys.com accounts for a significant percentage of our used equipment sales and we are constantly striving to make it your one-stop shop for browsing and viewing our vast inventory. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as our next rendition of the website will be launched soon.

Fun facts about our website:

  • Birkey’s had 8 locations when we launched the website.
  • 8 million individual page views since we started tracking in late 2009.
  • Our most popular single page: www.birkeys.com/weather
  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014, is the single most visited day with almost 3,000 visits.
  • Birkey’s email newsletter accounts for 21% of all traffic on the website. Sign up today!
By : Phil Stewart /December 13, 2016 /About Us, Agriculture, Articles, Birkey's, Case IH, Illinois, Indiana, Recent News /0 Comment Read More

Case IH Tiger Points

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Lift. Twist. Roll:

Kill Compaction—One Tiger Point At A Time.

A leading factor in crop-yield reduction is soil compaction, but most points do little to alleviate it. Case IH Tiger Points are different—and it’s all about the lift, twist and roll:

  1. LIFT. The tip starts the fracturing by lifting the compacted soil.
  2. TWIST. The front area of the wing starts the twisting action, which relocates soil layers and prevents immediate re-compaction.
  3. ROLL. The back of the wings and the shank finish the job by rolling the soil to incorporate fertilizer and residue.

Compaction restricts water and root infiltration and makes soil vulnerable to drying out, ponding and erosion. Healthy soil acts like a sponge, allowing excess rain to drain through, and letting roots absorb deep-down moisture during dry periods. The 23-degree, downward- rearward- and outward-swept wings of Tiger Points do more than just cut a slot in the compaction layer: In both wet and dry conditions, their turbulent lifting and twisting action below the soil surface aggressively fractures compaction for maximum air and water penetration and minimal runoff.

By : Phil Stewart /September 19, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH /0 Comment Read More

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

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 /4 Comments 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

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

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