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Maxxi-Point Sweeps Versus The Competition

See how the Maxxi-Point held up against the competition

Recently we had a customer run a side-by-side comparison of the 7” Case IH Maxxi-Point sweep versus the competitions 7” sweep. Both of these sweeps were run for 800 acres in the customer’s field.


Pictured side-by-side are the competition’s sweep (right) with the Case IH Maxxi-Point sweep

As we look closer at this sweep we can see that the point/tip has completely worn off while our sweep has its point still intact. This is because the Maxxi-Point sweep has an extended nose and half inch wear point.

The next important thing we can see is the thickness of each sweep. The competitor’s sweep has started to thin out and most likely will need to be replaced sooner than the Maxxi-Point, which has maintained it’s thickness. This is because the Maxxi-Point sweeps are manufactured with Earth Metal, which gives them a longer lifespan.

The Case IH Maxxi-Point sweeps come in a 7”, 9” & 10” option and are designed to several brands of field cultivators. Contact your local Birkey’s parts department to see if they will fit yours.


By : Phil Stewart /March 16, 2017 /Agriculture, Case IH, Tech Tip /0 Comment Read More

AFS AccuTurn From Case IH

AFS AccuTurn

Hands-free End-of-row Turning With

AFS AccuTurn

Starting at: $1,200

New for 2017 AFS AccuTurn adds hands-free end of row turning for AFS AccuGuide equipped Steiger, Magnum, Optum, Puma, and Maxxum tractors. Hands-free means repeatable speed compensated turns, a square approach to every pass, increased efficiency in the headlands, and reduced operator fatigue. A perfect fit for tillage, application, and planting operations AFS AccuTurn brings high-efficiency farming to every field.

  • Repeatable speed compensated turns
  • Square approach to every pass
  • Increased headland efficiency
  • Reduced operator fatigue

Contact your local Birkey’s Precision Farming Specialist for more details.

By : Phil Stewart /February 27, 2017 /Agriculture, Case IH /0 Comment Read More through the Years


Birkey’s Celebrates 20 Years on the Web

Twenty years ago, Birkey’s launched the first iteration of As the brand and equipment have grown, so has 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, 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:
  • 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

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


By : Phil Stewart /July 01, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Clinics /0 Comment Read More

Observation Systems Provide Confidence


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

How & Why Growers Aim for Precision

Written for Friends & Neighbors of Agriculture


Invested in Soil

Each spring, the rich, black soil of the Midwest presents a new opportunity. Kids scoop it into Styrofoam cups, plant seeds, and wait for magic to happen on sunny window ledges. Home gardeners till it into furrows and anticipate fresh herbs and vegetables. Landscapers use it to create artistic designs.

While everyone reaps the benefits of fertile soil, no one is more invested in its potential than the men and women who rely on it for their livelihood. Since the 1970s, farmers have more than doubled their feed crop yields. Improved planting equipment is one big reason for this change.  (more…)

By : Birkey's /May 18, 2015 /Agriculture, Case IH, Farm equipment, Planting, Precision Farming, Precision Planting, Press Releases /0 Comment Read More